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Unnerving Timing

Unnerving Timing

Posted by Mike Finnegan on Jan 9th 2018

Timing is everything. It was reported this weekend that the two new Hollywood films requested for special screenings by the White House were The Post, the urgently-made historical chronicle of jour

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Kingpin Eras

Kingpin Eras

Posted by Mike Finnegan on Nov 8th 2017

Sixty-eight years ago, Bosley Crowther of The New York Times filed his assessment of “a rip-roaring film” that opened on this date, emphasizing: “We have carefully used that descriptive as the tag

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Big Man in a 3D Wilderness

Big Man in a 3D Wilderness

Posted by Mike Finnegan on Apr 26th 2017

To put a jolt into declining movie attendance, Twentieth Century Fox chief Darryl F. Zanuck was focused on championing Cinemascope, a widescreen process that would engulf audiences with the expanse

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Kiss of Reality

Kiss of Reality

Posted by Mike Finnegan on Jan 25th 2017

Kiss of Death (1947) is “a hard-hitting, often frightening crime drama from the [Ben] Hecht – [Charles] Lederer typewriter [that] has the look and feel of a real police lineup. It pulls no punches

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Absolute Astonishments

Absolute Astonishments

Posted by Mike Finnegan on Apr 18th 2016

Thirty years ago today, a British Invasion of sorts arrived on our shores. In The Motion Picture Guide, Jay Robert Nash and Stanley Ralph Ross christened it “a marvel of color, movement, music and

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