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  • Block Cinema revisits the Great Depression

    Block Cinema revisits the Great Depression
    The rawest, most vital Hollywood films of the early 1930s didn't turn a blind eye to the Depression. Rather, they turned the crisis into an opportunity for all kinds of storytelling, guided by socially conscious principles as much as filmmaking wiles.
  • Why 'Pompeii' Doesn't Blow

    History suggests that it took about six hours for Mt. Vesuvius to bury Pompeii in a thick coat of lava and ash. It took most critics even less time to bury "Pompeii" the movie in volcanic invective, resulting in a woeful 28% "fresh" rating on Rotten...

    Tom Laughlin: Five films from the 'Billy Jack' star

    Tom Laughlin: Five films from the 'Billy Jack' star
    Tom Laughlin, who came to fame as the half-Native American, half-white ex-Green Beret in the 1971 indie blockbuster "Billy Jack," died Thursday at age  82. A lot of his films are on DVD and on streaming services.  If you want to go back to his...

    'Pulp Fiction,' 'Roger & Me,' 'Mary Poppins' Join National Film Registry

    "Pulp Fiction," "Roger & Me," "The Magnificent Seven," "Mary Poppins," "Judgment at Nuremberg" and "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?" are among 25 films selected by the Library of Congress this year to be added to its National Film Registry. The...

    'Mary Poppins' among 25 films added to National Film Registry

    'Mary Poppins' among 25 films added to National Film Registry
    A beloved musical about a magical nanny, an epic about the first astronauts, a silent film with a Native American cast and a sci-fi thriller loosely based on Shakespeare's "The Tempest" are among the 25 motion pictures to join the National Film Registry...