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April Preorders / On a Bernstein Birthday Note

April Preorders / On a Bernstein Birthday Note

Posted by Mike Finnegan on Apr 4th 2018

From directors who make movies for the adults in the room – craftsmen like Jacques Demy, Philip Dunne, Martin Ritt and Paul Schrader – come four provocative examinations of how human fallibility sh

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Hill's Belles

Hill's Belles

Posted by Mike Finnegan on Dec 20th 2017

Born 96 years ago today, the discerning director George Roy Hill (1921-2002) commanded his greatest fame for three films suffused in male bravado and bromance: Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (19

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An Icon's Island Interlude

An Icon's Island Interlude

Posted by Mike Finnegan on Jun 20th 2017

Like its subject’s work across a six-decade stage and screen career, Marc Eliot’s detailed and amiably flowing new 500+-page biography Charlton Heston: Hollywood’s Last Icon gets the job done with

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Hawaii's Half-Century Mark

Hawaii's Half-Century Mark

Posted by Mike Finnegan on Oct 11th 2016

Fifty years after United Artists staged its October 10 world premiere (at New York’s DeMille Theatre off Times Square) of the grandly scaled adaptation of James A. Michener’s historical epic Hawaii

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Heston's Epic Creativity

Heston's Epic Creativity

Posted by Mike Finnegan on Oct 4th 2016

“It’s a lot harder to be creative in an epic than in a low-budget picture. It’s terribly easy to get swamped in a turgid sea of angry slaves brandishing spears. But it’s worth it because of the cha

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