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The Natural (1984)

Can a film still be a masterpiece while remaining intrinsically flawed? If so, "The Natural" comes as close as it gets.

The Apple Dumpling Gang

While I'd never put it on my list of the 10 greatest Disney pictures, it is cute, and Knotts & Conway are a hoot.

Golden Boy (1939)

William Holden's screen debut has a predictably mushy romantic plot, but the vivid characters, emotive acting and smart dialogue carry the day.
Tom Hanks and Dan Aykroyd star in 1987's "Dragnet," a Universal Pictures release.

Class of 1987: ‘Dragnet’

“Dragnet” is pokey next to its peers. Then again, like many prototypes, it’s a merely sufficient expression of possibility without refinement of later versions.

Vertigo

Not the top-of-the-line Hitchcock, but 1958's "Vertigo" is always worth another look.
Jeff Taylor (Kurt Russell) finds himself in way over his head in "Breakdown," a 1997 thriller from Paramount Pictures.

Class of 1997: ‘Breakdown’

In the “Class of …” series, Nick Rogers takes a monthly look back at films celebrating either their 20th or 30th anniversary of initial release this year — six from 1997 and seven from 1987 (the extra in a forthcoming double-feature column). The rules: No Oscar nominees and no films that were among either year’s top-10 box-office […]

The Long and Short of It: ‘The Godfather Part III’

It stands as a poignant bookend to a hefty cinematic saga — and the film that brought Film Yapper Sam Watermeier into the world.

The Station Agent

This touching slice-of-life film jumpstarted the careers of Peter Dinklage and Bobby Cannavale.