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Police Story (1): Real to Reel

Police Story (1): Real to Reel

Posted by Mike Finnegan on Mar 5th 2018

The 81-year-old crime fiction laureate Joseph Wambaugh lists on his website two particularly influential reviews of his first, breakthrough 1971 book about the lives and challenges rank-and-file Lo

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Founding Father

Founding Father

Posted by Mike Finnegan on Jan 1st 2018

Happy New Year. As a bustling future beckons, today marks an occasion to remember the birth 139 years ago of a movie pioneer whose name looms large in Hollywood history even as he personally fell i

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Para Bailar La Bamba

Para Bailar La Bamba

Posted by Mike Finnegan on Jul 24th 2017

Viva La Bamba (1987), the sincerely made and musically dynamic biopic charting the tragically short career but lasting impact of the Mexican American singer/songwriter Ritchie Valens, on the 30th a

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Tough, Unstoppable Rain

Tough, Unstoppable Rain

Posted by Mike Finnegan on Apr 28th 2017

A Fulbright scholar, trained at Stanford and Harvard, a one-time fiction instructor at Yale, Judith Rascoe, who turned 76 last week, may have seemed like an unusual choice to collaborate on the scre

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Quality in Pairs: Philadelphia

Quality in Pairs: Philadelphia

Posted by Mike Finnegan on Dec 22nd 2015

Each of the actors contending for the 1993 Best Actor Academy Award® could claim two performances of distinction that year, even though the Oscar® nomination process recognized only one. First-time

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