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The Shawshank Redemption

Monday, July 3, 2023

  This irrepressible, inscrutable movie is about bad people who are sort of really good people, and sort of good people who refuse to let really bad things become their […]...

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The Picture of Dorian Gray

Monday, June 26, 2023

  Among more than 30 film adaptions of Oscar Wilde’s 1891 novel, The Picture of Dorian Gray, a 1945 release (not rated, 110 minutes) starring Hurd Hatfield as Dorian Gray is […]...

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The Iceman Cometh

Monday, June 12, 2023

  Stamina is one thing you need to load up on so you can watch The Iceman Cometh (1973, rated PG, 239 minutes), based on Eugene O’Neill’s impressive 1939 play. […]...

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The Bridges of Madison County

Monday, June 5, 2023

  The Bridges of Madison County (1995, rated PG-13, 135 minutes) documents the chance intersection of the unremarkable lives of Francesca and Robert with all the heat and dazzle of […]...

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The African Queen

Tuesday, May 30, 2023

  The African Queen (1951, rated PG, 105 minutes) was an adventure film when adventure had more to do with intrepid characters and the right thing and joie de vivre […]...

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Scent of a Woman

Monday, May 22, 2023

  If you think that all good movies have Super Bowl excitement, don’t bother watching Scent of a Woman (1992, rated R, 157 minutes). This obviously many-splendored film has grit, […]...

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Cold Mountain

Monday, May 15, 2023

  Cold Mountain (2003, rated R, 154 minutes) is based on Charles Frazier’s first novel. I expect that any writer who has read it has murmured “wish I’d written that,” […]...

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Billy Elliot

Monday, May 8, 2023

  Billy Elliot (2000, rated R, 111 minutes) is about aspirations, with clap-your-hands dancing and a helping of human kindness. Jamie Bell pretty much flawlessly plays 11-year-old Billy, the son […]...

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Winter’s Tale

Monday, May 1, 2023

  Winter’s Tale offers a gripping combination of magic, miracle, young love, and gritty good vs. evil plot lines. It’s just what you need to guarantee the feel-good feeling as […]...

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Steal a Pencil for Me

Monday, April 24, 2023

  Steal a Pencil for Me is a believable and deeply touching true story of an unimaginable romance in World War II that bloomed in the horrible camps at Westerbork […]...

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Message in a Bottle

Monday, April 3, 2023

  Oceans fill my eyes when I watch Message in a Bottle (1999, rated PG-13, 131 minutes). If you’re a Nicholas Sparks fan, you already know what I’m talking about. […]...

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Manchester by the Sea

Monday, March 27, 2023

  Manchester by the Sea is a relentless white-knuckle drama. There are too many horrors for these ordinary, decent people who try so hard to live ordinary, decent lives.  Manchester […]...

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