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  • DVD Review: Extras complement Sturges' masterpiece

    DVD Review: Extras complement Sturges' masterpiece
    It's generally acknowledged that Preston Sturges — the first major Hollywood screenwriter to ascend to the director's chair — was on an extraordinary creative roll from 1940 to 1944. During this period he made eight features for Paramount: five masterpieces, two good, and one (“The Great Moment”) so strange it defies labeling. The third of the masterpieces was “The Palm Beach Story,” a raucous screwball comedy with some of the sliest sexual innuendo to make it past the moral watchdogs.
  • 25 titles added to National Film Registry

    25 titles added to National Film Registry
    Steven Spielberg's 1998 World War II epic, "Saving Private Ryan," Joel and Ethan Coen's cult comedy "The Big Lebowski" and the 1976 drama "Please Don't Bury Me Alive!" — considered by historians to be the first Chicano feature film — are among...

    Pining for sophisticated comedy in a world of raunch

    It would seem beyond argument that Americans are more sophisticated today than they were in the 1930s and '40s. We travel, communicate and do business across the globe, have access to more information and more types of sensation than ever before —...

    'Why Be Good?' reacquaints moviegoers with a jazz baby to remember

    'Why Be Good?' reacquaints moviegoers with a jazz baby to remember
    Now concluded, and consigned to history's dustbin, the 50th Chicago International Film Festival's most achingly nostalgic moment came shortly after 5 p.m. on Sunday. Festival co-founder and artistic director Michael Kutza and historian and critic...

    Jeremy Renner reflects on an unexpected Hollywood trajectory

    Jeremy Renner reflects on an unexpected Hollywood trajectory
    In 1992, Jeremy Renner came to Los Angeles as an aspiring actor with three specific goals in mind. (1) He wanted to be in a movie. (2) He wanted to have a significant enough role that he wouldn't have to explain that he was, say, that guy wearing the...