Some Like It Hot: Mother of All Comedies

Remember that line from that Romantic Comedy starring Jason Segel and Cameron Diaz released a few years ago? Oh, Which one you might ask. That isn't surprising at all. But I would be surprised if you remembered any at all. Not a lot of comedies stand the test of time.
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The Conversation: Coppola and the Role of Technology

Forty years after it came out, Francis Ford Coppola’s The Conversation remains a relevant classic. This taut thriller follows Harry Caul (played by the excellent Gene Hackman), a private surveillance expert who is hired to listen in on a young couple’s conversation. The job begins to trouble Harry, however, when...
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Let the Right One In: A Welcomed Change to Formula

All too often, vampire movies follow the same formula: the vampires are played by impossibly good-looking actors, there’s the vampire vs. other species prejudice/war bit, and there’s generally lots of blood, sex, violence and a special relationship between a vampire and a human. The formula isn’t bad, but it is...
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Capote: A Shift in Literature and Personality

Capote is a beautifully crafted, mesmerizing film that perhaps best demonstrates the late Philip Seymour Hoffman’s ability to effortlessly become his characters. The film tells the story of the 1959 murder of a Kansas family that sparked the idea for author Truman Capote’s famous true crime novel, In Cold Blood,
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ParaNorman: A Fall Film with Strong, Scary Heart

Paranorman is one of those great “pleasant surprises:” when you turn it on, you’re not sure what to expect, but in the end, you’re really glad you chose that film. And, the movie has great messages about individuality and about acceptance, which both kids and adults can relate to. Paranorman...
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The Big Sleep: An Out of Balance Camelot

Biographers tell us that, as a boy, Raymond Chandler was obsessed with tales of chivalry. And the 1946 adaptation of his first Philip Marlowe novel, The Big Sleep, seems to bring those ideas sharply into focus. Starkly filmed in black and white, the film shows us that there is no...
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