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Review: Maniac

Maniac Elijah wood

Elijah Wood plays a troubled loser with mannequin girlfriends and a thing for murder in Franck Khalfoun and Alexandre Aja’s remake of the 1980 underground hit. Most of the film is shot from the killer’s point of view, but apart from this distinction, Eric D. Snider finds the new Maniac “pretty humdrum.” Read Eric’s review.

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Classic Movie Stars Born in August

Robert Mitchum Publicity StillIt’s the beginning of the month once again and that means it’s time to look back at all the classic movie stars and directors born in the month of August. A few are still with us, but all should be remembered for their contributions to film and for how deeply they all touched our lives.

  • Peter O’Toole – Aug. 2
  • Myrna Loy – Aug. 2
  • John Huston – Aug. 5
  • Robert Mitchum – Aug. 6
  • Robert Shaw – Aug. 9
  • Cecil B. DeMille – Aug. 12
  • Alfred Hitchcock – Aug. 13
  • Ethel Barrymore – Aug. 15
  • Mae West – Aug. 17
  • Maureen O’Hara – Aug. 17
  • Shelley Winters – Aug. 18
  • Vera Miles – Aug. 23
  • Gene Kelly – Aug. 23
  • Sean Connery – Aug. 25
  • Van Johnson – Aug. 25
  • Ingrid Bergman – Aug. 29
  • Preston Sturges – Aug.  29
  • Fred MacMurray – Aug. 30
  • James Coburn – Aug. 31

Robert Mitchum in an undated publicity still/Unknown

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No Highway in the Sky

Fox Cinema Archives to Release More Classics on DVD

No Highway in the SkyAll throughout the month of August, Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment will release 23 classic movies on DVD as part of their ongoing Fox Cinema Archives collection.

Titles both familiar and obscure will be part of  the continuing release schedule which actually commenced yesterday July 30 with the British-made disaster movie, No Highway in the Sky (1951) starring James Stewart; Henry King’s Technicolor romance Ramona (1936) with Loretta Young and Don Ameche; and Henry Levin’s musical April Love (1957) starring Pat Boone and Shirley Jones.

On August 6, Fox will release the action-adventure Wake Up and Dream (1946) starring John Payne as a Navy enlistee missing in action; Fritz Lang’s World War II actioner American Guerrilla in the Philippines (1950) with Tyrone Power; and the remake of Kiss of Death (1947), The Fiend Who Walked West (1958), with Hugh O’Brian and future Paramount head Robert Evans.

Dante's InfernoOn August 13, the studio will street the carnival-set melodrama Dante’s Inferno (1935) with Spencer Tracy and Rita Hayworth; the first talkie adaptation of Jack London’s White Fang (1936); another World War II actioner, Four Sons (1940), starring Don Ameche; and the David Butler-directed drama The Right Approach (1961).

Finally on August 20, Fox will wrap up the release schedule with Roy del Ruth’s class-themed romantic drama Private Number (1936) starring Loretta Young and Robert Taylor; Raoul Walsh’s romantic comedy Me and My Gal (1932) with Spencer Tracy and Joan Bennett; Three Little Girls in Blue (1946) with June Haver and Celeste Holm; and The Sweet Ride (1968) starring a post-Gilligan’s Island Bob Denver.

Movie posters for ‘No Highway in the Sky’ (1951) and ‘Dante’s Inferno’ (1935)/20th Century Fox

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Blue Jasmine

Review: Blue Jasmine

Blue Jasmine

Good news, film lovers: Blue Jasmine, Woody Allen’s 44th film, is an absolute triumph. Cate Blanchett, in the title role, pulls out all the stops as the ultimate narcissist and phony. Her character invokes both Ruth Madoff and Blanche Du Bois. The terrific ensemble cast also includes Sally Hawkins, Alec Baldwin, Andrew Dice Clay, Peter Sarsgaard, and Louis C.K.

Blue Jasmine is currently playing in theaters. Read Jessica West’s rave review.

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Paths of Glory

What to Watch on Turner Classic Movies This Weekend

Paths of GloryWhether you’re looking to beat the heat by staying indoors or just love spending a lazy summer day watching classic movies, Turner Classic Movies has a great lineup in store this weekend.

On Saturday, TCM will start the weekend with an early showing of the great World War II actioner,  Objective, Burma! (1945), directed by Raoul Walsh and starring Errol Flynn, followed by Charles Chaplin’s Monsieur Verdoux (1947) and Jacques Tourneur’s Nick Carter, Master Detective (1939).

After a noontime airing of The Curse of the Mummy’s Tomb (1964), be sure to catch Stanley Kubrick’s brilliant World War I drama, Paths of Glory (1957), and John Sturges’ spy classic Ice Station Zebra (1968), with Rock Hudson and Ernest Borgnine.

She Wore a Yellow RibbonIn the evening, John Wayne fans can see the Duke in John Ford’s Western, She Wore a Yellow Ribbon (1949), followed by the contemporary classic comedy, Tootsie (1982), starring Dustin Hoffman as an unemployable actor who resurrects his career on a soap opera by pretending to be a woman.

Later that night, viewers can check out Peter O’Toole in My Favorite Year (1982), Barry Levinson’s career-making Diner (1982), and a pair of low-budget cult favorites, Wild Guitar (1962) and The Sadist (1963).

On Sunday, Turner begins the day with a pair from 1953, Kiss Me Kate, a musical version of William Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew, and Latin Lovers, directed by Mervyn LeRoy and starring Lana Turner and Ricardo Montalban.

Following the Esther Williams vehicle Dangerous When Wet (1953), classic movie fans can take in an old favorite by Stanley Donen, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (1954), followed by the great courtroom drama, Compulsion (1959), starring Orson Welles.

Great ExpectationsIn the afternoon, TCM will air one of John Huston’s last films, Wise Blood (1979), before showing the classic thriller A Kiss Before Dying (1956), which starred Robert Wagner as a poor college student trying to woo two wealthy sisters (Joanne Woodward and Virginia Leith).

During prime time, be sure to catch David Lean’s classic adaptation of Charles Dickens’ Great Expectations (1946), which will be followed by So Long at the Fair (1950), F.W. Murnau’s silent Phantom (1922), the Japanese-made Ugetsu Monogatari (1953), and William Dieterle’s Portrait of Jennie (1948).

Movie Posters for ‘Paths of Glory’ (1957)/The Criterion Collection; ‘She Wore a Yellow Ribbon’ (1949)/Turner Home Entertainment; and ‘Great Expectations’ (1946)/Universal Studios

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Fruitvale Station

Review: Fruitvale Station

Fruitvale Station

Written and directed with obvious passion by Oakland native Ryan Coogler, Fruitvale Station traces the last hours of Oscar Grant, who was was shot and killed by an Oakland transit police officer. Michael B. Jordan gives a piercing performance in the leading role. He plays Oscar as a troubled young man who has made mistakes but has a good heart and wants to get back on the straight and narrow.

Fruitvale Station is currently playing in theaters. Read Eric D. Snider’s review.

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Review: Only God Forgives

Ryan Gosling - Only God Forgives

Only God Forgives is Nicolas Winding Refn’s follow-up to the 2011 hit Drive and also features Ryan Gosling. The new film, a thriller set in Bangkok, is “exceedingly difficult to watch,” writes Eric D. Snider in his review, but also “compelling, almost mesmerizing.”

Read Eric’s review. Only God Forgives is now playing in theaters.

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Review: The Hunt

In Thomas Vinterberg’s The Hunt, Mads Mikkelsen (Casino Royale) stands wrongly accused of pedophilia in a small Danish town. Jessica Pallington West reviewed the hauntig drama, now playing in theaters. Source: About.com

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Bogie and the Falcon

Iconic ‘Maltese Falcon’ Set for Auction

The jewel-encrusted falcon that drove the plot of John Huston’s classic film noir The Maltese Falcon (1941) will be put up for auction in New York this November.

Obtained directly from Warner Bros’ prop department, the falcon will be sold to …

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Rita Moreno West Side Story

Rita Moreno to Appear at the Plaza Classic Film Festival

If you’re a classic movie fan living near El Paso, TX, or are planning to be in the area the first week of August, the Plaza Classic Film Festival has a treat in store for you.

On August 1st, the sixth annual film festival will officially kic…

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