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Pretty in Pink (1986)

John Hughes presented bubble-gum pop movies about teens with a somber, often bitter core. “Pretty in Pink” isn’t his best, but it is perhaps his most enduring. Continue reading

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Lion of the Desert (1981)

An engaging if uneven biopic about an early Libyan freedom fighter, virtually unknown in the West due to its financier, Muammar Gaddafi. Continue reading

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Funny Girl (1968)

Though the dreary third act pulls down the rest of the film, “Funny Girl” boldly presented a new face to the world. Continue reading

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Rio Bravo (1959)

Some have called it the conservative response to “High Noon,” but “Rio Bravo” stands sturdy on its own two boots as a well-crafted Western. Continue reading

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The Desert Rats (1953)

A crisp, terse war adventure, “The Desert Rats” is a historically inaccurate, but well-told, yarn and sorta-sequel to “The Desert Fox.” Continue reading

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The Eagle Has Landed (1976)

A preposterous movie based on an absurd premise, “The Eagle Has Landed” nonetheless boasts a fine cast and direction by John Sturges. Continue reading

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Broken Arrow (1950)

This gorgeous, bold drama was one of the first Hollywood films to offer a sympathetic portrait of American Indians, though it’s undermined by a bogus romance. Continue reading

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Battle of Britain (1969)

A serviceable if unremarkable WWII war film, “Battle of Britain” exists mostly as a marker of great deeds rather than truly capturing them. Continue reading

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Kids (1995)

Despite its lurid depiction of wastrel youths getting high and having sex, there’s an immediacy and vitality to “Kids” that can’t be denied. Continue reading

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Paper Lion (1968)

The film adaptation of George Plimpton’s book offers an inside look at what happens when an everyman tries to impersonate an expert. Continue reading

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