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Miracle Mile, or How I Learned to Love Worrying About the Bomb

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Film columnist Rick McGinnis on the cold war-era apocalyptic thriller Miracle Mile...

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Design For Living: Give 'em Hecht

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Rick McGinnis on the pre-Hays Code comedy Design For Living...

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When Hollywood Went Nuts: The Chase

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Rick McGinnis on the stereotype-affirming 1966 drama The Chase, "the sort of movie that thinks nothing of insulting wholesale a third of its potential audience."

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MGM's Movie Musicals, the Freed Unit and It's Always Fair Weather

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Rick McGinnis on It's Always Fair Weather and MGM's Freed Unit, the production entity responsible for scads of Hollywood's great musicals...

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Mike Leigh and Career Girls: Time Heals Most Wounds

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Rick McGinnis on Mike Leigh's "deferred coming of age film," Career Girls.

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Mad Love: History Is Made at Night

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Rick McGinnis on Frank Borzage's anachronistic screwball comedy-romance-disaster film History Is Made at Night...

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When Hollywood Went Nuts: The Swimmer

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Rick McGinnis on The Swimmer, the influential mix of Narcissus and Odysseus set to a backdrop of class anxiety and cultural decline, starring Burt Lancaster...

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Bells Are Ringing: The End of the Freed Unit

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Rick McGinnis on the Freed Unit's Bells Are Ringing and the end of the age of the Hollywood musical...

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The Man You Love to Hate: Steve Coogan, Tony Wilson and 24 Hour Party People

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Rick McGinnis on the British comedy-biopic 24 Hour Party People starring Steve Coogan as musical entrepreneur Tony Wilson...

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Spellbound: I Married a Witch

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Rick McGinnis is bewitched by a classic screwball comedy starring Veronica Lake and Fredric March...

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What Ails Us: The Hospital

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Rick McGinnis on Paddy Chayefsky's The Hospital, directed by Arthur Hiller and starring George C. Scott and Diana Rigg...

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Feeling Too Much: Douglas Sirk, Magnificent Obsession and All That Heaven Allows

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Rick McGinnis on the master of the Hollywood melodrama, Douglas Sirk, with a particular look at Magnificent Obsession and All That Heaven Allows...

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City Onscreen: Los Angeles Plays Itself

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Rick McGinnis unpacks the mystique and mythology of the City of Angels on film in Los Angeles Plays Itself.

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Made For Each Other: Libeled Lady

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Rick McGinnis on Jack Conway's 1936 screwball comedy Libeled Lady...

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Nice While It Lasted: Two for the Seesaw

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Rick McGinnis on Robert Wise's 1962 romantic drama Two for the Seesaw, starring Robert Mitchum and Shirley MacLaine...

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Over the Top: Written on the Wind and The Tarnished Angels

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Rick McGinnis on Douglas Sirk's relentless and hyperbolic melodrama Written on the Wind, and his later CinemaScope picture The Tarnished Angels...

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Trapped in a Corner: Robert Altman, Richard Nixon and Secret Honor

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Rick McGinnis on a film by Robert Altman in exile on Richard Nixon in exile...

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The Girl Can't Help It: Ernst Lubitsch and Cluny Brown

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Rick McGinnis on director Ernst Lubitsch, his "touch", and his romantic comedy Cluny Brown...

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Reliving a Nightmare: 9/11 and the Naudet Brothers

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On the 20th anniversary of 9/11, Rick McGinnis reflects on the footage of the attacks and their aftermath captured by French filmmakers Jules and Gédéon Naudet...

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Leave Them Wanting More: Douglas Sirk and Imitation of Life

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Rick McGinnis continues his journey through the work of director Douglas Sirk, this time looking at his 1959 drama Imitation of Life, starring Lana Turner and John Gavin...

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