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    13 Ghosts

    1960
    Columbia
    +*-Aiming squarely at the allowances of moppet readers of Famous Monsters of Filmland, William Castle followed “Percepto” with a new gimmick in 1960, “Illusion-O”. Paul Frees’...
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    20 Million Miles to Earth

    1957
    Columbia
    +*-The dino-like Ymir is one of Ray Harryhausen’s most personable stop-motion creations and the last to benefit from his brilliant black-and-white lighting. Currently available in a...
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    20,000 Leagues Under the Sea

    Buena Vista `1954
    +*-Fans who saw this as children count this elaborate Jules Verne adaptation as one of their greatest movie experiences. Walt Disney’s first all-live-action production was a...
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    2001: A Space Odyssey

    1968
    MGM
    +*-Many a baby boomer’s most treasured recollections of the 1960s include one or more altered-state viewings of Stanley Kubrick and Arthur C. Clarke’s game-changing science fiction...
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    3 Days of the Condor

    1975
    Paramount
    +*-For years studio development execs have tried to use Sydney Pollack’s classic conspiracy thriller as a template for would-be blockbusters, but hardly any of the various...
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    3 On A Match

    1932
    Warner Bros.
    +*-The largely forgotten Ann Dvorak sizzles in this snappy 63 minute‚ pre-code Warner Bros. melange of booze, drugs and gambling. Scarface star Dvorak still has a...
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    52 Pickup

    1986
    Cannon Film Distributors
    +*-This was a bright spot in a fallow period for director John Frankenheimer after disasters like PROPHECY. The magic charms of the late Elmore Leonard kicked...
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    7 Faces of Dr. Lao

    1964
    MGM
    +*-The Circus of Dr. Lao, written by Charles G. Finney in 1935, was a cynical, trenchant satire of the small minds of small town people.  George...
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    7 Men from Now

    1956
    Warner Bros.
    +*-This first in a series of unique Randolph Scott/Budd Boetticher collaborations defines the phrase “adult western” which was primarily used to describe tv shows of the...
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    A Boy and His Dog

    1975
    LQ/JAF
    +*-Harlan Ellison’s Nebula-winning post-WW IV sci-fi novella is transferred to the the screen by longtime character player-turned-director L.Q. Jones, who never directed another film despite its...
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    A Boy Ten Feet Tall

    1965
    Paramount
    +*-One of Alexander Mackendrick’s lesser known efforts, this hard-luck family movie shot in Africa under the title Sammy Going South existed in several versions. The original...
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    A Bucket of Blood

    1959
    AIP
    +*-“Life is an obscure hobo, bumming a ride on the omnibus of art.” The wit and wisdom of writer Charles B. Griffith, Roger Corman’s hipper-than-thou alter-ego,...
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    A Chump at Oxford

    1940
    United Artists
    +*-Like Saps at Sea, this Hal Roach Laurel & Hardy vehicle was originally conceived as a four-reeler, but was bumped up to 63 minutes to compete...
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    A Face in the Crowd

    1957
    Warner Bros.
    +*-Elia Kazan’s lacerating portrait of a down home demagogue has never lost its disturbing relevance. Anchored by a ferocious performance by Andy Griffith, Budd Schulberg’s media-savvy...
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    A Fish Called Wanda

    1988
    MGM
    +*-A comic crime caper stuffed with eccentric supporting characters, A FISH CALLED WANDA is in the best tradition of British comedies like THE LAVENDER HILL MOB....
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    A Fistful of Dollars

    1967
    United Artists
    +*-Dashiell Hammet? Akira Kurosawa? Are these among the progenitors of the spaghetti western?! Yep. Hammet’s Red Harvest informed Kurosawa’s Yojimbo, which was transformed into the first...
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    A Hard Day’s Night

    1964
    United Artists
    +*-In 1964 the widespread teenage lament was, “what?! the Beatles movie is in black & white?!” But this was no fly-by-night Sam Katzman musical quickie, —...
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    A High Wind in Jamaica

    1965
    20th Century Fox
    +*-Director Alexander Mackendrick was unhappy with studio changes to his work, but this unsentimental critical and boxoffice failure remains a compelling adaptation of Richard Hughes’ disturbing...
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    A Midsummer Night’s Dream

    1935
    Warner Bros.
    +*-An unlikely pairing of Shakespeare and Warner Bros. with an all-star cast and dazzling production values. You’ll notice that nowhere in this trailer do you hear...
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    A Night at the Opera

    1935
    MGM
    +*-Although some bemoan Irving Thalberg’s civilizing influence on the Marx Brothers when they moved to MGM, this is probably their most popular picture. And seen with...
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    A Nightmare on Elm Street

    1984
    New Line Cinema
    +*-Wes Craven started a wildly popular franchise with this offbeat chiller which pretty much became a license to print money. It made back its $1.8 million...
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    A Raisin in the Sun

    1961
    Columbia
    +*-In this specially filmed trailer producer David Suskind explains why it’s okay for white folks to like his expanded filmization of Lorraine Hansberry’s acclaimed one-set play...
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    A Room With A View

    1986
    Cinecom Pictures
    +*-Director James Ivory and producer Ismail Merchant brought this adaptation of E. M. Forster’s novel to the screen to wide acclaim. Released in 1986, it’s another...
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    A Star is Born

    1954
    Warner Bros.
    +*-Cary Grant was originally entreated by co-star Judy Garland‚ to play fading star Norman Maine in this remake of the 1937 original, but when he stepped...
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    A Star is Born ’76

    1976
    Warner Bros.
    +*-Barbra Streisand steps into the Judy Garland role in this big-scale musical remake that works pretty well on its own terms, but would have benefitted from...
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    Abbott and Costello Meet Frankentstein

    1948
    Universal
    +*-After “Young Frankenstein”, this is probably the best-loved horror comedy of all time and is more elaborately produced than the previous two serious Frankenstein films. Bela...
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    Abbott and Costello Meet the Mummy

    1955
    Universal
    +*-Bud and Lou meet their last monster in this well-worn but still amusing‚ finale to their long stint at Universal. The frequently‚ at-odds duo were to...
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    Ace in the Hole

    1951
    Paramount
    +*-Audiences in 1951 rejected Billy Wilder’s acerbic, jet-black satire, based on a real life incident, as cynical and depressing–and that it is, in spades. But today...
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    Act of Violence

    1948
    MGM
    +*-Moviegoers seeking easy answers should steer clear of Fred Zinneman’s hardboiled thriller from 1948, ACT OF VIOLENCE. Zinneman uses the then recent horrors of World War...
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    Adam’s Rib

    1949
    MGM
    +*-Tracy and Hepburn define the word “chemistry” as  husband and wife lawyers battling each each other at home and in a divorce case allegedly inspired by the amicable divorce of Raymond...
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    Africa Blood and Guts

    1967
    Rizzoli
    +*-The Italian creators of the worldwide ’60s smash Mondo Cane, initiators of the popular “shockumentary” genre, set their sights on the troubled Dark Continent with predictably...
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    After Hours

    1985
    Warner Bros.
    +*-A hapless Griffin Dunne tries to make his way home from New York’s Soho district in this quirky, unexpected black comedy that was nearly directed by...
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  • Larry Karaszewski on

    After the Fox

    1966
    United Artists
    +*-Neil Simon, a first-time screenwriter with three hits running on Broadway, wanted Marcello Mastroianni to play the lead in this movie-biz caper comedy, but got Peter...
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    Alex In Wonderland

    1970
    MGM
    +*-Riding high after the tremendous success of his 1969 hit Bob and Carol and Ted and Alice, Paul Mazursky kicked off the ’70s with this self-indulgent...
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    Alien

    1979
    20th Century Fox
    +*-The monster in Ridley Scott’s influential sci fi classic was played by a 7’2 Nigerian design student and set some kind of record for coating with...
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    All Fall Down

    1962
    MGM
    +*-Live television director John Frankenheimer’s third theatrical feature is based on James Leo Herlihy’s dysfunctional family novel. This led directly into Frankenheimer’s amazing run of five...
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    All Night Long

    1963
    Colorama Features
    +*-No, not the 1982 Barbra Streisand movie (which come to think of it might be equally unfamiliar), but Basil Dearden’s sadly obscure 1962 British drama which...
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    All Quiet on the Western Front

    1930
    Universal
    +*-Riots erupted in Germany when when this anti-war classic debuted in cinemas. Lewis Milestone (who took home a directing Oscar along with the Best Picture award)...
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    All That Heaven Allows

    1955
    Universal
    +*-Another lacerating depiction of the values of post-war middle-class Americans from Douglas Sirk, who Universal seemed to regard merely as their house soap-opera specialist. Once again...
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    All That Jazz

    1979
    20th Century Fox
    +*-All That Jazz, director Bob Fosse’s ode to Bob Fosse, is one of the most kinetic, technically dazzling movie musicals ever made. The film, a thinly-veiled...
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    All The King’s Men

    1949
    Columbia
    +*-Rumor has it there was a recent remake of this Best Picture Oscar-winner, but nobody seems to remember seeing it. Broderick Crawford and Mercedes McCambridge also...
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    All the President’s Men

    1976
    Warner Bros.
    +*-One of the great newspaper movies. Even though today we know the identity of “Deep Throat”, Alan Pakula and William Goldman’s tense reconstruction of Woodward &...
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    All Through the Night

    1942
    Warner Bros.
    +*-Released soon after Pearl Harbor, audiences in 1941 didn’t find this Runyonesque comic melodrama in which familiar Warner gangsters unite to fight Nazis all that funny....
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    Alligator

    1980
    Group 1 International
    +*-John Sayles wrote the witty script, mostly on airplanes, at the same time he was writing The Howling, and Joe Dante remains convinced that the dream sequence...
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    Almost Famous

    2000
    Columbia
    +*-Despite generally rapturous reviews, Cameron Crowe’s engaging semi-autographical chronicle of a teenage writer touring with rock bands for Rolling Stone struggled at the box office, but has...
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    Altered States

    1980
    Warner Bros.
    +*-William Hurt, in his screen debut, experiments with that nostalgic 80s pastime, sensory deprivation, which culminates in biological devolution. Writer Paddy Chayefsky, credited onscreen as Sidney...
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    Amarcord

    1974
    New World
    +*-Federico Fellini‚ remembers his Fascist-era hometown‚ Rimini (renamed Borgo) in a‚ loosely structured, sometimes dreamlike evocation of a year in the life of a small Italian...
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    American Graffiti

    1973
    Universal
    +*-George Lucas was originally slated to direct Apocalypse Now for Warner Bros. but the deal fell though. Despite its shoestring budget and little support from Universal,...
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    American Movie

    1999
    Sony Pictures Classics
    +*-What should be a comedy of errors about a hapless filmmaker’s efforts to complete a low, low budget horror film becomes instead a poignant tale about...
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    An Affair to Remember

    1957
    20th Century Fox
    +*-One of the then-rare examples of a director remaking his own film, Leo McCarey’s 1957 remake of his 1939 Love Affair casts Cary Grant and Deborah...
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    An American Hippie in Israel

    1972
    Box Office Spectaculars
    +*-Practically begging to be a cult film, this 1972 Israeli comedy featuring murderous mimes, bloodthirsty sharks and a Vietnam vet shipwrecked with a band of hippies...
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    Anatomy of a Murder

    1959
    Columbia
    +*-Otto Preminger learned a lot from Hitchcock, publicity-wise. The autocratic Viennese director basically stars in this trailer for one of his biggest hits, based on a...
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