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I can’t say I recommend buying a ticket for Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice, but anyone who decides to go should check out this primer to bring you up to date. It has some interesting background (Jenna Malone as […]

Seventy-five years ago, The Maltese Falcon was first released, the very first film from director John Huston (with his father, the distinguished actor Walter Huston, in a small non-speaking part for good luck). It was the third version of the […]

Movies are short. They have to fit a whole story into a space that is usually just 90-120 minutes. So every single detail on the screen has to deliver information. This is a great explanation of how our first view […]

For more than 100 years, movies have been offending someone, and no group has spent more time on the front lines of “decency” battles than the Catholic Legion of Decency, later renamed the National Legion of Decency. They went all […]

Frock Flicks is a wonderful blog from Trystan L. Bass, Sarah Lorraine, and Kendra Van Cleave, whose commentary on the historical accuracy and creative contribution of the costumes in historical movies and television is thoughtful, perceptive, and illuminating. They also […]

My friend Jen Chaney had a great interview with Marilyn Vance, who designed the wonderful costumes in the Molly Ringwald/Andrew McCarthy/Jon Cryer classic, “Pretty in Pink.” “I relate personally to this film,” says the Brooklyn native, who grew up, like […]

Slate has a great history of kisses in movies. Here are some of my favorite movie kisses: And here is Diane Keaton talking about the men she’s kissed in the movies and the ones she’d like to kiss!

My friends at Rogerebert.com saluted the Chinese New Year and the Year of the Monkey with our favorite monkey movies, and ended up arguing about spoilers!

Check out this great quiz about great movie love quotes! If you beat my score (18), let me know!

The Coen brothers love old movies, and we see evidence of that in many of their films, including “Barton Fink,” about a hapless playwright who come to Hollywood to write movies in the 1940’s, and with their remakes of the […]

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