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The Best Romance Movies of the 21st Century, from ‘High Fidelity’ to ‘Carol’

What would movies be about if not for love? Since well before the days of Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman in “Casablanca,” romance has driven countless classic stories, setting up some of the highest highs in cinematic history to follow. Be it Cary Grant and Grace Kelly seeing stars in “To Catch a Thief” or […]

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Humphrey Bogart Would Have Rather ‘Dug Ditches’ Than Taken His Career To TV

Humphrey Bogart was not one to mince words. He was a plain-spoken man who excelled at playing plain-spoken characters. When he deigned to opine on a particular subject, you could be absolutely certain that you were getting Bogie’s unvarnished take. So when the mega-star of “The Maltese Falcon,” “Casablanca” and “The Big Sleep” unloaded on […]

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Offbeat Romantic Movies That Are Highly Underrated

Maybe it’s Valentine’s Day, and you’re looking to get into the spirit of the occasion. Or maybe it’s date night, and you’re looking to take things further with someone new, or to keep that romantic spark going strong with a longtime love.Regardless, you probably have the same problem that we do. So many of us […]

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14 Middle Eastern and North African films to tempt festival directors in 2022

Cannes 2019 discoveries Mounia Meddour and Maryam Touzani are among the Mena filmmakers with works in post-production.Middle Eastern and North African cinema enjoyed a high profile on the 2021 festival scene thanks to a raft of works from the region including Moroccan director Nabil Ayouch’s Casablanca Beats, Egyptian Cannes Critics’ Week winner Feathers, Lebanese filmmaker […]

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‘Army of the Dead’ in Theaters Means Netflix and Exhibition Both Get to Win

“Louis, I think this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship.”The final line in “Casablanca,” with Humphrey Bogart’s Rick commenting on the marriage of convenience with French Vichy Captain Renault, might serve for theaters and Netflix. The movie that’s testing that bond is not a cinema classic; it’s Zack Snyder’s “Army of the Dead,” an […]

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Film Score Pioneer Max Steiner Is Ripe for Rediscovery, with the Help of a New Biography

Composer Max Steiner, whose scores for “King Kong,” “Gone With the Wind” and “Casablanca” placed him in the movie-music pantheon, isn’t much discussed today. He seems to belong to that old-school, pre-synthesizer world of orchestral scoring from the ’30s, ’40s and ’50s.But as author Steven C. Smith points out in his engrossing new biography of […]

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