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Historical Circuit: The Twilight Saga

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Twilight (2008) - (**) It’s so bad, it’s almost good. I guess that’s how I and those who aren’t 15 year old girls would characterize Twilight....

The Birdcage (★★★)

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You could say The Birdcage isn’t a classic, and for an Americanized remake of 1978’s La cage aux folles, it probably fails to live...

Historical Circuit: Across the Universe (****)

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With the success of juke box musicals, this new phenomenon of using pre-existing pop and rock tunes and plunking them into a story, building...

Historical Circuit: Apollo 13 (****)

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(1995) Directed by Ron Howard When the Academy Award nominations were announced the movie excellence in 1995, I was stunned that Ron Howard was not nominated...

AFI Festival: Pickpocket (1959)

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Pickpocket, the 1959 classic French film was a special festival selection made by Guest Artistic Director Agnès Varda. And from an artistic perspective, it...

Historical Circuit: Reds (****)

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With the release of the new Peter Biskind book Star, a biography and study of actor-director-producer-writer Warren Beatty, I took a look at Reds (1981)...

Historical Circuit: The Times of Harvey Milk (★★★)

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Winner of the Best Documentary Feature at the 1985 Academy Awards, Rob Epstein's The Times of Harvey Milk was recently made available through Fandor...

Historical Circuit: Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (**)

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In anticipation of the upcoming Blackthorn, a "What If" on the exploits on an old Butch Cassidy, I decided to take a look back...

Historical Circuit: Saving Private Ryan (****)

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So much has been written about the film’s stunning opening sequence, and the closing battle that I often fear the film’s greatest moment is missed....

Historical Circuit: Halloween (1978) – (***½)

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There is no horror film more sinister or more brilliant than that of John Carpenter's Halloween.  Released October 25, 1978, Carpenter's film went on...

Historical Circuit: Annie Hall (1977) (★★★½)

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"I just feel life is divided up between the horrible and the miserable," says Alvy Singer in a scene that perfectly summarizes the main...

Born Yesterday (★★★)

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HISTORICAL CIRCUIT: The most dangerous thing to give a person is a book.  Or in this case the movie Born Yesterday.  A surface level analysis of...

Historical Circuit: E.T.: The Extra Terrestrial (1982)

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You could hear the sniffling around you, but could not quite believe there was so much of it. Looking around meant giving yourself away,...

Historical Circuit: The Believers (★★½)

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I'm unsure what was  going on the 1980s sparking the impetus for African voodoo films, what with this and films like Angel Heart and...

Historical Circuit: Outbreak (**)

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From Kramer vs. Kramer conquering the Oscars at the peak of second-wave feminism to Wag the Dog hitting theaters at around the time then-President...

Historical Circuit: Batman (1966) – (*)

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When I was a child, perhaps eight I was thrilled when a new TV series called Batman came to television. Based, however loosely on...

Historical Review: Salvador (★★★½)

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Much like Martin Scorsese or Steven Spielberg it's hard believing there was a time where Oliver Stone wasn't a well-regarded director. Regardless of the...

Historical Circuit: Emotions Still Roll High in 1991’s ‘The Prince of Tides’ from Director...

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TITLE OF FILM: “The Prince of Tides” FILM YEAR: 1991 DIRECTOR: Barbra Streisand WRITERS: Pat Conroy & Becky Johnston STARRING: Nick Nolte, Barbra Streisand, Kate Nelligan, Jeroen Krabbé, Jason...

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: 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 Halloween: Possession (★★★½)

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A brief synopsis before we begin: This review is part of my 14 Days of Video Nasties, a series exploring films banned in the UK...

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 Shining (****)

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When it was first released The Shining, directed by the legendary Stanley Kubrick, was not the great success, or critical hit it was hoped...

Historical Circuit: Million Dollar Baby (★★★)

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In honor of the release of Last Vegas, I decided to scour the filmography of actor Morgan Freeman for this week’s Historical Circuit.  Million...

Historical Circuit: Tom Cruise Shows Us the Kwan in 1996’s ‘Jerry Maguire’

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TITLE OF FILM: “Jerry Maguire” FILM YEAR: 1996 DIRECTOR: Cameron Crowe WRITER: Cameron Crowe STARRING: Tom Cruise, Cuba Gooding Jr., Renée Zellweger, Bonnie Hunt, Regina King, Jay Mohr, Kelly...

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...

Classic Circuit: ‘Seven Samurai’ Still Thrills 65 Years Later

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AwardsCircuit is proud to present "CLASSIC CIRCUIT!" Formerly known as "Historical Circuit," the weekly series will take a look at any film, from any year...

Historical Circuit: A Hard Day’s Night (****)

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The 1960s have come represent a decade in turmoil, and that’s true.  With Vietnam, political and racial unrest, it doesn’t appear too far removed...

Circuit Rewind: Crash (2005)

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Award Circuit's newest column kicks things off with "Crash," celebrating its 10-year anniversary in 2015

Historical Circuit: Network (****)

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While watching the hit reality show, Survivor, the grand daddy of all reality programs,  I recall seeing the dangerously delusional Coach, tell a story about...

Historical Circuit: Pretty Baby (1978) (★★★½)

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By 1978 second-wave feminism saw many landmark decisions and events including the first National Women's Conference in a century, court cases involving marital rape,...

Historical Circuit: Ordinary People (1980) (★★★★)

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Can a family survive tragedy together by dealing with it separately? This is one of the biggest questions at the heart of Robert Redford's directorial...

Historical Film Review: The Killer Elite (★★½)

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Director Sam Peckinpah was well-known for his violently graphic and introspective films, as well as his incredibly difficult nature that ended up dooming his...

Historical Circuit: Deliverance (1972)

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The moment that stunned me in Deliverance (1972), the moment that caused me to jump in my seat in sheer terror comes about an...

Historical Circuit: Smooth Talk (★★★)

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In a year where female directed films have been in the spotlight, particularly through the lens of reviewer Marya Gates and her Year With...

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