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The Man From U.N.C.L.E. (Warner Home Video) was a popular TV series that ran from 1964 to 1968 and was inspired by the popularity of the James Bond films. In fact, Ian Fleming, the author of the Bond novels, is the individual credited with giving the show’s central character —Napoleon Solo — his name.

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The critically acclaimed House of Flying Daggers, masterfully directed by Fifth Generation Chinese filmmaker Zhang Yimou, combines romance and drama with action and adventure. A wuxia (martial arts) film in the vein of King Hu’s A Touch of Zen (1971) or Yimou’s previous film Hero (2002), House of Flying Daggers uses dazzling …

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Sexual abuse is, no doubt, difficult to address as subject matter, especially in a documentary. If one presents solely firsthand accounts from victims, and nothing else, the viewer will be disturbed, but won’t feel compelled or informed. Not only that, interviewing those victims for the film would only make them relive past horrors…

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In what is the first time I can remember the title cards of a film be given voiceover narration treatment (though I’m sure it’s happened before), David Thorpe, a filmmaker based in New York City, gives us our first introduction to the topic at hand: his voice. We soon learn that by cultural, certain academics, and even Thorpe’s standards …

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Danger. Explosions. Helicopters and airplanes. Beautiful women, beautiful cars, beautiful locations and Bond vs. villain showdowns: Spectre serves up all of these traits we have come to expect and grown to love in the timeless James Bond film series. Unfortunately, Spectre is spoiled by being drawn out and messy, attempting to …

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Maurice Pialat’s 1991 Van Gogh is a steady, non-grandiose look at the famous painter’s final 67 days in the beautiful Auvers-sur-Oise, France. The opening shot follows the painter’s hand as he gently runs a paintbrush across a blue canvas; it is a peaceful start to a film which avoids high drama and concludes with similar …

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The good news for anyone anticipating The Peanuts Movie is that it holds very true to Charles M. Schultz’s comic strip and the original television specials that many of us grew up on. So much so that the film seems almost quaint in comparison to many of the kids movies of today. There are no fart jokes, no references to R-rated …

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