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La dolce vita

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There’s an old story (probably embellished, possibly apocryphal) from Blackboard Jungle’s opening weekend. Not many people remember that 1955 teen drama starring...

A place for us

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For centuries, New York City has welcomed immigrants from every nation, matching each wave of newcomers with an enclave of their...

The children of Marx and Coca-Cola

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It was the 1960s, and revolution was in the air. For French filmmaker Jean-Luc Godard, cinema was the way to express...

At the movies

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A man goes to the movies. The critic must be honest enough to admit he is that man. —Robert Warshow

Here’s mud in your eye

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He’s just so damn handsome. Smooth skin, full head of shiny black hair, snappy dinner clothes, thin as a rail —...

So you want to bring peace to the Middle East?

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Middle East peace is always a very attractive proposition,” Gamal Helal says. “It’s a very sexy topic. I cannot think of...

Let’s movie

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For more than a decade, cinema’s faithful have flocked to the promised land every spring for the TCM Classic Film Festival: One...

Deadpan double feature

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Sometimes a coincidence is too good to ignore, and this weekend we’ve got two new movies, alike in style and substance,...

Noir on the range

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Nowadays we call them noir, but back in the 1940s and ’50s they didn’t have a name. Born out of 1930s...

Where the past begins

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When Amy Tan’s The Joy Luck Club hit shelves in 1989, more than one reviewer interpreted the narrative’s central tension between...

Downhill

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Lyz Lopez started skiing when she was 4. Who knows what first drew her to the sport, but 11 years on...

And the nominees are…

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Almost two months later than last year’s ceremony and encompassing two venues, 2021’s Academy Awards will cap the cinematic year that...