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Happy 100th birthday to one of the greatest and most versatile stars of the golden age of Hollywood, Olivia de Havilland! She and her fellow-Oscar-winning sister, Joan Fontaine, were born in Tokyo, the daughters of British parents, a professor and […]

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This week’s new “Tarzan” movie should inspire families to check out the many, many earlier versions of this classic story. In 2012, Neely Tucker of The Washington Post wrote a wonderful tribute to Tarzan in honor of the 100th anniversary […]

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Werner Herzog is not only one of the most brilliant directors in the history of world cinema; he is also unique in the span of his films, equally impressive in narrative features and documentaries. After a decade of pleading from […]

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PrettyFamous has a graph showing which summer blockbusters made the most money. What will 2016 show?

In honor of Father’s Day, my eBook, 50 Must-See Movies: Fathers is FREE through Father’s Day, June 19, 2016. What do “Wall Street” and the “Star Wars” saga and, seemingly, about half the movies ever made have in common? They are […]

30 years ago today, Ferris Bueller took the day off and in our hearts we all went with him. While kids at school were listening to Ben Stein drone on about tariffs and voo-doo economics, three kids with last names […]

Aisha Harris and Dan Kois got ideas from a range of filmmakers, critics, and historians to prepare Slate’s list of the “50 Greatest Films by Black Directors,” a response to the many “canonical” lists that overlook these films. In an […]

The BBC has assembled a thrilling tribute to the films they consider America’s best.

I couldn’t resist this one — Rose Marie was a superstar when her age was in single digits and her show business career tells the story of entertainment in the 20th century. I hope this film gets made.

This week’s Tim Burton “Alice Through the Looking Glass” is the latest film to feature one of the most popular characters in movie history, based on the books Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland & Through the Looking-Glass by Lewis Carroll. That […]