Paddington Rides into Theaters

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Paddington, beloved star of the classic British children's book series, arrives in theaters January 16, for his feature film debut. The film promises to capture the delightfully madcap bear's London hijinks with his adoptive family, the Browns. Paddington's story began when a BBC cameraman, Michael Bond, published A Bear Called Paddington in 1958, inspired by a stuffed bear he bought for […]

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Nothing Like a Dame: Judi Dench

Judi Dench

Dame Judi Dench has recently released a new book of photos and anecdotes from her long career: Behind the Scenes. The photographs are both publicity shots and ones from Dench's private collection, documenting both her professional and personal life. The most striking thing I learned from this book was that as a young actor, a […]

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Who’s Your Favorite Scrooge?

Illustration from the Christmas Carol of Scrooge and Marley's ghost

Alastair Sim isn't the first Scrooge I ever loved, but over the years he’s become my favorite. Likewise, I consider his 1951 Christmas Carol the Christmas Carol. I especially love Sim's giddy, irrepressible joy the morning after the spirits visit, when he realizes he’s been granted a second chance at life. Favorite moment? When after dancing about the room he says, “I must stand […]

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Rock Documentaries

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Some of the most powerful movies star not overpaid Hollywood actors but gloriously gifted singers and musicians. They're rock documentaries, great entertainment if you’re a fan of behind-the-music stories. One of the most moving and suspenseful rock documentaries is Searching for Sugar Man, about a Mexican-American singer-songwriter from Detroit. A 2012 Academy Award-winner for Best Documentary Feature, the movie sets […]

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Happy Turkey Day (Not That Kind Of Turkey)

The day after Thanksgiving, some film nerd friends I have get together to celebrate Turkey Day, except their "turkey" is defined by bad taste rather than good. These movies, however, are just so bad they may be good when enjoyed in witty company. If you need some fine examples of B-roll entertainment to go with […]

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An Irish Complaint

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Some consider the fight for Irish independence one of the more romantic episodes of the 20th century, and many filmmakers have thought it has cinematic potential. No less a giant than David Lean used it as a backdrop for his romance, Ryan's Daughter. Innocent Rosy Ryan marries a middle-aged schoolteacher, but falls madly in love with a […]

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Happy Birthday to a Dreamer!

Jim Hnson and Kermit

On Wednesday, September 24, we should all take a moment to remember a man whose creative genius has had an impact on our lives. Whether you grew up watching Sesame Street, are old enough to remember that he was once in the cast of Saturday Night Live or even had a Kermit Clein poster on your bedroom […]

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New Mexican Cinema Films with Nail-Biting Plots

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Whenever I think of Mexican movies, classics that feature Mexican icons like Maria Felix, Pedro Infante and Mario Moreno "Cantinflas" always come to mind. While my dad is a huge fan of Cine de Oro (Golden Age of Mexican Cinema), I am not. Luckily I discovered Nuevo Cine Mexicano, which started in the early 1990s and features contemporary story […]

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Celebrate Labor Day with Great Movies about Workers

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Norma Rae contains one of the most iconic moments on film, and the lead actress, Sally Field, doesn't say a word. Instead, she hops on a table in a textile mill as machines clatter and whir around her and holds up a sign that says UNION. One by one, her co-workers shut down their machines in solidarity. […]

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Happy Birthday, Preston Sturges

The Palm Beach Story

Next week marks what would have been the 116th birthday of the director, playwright and screenwriter Preston Sturges (August 29, 1898-August 6, 1959). Born in Chicago as Edmund Preston Biden, Sturges began a life in the theater at a young age when he traveled with his eccentric actress mother to Europe to work with Isadora Duncan. Later, as […]

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