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Too Violent?

Too Violent?

Posted by Mike Finnegan on May 11th 2016

When Violent Saturday (1955) opened in New York this day 61 years ago, The New York Times’ venerable critic Bosley Crowther just didn’t get with the program. Pronouncing it an “unedifying spectacle

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The Christie Case

The Christie Case

Posted by Mike Finnegan on Feb 10th 2016

Based on one of Britain’s most sensational serial murder cases, the detailed and disquieting thriller 10 Rillington Place (1971) had its London world premiere 45 years ago today. The chilling chroni

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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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Journeymen of the World: Richard Fleischer and Maximilian Schell

Journeymen of the World: Richard Fleischer and Maximilian Schell

Posted by Mike Finnegan on Dec 8th 2015

Born in Brooklyn on this day, Richard Fleischer (1916-2006) could be called a journeyman director in the most literal sense of the term. His nearly 50 years of filmmaking activity touched upon a fu

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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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