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Circuit Rewind: Pretty Woman (1990)

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Julia Roberts and Richard Gere paired up 25 years ago for the classic romantic comedy "Pretty Woman"

Historical Circuit: Star 80 (★★★)

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This week's release of True Story, the eponymous "true story" of murderer Christian Longo (played by James Franco) who murdered his wife and children...

Circuit Rewind: Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975)

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Monty Python created a legend all their own with some coconuts and a little bit of french taunting

Historical Review: ‘Donnie Darko’ Remains a Thought-Provoking and Satirical Masterpiece the Third Time Around

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Richard Kelly’s first film, "Donnie Darko" (2001), is among cinema's more impressive debuts. Though the then 26-year-old writer and director’s film was a box...

Historical Circuit: U Turn (★★★★)

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By 1997, Oliver Stone became the director known for railing about political conspiracies or governmental injustices in dramatic polemics like Born on the Fourth...

Historical Circuit: The Enduring Legacy of John Singleton’s Poignant ‘Boyz n the Hood’

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ACCA 1991: During the recently concluded awards season, the Hollywood Reporter published an interesting article in honor of the success of "Get Out". In...

Historical Circuit: Far From the Madding Crowd (1967) (★★)

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In honor of its remake opening this week, let's go back to 1967 when Thomas Hardy's novel first received the big-budget Hollywood treatment. Far...

Historical Film Review: Che! (★★)

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The first person to cross the finish line wins, a rule that Hollywood endorses no matter what. When revolutionary Ernesto "Che" Guevara died in...

Historical Circuit: Mommie Dearest (★★★) – MOTHERS DAY EDITION

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This Mother's Day we should all hug our moms...for fear they decide to beat us with a wire hanger! Mommie Dearest, the movie that's...

Circuit Rewind: Marty (1955)

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The shortest Best Picture winner in history turns 60

Historical Circuit: Annie (★½)

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Oh boy.  I really have to control my anger and frustration for today's review in honor of the upcoming remake of Annie starring Quvenzhane Wallis and...

GREY GARDENS Restoration From Janus Films – Opens in Select Theaters March 6th!

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Janus Films will release a new 2K restoration of GREY GARDENS made by the Criterion Collection in partnership with the Academy Film Archive at the Academy...

Circuit Rewind: Dancer in the Dark (2000)

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The 2015 edition of the Cannes Film Fest is underway, so let's take a look back at one of its past winners in its 15th anniversary

Historical Circuit: 1982’s ‘An Officer and a Gentleman’ Makes the Most of Richard Gere

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TITLE OF FILM: “An Officer and a Gentleman” FILM YEAR: 1982 DIRECTOR: Taylor Hackford WRITER: Douglas Day Stewart STARRING: Richard Gere, Debra Winger, David Keith, Louis Gossett Jr., Robert...

Historical Circuit: Sleeping Beauty (★★½)

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Disney is in a groove with their adaptations of fairy-tale origins, so in honor of their recent revision, Maleficent, I figured it was time to...

Historical Circuit: ‘Beautiful Girls’ (1996) is Still Asking Men to Grow Up

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TITLE OF FILM: “Beautiful Girls” FILM YEAR: 1996 DIRECTOR: Ted Demme WRITER: Scott Rosenberg STARRING: Timothy Hutton, Matt Dillon, Noah Emmerich, Natalie Portman, Michael Rapaport, Mira Sorvino, Uma Thurman,...

Circuit Rewind: Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith (2005)

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It's been ten years since our last 'Star Wars' outing, so in celebration of May the fourth, lets revisit "Episode III - Revenge of the Sith"

Historical Circuit: The Fantasticks (★★★½)

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Reviewing director Michael Ritchie's adaptation of The Fantasticks - the longest running show in Broadway history - would have been better suited to last...

Forever Amber (★½)

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HISTORICAL CIRCUIT: Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, and in the decade or so after the release of Gone With the Wind, we saw...

Historical Circuit: Bright Eyes (★★★)

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When I spoke to Jane Withers last May she talked quite a bit about filming Bright Eyes and her struggles working with Shirley Temple. I hated to admit...

Historical Halloween: The Driller Killer (★)

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This review is part of my 14 Days of Video Nasties, a series exploring films banned in the UK during the 1980s for various reasons...

Historical Circuit: Batman Returns (**½)

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Awards Circuit Presents: 30 Days of Batman It’s sort of hard to imagine now, what with The Avengers having demolished seemingly every box office record in...

Historical Circuit: The Picture of Dorian Gray (★★½)

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Oscar Wilde's tale of immortal youth and blinding excess, The Picture of Dorian Gray, has been recounted in several adaptations throughout the decades, none...

Criterion Nov. Releases: Oscar Best Picture Winner ‘All About Eve’, ‘Cold War’, ‘Betty Blue’,...

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This November, the Criterion Collection will celebrate the incomparable Bette Davis, one of Hollywood's greatest stars, with two releases that demonstrate her extraordinary range....

TCM Classic Film Festival Review: Day Two Features ‘Raisin in the Sun’ and More

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2019 TCM CLASSIC FILM FESTIVAL: Day Two of Turner Classic Movies Classic Film Festival featured a variety of classic movies at a variety of...

Historical Circuit: The Passion of the Christ (****)

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Religious groups went out of their minds after viewing Mel Gibson’s extraordinary study of the last few hours in Christ’s life because they were expecting...

Historical Circuit: In the Heat of the Night

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The 1968 Academy Awards was probably the most important year for film production, rivaled by the heralded “best year in cinema” works of 1939. ...

Historical Circuit: The Purple Rose of Cairo (★★★)

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Every true cinema fan can name the movies that have caused them to feel transported, the ones elevating their life outside its often dire...

Historical Circuit: William Wyler’s 1958’s ‘The Big Country’ Brings Heart to the West

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TITLE OF FILM: “The Big Country” FILM YEAR: 1958 DIRECTOR: William Wyler WRITER: Robert Wyler, Sy Bartlett, James R. Webb STARRING: Gregory Peck, Jean Simmons, Charlton Heston, Carroll Baker,...

Historical Circuit: Peter Weir Uses Film as His Canvas in 1985’s ‘Witness’

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TITLE OF FILM: “Witness” FILM YEAR: 1985 DIRECTOR: Peter Weir WRITER: William Kelley, Pamela Wallace, Earl W. Wallace STARRING: Harrison Ford, Kelly McGillis, Josef Sommer, Lukas Haas, Jan Rubes,...

Valley of the Dolls (★½)

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HISTORICAL CIRCUIT: "Was it real?  Was I there?"  Dionne Warwick and I appear to be asking the same question watching  viewing Valley of the Dolls.  Based on...

Halloween Historical Review: The Evil Dead (1981) – (★★★)

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HISTORICAL HALLOWEEN: When I started scouting for Halloween themes I was given the suggestion of doing “video nasties.” I had little concept of what...

Historical Circuit: Bunny Lake is Missing (★★★)

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Director Otto Preminger created some legendary dramas and mysteries such as Laura, The Man With the Golden Arm, and Anatomy of a Murder. But...

Historical Circuit: Forrest Gump (★★★★)

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The 1990s yielded several choices for this week’s Historical Circuit, and it’s expected considering I was able to watch and enjoy movies more as...

Circuit Rewind: The Sound of Music (1965)

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The hills are still alive 50 years later as "The Sound of Music" remains an all-time classic

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