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Limelight (1952)

To casual viewers, Charles Chaplin's Limelight may appear overly sentimental and not very funny, but a deeper look proves it to be one of the comedian's most revelatory works. It's Chaplin's most personal and painful film, and the only film to show his onscreen death. It's an incredibly brave achievement. read more...
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Limelight (1952)

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  • With: Charles Chaplin, Claire Bloom, Nigel Bruce, Buster Keaton, Sydney Chaplin, Norman Lloyd, Marjorie Bennett
  • Written by: Charles Chaplin
  • Directed by: Charles Chaplin
  • MPAA Rating: NR
  • Running Time: 137 minutes
  • Release Date: 10/15/1952
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Going My Way (1944)

Today, we may prefer 1944 releases like Double Indemnity, Meet Me in St. Louis or To Have and Have Not, but during WWII, audiences really responded to Leo McCarey's gooey, warm, comfortable Going My Way. It showed a world in which faith still existed, and in which a smile, a wink, a little humor, and a small miracle could preserve a way of life. The movie received ten Oscar nominations and won seven of those. Part of the reason for one of the losses was that Barry Fitzgerald was nominated twice, in both the leading and supporting categories. (He won for supporting, while star Bing Crosby won in the lead category.) read more...
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    • Comfort Level ▶ Settled, reassured, comforted or resolved
    • Originality ▶ Stories I know and love
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Going My Way (1944)

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  • With: Bing Crosby, Barry Fitzgerald, Frank McHugh, James Brown, Gene Lockhart, Jean Heather, Porter Hall, Fortunio Bonanova, Eily Malyon, Risë Stevens, The Robert Mitchell Boy Choir
  • Written by: Frank Butler, Frank Cavett, based on a story by Leo McCarey
  • Directed by: Leo McCarey
  • MPAA Rating: Not Rated
  • Running Time: 126 minutes
  • Release Date: 05/02/1944
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The Bells of St. Mary's (1945)

Thanks to re-releases and some kind of immense, inherent audience draw (as well as a kind of Christmas vibe), Leo McCarey's The Bells of St. Mary's remains among the top 50 highest-grossing films of all time, in the adjusted-for-inflation list. It's the sequel to McCarey's Oscar-winning Going My Way (1944), and it too was nominated for a bunch of Oscars -- eight, to be exact -- though it won only one, for Best Sound. It played up the sex appeal of the beautiful Ingrid Bergman, even though she's never seen out of her nun's habit. Bring Crosby was nominated again for Best Actor for reprising his role as Father O'Malley, even though it looks as if he's confused throughout most of the movie. read more...
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The Bells of St. Mary's (1945)

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  • With: Bing Crosby, Ingrid Bergman, Henry Travers, William Gargan, Ruth Donnelly, Joan Carroll, Martha Sleeper, Rhys Williams, Richard Tyler, Una O'Connor
  • Written by: Dudley Nichols, based on a story by Leo McCarey
  • Directed by: Leo McCarey
  • MPAA Rating: Not Rated
  • Running Time: 126 minutes
  • Release Date: 12/05/1945
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50/50 (2011)

In the old days, people used to cry at movies about doomed relationships. Now they cry at other things, among them cancer movies. Just about every year, we get at least one or two cancer movies. Just last week there was Tom Tykwer's 3, and before that, One Day, Beginners, In a Better World, Biutiful, My Sister's Keeper, Elegy, and more. Sometimes cancer is a subplot, designed to give the movie some emotional and heft, and other times it's the main subject. But rarely has anyone tried to stuff cancer into a comedy-drama, and one somehow remains prickly and funny through every moment of its running time. read more...
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50/50 (2011)

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  • With: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Seth Rogen, Anna Kendrick, Bryce Dallas Howard, Anjelica Huston, Serge Houde, Andrew Airlie, Matt Frewer, Philip Baker Hall, Donna Yamamoto, Sugar Lyn Beard, Yee Jee Tso, Sarah Smyth, Peter Kelamis, Jessica Parker Kennedy
  • Written by: Will Reiser
  • Directed by: Jonathan Levine
  • MPAA Rating: R for language throughout, sexual content and some drug use
  • Running Time: 99 minutes
  • Release Date: 09/11/2011
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Pocketful of Miracles (1961)

Frank Capra's final feature film was a remake of his own Lady for a Day (1933), based on a story by Damon Runyon, though this one runs nearly a full hour longer, filling out the story and slowing the pace. Capra himself reportedly hated it, but it's not bad. It's set at Christmastime, and though there are few overt references to the holiday, there are decorations and a general background atmosphere that makes it kind of a holiday classic in its own right. read more...
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Pocketful of Miracles (1961)

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  • With: Glenn Ford, Bette Davis, Hope Lange, Arthur O'Connell, Peter Falk, Thomas Mitchell, Edward Everett Horton, Mickey Shaughnessy, David Brian, Sheldon Leonard, Peter Mann, Ann-Margret, Barton MacLane, John Litel, Jerome Cowan, Jack Elam
  • Written by: Hal Kanter, Harry Tugend, based on a screenplay by Robert Riskin, and on a story by Damon Runyon
  • Directed by: Frank Capra
  • MPAA Rating: NR
  • Running Time: 136 minutes
  • Release Date: 12/17/1961
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