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Apparently, not all (super) heroes wear capes, cowls, and spandex. Some heroes don’t wear them at all. Sometimes they wear two- or three-piece suits, a cleanly pressed shirt, and a matching tie. Sometimes they even carry an overstuffed briefcase filled with books on criminal law and procedure, and maybe even…

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Once every hundred years, the enchanted village of Brigadoon appears in the heather-covered Scottish highlands, visible for the day to any people who happen upon it. This century, the happeners are two jaded men from New York…

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If Happy Death Day feels like a rerun of a movie you’ve already seen, that’s because you have. It’s a slightly-blood-spattered Groundhog Day – emphasis on the “slightly,” since the film is essentially bowdlerized so that its target teen crowd doesn’t have to sneak in after purchasing tickets to Lego Ninjago Movie. Yes, here is a…

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The precise qualities of film noir are notoriously difficult to pin down; for many, it’s a know-it-when-you-see-it sort of thing. One of the least tangible qualities of a noir film is its tendency to play with conventional characterizations in ways that shock the audience while revealing hidden truths about our own society. Full…

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Behold, a possibly controversial opening statement: Blade Runner 2049 justifies the existence of its predecessor. The cult-classic 1982 Ridley Scott epic is well-revered but remains something of a conceptual skeleton: it opens the door to great thematic richness but only flirts with entering. 2049 enters and explores…

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On the surface, Stronger comes from the traditional mold of the hero’s narrative: a noble protagonist suffers through unspeakable tragedy but finds the will to rise up into previously unknown greatness. But this true-life story accomplishes its own heroic undertaking: calling bullshit on its own familiar formula, spinning the…

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In the late 1920s, every studio was looking for their own answer to Paramount’s “It Girl” Clara Bow. No one succeeded — how can anyone compete with Clara Bow? — but First National Pictures came close with their peppy blonde firecracker Alice White. Starting at the end of the silent era, White was cast in a series of films…

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Bogged down with student loans and itching to try something new, the recently graduated Claire (Loretta Young) insists that she and her fiancé Johnny (Frank Albertson) spend some time apart, her in New York looking for a job, Johnny in Europe on a scheduled tour with his up-and-coming band. Johnny is desperate for…

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