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70s Rewind: BITE THE BULLET, Gene Hackman As a True Western Hero

Gene Hackman is a treasure of American cinema. His role in Bite the Bullet is a good example of a less-heralded performance that nonetheless sheds light on his brilliance. Born in 1930, Hackman served in the U.S. Marines shortly after...

70s Rewind: SUPERMAN, When Heroes Only Had to Be Super ... And Men

"You'll believe a man can fly." Belief was a big deal for movies and me in late 1977. Sure, Star Wars rebooted space opera, but that was a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away. Close Encounters of...

Blu-ray Review: DOWNHILL RACER Snaps Into Sharp Focus On Criterion

Here's what the Criterion Collection is good for: equal parts enshrining of significant milestones in the art of film (see last week's review of Ikiru), and the championing of striking works of filmcraft that have somehow slipped from the narrative...