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Board Certified

Board Certified

Posted by Mike Finnegan on Nov 29th 2016

Congratulations are in order for today’s winners of awards as 2016’s best from the National Board of Review, a New York-based but countrywide-in-scope organization of movie scholars and reviewers t

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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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A Wild Card Made for You and Me

A Wild Card Made for You and Me

Posted by Mike Finnegan on Dec 7th 2015

The United Artists distribution team had quite a winning hand of cards to deal to theaters for the 1976 holiday season, all in their way rabble-rousers. The Sidney Lumet-Paddy Chayefsky collaborati

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Wrestling with Lenny

Wrestling with Lenny

Posted by Mike Finnegan on Nov 10th 2015

Lenny (1974) is the cinematic equivalent of a wrestling match, with the competition fierce between three ferocious creative sensibilities for supremacy throughout: self-destructive comedic legend L

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The Remains of Greatness

The Remains of Greatness

Posted by Mike Finnegan on Nov 5th 2015

The magnificent moviemaking troika of producer Ismail Merchant, director James Ivory and screenwriter Ruth Prawer Jhabvala was always noted for developing its own projects and had come into its own

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