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This week features some great movies that will be opening.
The Amazing Spiderman 2 – perfect for any fan of the superhero genre.
Belle – A coming of age piece set in 19th century England
Beneath The Harvest …

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Sabrina – Billy Wilder
February 2, 2011 – 2:22 pm | No Comment
Sabrina – Billy Wilder

Comedy in any medium depends a great deal upon the mixing up of mes­sages, the deliberate switching of a communication context, and the swapping of labels on statements. Billy Wilder’s comedies generally avoid slapstick switches …

The Apartment – Billy Wilder
February 2, 2011 – 2:22 pm | No Comment
The Apartment – Billy Wilder

Originally branded “a dirty fairy tale,” Billy Wilder’s The Apartment com­bines irony, burlesque, soap opera, and truth into a morality play whose message is “be a mensch,” a Yiddish term for a human being. Filmed …

Monkey Business – Howard Hawks
February 2, 2011 – 2:22 pm | No Comment
Monkey Business – Howard Hawks

Monkey Business is a comedy about rejuvenation, a serious theme; how­ever, director Howard Hawks’s treatment of the subject does not emphasize this seriousness. His approach is to make the situations resulting from the premise as …

The Little Foxes – William Wyler
February 2, 2011 – 2:22 pm | No Comment
The Little Foxes – William Wyler

Lillian Hellman’s The Little Foxes concerns the Hubbard clan, a ruthless, upwardly mobile family who play out their drama against a backdrop of the South in transition. Crushed by the terrors of reconstruction, the romanticism …

Some Like It Hot – Billy Wilder
February 2, 2011 – 2:20 pm | No Comment
Some Like It Hot – Billy Wilder

Billy Wilder’s Some Like It Hot is an outrageous, satirical spoof of the 1920′s in which Wilder deftly spends two hours milking one joke, that of two musicians on the run from Chicago mobsters, who …

Witness For The Prosecution – Billy Wilder
January 30, 2011 – 11:22 pm | No Comment
Witness For The Prosecution – Billy Wilder

The witness for the prosecution, a surprise witness, is Christine Vole (Mar­lene Dietrich), presumably the wife of the man on trial for murder, Leonard Vole (Tyrone Power), a ne’er-do-well gadget peddler. She claims that she …

Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde – Rouben Mamoulian
January 24, 2011 – 1:42 am | No Comment
Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde – Rouben Mamoulian

Very few characters have struck the chord of man’s imagination with more resonance than Robert Louis Stevenson’s Dr. Jekyll, for in his duality he represents the struggle of good and evil within the individual. It …

Golden Boy – Rouben Mamoulian
January 23, 2011 – 1:42 am | No Comment
Golden Boy – Rouben Mamoulian

When Columbia first announced its purchase of Clifford Odets’ Group Theatre play Golden Boy, it seemed a strange choice, because that studio had never favored dramas of strong social significance. Odets was not hired to …

Queen Christina – Rouben Mamoulian
January 22, 2011 – 1:41 am | No Comment
Queen Christina – Rouben Mamoulian

When Queen Christina opened, at the end of 1933, Greta Garbo had not appeared in a film for eighteen months, and rumors were circulating that she was ready to give up the screen—something which was …

Love Me Tonight – Rouben Mamoulian
January 21, 2011 – 1:42 am | No Comment
Love Me Tonight – Rouben Mamoulian

For many years, critics and historians tended to see Love Me Tonight as an unsuccessful imitation of the great director Ernst Lubitsch. In recent years, however, this extraordinarily stylish musical has come into prominence and …

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