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Taking the Art Out of ‘The Art of the Steal’

This rises somewhat above its heist flick clichés, due mostly to its stellar cast, but also the clever structure of the story, courtesy of writer/director Jonathan Sobol.

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The Sentimental Pedagogy of ‘Good Morning, Miss Dove’

Miss Dove is the last of a "genteel" respectability in a world that's going to hell.

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Jame Cagney’s Reinvention in ‘Johnny Come Lately’

In this otherwise predictable film, James Cagney paved a path for future performers and the DIY ethic.

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Francesco Rosi’s Odd Bout of Irrealism in ‘More Than a Miracle’

In More than a Miracle, we have no hope that the whole countryside must live happily ever after.

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‘The Freshman’ Is Remarkably, if Silently, Contemporary

The grand-daddy of college comedies, The Freshman makes a compelling case for the relevance of silent film.

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‘Runaways’, Rebellion and Reissue

Aimed at younger viewers, this BFI period collection about runaways and tearaways manages a good mix of entertainment, education and social commentary.

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Celebrating a Remarkable 50-Year ‘Adventure in Space and Time’

Long-time fan and Doctor Who scriptwriter Mark Gatiss guides us through the first episode of what would become television’s longest running sci-fi show.

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The Marx Brother’s ‘Love Happy’ Not So Happy Behind-the-Scenes Drama

Even a so-so Marx Brothers film is better than no Marx Brothers film, right?

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Alfred Hitchcock Would Get a Kick Out of ‘Non-Stop’

Liam Neeson's career reinvention continues as he becomes our generation's Cary Grant in the efficient, streamlined thriller Non-Stop.

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‘Call the Midwife: Season Three’ Shifts from Learning Curves to Relationships

These stories are always engaging, not only because midwifery in the '50s is so interesting, but also because the midwives themselves are fully realized characters.

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‘Mr. Magoo: The Theatrical Collection’ Is an Animation Lover’s Dream

There was a time when the approach to animation was “less is more”, and it worked very well, indeed.

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Quirks, Neurosis, Irrational Behavior and ‘The Bob Newhart Show’

It shouldn’t work, turning psychiatric patients into cartoons; it should be more more offensive than it is. Somehow, though, it all just ends up being good for a laugh.

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‘The Selfish Giant’ Is Oscar Wilde Re-Imagined

Clio Barnard's vision of the terrenely paradise described by Oscar Wilde has less to do with romanticism and everything to do with escapism.

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‘Doctor Who’ Minus the What, When, Why and Where

Patrick Troughton is amazing in his dual roles in Doctor Who: The Enemy of the World, but this long-lost serial is short on the thrills.

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The Playbook of Marketing Was Turned on Its Ear by Social Media

Douglas Rushkoff’s Frontline: Generation Like discovers that teens, it seems, are happy to work for free, essentially doing the work of the advertisers.

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‘God Loves Uganda’ Is a Timely Exposé, but It’s Also Unimpressive Cinema

God Loves Uganda exists to educate and enrage; it paints a clear portrait of good versus evil.

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‘Vampire Academy’: It’s Just About High School

Some of the seams of the vampire / teenager connection are starting to show.

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‘Veronica Mars’, Just Out of Law School, Takes Us Back to Neptune

Series creator Rob Thomas fashioned Veronica Mars as a reunion movie, for both the audience and the characters.

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The Fall of The Clash Minus the Rise

For a telling of "the only band that mattered", there's something of a lack of yeast in the brew, here.

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We’re Back on the Horse Again with ‘Blazing Saddles: 40th Anniversary Edition’

The Blu-ray extras here are quite good, but of course, the film is an enduring, hilarious classic for those with that Mel Brooks and Monty Python-like sensibility.

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