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They Were Expendable (1945)

Anyone who makes a war movie these days should stop and watch John Ford's They Were Expendable as a prerequisite. At its core, it tells the story of how the Navy's then-new PT boats became a major part of WWII, but that's arguably the least interesting part. Ford shot the film at the tail end of the war, and it may have been the first film to capture the alternating thrills and horrors of combat. read more...
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They Were Expendable (1945)

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  • With: Robert Montgomery, John Wayne, Donna Reed, Jack Holt, Ward Bond, Marshall Thompson, Paul Langton, Leon Ames, Arthur Walsh, Donald Curtis, Cameron Mitchell, Jeff York, Murray Alper, Harry Tenbrook, Jack Pennick, Alex Havier, Charles Trowbridge, Robert Barrat, Bruce Kellogg, Tim Murdock, Louis Jean Heydt, Russell Simpson, Vernon Steele
  • Written by: Frank Wead, based on a book by William L. White
  • Directed by: John Ford
  • MPAA Rating: Unrated
  • Running Time: 135 minutes
  • Release Date: 12/18/1945
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Kill the Messenger (2014)

Michael Cuesta's Kill the Messenger takes on dense material, and for the most part makes it feel important without feeling heavy or overstuffed. First, it provides a biographical portrait of reporter Gary Webb (Jeremy Renner), who wrote for the San Jose Mercury News and committed suicide in 2004. Second, it chronicles Webb's biggest story, published in 1996, asserting that, in the 1980s, the CIA used profits from crack cocaine sold on the streets of Los Angeles to back the Contras in the war in Nicaragua. Third, it follows Webb's downfall, not at the hands of the CIA, but at the hands of other journalists. read more...
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    Kill the Messenger (2014)

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    • With: Jeremy Renner, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Rosemarie DeWitt, Oliver Platt, Robert Patrick, Paz Vega, Barry Pepper, Tim Blake Nelson, Andy Garcia, Michael Sheen, Gil Bellows, Richard Schiff, Ray Liotta
    • Written by: Peter Landesman, based on a book by Gary Webb, and on a book by Nick Schou
    • Directed by: Michael Cuesta
    • MPAA Rating: R for language and drug content
    • Running Time: 112 minutes
    • Release Date: 10/09/2014
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    Fences (2016)

    For his third time out as director, Denzel Washington adapts August Wilson's 1987 play, which he performed on Broadway in 2010. It's a prestigious production, with Wilson — who died in 2005 — getting sole screenwriting credit, and with the play's Tony awards and Pulitzer Prizes hovering over everything. Yet, when it begins, it quickly creates a vivid, interior world of garbage collector Troy Maxson (Washington). read more...
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      Fences (2016)

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      • With: Denzel Washington, Viola Davis, Stephen McKinley Henderson, Jovan Adepo, Russell Hornsby, Mykelti Williamson, Saniyya Sidney
      • Written by: August Wilson, based on his play
      • Directed by: Denzel Washington
      • MPAA Rating: PG-13 for thematic elements, language and some suggestive references
      • Running Time: 138 minutes
      • Release Date: 12/24/2016
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      7 Women (1966)

      You'd think the final film by one of the very best filmmakers of all time, John Ford, would warrant more attention. When it was released, it was the bottom half of a double-bill, and most critics -- those that even bothered to see it -- dismissed it. (Andrew Sarris was one of its only early defenders.) As of this writing, and to the best of my knowledge, it has never been released on home video in the United States. I found it as a discounted digital download in the iTunes store, though I had been on the lookout for it for many years. Now, those that have seen it consider it one of Ford's finest achievements, but it's still a relatively unknown film. read more...
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      • With: Anne Bancroft, Sue Lyon, Margaret Leighton, Flora Robson, Mildred Dunnock, Betty Field, Anna Lee, Eddie Albert, Mike Mazurki, Woody Strode
      • Written by: Janet Green, John McCormick, based on a short story by Norah Lofts
      • Directed by: John Ford
      • MPAA Rating: NR
      • Running Time: 87 minutes
      • Release Date: 05/03/1966
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      One-Eyed Jacks (1961)

      Marlon Brando's One-Eyed Jacks (1961), is, of course, the great actor's one and only attempt at directing. It had a famously weird, troubled production, with Sam Peckinpah taking a crack at an early screenplay, and Stanley Kubrick originally scheduled to direct. When Brando, took over, he reportedly shot mountains of footage, as if unable or unwilling to decide on anything concrete. The movie also fell into the public domain and for years was only available to see in bleached-out bargain bin tapes and DVDs. Many critics complain of the film's being "fragmented," as if it bursts to life only intermittently and the rest is fat and filler. But in 2016, the film was restored from its original VistaVision negative, and for the first time in decades it has the depth and clarity it deserves. I had seen it before, on one of those inferior transfers, and I was nonetheless already a fan. But looking at it on the Criterion Blu-ray release, it now appears to me to be one of the greatest Westerns of all time. read more...
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      One-Eyed Jacks (1961)

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      • With: Marlon Brando, Karl Malden, Ben Johnson, Katy Jurado, Pina Pellicer, Slim Pickens, Larry Duran, Sam Gilman, Timothy Carey, Miriam Colon, Elisha Cook, Jr., Rodolfo Acosta, Tom Webb, Ray Teal, John Dierkes, Philip Ahn, Margarita Cordova, Hank Worden
      • Written by: Guy Trosper, Calder Willingham, based on a novel by Charles Neider
      • Directed by: Marlon Brando
      • MPAA Rating: NR
      • Running Time: 141 minutes
      • Release Date: 03/29/1961
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