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Zack Snyder’s Justice League Blu-ray Review: An Entertaining Superhero Spectacle

I am a fan of Zack Snyder's work on 300 and Watchmen. I didn't think Man of Steel showed an ...
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Star Trek: The Original 4 Movies 4K Ultra HD Collection Review: 4K, The Final Frontier

In celebration of the 55th anniversary of the debut of the Star Trek TV series this month, Paramount has released ...
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TIFF 2021 Movie Review: Odessa Young and Josh O’Connor Dazzle in Sensual ‘Mothering Sunday’

After scripting the BBC miniseries Normal People which was cited for its frank portrayal of sexual intimacy, screenwriter Alice Birch ...
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In the Good Old Summertime Blu-ray Review: You’ve Got Snail Mail

Modern Hollywood gets plenty of well-deserved grief for rebooting stories before the originals have even faded from memory, but it’s ...
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From the Couch Hole: Dreaming My Life Away

Previously on FTCH, we spoke about sassy spirits, snakes in the spice aisle, and spicy sweet Dew. This week continued ...
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Bob Marley and The Wailers: The Capitol Session ’73 Review: A Glimpse at the Legend on the Cusp of Fame

Bob Marley and The Wailers’ The Capitol Session ’73 was lost to history until researcher Martin Disney unearthed a three-minute clip ...
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Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings: Marvel Delivers a Dynamic Duo

After Marvel concluded Phase Three of their Cinematic Universe with the galaxy-spanning, time-traveling, superhero-packed epic Avengers: Endgame, it was understandable ...
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The Raven (1963) Blu-ray Review: A Silly, Spooky Movie for Children

In the early 1960s, producer/director Roger Corman made a series of movies adapted (to varying degrees) from the work of ...
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Blind Beast Blu-ray Review: An Assured Vision by Director Yasuzo Masumura

When an alluring young fetish model named Aki visits a gallery exhibiting her nude works, she’s shocked to find a ...
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Bugsy Malone Blu-ray Review: Bizarre and Charming Kiddie Gangster Musical

Bugsy Malone is one of those movies whose existence is very difficult to explain. It's a pastiche of gangsters and ...
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The Brotherhood of Satan Blu-ray Review: Panic in a Small Town

As the 1960s turned into the 1970s, America's cultural mores began to shift dramatically. The birth control pill fuelled the ...
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Original Cast Album “Company” Criterion Collection: You Could Drive an Actor Crazy

Originating as a series of 11 one-act plays by George Furth, Company evolved into a musical with music and lyrics ...
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Coogan’s Bluff Blu-ray Review: An Unintentional Precursor to Dirty Harry

Coogan's Bluff, notable as the first of five films Don Siegel directed Clint Eastwood, is a typical fish-out-of-water story as ...
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Beasts of No Nation Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: Not Soon Forgotten

I may have used the phrase "War is Hell" in one my previous reviews, but you can't describe war as ...
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Ashes and Diamonds Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: A Polish Masterpiece

A little over a decade ago my wife and I lived in Shanghai, China. At the time, and probably still ...
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Batman: The Long Halloween, Part Two Blu-ray Review: Filled with Enjoyable Tricks and Treats

Batman: The Long Halloween, Part Two opens with Bruce Wayne (Jensen Ackles) still under the spell of Poison Ivy (Katee ...
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Friday the 13th 8 Movie Collection Blu-ray Review: The Paramount Films

In the Spring of 1980, a little-known director named Sean. S. Cunningham made a low-budget horror film called Friday the ...
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Back Street Blu-ray Review: Suffer the Silk

I’m not sure I believe in the idea of a ‘guilty pleasure’; but if I did, Back Street (1961) is ...
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Respect (2021) Movie Review: A Worthy Tale of Aretha Franklin Finding Her Voice

Respect, directed by Liesl Tommy making her feature film debut, from a story by Callie Khouri and screenplay by Tracy ...
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The Fortune Cookie Blu-ray Review: The Beginning of a Beautiful Friendship

I’m from a generation that hears the names Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau together in a movie and immediately reverts ...
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Thoroughly Modern Millie Blu-ray Review: Thoroughly Charming

This zany musical was a big hit in the 1960s, garnering huge box office and seven Oscar nominations, along with ...
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Born for Hell Blu-ray Review: Too Exploitative for the Arthouse, Too Damn Slow for the Grindhouse

During one long, hot night in Chicago in the summer of 1966, Richard Speck held nine student nurses hostage. Over ...
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From the Couch Hole: I’d Call That a Bargain

Previously on FTCH, we talked trash, discussed the merits of the Kit Kat, fretted about expensive french fries, and reviewed ...
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The Suicide Squad Movie Review: A Top-tier Title in the DC Extended Universe

Writer/director James Gunn clearly has a passion for DC Comics and suicide-mission movies like The Dirty Dozen in this loose ...
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The Daimajin Trilogy Limited Edition Blu-ray Box Set: Stone Cold Kaiju Action

What if a Godzilla-sized monster was a living stone statue who battled evil human warlords instead of other monsters? Japan’s ...
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The Transformers – The Movie 35th Anniversary Limited Edition Steelbook Review: Still More Than Meets the Eye

Thirty-five years ago, The Transformers took to the big screen in what is, arguably, still the best Transformers movie ever. ...
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Butcher, Baker, Nightmare Maker Blu-ray Review: Psycho-biddy Pie

In this video nasty from 1982, Billy (Jimmy McNichol) is a high school basketball star who lives with his kooky ...
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Union Pacific Blu-ray Review: The Great Train Epic

Westerns love trains. Almost as much as they love horses and saloons. There are westerns where a stranger comes to ...
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No Time For Love Blu-ray Review: No Time for Colbert and MacMurray

Coming off the huge success of It Happened One Night (1934), Paramount quickly began looking for another romantic comedy for ...
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Godzilla vs. Kong Blu-ray Review: Clash of the Titans

Godzilla vs. Kong is the fourth entry in the Monsterverse franchise, taking place three years after the events of Godzilla: ...
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Nine Days Movie Review: A Soul-Stirring Piece of Minimalist Science Fiction

Like any sci-fi masterpiece, Nine Days offers escapism with its fantastical concept while providing insightful commentary on ways of the ...
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Vengeance Trails: 4 Classic Westerns Blu-ray Review: Proving There’s More to Spaghetti Westerns than Sergio Leone

The western was one of the more prominent genres of American cinema from the 1930s through the 1950s. As it ...
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The Dead Zone (Collector’s Edition) Blu-ray Review: A Compelling Film

The Dead Zone Collector's Edition (Scream Factory) "In his mind he has the power to see the future / In ...
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The Bird with the Crystal Plumage 4K Ultra HD Review: Dario Argento’s Debut Giallo

Dario Argento is one of those "stylish" directors who, at some point in his career, allowed the style to completely ...
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Batman: The Long Halloween, Part One Blu-ray Review: Gotham for the Holidays

Batman The Long Halloween, Part One is the first of a two-part home-video release based on the 13-issue comic book ...
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Thunderbolt Blu-ray Review: A Snooze-fest of Sound and Shadow

A remake of his earlier gangster film Underworld (1927), director Josef von Sternberg’s Thunderbolt (1929) is his first talkie. Even ...
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It Happened at the World’s Fair Blu-ray Review: It Probably Shouldn’t Have

Elvis Presley starred in dozens of films in the ‘50s and ‘60s, and many of them were quite entertaining. This ...
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Baise Moi Blu-ray Review: This Movie Didn’t Win Me Over

When it comes to seeking out new films to watch, I sometimes let my curiosity get the better of me. ...
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Hail to the Deadites Movie Review: Evil Dead’s Biggest Fans

Horror movie fanatics are a different breed. They've attached themselves to a genre, and usually one film or series in ...
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Take Me Out to the Ball Game Blu-ray Review: Almost a Home Run

Now that it’s mid-summer, it’s peak time to enjoy the national pastime: baseball…in musical form. Warner Archive rounds the bases ...
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Deep Cover Criterion Collection Blu-Ray Review: Neo-Noir with a Message

Russell Stevens (Laurence Fishburne) is a good cop. He's also a black man. And a good, black cop is exactly ...
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Pickup on South Street Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: Sam Fuller Blends Film Noir with a Cold War Spy Thriller

Samuel Fuller directed and wrote the screenplay for Pickup on South Street, a movie that blends film noir with a ...
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Shenandoah Blu-ray Review: Indifference in a Time of War

Charlie Anderson (James Stewart) is a good man. He's built a big, beautiful farm in Virginia. He's raised six sons ...
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Dead & Buried (1981) 4K Ultra HD Limited Edition Review: Uncovered ’80s Horror Gem

Dead & Buried takes place in a small town, which is always bad news in a horror movie. Those are ...
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I Wouldn’t Be in Your Shoes Blu-ray Review: Limp Mystery Noir

There's a tendency amongst enthusiasts of film noir to use it as a badge of quality. If some old movie ...
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Last Train from Gun Hill Blu-ray Review: Variation on a Western Theme

Kirk Douglas and Anthony Quinn star are as former friends who become formidable foes over family in director John Sturges's ...
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An American in Paris: The Musical Blu-ray Review: C’est Bon

As live musicals shut down during the pandemic, recorded performances stepped in to help fill the entertainment void. The 2014 ...
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Roadrunner: A Film About Anthony Bourdain Movie Review: A Wonderful Tribute, Albeit One Tinged with Sadness

Documentarian Morgan Neville has won an Academy Award and Grammy Award for 20 Feet from Stardom, has won and Emmy ...
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Years of Lead Limited Edition Blu-ray Box Set Review: Transforms Lead into Gold

When most film fans think of Italian genre films of the 1970s, the first term that comes to mind is ...
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Explorers Collector’s Edition Blu-ray Review: Kids in Space

The success of family-friendly, space fantasy films like George Lucas's Star Wars franchise and Steven Spielberg's E.T. led to wave ...
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The Gilded Lily Blu-ray Review: Claudette Colbert and Fred MacMurray’s First Team-Up

By the time The Gilded Lily was made in 1935, Claudette Colbert was a huge star. She'd gained notoriety in ...
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Punk the Capital Blu-ray Review: Building a Sound Movement

If you are a punk or a fan of punk and hardcore, you know the importance of Washington DC in the ...
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Major Dundee Blu-ray Review: Get Whipped and Bury Your Dead

Director Sam Peckinpah was a few things: a drunk, misogynist boor; an auteur who was always getting screwed by the ...
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Black Widow (2021) Movie Review: Back in the MCU

After making her first appearance in Iron Man 2 and sacrificing herself for half the universe in Avengers: Endgame, Natasha ...
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British Noir III DVD Review: A Nice but Slight Look into the Genre

Film noir seems like the quintessential American genre. The French term literally means black film and was used as a ...
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It Happened on 5th Avenue Blu-ray Review: Thoroughly Charming Happenstance

You know how sometimes you stumble across a movie you had no intention of watching but end up really liking ...
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My Little Chickadee Blu-ray Review: A Delightful Romp Worth Seeing Some Time

My Little Chickadee is one of nine films starring Mae West that Kino Lorber Studio Classics released at the end ...
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Irezumi Blu-ray Review: Kiss of the Spider Woman

A wealthy merchant’s daughter becomes a murderous geisha after receiving a huge back tattoo of a spider. At a glance, ...
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World of Wong Kar Wai Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: What a Wonderful World

Wong Kar Wai burst into the international film scene in the 1980s and has remained an icon ever since. While ...
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Fool for Love Blu-ray Review: The Sins of the Father Revisited

During the '80s, director Robert Altman made a series of six films that were based on plays. One was Sam ...
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Werewolves Within Movie Review: A Hair-Raising Horror-Comedy

Werewolves are more than just humans that turn into creatures under the shiny full moon. They’re also a manifestation of ...
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Madame Curie Blu-ray Review: Geniuses Oblivious to Their Attraction

Greer Garson and Walter Pidgeon portray the Curies in this biographical film about the early career of the discoverer of ...
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Irezumi (1966) Blu-ray Review: Revenge and Obsession

"Irezumi" is the Japanese word for a style of tattooing. It employs the use of a long wooden-handled needle that ...
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Ziegfeld Follies Blu-ray Review: Two Hours of Follies, Half Hour of Jollies

While movie musicals typically follow a paper-thin plot as a device to string together their songs, this oddity ditches the ...
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John Wayne Essential 14-Movie Collection DVD Review: A Good Sampling of the Duke’s Work

John Wayne appeared in 169 feature length films over his 50-year career as an actor. The 14 films in this ...
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Years of Lead: Five Classic Italian Crime Thrillers (1973-1977) Blu-ray Review: A Great Overview of the Poliziotteschi Genre

The Italian Giallo is generally considered to be a subgenre of horror. This makes plenty of sense as they are ...
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Indiana Jones: 4-Movie Collection 4K Ultra HD Box Set Review: Dolby Atmos to the Rescue

Just in time for this month’s 40th anniversary of the theatrical debut of Indiana Jones, this new box set presents ...
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The Stylist Blu-ray Review: Director Jill Gevargizian Is out to Change the Horror Genre

Unfortunately, the film industry still continues to overlook the cinematic accomplishments of females, and that also includes horror movies. In ...
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There Was a Crooked Man… Blu-ray Review: Revisionist Western Could Have Used a Few More Revisions

The western is, perhaps, the most malleable and everlasting American film genre. Though it has certainly been in decline for ...
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Just a Gigolo Blu-ray Review: Bowie and Dietrich Make the Best of a Misfire

This Berlin-set film arrived at an opportune time in David Bowie’s career, since he was living in the city for ...
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Grizzly Blu-ray Review: Jaws with Claws Has Flaws

Producer David Sheldon gleefully announces in an extra that Grizzly was the first to follow in the footsteps of Jaws. ...
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Mission: Impossible (25th Anniversary Limited Edition) Blu-ray Review: MacGuffin Royale

In the summer of 1996, Paramount Pictures brought three TV shows that originated in the 1960s to the big screen: ...
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Escape from Fort Bravo Blu-ray Review: A Serviceable B-western Undercut by Its Love Story

John Sturges' Escape from Fort Bravo sets a love triangle within a Civil War-era western, but the limited development of ...
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King Kong (1976) Collector’s Edition Blu-ray Review: A Special Effects Marvel

After appearing in two Toho Studios-produced films during the 1960s, the character of King Kong returned to the silver screen ...
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Tove Movie Review: Moomin Mama Makes Her Mark

Tove Jansson rose to international fame thanks to her creation of the iconic Moomin characters. Although she passed away 20 ...
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The Amusement Park Movie Review: George A. Romero’s Lost Film on the Horrors of Old Age

In the late 20th Century, several religious organizations sponsored dramatic TV shows. These shows ran as religious or public service programming, ...
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Drunken Master II Blu-ray Review: Pinnacle Chan Martial Arts

The fun of any of Jackie Chan's early Chinese movies is in the thrill of seeing someone doing something potentially ...
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Cruella Movie Review: A Nearly Idiosyncratic Disney Retelling

Despite being a part of the family-friendly Disney brand, Cruella doesn’t entirely feel like a traditional Disney film which is ...
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She Done Him Wrong Blu-ray Review: But This Film Will Do You Right

What can one say about the legendary Mae West that hasn't already been said? She was a daring, tough, and ...
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Snoopy Collection Blu-ray Review: You’d Be a Blockhead Not to Own It

Charles Schulz's iconic comic strip Peanuts ran in newspapers for nearly 50 years. It became a multimedia sensation because Schulz ...
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The Tender Trap Blu-ray Review: Trapped in Dated Attitudes But Still Tender Fun

Frank Sinatra plays a wealthy Broadway talent agent named Charlie whose chief talent seems to be adding girlfriends to his ...
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Trances Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: A Beautiful Audiovisual Journey

During a four-month period, filmmaker Ahmed El-Maanouni followed the politically and peace-minded avant-pop band Nass El Ghiwane on their tour ...
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The Final Countdown (1980) 4K Ultra HD Limited Edition Review: Great Planes, Great Set-up, No Story?

The scenario and set-up are almost perfect for an alternative history science fiction story: a fully loaded modern (in 1979) ...
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Django (1966) 4K Ultra HD Review: A Spaghetti Western Icon

Sergio Leone's Dollars trilogy might have signaled the international recognition of the spaghetti western, but it was Django that launched ...
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12 Monkeys Blu-ray Steelbook Review: No Monkeying Around Here

The first time I had come across Terry Gilliam’s 12 Monkeys was in middle school, finding a novelized adaptation at ...
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The Retreat (2021) Movie Review: A Purely Functional Trip-from-Hell Thriller

When reading the synopsis to The Retreat, it reads like almost any other horror film about a trip gone wrong. ...
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Santa Sangre 4K UHD Limited Edition Box Set Review: Jodorowsky’s True Vision

Alejandro Jodorowsky is the quintessential Renaissance man, although he’s most widely known as a feature film director. His true definition ...
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Fast Times at Ridgemont High Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: A Standout Comedy

Amy Heckerling's Fast Times at Ridgemont High was written by Cameron Crowe, who went undercover at a San Diego high ...
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Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House Blu-ray Review: Solid Comedy Construction

If I hadn’t watched this new Blu-ray, I never would have realized that the old Tom Hanks comedy The Money ...
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The Prince’s Voyage Blu-ray Review: A Film Only the French Could Make

My wife and often operate on different wavelengths when it comes to cinema. We share a lot of common ground, ...
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Merrily We Go to Hell Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: A Prime Example of Dorothy Arzner’s Legacy

Legendary filmmaker Dorothy Arzner was a trailblazer. She was the only female working and directing during 1930s and '40s Hollywood. ...
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Senior Moment DVD Review: A Very Light Romantic Comedy

Slowing down and taking it easy are unfamiliar concepts to 72-year-old Victor Martin (William Shatner). Once a test pilot for ...
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Justice Society: World War II Blu-ray Review: A Superb Superhero Movie

Justice Society: World War II is a superb superhero movie thanks to the screenplay by Meghan Fitzmartin and Jeremy Adams. ...
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The Legend of Hei Blu-ray Review: A Must-See For Animation Fans

As I was watching The Legend of Hei (on Shout! Factory's new Blu-ray release, coming this Tuesday) I kept thinking ...
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Wrath of Man Movie Review: A Bleak Story of Revenge

Guy Ritchie's latest crime thriller, Wrath of Man, finds the director teaming with Jason Statham for the fourth time in ...
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Wrath of Man Movie Review: A Stock Jason Statham Action Starrer

One way to describe Wrath of Man is that it’s a Guy Ritchie movie. A machismo action flick with a ...
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TV Review: The Sons of Sam: A Descent into Darkness

What happens when a man begins to investigate a case as a journalist, but then becomes so engrossed in the ...
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SXSW 2021 Movie Review: Andrea Riseborough Once Again Shines in ‘Here Before’

One word that can be used to describe Andrea Riseborough is "dauntless." The unsung British actress has proven there’s no ...
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SXSW 2021 Movie Review: ‘Best Summer Ever’ Sings with Inclusivity

Without necessarily pitting the two films against each other, Best Summer Ever makes movies like the highly controversial Golden Globe ...
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Isle of the Dead (1945) Blu-ray Review: Atmospheric Chiller from Val Lewton

The key to the enduring appeal of the horror movies that Val Lewton produced for RKO in the '40s lies ...
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Switchblade Sisters Blu-ray Review: The Big Bad Girl Rumble

Re-watching one of 1975’s best grindhouse titles, Switchblade Sisters, I’m impressed: Though it sunk like a stone when it first ...
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Masculin Feminin Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: Tres Chic

Jean-Luc Godard’s study of young love in Paris pulses with style but doesn’t have much of a story. The film ...
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Irma Vep Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: A Great Milestone in Olivier Assayas’s Body of Work

There have been so many films about the often chaotic circumstances and behind-the-scenes drama about the making of a film. ...
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Street Gang: How We Got to Sesame Street Movie Review: And How Sesame Street Got to Us

November 1969 was the first time children across the country would hear the theme song to a new television show ...
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The Furies (1950) Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: A Fascinating Film of Familial Conflict

Based on Niven Busch's 1948 novel of the same name, which Criterion has included in paperback, Anthony Mann's The Furies ...
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Tiny Tim: King for a Day Movie Review: A Poignant Look at the Quirky 1960s Star

Wacky and somewhat unhinged reality TV (or YouTube) stars are common today, so common that we’re way past asking, “Is ...
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Memories of Murder Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: The South Korean Zodiac

A woman has been brutally raped and murdered. Her body was shoved into a drain ditch. Detective Park Doo-man (Song ...
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History Is Made at Night (1937) Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: Love Crosses the Atlantic

Director Frank Borzage, who grew up with Hollywood, making (and acting in) silents from 1916 and remaining active up to ...
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Annie Get Your Gun Blu-ray Review: Shoots a Few Blanks but Hits the Overall Target

Prior to its release this week, this classic MGM movie adaptation of an American musical theatre staple has never been ...
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Nobody (2021) Movie Review: Bob Odenkirk Is a Somebody in the Action Genre

As the movie opens, Hutch Mansell (Bob Odenkirk) looks like he's been though something. Handcuffed by police, his face is ...
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Clapboard Jungle Movie Review: A Brutally Involving Document

I don't have personal experience, but I've seen and heard enough to know that the film business can be a ...
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Perdita Durango 4K Ultra HD Review: An Evil, Evil Love Story

An important key to understanding Perdita Durango, the character: her boyfriend is a bank-robbing Santeria priest who, in front of ...
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Death Has Blue Eyes Blu-ray Review: It’s a Mastorakis Mess

Greek writer, producer, director Nico Mastorakis has had a long, strange career. He started out as a reporter, becoming the ...
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Broadway Melody of 1940 Blu-ray Review: De-Lovely

The obvious draws for this classic MGM musical are the star turn by Fred Astaire and the songs written by ...
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SXSW 2021 Movie Review: The Spine of Night

The Spine of Night by co-writers/co-directors Philip Gelatt and Morgan Galen King is a fantastic fantasy film featuring animated imagery ...
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Moffie Movie Review: A Dive into the Underworld of Chauvinism

Moffie, the latest effort from South African filmmaker Oliver Hermanus, isn’t a horror movie. However, it almost feels like one. ...
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The Invisible Man Appears Blu-ray Review: It Can Finally Be Seen

Why is it that in seemingly every depiction of an invisible man in the movies, the ability to turn invisible ...
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Lynyrd Skynyrd: Live at Knebworth ’76 DVD Review: A Day the Giants of Southern Rock Held Their Own Against the Stones

On August 21, 1976, Lynyrd Skynyrd were part of a star-studded lineup at the third annual Knebworth Festival in England. ...
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SXSW 2021 Movie Review: The Sparks Brothers

Edgar Wright's The Sparks Brothers is a loving biography that tells a story of persistence and resistance as Ron and ...
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2021 Oscar-nominated Live Action Short Films Review

On April 2, 2021, THE 2021 OSCAR NOMINATED SHORT FILMS will be available in over 200 screens across 50+ theatrical ...
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2021 Oscar-nominated Documentary Short Films Review

On April 2, 2021, THE 2021 OSCAR NOMINATED SHORT FILMS will be available in over 200 screens across 50+ theatrical ...
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2021 Oscar-nominated Animated Short Films Review

On April 2, 2021, THE 2021 OSCAR NOMINATED SHORT FILMS will be available in over 200 screens across 50+ theatrical ...
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The Greatest Show on Earth Blu-ray Review: The Show Must Go On… and On… and On

Epic corn was director Cecil B. DeMille’s metier, and The Greatest Show on Earth (1952; 152 minutes), his circus opus ...
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Earwig and the Witch Blu-ray Review: A Lesser Effort from Studio Ghibli

Famed Japanese filmmaker Hayao Miyazaki announced his retirement in August of 2014. As he was the co-founder and main creative ...
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Secrets & Lies Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: Cinema at Its Best

Legendary British director Mike Leigh is one of cinema's greatest and most profound humanists. He crafts beautifully painful portraits of ...
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SXSW 2021 Movie Review: Udo Kier is Flawless in ‘Swan Song’

Over the course of his career that spans almost six decades, German actor Udo Kier has been one of those ...
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Céline and Julie Go Boating Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: A Long, Strange, Riveting Film

Julie (Dominique Labourier), a young woman with big, curly red hair, sits on a park bench distractedly reading a book ...
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The Yellow Wallpaper (2021) Movie Review: Beautiful but Lacks the Horror

In 1890, Charlotte Perkins Gilman penned her story “The Yellow Wallpaper.” This feminist tale documents a woman named Jane’s battle ...
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Damn Yankees Blu-ray Review: Lola Wants (and Gets) 4K

How much do you love your favorite baseball team? Or, more accurately, how much do you hate the New York ...
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SXSW 2021 Movie Review: Tom Petty, Somewhere You Feel Free

Mary Wharton's Tom Petty, Somewhere You Feel Free opens with title cards revealing in 2020 a collection of 16 mm ...
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Born to Lead: Jim Calhoun Movie Review

As we head into the 2021 NCAA Men’s basketball tournament, it seems like a perfect time for the documentary, Born ...
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SXSW 2021 Movie Review: Alien On Stage: Unlikely Heroes Played by Even Unlikelier Heroes

The movie Alien is defined by a number of characteristics -- high tension, elaborate special effects, a grim tone, and ...
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SXSW 2021 Movie Review: ‘Language Lessons’ Reminds Us of the Value of Connection

Given how it’s been a year since the COVID-19 pandemic happened, the thought of watching an entire film involving people ...
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Baby Doll Blu-ray Review: Let’s Play House, Baby

Scripted by playwright Tennessee Williams, who got sole credit for this adaptation of two of his shorter plays, “Twenty-Seven Wagons ...
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SXSW 2021 Movie Review: ‘See You Then’ Is a Vital and Intimate Telling of Womanhood

For a short, 74-minute movie about two old flames reuniting over the course of one night, See You Then manages ...
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SXSW 2021 Movie Review: ‘Potato Dreams of America’ Is Imaginatively Profound

Queer youth goes on a journey of self-discovery while concealing their identity out of fear. A simple story that we’ve ...
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Southland Tales Blu-ray Review: Strange but Strangely Compelling

Stepping in through the door right when the millennium was opening up and carrying with it a sense of doom ...
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Touki bouki Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: Deserves to be Seen and Discovered

I must admit that African cinema usually goes way over my head. I mostly gloss over it in favor of ...
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Crossfire (1947) Blu-ray Review: Film Noir with a Message

Crossfire, Edward Dmytryk's 1947 film which crosses classic noir tropes with an anti-racist message, is now getting a nice-looking Blu-ray ...
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The Parallax View Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: The Second Entry in Pakula’s Political Paranoia Trilogy

Based on Loren Singer's 1970 novel of the same name, Alan J. Pakula's The Parallax View is the second entry ...
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On-Gaku: Our Sound Movie Review: A Lo-fi Delight

On-Gaku: Our Sound is a lo-fi animated treat from director Kenji Iwaisawa about a trio of high school delinquents who ...
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Smooth Talk Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: A Teen’s Roller Coaster Ride from Innocence to Harsh Reality

1985's Smooth Talk, directed by Joyce Chopra (Murder in a Small Town, The Lemon Sisters, Blonde), follows restless teenager Connie ...
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Laurel or Hardy: Early Solo Films of Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy Blu-ray Review

Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy are a legendary comedy duo that had international success with both their silent and sound ...
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The Vigil Movie Review: A Minimalist Exercise in Paralyzing Grief

A limited setting, an ominous score, and a “things go bump in the night” storyline. All are three simple yet ...
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Crisis (2021) Movie Review: Surprisingly Disappointing

With heavy inspiration drawn from movies like Steven Soderbergh’s Traffic, Nicholas Jarecki’s Crisis takes a look at America’s addiction to ...
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On Moonlight Bay Blu-ray Review: Day and MacRae Play on the Bay

Booth Tarkington is most famously remembered as the author of the Pulitzer Prize winning novels The Magnificent Ambersons and Alice ...
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Lady Sings the Blues Blu-ray Review: Good Morning Heartache

Allow me to state this upfront: In Lady Sings the Blues (1972; director, Sidney J. Furie), Diana Ross gives a ...
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Scooby-Doo! The Sword and the Scoob DVD Review

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment provided the writer with a free copy of the DVD reviewed in this Blog Post.  The ...
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Chop Shop Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: A Miracle of Independent Cinema

With his wonderful 2005 Man Push Cart, filmmaker Ramin Bahrani beautifully captured the grim circumstances of being an immigrant in ...
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Man Push Cart Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: Essential Cinema

Foreigners in a foreign land express the often grim, depressing, but sometimes hopeful studies of immigrants desperate to survive a ...
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JSA: Joint Security Area Blu-ray Review: Death on the DMZ

There's only one place along the Korean DMZ that soldiers from the North and South stand across from one another, ...
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Pretty in Pink (35th Anniversary) Movie Review: Still Pretty, Still (Very) Pink

Pretty in Pink turns 35 this year. It was a peak '80s film - featuring teen romance, members of the ...
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Mandabi Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: Unexpected Money Leads to Lots of Problems

One of the things that Ousmane Sembène’s second feature film does that so few films do is, take lesser-known actors ...
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San Francisco Blu-ray Review: The King of the Barbary Coast Finds His Queen

The San Francisco earthquake of 1906 is the backdrop for this handsomely mounted 1936 MGM production, which spends far too ...
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Sundance 2021 Review: Summer of Soul (…Or, When the Revolution Could Not Be Televised)

During the summer of 1969, a remarkable music festival was held in New York that featured some of the world's ...
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Rolling Thunder Revue: A Bob Dylan Story by Martin Scorsese Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review

Bob Dylan's Rolling Thunder Revue tour was in support of his album Desire, released January 5, 1976 between the two ...
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Joint Security Area Blu-ray Review: Friendship and Murder in the DMZ

I first came to Park Chan-wook's films, like I suspect a lot of other Americans did, through Oldboy, his 2003 masterwork ...
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Bartender (2006) Blu-ray Review: A Calming Aperitif of a Show

Anime in the popular imagination is...I was about to say Dragonball, but that shows my age. Sailor Moon? One Piece? Inuyasha? Once or twice ...
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The Marksman (2021) Movie Review: Off Target

There is no debating that Liam Neeson is the one big-name actor currently working in Hollywood who is able to ...
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Versus (2000) Blu-ray Review: Samurai Zombie Yakuza Action

Japanese cinema at the beginning of the 21st century was fun. There was an explosion of cinematic talent coming from ...
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The Very Excellent Mr. Dundee Movie Review: Curb Your Enthusiasm

Looking to kill 90 minutes on New Year's Day?  Head to Amazon Prime and cue up The Very Excellent Mr. ...
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The Midnight Sky Movie Review: Astronomically Insipid

Clearly, George Clooney can’t get enough of space. After previously getting stranded with Sandra Bullock in space in Gravity, he ...
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Mank Movie Review: The Big Crack-up

In the past few years, Netflix has enticed some of our best filmmakers—Joel & Ethan Coen, Alfonso Cuaron, David Fincher, ...
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AFI Fest 2020 Review: Wolfwalkers

Made by the Irish animation studio Cartoon Saloon, Tomm Moore and Ross Stewart’s Wolfwalkers is the third in Moore's Irish ...
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The Forty-Year-Old Version Movie Review: A Winningly Profound Directorial Debut

The benefit of artistic expression is that it allows artists to vent their frustrations. Whether it’s through a script, a ...
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Pierrot le Fou Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: Still Feels Modern and Fresh

The legendary and unclassifiable filmmaker Jean-Luc Godard is reaching his 90th birthday this year (in just two months from now), and ...
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First Cow Blu-ray Review: Striking Gold and Finding Friendship

This tumultuous year saw several films see a brief theatrical release before being pulled altogether. Unless it was something that ...
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She Dies Tomorrow Movie Review: Meditation on Impending Doom

The premise is in the title: She Dies Tomorrow. She knows she's going to. She's certain of it. So certain ...
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Pretty in Pink Blu-ray Review: A Pretty Influential Portrait of Teenage Culture

Okay, let's just get this out in the open. The whole "boy falls in love with girl, girl falls in ...
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The Invisible Man (2020) Blu-ray Review: We Needed to See More of Him

It’s been twenty years since director Paul Verhoeven gave us Kevin Bacon as Hollow Man, which allowed Bacon to return ...
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Masked and Anonymous Blu-ray Review: Too Freewheelin’ for Its Own Good

“I stopped trying to figure everything out a long time ago” is the last line of dialogue in Masked and ...
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EMMA. (2020) Blu-ray Review: A Delightful Confection

Bill Nighy is a treasure.  I almost said "national treasure" there but since he’s English and I’m American I suppose ...
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Fathom Events and TCM Present King Kong (1933)

In 1929, while filming baboons in Africa on the set of The Four Feathers, director Merian C. Cooper developed the ...
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ZZ Top: That Little Ol’ Band From Texas Blu-ray Review: The Rise of ZZ Top

ZZ Top: That Little Ol' Band From Texas is a documentary that tells the story of the band, from their ...
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Sundance 2020 Review: ‘I Carry You with Me’ and ‘Minari’ Handle Themes of Home and Immigration

The Sundance Film Festival is typically a strong hub for breakout indies that are U.S.-based and in the English language. ...
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Birds of Prey Movie Review: A Chaotic Breath of Fresh Air in the DCEU

Given how Margot Robbie was one of the few saving graces of Suicide Squad, it should come as no surprise ...
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Sundance 2020 Review: Promising Young Woman Is a Promising Directorial Debut

When Promising Young Woman begins, a cover of the song “It’s Raining Men” plays in the background as Cassie (Carey ...
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2020 Oscar-nominated Documentary Short Films Review

On January 29, ShortsTV will debut THE 2020 OSCAR NOMINATED SHORT FILMS at the IFC Center in New York City ...
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Wonder Woman: Bloodlines 4K Ultra HD Review: All Hail the Princess

The latest DC animated film starts off poorly, with a prolonged 10-minute origin story on Wonder Woman’s home island of ...
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TIFF 2019 Capsule Reviews: ‘Pain and Glory’ and ‘Bad Education’

Both Pain and Glory and Bad Education are completely different films, yet they’re connected by their depictions of middle-aged gay ...
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TIFF 2019 Movie Review: Dev Patel Dazzles in ‘The Personal History of David Copperfield’

One way to describe The Personal History of David Copperfield is that it's a change of pace. It's a stretch ...
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TIFF 2019 Movie Review: Riz Ahmed is a Powerhouse in Sound of Metal

Sound of Metal is definitely my tempo. One key reason is that it’s a starring vehicle for Riz Ahmed. He’s ...
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TIFF 2019 Capsule Reviews: ‘Jojo Rabbit’ and ‘Knives Out’ Allow Change in Directorial Pace

One major plus of being in a franchise is using your clout to make bold, original material. Whether you’re an ...
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TIFF 2019 Movie Review: ‘A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood’ Is Incredibly Wondrous

Just last year, the documentary Won’t You Be My Neighbor? offered a heart wrenching look at the life of the ...
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TIFF 2019 Capsule Reviews: Two Cannes Favorites Make a Big Splash

At this year’s Toronto International Film Festival, we’ve gotten two Cannes premieres from foreign directors exercising films that are simultaneous ...
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TIFF 2019 Movie Review: ‘Waves’ Is Emotionally Shattering and Immersive

Given how Waves is a coming-of-age story about an African-American male growing up in south Florida made by A24 Films, ...
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TIFF 2019 Movie Review: Jennifer Lopez Is Oscar Worthy in ‘Hustlers’

While Jennifer Lopez has proven herself to be a successful movie star, it feels like it’s been a while since ...
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TIFF 2019 Movie Review: Michael B. Jordan and Jamie Foxx are the Strong Force of ‘Just Mercy’

When Destin Daniel Cretton arrived with Short Term 12, he announced himself as a humanistic voice in the indie world. ...
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Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019) Blu-ray Review: Long Live the King

Director/co-writer Michael Dougherty's Godzilla: King of the Monsters, which takes its name (minus the exclamation point) from the re-edited American ...
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Rush: Cinema Strangiato 2019 Movie Review: They Will Choose Farewell

In 2014, Rush (guitarist Alex Lifeson, vocalist/bassist Geddy Lee, and druumer Neil Peart) released R40, a collector's box set that ...
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Avengers: Endgame Blu-ray Review: The End of an Era

Starting with Iron Man (2008), the Marvel Cinematic Universe has gone onto to become a multimedia behemoth. It's been so ...
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Shazam! (2019) Blu-ray Review: DC Makes a Marvelous Movie

Although it's the seventh movie in Warner Brothers' DC Extended Universe series, David F. Sandberg's Shazam! comes across like it ...
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Aquaman Blu-ray Review: The Man Who Would Be Sea King

After appearing in Justice League, Aquaman (Jason Momoa) gets his own solo outing in the sixth installment of the DC Extended ...
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The Street Fighter Collection Blu-ray Review: A Thrilling Action Trilogy

Actor Sonny Chiba became an international sensation with the Japanese martial arts film, The Street Fighter, which saw him play ...
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The Transformers: The Movie Review: Still Got the Touch

On August 8, 1986, the original Transformers lit up the silver screen for the first time in The Transformers: The ...
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A Quiet Place Blu-ray Review: Shhhhhh

To make a film filled with long silences and almost entirely free of audible dialogue is a bold choice.  To ...
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A Quiet Place Movie Review: Silence Has Never Been So Scary

Even though just saying the title now gives me chills, I will not stay silent on how amazing A Quiet ...
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Justice League (2017) Blu-ray Review: The DC Extended Universe Is Heading in the Right Direction

It’s been some time since the last film Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice where the Man of Steel (Henry ...
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The Tragically Hip: A National Celebration Blu-ray Review: Armed with Will and Determination and Grace, Too

As I wrote in my review of the documentary The Tragically Hip: Long Time Running, "On May 24, 2016, it ...
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The Tragically Hip: Long Time Running Blu-ray Review: Beating the Inevitability of Death Just a Little Bit

On May 24, 2016, it was announced that The Tragically Hip's lead singer Gord Downie had incurable brain cancer.  In ...
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Festival (1967) Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: Better Than Woodstock

In the early part of the 20th Century, various folklorists, including John Lomax, wandered about the country documenting the songs ...
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Wonder Woman (2017) Blu-ray Review: Entertaining, Uplifting, and Empowering

In the on-going competition between Marvel Comics and DC Comics, the latter has struggled keeping pace with their movies this ...
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Doberman Cop (1977) Blu-ray Review: Sonny Chiba’s Hick Dirty Harry

Kinji Fukasaku, of Battles Without Honor or Humanity fame, is best known as the director of hard-edged, cynical material with ...
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Wolf Guy Blu-ray Review: Too Much Guy, Not Enough Wolf

I've said it before, and I'll say it on a continuous loop until it stops being true: we live in ...
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Suicide Squad Movie Review: DC Commits Suicide with Latest Blunder

Written by Kristen Lopez After the massive blunder called Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Suicide Squad was primed to ...
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Justice League vs. Teen Titans Blu-ray Review: That’s So Raven, Damian

DC appears determined to cater to all manner of Justice League fans this year. If the dark, brooding Batman V Superman ...
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Bob Dylan: Dont Look Back Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: Glimpses into the Heart of the Artist

By the time Bob Dylan toured England in the Spring of 1965, he’d released five albums (two of which went ...
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Cemetery Without Crosses Blu-ray Review: An Obscure French Western Gets Its Day

About the time the western genre was growing stale in America, European filmmakers picked it right back up.  More than ...
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The Other Side of the Mirror: Bob Dylan at the Newport Folk Festival 1963-1965 Blu-ray Review

Murray Lerner filmed the performances at the Newport Folk Festival in 1963, ’64, and ’65, and from those concerts created ...
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McLintock! (Authentic Collector’s Edition) Blu-ray Review: An Entertaining Escape

Made by his own Batjac Productions, John Wayne stars as the titular McLintock! in a variation of Shakespeare's Taming of ...
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It Happened One Night Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: The Original Runaway Bride

It's hard to imagine now, but there was a time in cinematic history when romantic comedies were extremely rare. That ...
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RiffTrax Live!: Godzilla (1998) Review: Catastrophic Laughs

The RiffTrax boys are at it again. This time, Kevin Murphy, Bill Corbett, and Mike Nelson have chosen to skewer ...
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The Unknown Known Movie Review: Rumsfeld’s Snowflakes

Written by the Canadian Cinephile Filmmaker Errol Morris has said of his interview with former U.S. Secretary of Defense Donald ...
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Rollerball Blu-ray Review: Worth Viewing, but Didn’t Maximize Its Potential

Before Star Wars came along in 1977 and reminded moviegoers how much fun science fiction could be, most of the ...
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Bob Dylan: The 30th Anniversary Concert Celebration (Deluxe Edition) DVD Review: Star-studded, Jam-packed, Mid-career Celebration of One of Rock’s Greats

The 1980s were not particularly kind to Bob Dylan.  There were a few highlights including successful tours with Tom Petty ...
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Tim’s Vermeer Movie Review: Art Isn’t Easy

We're well into the age of instant images; anyone with a smartphone is, or can be, a photographer and/or videographer. ...
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Man of Steel (2013) Movie Review: Man of Action, but Little Thought

Director Zack Snyder, producer Christopher Nolan, and writer David S. Goyer have delivered an adaptation of Superman that is parts ...
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Iron Man 3 Movie Review: Third Time’s a Charm

Not only does Iron Man 3 return the franchise to its glory, which I didn't find was as diminished by ...
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Star Trek III: The Search for Spock Movie Review: You Can’t Keep a Good Vulcan Down

As a life-long Star Trek fan it's almost impossible to say there has ever been a bad Star Trek film. ...
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Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan Movie Review: Classic Storytelling

Written by Greg Barbrick For this fan, the greatest Star Trek movie of all time is Star Trek II: The ...
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Star Trek: The Motion Picture Review: Boldly Going Where They’ve Gone Before

As the May 17 release date for Star Trek Into Darkness approaches, it seemed like the perfect time for the ...
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Sushi Girl Blu-ray Review: Reservoir Dogs’ and The Usual Suspects’ Slightly Underdeveloped Lovechild

How's this for a pitch: Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill), Candyman (Tony Todd), Atreyu (Noah Hathaway), Donnie Darko's Frank the Demonic ...
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Two-Lane Blacktop: Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: Monte Hellman’s Masterpiece

Written by Luigi Bastardo As anyone who has ever experienced a truly awkward moment of puberty is well aware, growing ...
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Trek Nation Movie Review: The Search for Dad

In attempt to find out more about the father he lost at 17 and the science-fiction empire he built, Rod ...
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Hondo (1953) Blu-ray Review: John Wayne Delivers a Standout Performance

Based on Louis L'Amour's short story "The Gift of Cochise," Hondo Lane (John Wayne) wearily walks out of the New ...
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Godzilla (1954) Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: The King of Monsters is Back

In 1954 one of the world's biggest monster movies was released to the big screen. Created and directed by Ishiro ...
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Godzilla (1954) The Criterion Collection DVD Review: The Legendary Monster Makes its Debut

In 1954, Japan was still reeling from the effects of the World War II atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki ...
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The Captains DVD Review: William Shatner Logs Interviews with Peers

William Shatner has written and directed this compilation of interviews and brief glimpses into the lives of the six actors, ...
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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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A Fistful of Dollars / For A Few Dollars More Blu-ray Reviews: The Man with No Name Looks Better Than Ever

One of the great things about middle age is that you forget stuff. This is problematic when it relates to ...
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Senna Movie Review: See It Now, Because Everyone Will Be Talking About It

One thing I learned early in life: it's okay for boys to cry, as long as the tears are shed ...
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Bellflower Movie Review: Flamethrowing Its Way into Your Heart

Love is a battlefield, as Pat Benatar reminded us back in the '80s. Nowhere is that fact more evident than ...
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Stake Land Blu-ray Review: It Goes for the Throat

In the film industry, all it takes is one hit. Zombieland -- a film that I really did not enjoy ...
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Leon Morin, Priest Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: Sex and Religion on the Mind

The Film Léon Morin, Priest is a somewhat atypical film for director Jean-Pierre Melville and star Jean-Paul Belmondo, at least ...
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Whistle Down the Wind Movie Review: The Best Film You’ve Never Seen

It's April of 1962 and your kid wants to see the new Hayley Mills movie. "Please!" she begs. "She was ...
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Monte Hellman’s Road to Nowhere (2010) Movie Review: A Cinematic Dream

Midway through Monte Hellman's noirish head-scratcher Road to Nowhere, an actress asks a director a seemingly simple question:  "How many movies ...
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Summer Children DVD Review: A Lost Film Is Found Again

Never properly released after it was shot in 1965, Summer Children was recently unearthed by producer Jack Robinette and finally ...
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Ladies & Gentlemen…The Rolling Stones DVD Review: A Great Introduction to the Band

The year 1972 was a pivotal one for The Rolling Stones. They spent the summer as tax exiles in France, ...
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Shine A Light DVD Review: The Rolling Stones and Martin Scorsese Deliver Satisfaction

Longevity in the arts can be a double-edge sword. Artists no doubt appreciate having long careers in the endeavors they ...
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The Lincoln Lawyer Movie Review: Guilty of Being a Very Good Film

Based on the novel of the same name by Michael Connelly, The Lincoln Lawyer stars Matthew McConaughey in an impressive ...
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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 Vincent Minnelli, producer John Houseman, screenwriter Charles Schnee and actor Kirk Douglas for ...
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You Again Blu-ray Review: Actions Have Consequences

I have often wondered why women are not as supportive of each other as they could be. We should be ...
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Breathless (1960) Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review: A Crime Story, a Romance, and a Movie About Movies

Jean-Luc Godard's Breathless helped launch the French New Wave movement, which challenged norms of the medium. Godard's directorial choices appear ...
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The Last Song Movie Review: It Should Have Never Been Sung

It's certainly difficult to write something that is sure to anger pubescent girls throughout the world, but this Last Song ...
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Iron Man 2 Movie Review: Not Great, Not Awful, Pure Meh

Written by Fido I went into the first Iron Man with a fair share of non-enthusiasm, as I'm not a ...
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Raging Bull 30th Anniversary Edition Blu-ray Review: That’s Entertainment

Martin Scorsese's biography about middleweight boxer Jake "The Raging Bull" La Motta (Robert De Niro) is a fascinating spectacle of ...
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Animal Kingdom DVD Review: Crime and Punishment in Suburban Melbourne

J (newcomer James Frecheville) is an 18-year-old boy thrust into the midst of his criminal extended family when his mom ...
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The Incredible Hulk (2008) Movie Review: Credible At Best

In the opening credits we are filled in on the events that lead Dr. Bruce Banner to be hiding in ...
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Secretariat Blu-ray Review: An Also-Ran

This film tracing the true story of one of the most famous racehorses of all time is so bland and ...
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Iron Man (Ultimate 2-Disc Edition) Blu-ray Review: You Will Believe An Iron Man Can Fly

Having suffered through more misses than hits, comic book fans were understandably concerned about Iron Man, a second-tier hero for ...
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Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 1 Movie Review: The Beginning of the End

As the last chapter of the Harry Potter saga commences, the evil Voldemort's (Ralph Fiennes) control over the Wizarding world ...
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The Town (2010) Movie Review: Crime and Some Punishment

Based on Chuck Hogan's novel Prince of Thieves, director Ben Affleck delivers an action-packed, suspense-filled crime drama populated with great ...
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ZZ Top: Double Down Live DVD Review: Two Shows, One Band

While not listed as an official commemoration of their 40th anniversary, Double Down Live celebrates ZZ Top and makes clear ...
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Toy Story 3 Blu-ray Review: You’ll Never Outgrow It

When a studio delivers a third installment in a series, it's often more focused on making money rather than making ...
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ZZ Top: Live From Texas DVD Review: Keeping the Beer Drinkers and Hell Raisers Happy

Heading in to their 40th year, that little ol' band from Texas, ZZ Top continues to rock the house with ...
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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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