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Labor Day Lineups

Labor Day Lineups

Posted by Mike Finnegan on Sep 3rd 2018

Today’s national holiday, officially established in 1894, celebrates personal labor and honest effort as key embodiments of the American character, and movies have always explored hard work and indivi

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E.G. and Keye

E.G. and Keye

Posted by Mike Finnegan on Jun 18th 2018

Capable and compelling character actors put meat on the bones of great movies, and two of the most memorable share June 18 as a birthday. Chinese-American icon Keye Luke (1904-1991), who would have tu

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April Preorders / On a Bernstein Birthday Note

April Preorders / On a Bernstein Birthday Note

Posted by Mike Finnegan on Apr 4th 2018

From directors who make movies for the adults in the room – craftsmen like Jacques Demy, Philip Dunne, Martin Ritt and Paul Schrader – come four provocative examinations of how human fallibility sh

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Tough Variations on a Warm Personality

Tough Variations on a Warm Personality

Posted by Mike Finnegan on Feb 13th 2018

“When the movie industry was shaken up like a kaleidoscope in 1969/70 there emerged strange new patterns,” historian David Shipman wrote in his The Great Movie Stars: The International Years, “and

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Code Word: Survival

Code Word: Survival

Posted by Mike Finnegan on Jul 25th 2017

Dunkirk writer-director Christopher Nolan has said in interviews heralding the opening of this past weekend’s #1 global box-office hit that his recreation of the harrowing events of World War II’s O

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