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  • Andrew V. McLaglen dies at 94; veteran director of western films

    Andrew V. McLaglen, a prolific veteran of westerns, action films and television who directed many of classic Hollywood's most enduring stars, including John Wayne, Robert Mitchum and William Holden, died Aug. 30 at his home in Friday Harbor, Wash. He was 94.
  • Il Cinema Ritrovato: Cinematic Treasures Lost and Found, Back on the Bigscreen

    A large crowd queues impatiently outside the cinema and, when the doors open, rushes in. In an instant, every available seat is taken. Toward the back of the auditorium, a dispute breaks out between two passholders over who was there first. It's a...

    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...