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In the dust of long gone video stores ghosts of film geeks past forever roam.

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‘Superman’ and ‘Superman II’: What Is, and What Might Have Been

Superman and Superman II are two of the best films of their kind, but budget and time overruns necessitated a number of changes from the original vision.

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How a Streetwalker Became America’s Sweetheart

Pretty Woman was porn-lite for women long before Fifty Shades of Grey came along, and apparently, it still is.

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Where Have You Gone, Monsieur Hulot?

Persistent themes of Jacques Tati’s films were work and play, two forces in conflicting or complementary relationships, always inspiring creativity regardless of configuration.

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The Fictions of Anxiety in ‘The Last of Philip Banter’

An examination of internalized fears, The Last of Philip Banter explores the social culture of the working-class through a careful dissection of mental illness.

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Building the Perfect Bomb: The Numbers Behind Box Office Flops

The biggest "box office bombs" of all time, much like the biggest hits, are not always the ones you're expecting them to be.

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The Beatles Are Pent-Up Prisoners of Their Own Notoriety in ‘A Hard Day’s Night’

Over 50 years after its release A Hard Day's Night is regarded as a minor classic. It's easy to forget, however, that no one thought the film would ever achieve such stature.

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Paul Verhoeven’s Authenticity Came to Light at Chicago’s Logan Arcade

Some works by Paul Verhoeven, a director known for satire, were shown in an ironic setting this summer. The result was an earnestness soaked in blood.

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A Parallel History of America Through Filmmaker Debra Granik

Sure, Debra Granik helped direct Jennifer Lawrence to her first Oscar nod, but her new motorcycle documentary gives her oeuvre a theme: films about the neglected and disenfranchised in America.

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Jean-Luc Godard: A Montage of Attractions

The montage approach that Jean-Luc Godard celebrates in his films would become the driving force behind Historie(s) du cinéma.

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Let the Music Move You: A Conversation with Eden’s Félix de Givry and Sven Hansen-Løve

Mia Hansen-Løve's Eden is a love letter to modern dance music (with a Daft Punk subplot), but its star and co-writer discuss its surprisingly realistic origins.

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Abandoned ‘Star Wars’ Plot Points Episode IV: A Family that Slays Together Strays Apart

Planet of the Wookiees, expendable heroes, familiar clones, depressing endings, unknown siblings, and more twins than you can shake a saber at: is this the Star Wars saga you remember?

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Birdman v Uttama Villain: Portrait of the Artiste As an Older, Wiser Man

Making their films resistant to easy consumption and demanding respect for the artiste is essential to the spirit of Birdman and Uttama Villain.

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18 Jun 2015 // 2:15 AM

Power and Disability in ‘Mad Max: Fury Road’

More needs to be said about Furiosa as not only a powerful female character, but a powerful, disabled female character.

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9 Jun 2015 // 4:00 AM

Twenty Years Into Her Career, Margaret Cho Is Just Getting Started

From her standup tours to the Golden Globes to her new comedy Tooken, Margaret Cho is an unstoppable force, and one that tells us she might be going behind the camera soon.

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Unrealistic Colors and Naturalistic Philosophies in Jean Renoir’s ‘The River’

In The River, Renoir transcends his own attractive colors, stumbling into a “realistic” philosophy of nature that the portraiture of color so often forbids.

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‘Children of Men’, ‘Babel’, ‘Pan’s Labyrinth’, and the Mapping of the (Post)modern Global World

Guillermo del Toro, Alejandro González Iñárritu, and Alfonso Cuarón -- the "Three Amigos" of Mexican cinema -- use their 2006 masterpieces to examine the global through the lens of the local.

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In ‘The Bridges of Madison County’, Meryl Streep Proves She Is the Author of Her Films

It takes a superior actress to convey a character’s entire history in one scene, and in this film, at least, Meryl Streep does it masterfully.

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Cannes 2015: A Flight Over Our Planet - Reflections on the Festival

The best films of Cannes 2015? Those with a visceral combination of sound and image that document bodies moving through space and that forge a primal kinetic connection with the viewer.

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Let the Face Speak for Itself: Hard Features in ‘The White Buffalo’

The mortal authenticity of Charles Bronson’s face needed no surgical denials or plastic justifications, unlike the onscreen stars of today's image-obsessed culture.

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Guster + Kishi Bashi Perform at Central Park Summerstage (Photos)

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