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In Slate, Aisha Harris has a very comprehensive list of the movies that inspired writer/director Damien Chazelle in creating the musical romance, “La La Land,” from the more obvious (“Singin’ in the Rain,” “The Umbrellas of Cherbourg”) to the more […]

My favorite Christmas story is A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens and I enjoy as many versions as possible every year.  I love it in just about any of its movie incarnations. “Bah, humbugs” have been muttered by Scrooges played by […]

The 2016 additions to the National Film Registry at the Library of Congress has the usual mix of cultural touchstones (“Thelma and Louise” and “The Breakfast Club”), beloved favorites (“The Princess Bride”), neglected historic gems (“The Beau Brummels”), innovative oddball […]

I love the Christmas classic movies and watch as many as I can every year.  But there are many great Christmas films that don’t get mentioned as often and I like to remind families that these are worth making time […]

One of Hollywood’s brightest stars celebrates his first century today. Kirk Douglas (born Issur Danielovitch on December 9, 1916) tells his story in The Ragman’s Son and Let’s Face It. He is #17 on the American Film Institute list of […]

If you like movies about aliens, be sure to read Stephanie Merry’s great look at 40 years of movie extraterrestrials in the Washington Post. The aliens in “Arrival” are spectacular, and that’s no small feat. In most “first contact” movies, […]

After you vote, take a break from red and blue maps to enjoy some of the portrayals of real US Presidents on screen. Daniel Day-Lewis won an Oscar for Lincoln.  I’ve already written about some of the many other movie […]

For Halloween, some of my favorite movie witches: Kim Novak is a sexy witch who will lose her powers if she falls in love in “Bell Book and Candle.” The outstanding cast includes Jimmy Stewart, Jack Lemmon, and Elsa Lanchester. […]

Movie lists are irresistible — to make and to debate. Here are three intriguing new ones. My friend, Talk Easy podcast host and critic Sam Fragoso, has compiled a list ranking all of Matt Damon’s performances. I’d put “Stuck on […]

Happy Labor Day and many thanks to everyone who works.  Some of my favorite movies about the workplace: The Pajama Game He (John Riatt — Bonnie’s father) is the new boss at the pajama factory.  She (Doris Day) represents the […]