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Elementary Choices

Elementary Choices

Posted by Mike Finnegan on May 26th 2016

Early in his 2014 Chicago Times article Snooping Out the Best Portrayal of Sherlock Holmes? Elementary!, columnist John Kass consulted an expert. “‘Trying to judge the best Holmes is rather like try

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Burning Bright and Fierce

Burning Bright and Fierce

Posted by Mike Finnegan on Jan 27th 2016

In the first eight weeks of its limited release, the passionately made and violence-swathed Mississippi Burning (1988), which expanded into theatres nationwide 27 years ago today, drew powerfu

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January Preorders / Stone's Feminine Side

January Preorders / Stone's Feminine Side

Posted by Mike Finnegan on Jan 6th 2016

Preorders open today (at 4 PM EST/1PM PST) for six new Twilight Time Blu-ray releases arriving January 19: From the Terrace, The Happy Ending, the 2-disc animated spectacular Harlock Space Pirate (

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Very Good, Mr. Wexler

Very Good, Mr. Wexler

Posted by Mike Finnegan on Dec 27th 2015

In an 2012 interview he gave to film journalist Trevor Hogg at www.flickeringmyth.com, Haskell Wexler, who died Sunday at age 93, was as simultaneously plain-spoken and eloquent as ever describing h

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Last of Their Kind

Last of Their Kind

Posted by Mike Finnegan on Dec 10th 2015

There is always fascination in historical studies – and moviemaking – that depict “the last of their kind.” The lavish and inescapably fascinating Nicholas and Alexandra (1971), which premiered in

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