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Birth's Directorial Ranks

Birth's Directorial Ranks

Posted by Mike Finnegan on May 8th 2018

The Birth of a Nation (1915), as alternately fantastic and morally repellent an accomplishment as it is, sits atop the resumé of its director/co-producer/co-writer D.W. Griffith, but this benchmark mo

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Fabricated Memories

Fabricated Memories

Posted by Mike Finnegan on Sep 26th 2017

With 10 years of moviemaking under his belt (14 if you count his zany reinvention of a Japanese spy film he transformed into 1966’s knockabout What’s Up, Tiger Lily?), writer-director Woody Allen ha

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Midsummer Comic Depths

Midsummer Comic Depths

Posted by Mike Finnegan on Jul 14th 2017

Since Wonder Wheel (2017) won’t arrive until December, Woody Allen fans will be denied what has become a customary summertime theatrical release in recent years. So the deprived among us can consol

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A Consummate, Disquieting Road Movie

A Consummate, Disquieting Road Movie

Posted by Mike Finnegan on May 23rd 2017

Though it opened 43 years ago this week, a certain movie that seemed quite emblematic of its era has later emerged as quite something else. Indeed, the venerated movie critic, historian and filmmak

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Cutter's Second Chance

Cutter's Second Chance

Posted by Mike Finnegan on Mar 20th 2017

When it opened in New York 36 years ago today, an edgy thriller with interesting but not quite big-time stars and a premise that could not be summed up in a 10-word tagline faced a lackluster recep

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