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The Defiant Ones (1958)

Despite a stellar pedigree with nine Oscar nominations and two wins, “The Defiant Ones” is a mawkish, moralizing mess. Continue reading

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Zulu Dawn (1979)

The other movie about the Anglo-Zulu War, 1979’s “Zulu Dawn” doesn’t pack as much emotional punch as 1964’s “Zulu.” Continue reading

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My Girl (1991)

Best known as The Film Where Macaulay Culkin Dies, this coming-of-age period piece is so much more. Continue reading

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Twelve O’Clock High (1949)

An unusual war picture for 1949, “Twelve O’Clock High” is less about aerial combat than what happens on the ground between missions. Continue reading

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My Bodyguard (1980)

Matt Dillon, Adam Baldwin, Jennifer Beals and Joan Cusack all made their screen debuts in this tender teen drama. Continue reading

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Night of the Living Dead (1968)

While lacking in technical skill or polished acting, “Night of the Living Dead” has long outlived its B-movie origins. Continue reading

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Lucas (1986)

Tender and ambitious, “Lucas” dared to show teens with all their natural failings, idiosyncrasies and goodness. Continue reading

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Hoop Dreams (1994)

“Hoop Dreams” is an epic tale about two basketball wannabes, which draws archetypes from the world around them. Continue reading

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Paper Moon (1973)

With its lighthearted timbre and somber, striking backdrop, “Paper Moon” is a lovely film that always leaves us guessing. Continue reading

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My Favorite Wife (1940)

This screwball comedy starring Cary Grant and Irene Dunne gets lost in expectations. Continue reading

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