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Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Favorite films from the rotten core of the Big Apple

 In Chicago in1934, notorious mobster John Dillinger had just finished watching Manhattan Melodrama, an archetypal New York crime movie, before being gunned down by FBI agents near the Biograph Theater. Since then, many fine vintage films about wrongdoers and their pursuers
Monday, Nov. 18, 2013

Movies that offered alternative explanations for JFK’s death

 Most anyone living at the time can clearly recall hearing the news on that Friday afternoon of Nov. 22, 1963, when President John F. Kennedy was assassinated. Little wonder that several movies have dealt with those events in Dallas
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Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2013

Movies on the nuclear apocalypse (that never happened)

Daunting international tension has been the subject of several movies in which the president of the United States had to bite the bullet to avoid nuclear war. Among the most notable are Fail Safe (1964) with Henry Fonda; World War III (1982) with Rock Hudson; By Dawn’s Early Light (1990) with Martin
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Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Is Jack Palance the best movie villain?

Who are the all-time best movie villains—actors we love to hate on the big screen? This is a challenging question even for dedicated film aficionados. Quickly coming to my mind are Charles Laughton
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Sunday, March 24, 2013

Twenty great films featuring cowboys, outlaws and legends of an earlier America

 Westerns are the most cherished American film genre, providing rip-roaring action and powerful drama. Some of the most provocative, often in black-and-white, probed the psychology beneath the gunplay. In my favorite
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Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2013

Against all odds, Hollywood has made a few

Over the years, most movie remakes have been woeful. Recent examples include The Manchurian Candidate (2004) a botched version of 1962’s black-and-white beauty; 3:10 to Yuma
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Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2012

Top 20 movies about American presidents

 With the nasty, contentious, divisive 2012 presidential election now history—and a movie about Abraham Lincoln in theaters—here’s an intriguing question: Which actors, over the years, were most effective portraying

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