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The Vanishing Shadow (1934) Blu-ray Review: What a Hoot

Before “Crash” Corrigan found an Undersea Kingdom (1936) or Buster Crabbe became Flash Gordon (1936) and even before Gene Autry ...
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Dogfight Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: More Than It Seems

Lili Taylor and River Phoenix shine bright in Dogfight (1991) directed by Nancy Savoca and penned by Bob Comfort. Set ...
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Chokeslam Blu-ray Review: A Pro Wrestling Rom-Com

Chokeslam (2016), written and directed by Robert Cuffley, is an entertaining little romantic comedy with a pro-wrestling twist. Stars Amanda ...
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Pin Cushion (2018) DVD Review: A Dark Coming-of-Age Tale

Written and directed by Deborah Haywood, Pin Cushion (2018) stars Joanna Scanlan and Lily Newmark as a quirky mother and ...
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Making a Killing (2018) DVD Review: The Mayor, the Priest, and the Mortician Walk Into a Bar…

Making A Killing (2018) is written and directed by Devin Hume; stars Michael Jai White, Mike Starr, Jude Moran; and ...
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The Rain People Blu-ray Review: She’s Driving Her Life Away

The Rain People (1969) is a stylish road drama written and directed by Francis Ford Coppola that stars Shirley Knight, ...
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Over the Edge Blu-ray Review: It’s (Not) Only Teenage Wasteland

Over the Edge (1979) directed by Jonathan Kaplan, features Michael Kramer, Pamela Ludwid, Vincent Spano, and Matt Dillon, in his ...
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The Church (1989) Blu-ray Review: Demons Take Hold of a Gothic Cathedral

Dario Argento presents The Church (1989) aka La Chiesa directed by his protege Michele Soavi (The Sect, Cemetery Man) and ...
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Cathy’s Curse Blu-ray Review: Here She Comes, It’s Cathy’s Cursed Rag Doll

I stumbled upon Cathy’s Curse (1977) in one of those legendary 50 horror movie sets from Mill Creek that included ...
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Butcher, Baker, Nightmare Maker Blu-ray Review: A Nutball’s (Further) Descent into Madness

Butcher, Baker, Nightmare Maker (1981) was directed by William Asher and stars Jimmy McNichol (brother of Kristy), Susan Tyrrell, and ...
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Stand and Deliver Blu-ray Review: A Classic Classroom Drama

Stand and Deliver (1988), directed by Ramon Menendez, is the story of a high school math teacher who dreamed the ...
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Una Familia de Tantas (A Family Like Many Others) Blu-ray Review: A True Cine Mexicano Classic

Una Familia de Tantas (A Family Like Many Others) is a well-made family drama directed by Alejandro Galindo that won ...
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The Giant Gila Monster Special Edition Blu-ray Review: Hey, Kids! It’s a Rocking, Horror Double Bill with The Killer Shrews

The Giant Gila Monster and The Killer Shrews return! These two low budget sci fi/ horror flix directed by Ray ...
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Here’s Flash Casey DVD Review: His Girl Friday, The Big Sleep, and Andy Hardy Walk into a Bar…

Here’s Flash Casey (1938), directed by Lynn Shores (Charlie Chan at the Wax Museum), stars Eric Linden and Boots Mallory ...
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Witness Blu-ray Review: Harrison Ford Among the Amish

Harrison Ford, Kelly McGinnis, and Lukas Haas star in Witness (1985), a crime thriller that takes place mostly in the ...
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Tupac: Live at the House of Blues (2010) Blu-ray Review: Tupac and Snoop Back in ‘96

Tupac: Live at the House of Blues was recorded in 1996 just months before Tupac was fatally shot and killed. ...
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Verotika Blu-ray Review: A Comic Book Horror Anthology Come to Life

Verotika (2019) is writer/director Glenn Danzig’s debut and is an anthology horror movie based on characters from his Verotik comic ...
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Burnt Offerings Blu-ray Review: Not the Average Haunted House Movie

Burnt Offerings (1976) starring Karen Black, Oliver Reed, Bette Davis, and Burgess Meredith may well be director Dan Curtis’ masterpiece. ...
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Kingdom of the Spiders DVD Review: Shatner vs the Tarantulas 

Kingdom of the Spiders (1977) stars William Shatner and Tiffany Bolling locked in battle with thousands of spiders in this ...
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Strange Invaders Blu-ray Review: I Married a Woman from Outer Space

Strange Invaders (1983) directed and co-written by Michael Laughlin, is a quirky ode to science fiction movies of the 1950s ...
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Why We Fight (2020) Blu-ray Review: Three Athletes Tell Us Why They Do

Why We Fight is a look at three combat sports athletes and why they are so passionate about the Martial ...
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A Disturbance in the Force: How the Star Wars Holiday Special Happened Blu-ray Review: Bringing Balance and Answers After 45 Years  

Making its sole television appearance on November 17, 1978, the Star Wars Holiday Special is an event that remains forever ...
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Anti-Nowhere League: We Are the League DVD Review: Rude and Crude…They Are the League

Anti-Nowhere League did this and they did that. Animal did it with a shiny axe. So what? Winston shoved a ...
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Gentleman Jim Blu-ray Review: Still Packs a Punch

Gentleman Jim (1943) directed by Raoul Walsh stars Errol Flynn and Alexis Smith in a biopic inspired by the life ...
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House of the Long Shadows Blu-ray Review: Four Horror Icons Enter an Old Dark House

House of the Long Shadows (1983) directed by Pete Walker (Frightmare) brings together Vincent Price, Christopher Lee, Peter Cushing, and ...
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Grave Images Blu-ray Review: A Low Budget “Tales from the Crypt” Knock-Off 

Grave Images (1991) has a very cool name but is a very low budget Tales from the Crypt (1972) knock-off. ...
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Showdown (1993) Blu-ray Review: It’s High School Bloodsport

Before Never Back Down (2008) there was Showdown (1993)! A high school senior in a new city gets bullied, finds ...
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Beyond Atlantis Blu-ray Review: Somewhere Beyond the Sea a Beautiful Blond Awaits Patrick Wayne

John Ashley and Patrick Wayne team up with Sid Haig to hunt rare pearls in Beyond Atlantis (1973). There's thrilling ...
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Book Review: Charlie Chaplin vs. America When Art, Sex, and Politics Collided by Scott Eyman

Growing up I didn't really get a chance to watch many Charlie Chaplin movies. So it wasn't until my early ...
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Nightwing / Shadow of the Hawk Double Feature Blu-ray Review: Two Not-Too-Bad Supernatural Spookers

“Flight Fright! Two terrifying tales in one killer double feature” is what the Blu-ray box says and it's not too ...
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The Devil Doll Blu-ray Review: Tiny Human Dolls Help Lionel Barrymore Get Revenge

They steal! They kill! All at Lionel Barrymore's will in The Devil Doll (1934) directed by Tod Browning (Dracula 1931, ...
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Rock Around the Clock Blu-ray Review: It’s Squares-Ville, Man

Rock Around the Clock (1956) features Bill Haley and the Comets riding the success of their seat-ripping, riot-inducing song that ...
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Boris Karloff Collection DVD Review: Viva Karloff! These Four Movies Not So Much

Legendary horror icon Boris Karloff makes his final silver screen appearance(s) in these four low- budget Mexican productions made shortly ...
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Mackintosh and T.J. Blu-ray Review: Roy Rogers Rides into the Sunset One Final Time

Legendary singing cowboy Roy Rogers makes his final feature film appearance in Mackintosh and T.J. (1975). A good, clean, western ...
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Chariots of the Gods Blu-ray Review: Before Ancient  Aliens…

Before Ancient Aliens there was Chariots of the Gods (1970) by Erich Von Daniken. VCI Entertainment proudly presents the 50th ...
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Book Review: “You Talkin’ To Me?” The Definitive Guide to Iconic Movie Quotes by Brian Abrams

Someplace, somewhere, sometime at the appropriate moment we've all blurted out a quote lifted right from what we deem a ...
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La Bamba Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: Soars Far Above Other Hollywood Biopics 

La Bamba (1987) is the story of Richard Valenzuela, known better as Ritchie Valens, a name associated with a song ...
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The Wild Party Blu-ray Review: A Wild Night Is Calling

Gather ‘round, people, and you shall hear the grim tale of one named Jolly. With a comeback in tow, a ...
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Spinout Blu-ray Review: Hey, Elvis! You Gotta Win This Race!

Elvis Presley leads a small rock ‘n’ roll band, likes racing fast cars, and gets into all kinds of trouble ...
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Liar’s Moon Blu-ray Review: A Teenage Soap Opera with a Great Soundtrack

Rich girl, poor boy. Good kids tangled in a web of deceit spun long ago by their parents. It’s Romeo ...
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A Taste of Blood (2020) Blu-ray Review: These Vampires Aren’t Sexy but the Soundtrack Is

A modern-day family in the Argentina countryside faces its bloody past in A.K. Tolstoy's A Taste of Blood (2020) brought ...
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Mutant Blast Blu-ray Review: A Witty, Weird, Gorific Blast

Troma Entertainment (The Toxic Avenger) brings Portuguese director Fernando Alle's odd, gory, silly yet witty, funny, and brilliant sci-fi/horror Mutant ...
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Bigfoot or Bust Blu-ray Review: It’s Busty Alright

A Spirit Halloween Bigfoot gets chased around by busty older women making corny, horny jokes. It's too long at 75 ...
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Swamp Thing (1982) Blu-ray Review: Wes Craven’s Beauty and the (Bayou) Beast

Swamp Thing (1982) written and directed by Wes Craven takes DC Comics main monster from the page to the silver ...
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Assault on Hill 400 Blu-ray Review: A Disappointing Throwback to ’40s and ’50s B Combat Movies

Assault on Hill 400 is loosely based on the 2nd Ranger Battalions valiant siege of Bergstein, Germany in 1944 as ...
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Cimarron (1931) Blu-ray Review: An Epic Western and a Product of Its Time

The Warner Archive Collection presents RKO Pictures' Cimarron directed by Wesley Ruggles, based on the novel by Edna Ferber, and ...
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The Vault (2017) Blu-ray Review: Heist Goes Wrong, Phantom Turned Loose 

The Vault (2017) starts as a cliche heist flick but quickly (and thankfully) turns into an enjoyable yet weird haunted ...
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Children of the Corn (1984) Blu-ray Review: The Corn Kids Bring New Meaning to Cult Classic

"Outlander!" still gives me goosebumps when I hear it called out and “He who walks behind the rows” kept me ...
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Vengeance: A Love Story Blu-ray Review: Nic Cage As a Vigilante Cop 

Nicolas Cage plays an ex-soldier turned stoic detective who has had enough of the broken system that rewards the guilty ...
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Trapped Alive Blu-ray Review: An ’80s Hodgepodge of Horror Tropes That Collapses Fast

Three escaped convicts, two girls on their way to a Christmas party, one sheriff deputy, and a cannibal mutant trapped ...
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The Loveless Blu-ray Review: A Stylish Mash-Up of Two Very Different Outlaw Biker Classics

They’re loud, fast, and out of control! And that's just the motorcycles! Engines roar and trouble soars when this relentless ...
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Two Witches Blu-ray Review: Two Witches Casts a Classic Horror Spell

“You're in the dark now” as hinges creak, shadows creep, candles flicker and danger lurks in shadowy places throughout this ...
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Wild in the Country (1961) Blu-ray Review: Dramatic Elvis in the Country

See Elvis Presley run Wild in the Country. Watch him croon as lovely ladies swoon. There's Millie Perkins, Tuesday Weld, ...
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The Dark (1979) Blu-ray Review: I’d Be Okay If It Had Stayed in the Dark

The Dark is probably better left there, in the dark. Starring William Devane, Cathy Lee Crosby, Richard Jaeckel with appearances ...
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Heartland of Darkness Blu-ray Review: Linnea Quigley’s Lost Movie

Heartland of Darkness is truly straight from the 1980s. Filmed in1989 but never released in its entirety until 2022. Known ...
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Panther (1995) Blu-ray Review: No, Not That Black Panther

From director Mario Van Peebles comes Panther (1995), the highly fictionalized story of the rise and fall of the Black ...
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Deadly Games Blu-ray Review: More Like Slays of Our Lives

Deadly Games (1982) is the passion project of writer/director Scott Mansfield and passions do play a large role in this odd ...
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Ghostriders Blu-ray Review: They Aren’t Just in the Sky!

MVD Visual brings to Blu-ray a refreshingly clear, remastered print of director/producer Alan Stewart’s Ghostriders (1987). A low budget action/horror ...
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Men at Work Blu-ray Review: Put Away the Vegemite. It’s Not the Band from a Land Down Under

From writer-director Emilio Estevez comes Men at Work (1990), a misguided way to get him and his brother Charlie Sheen ...
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Walk Proud Blu-ray Review: A Gang Epic, It’s Not. Cult Classic? Maybe…

From its tagline “He was tough enough for the streets…was he tough enough to leave them?” Walk Proud (1979) starring ...
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The Count Yorga Collection Blu-ray Review: Vampire Wreaks Havoc in California! Read All About It!

From Arrow Video comes Count Yorga, Vampire (1970) and The Return of Count Yorga (1972), cult classics and drive-in delights, ...
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Book Review: Danger on the Silver Screen: 50 Films Celebrating Cinema’s Greatest Stunts by Scott McGee

Relive some of motion picture’s most exciting moments through action-packed, full-color photos in Danger on the Silver Screen: 50 Films ...
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Batman: The Long Halloween Deluxe Edition Blu-ray Review: Happy Holiday, Batman!

Batman battles mob bosses, a mysterious serial killer and a few super villains as he learns how to be a ...
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Massacre at Central High Blu-ray Review: More Than Just Goofy Teens Getting Whacked

Massacre at Central High (1976), starring Derrel Maury, Andrew Stevens (son of Stella Stevens), Kimberly Beck, Robert Carradine, and Cheryl ...
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The Criminal Life of Archibaldo De La Cruz Blu-ray Review: Archie’s Got Murder in His Mind

The Criminal Life of Archibaldo De La Cruz (Ensayo De Un Crimen) (1955) shot in Mexico and filmed in Spanish ...
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The Brink’s Job Blu-ray Review: William Friedkin’s Heist Film

Directed by William Friedkin, The Brink’s Job (1978) depicts fictionalized events surrounding one of the “crime(s) of the century.” From ...
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Force 10 From Navarone Blu-ray Review: A Sequel 18 Years in the Making

Force 10 From Navarone (1978) is the direct sequel to The Guns Of Navarone made in 1961. Recast with Robert ...
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Man of a Thousand Faces Blu-ray Review: James Cagney Plays Lon Chaney

Man of a Thousand Faces (1957) from Universal International tells the tale of silent film star Lon Chaney, from vaudeville ...
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Wild Rovers Blu-ray Review: William Holden and Ryan O’Neal Ride into the Sunset

Wild Rovers (1971) starring William Holden, Ryan O’Neal and Karl Malden is a playful yet somber look at the lives ...
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Edge of Sanity Blu-ray Review: Anthony Perkins as Dr. Jekyll and Jack ‘The Ripper’ Hyde

Edge of Sanity (1988), starring Anthony Perkins and directed by Gérard Kikoïne, is a very 1980s take on Dr. Jekyll, ...
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Taza, Son of Cochise Blu-ray Review: Rock Hudson as an Apache Chief

Taza, Son of Cochise (1954) is the highly fictionalized story of the Apache chief who takes over after his father’s ...
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The Frisco Kid Blu-ray Review: A Rabbi and a Bank Robber Ride West

A Rabbi and a bank robber board a train… that’s where things get really wacky in director Robert Aldrich’s The ...
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Book Review: Disneyanity: Of ‘Walt’ & Religion by Douglas Brode

Disneyanity isn't a theological work of compare and contrast or how Disney and world religions stack up against one another. ...
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Book Review: It’s Alive! by Julian David Stone

Inspired by true events!  It’s Alive! is a fantastic, fictional account of the final days leading up to the filming ...
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The Soul of The Midnight Special 10-DVD Set Review: As Chic Says, ‘Good Times’

The Midnight Special ran a bit before my time, but through Time Life’s The Soul Of The Midnight Special I ...
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The Killing Criterion Collection DVD Review: A Day at the Races

The Criterion Collection has scored big again with the DVD release of The Killing, Stanley Kubrick's 1956 film noir classic. ...
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A Big Box Of Cowboys, Aliens, Robots, and Death Rays Review: 75 Percent Accurate is Still Pretty Good

A Big Box Of Cowboys, Aliens, Robots and Death Rays is a neat four-DVD set that includes eight B Westerns ...
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2 Weeks in Another Town DVD Review: Another Look at Hollywood’s Bad and Beautiful

2 Weeks in Another Town reunites director Vincente Minnelli, producer John Houseman, screenwriter Charles Schnee and actor Kirk Douglas for ...
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Braveheart (Two-Disc Special Collector’s Edition) DVD Review: A Well-rounded Film

Braveheart is one of the finest Hollywood epics to hit the screen, sparking a new wave of historical battle films ...
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The Batman: Double Feature DVD Review: A Couple Crossovers

The Batman vs. Dracula and The Batman/Superman Movie are previously released gems now available together for the first time. They ...
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True Grit (Special Collector’s Edition) DVD Review

John Wayne is one of cinema’s greatest heroes and an American icon. In True Grit, we get to see him ...
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The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance: Centennial Collection DVD Review

The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance is more than your average western; the team of master director John Ford and ...
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