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Like Cimarron in South Africa

Like Cimarron in South Africa

Posted by Mike Finnegan on Dec 24th 2018

There’s no question that the romance-driven, continent-spanning Cinemascope action epic Untamed (1955) was certainly the biggest Hollywood sound-era studio movie bearing that moniker. The turbulent ch

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The Magnificent Agnes

The Magnificent Agnes

Posted by Mike Finnegan on Dec 6th 2018

One of the many pleasures afforded by the spiffy new Criterion Blu-ray of Orson Welles’ beautifully mounted, achingly elegiac and shabbily treated film adaptation of The Magnificent Ambersons (19

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Daughter Jane and Papa Raoul

Daughter Jane and Papa Raoul

Posted by Mike Finnegan on Jun 21st 2018

Born 97 years ago today, Jane Russell (1921-2011), though celebrated for her striking good looks and charismatic sex appeal on screen, she remained down-to-earth, faith-based, family-oriented, collegi

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Ancient and Modern Maturity

Ancient and Modern Maturity

Posted by Mike Finnegan on Jan 29th 2016

Even in repose, leading man Victor Mature (1913-1999), bore the surly expression of rough trade, which made him an ideal player in film noir (I Wake Up Screaming, Kiss of Death, Cry of the City) an

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Mass Mobsterism

Mass Mobsterism

Posted by Mike Finnegan on Sep 18th 2015

One of Fall 2015’s most highly awaited movies blasts into theatres today. Black Mass stars Johnny Depp as Whitey Bulger, the brazen Boston mob boss whose unholy alliance with the FBI as a confident

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