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The Powers of Peters

The Powers of Peters

Posted by Mike Finnegan on Jul 2nd 2018

Possessed of a formidable frame, luxuriant voice and commanding presence, it’s no wonder that Brock Peters (1927-2005), born 91 years ago today, is best known for his heartrending, unjustly accused tr

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Adult, Respectable and L-Shaped

Adult, Respectable and L-Shaped

Posted by Mike Finnegan on May 28th 2018

When it premiered in the U.S. 55 years ago last night, a rather eloquent and quietly understated movie bore an evocative tagline in its opening ads: “Sex is nota dirty word!” Yet that same ad was ador

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Alternate Actress Awardees

Alternate Actress Awardees

Posted by Mike Finnegan on Feb 22nd 2018

The final deadline for membership voting on the 90th Academy Awards® for 2017 movies closes next Tuesday, and it’s always interesting to pull out one’s dog-eared copy of film historian Danny Peary’

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The L-Shaped Triumph

The L-Shaped Triumph

Posted by Mike Finnegan on Nov 20th 2017

When the startling film adaptation of the daring 1960 Lynne Reid Banks bestseller The L-Shaped Room (1962) debuted in its native Britain 55 years ago today, it was transformative for its star Lesli

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December Delights

December Delights

Posted by Mike Finnegan on Sep 20th 2017

This Christmas, beautiful bodices as well as festive gift wrappings will be ripped, and the darker side of the medical community will be explored through the lacerating black humor of an Academy Aw

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