Cinderella for Home Entertainment

Disney disclosed this week that the year's best movie, Cinderella by writer Chris Weitz and director Kenneth Branagh, premieres on home video this year on September 15. The movie will be simultaneously released on Blu-Ray, digital high-definition and the studio's...

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Movie Review: So Dear to My Heart (1949)

Screened at the TCM Classic Film Festival 2015, one of Walt Disney’s most personal films, So Dear to My Heart, introduced by film and Disney historian Leonard Maltin, is utterly charming. The movie includes live action and a few brilliant scenes in poetically themed...

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Movie Review: Too Late for Tears

This film noir classic with a femme fatale played by Lizabeth Scott (who apparently hated the movie) is a shocking portrayal of a diabolical woman literally on the manhunt. The late Miss Scott, whom I recently discussed with Leonard Maltin and Robert Osborne, was an...

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Movie Review: Malcolm X

The words "...by any means necessary," conclude Spike Lee's racist propaganda piece, Malcolm X. This phrase asserting that the ends justify the means, a rationalization for tyranny throughout history, is the movie's theme. Lee capably gives "by any means necessary",...

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Movie Review: Gunga Din

One of the greatest war movies and another reason besides Gone with the Wind and The Wizard of Oz why 1939 is a legendary year in motion pictures, Gunga Din, played at Sid Grauman's Egyptian Theater for TCM's Classic Film Festival. It was introduced by Oscar winners...

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Movie Review: Viva Zapata!

Elia Kazan's Viva Zapata! (1952) starring Marlon Brando and Anthony Quinn, is another of his brilliantly conceived and executed character studies, a penetrating movie with an excellent script by John Steinbeck (The Grapes of Wrath). I had the pleasure of seeing it for...

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