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Bittersweet Poetry

Bittersweet Poetry

Posted by Mike Finnegan on Feb 11th 2019

Following the film’s New York premiere a half-century ago today, the New York Post’s Archer Winsten would report: “Model Shop [1969] is an American-made film, firmly rooted in Los Angeles but wri

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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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1969: A Love Odyssey

1969: A Love Odyssey

Posted by Mike Finnegan on Apr 2nd 2018

At the start of April 1968, Gary Lockwood would be lost in space – and forever burnished in the cinematic firmament – as one of two astronaut wayfarers in the newly premiering Stanley Kubrick sci-fi m

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Amorous April

Amorous April

Posted by Mike Finnegan on Jan 22nd 2018

The mystique of sex across the wide-open American landscape – from small town to suburban tract to sprawling metropolis – is explored in four potent and provocative April Twilight Time releases, eac

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Ongoing Song and Dance

Ongoing Song and Dance

Posted by Mike Finnegan on Sep 22nd 2016

When done with imagination and style and avoiding budget-busting excess, the movie musical still abides and endures. Recent years have brought us huge box-office successes (Les Miserables), sincere

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