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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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Making Bad Guys Irresistible

Making Bad Guys Irresistible

Posted by Mike Finnegan on Jun 19th 2018

When the eternally Gallic Louis Jourdan (1921-2015) died on Valentine’s Day three years ago, film critic Terence Rafferty reflected in The New York Times of the stage and screen favorite’s “reserved,

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The Fractured '50s in Black-and-White Cinemascope (2): Blue Denim

The Fractured '50s in Black-and-White Cinemascope (2): Blue Denim

Posted by Mike Finnegan on Mar 28th 2018

The generation gap between teenagers and their adult mentors cropped up in many movie variations throughout the decade. Those that commanded more attention were of the variety exemplified by the two

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Three Faces of Hope

Three Faces of Hope

Posted by Mike Finnegan on Nov 28th 2017

Three heartrending performances as tough but tender women who struggle to make the best of their sometimes dire, always challenging circumstances, all coming from the pages of impactful, top-selling

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The Real and the Almost Reel of Everything

The Real and the Almost Reel of Everything

Posted by Mike Finnegan on Oct 9th 2017

When the smartly adapted film version of Rona Jaffe’s Manhattan-set career women saga The Best of Everything (1959) opened 58 years ago today, it closed the successful three-film collaboration betw

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