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Personal and Powerful

Personal and Powerful

Posted by Mike Finnegan on Aug 14th 2018

Filmmaking of a soulful, personal and powerful kind is rare: a current example is director/co-writer Spike Lee’s BlackkKlansman, which combines deft storytelling and period/modern-day commentary

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Mazursky's Ode to America

Mazursky's Ode to America

Posted by Mike Finnegan on Apr 6th 2018

The fact that Moscow on the Hudson (1984), which opened 34 years ago today and is as wisely observant about the United States as an immigrant nation now as then, is a rather patriotic movie only daw

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Birthday Bad Boys

Birthday Bad Boys

Posted by Mike Finnegan on Mar 21st 2018

Let’s hear it for the bad boys raising birthday toasts today, a pair of charismatic U.K.-born lads whose indelible screen characters gave free rein to their wilder instincts, whether in romance or

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Exodus: Its First and Subsequent Years

Exodus: Its First and Subsequent Years

Posted by Mike Finnegan on Dec 15th 2017

Fifty-seven years ago tonight, producer/director Otto Preminger’s massive and sweeping film adaptation of Exodus (1960), Leon Uris’s 1958 historical novel set during the tumultuous early years of th

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Interesting Rather Than Big: Sam Waterston

Interesting Rather Than Big: Sam Waterston

Posted by Mike Finnegan on Nov 15th 2017

Though he may occasionally venture onto the dark side playing calculating bastards in projects like Heaven’s Gate (1980) and Miss Sloane (2016), stage thespian-turned-screen favorite Sam Waterston,

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