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'Get Shorty' Is the Purest Distillation of Elmore Leonard

The 1995 Hollywood caper Get Shorty, starring John Travolta, Gene Hackman and Danny DeVito, was billed as Elmore Leonard's revenge on the movie industry, but it has a funny way of showing it.

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Downhill Racer

A visually stunning sports movie that tweaks the formula just enough to make a personal, thoughtful film without refuting genre expectation.

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French Connection 1 & 2

Watching the original with its sequel draws attention to the subtle but inarguably greater care Friedkin brought to the earlier film.

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Imaginary Witness: Hollywood and the Holocaust

So important did the US government consider some filmmakers’ work that after liberation, film crews went into concentration camps even before medical teams.

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Bonnie and Clyde

This film carries a bedrock rebelliousness and shocking ugliness that firmly resonates today.

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Time Encapsulating: The Best DVDs of 2006

From solid single issues to amazingly complete film and television compilations, the works highlighted here argue for DVD's continued importance.

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Reds (1981)

Warren Beatty's personal best film stands among the most spectacular films of the '80s and has retained its dignity with age.

Matt Mazur
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Prime Cut (1972)

Prime Cut is like a giant absurdist painting.

Nikki Tranter
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Get Shorty (Special Edition) (1995)

Sonnenfeld keeps all of this under two hours by cutting the movie at a dazzling clip. The film moves like Travolta, quickly and with style.

Jesse Hassenger
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Runaway Jury (2003)

Besieged by John Grishamish plot twisties, the actors in Runaway Jury do their best to fashion an emotional coherence.

Cynthia Fuchs
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Heist (2001)

[David Mamet's] language, severe and spare, actually sounds quite human comin

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