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Looking Back: Lucas (1986)

Whenever someone asks me what I was like as a young boy, I just point to this movie. In some ways, I was nothing like Lucas Bly, the title character played by Corey Haim, particularly in the way he was an “accelerated” child genius. Yet, in so many other ways, the character reminds so much of myself when I was …

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Looking Back: Valentine (2001)

I suppose it’s fitting to have a Valentine’s Day-themed horror film, as the holiday itself has some grim history. In addition to the holiday once being an observation of Christian martyrs, it is, of course, also the day of the infamous St. Valentine’s Day Massacre in 1929 Chicago. With those footnotes in mind and the over-abundance of romantic comedies and …

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Looking Back: If Looks Could Kill (1991)

It’s hard to defend a movie like “If Looks Could Kill,” though I’m sure going to try. To preface this, I should remind readers under the age of 30 that, once upon a time, there was a red-hot TV superstar named Richard Grieco. I don’t mean to sound snarky. In fact, I liked “21 Jump St.” but loved “Booker,” Grieco’s …

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Looking Back: Howard the Duck (1986)

My first encounter with Howard the Duck was, appropriately enough, in a pet store. While my Dad was looking for new additions to his massive aquarium, I found a crate of comic books, selling for less than a dollar each. Of the many rumpled comics jammed together, I was drawn to the second issue of “Howard the Duck”, in which …

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Looking Back: Santa Claus: The Movie (1985)

Alexander and Ilya Salkind knew how to shape epic movies with a twinkle in their eye, a grin on their face and a seriousness that gave it a genuine integrity. At least, they did at first, when they oversaw the making of the still magnificent “Superman: The Movie” and its superb sequel, “Superman II.” What followed was “Superman III,” “Supergirl” …

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Looking Back: One Magic Christmas (1985)

Readers of my Looking Back column know I have a soft spot for the early/mid-1980’s films released by the Walt Disney Company. Before Michael Eisner came in and fully reinstated Disney to its prior glory, with “The Little Mermaid” and the subsequent animated classics in the wings, the company was making and distributing some offbeat films. Call it The TRON …

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Looking Back: Star Wars Episode III- Revenge of the Sith (2005)

Before we either celebrate the release of “Star Wars- The Force Awakens,” I want to recall the last time a new, live-action “Star Wars” film was released in theaters ten years ago. While the release of the prequel trilogy, “Episodes I-III,” was met with mixed reviews and mostly contempt from longtime fans of The Force, the films don’t deserve to …

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Looking Back: Dancer in the Dark (2000)

The experience of seeing Lar Von Triers’ “Dancer in the Dark” on the big screen was so overwhelming, it left me numb and drained in my seat. I took my friend Jenn with me to see it, on a let’s-go-catch-a-movie whim. The experience left us both stunned. For some reason, we were both drawn to Von Triers’ deconstructive, knowingly post-modernist …

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Looking Back: Munich (2005)

Steven Spielberg has a habit of making two films back-to-back, with a commercial, summer-ready work followed by more serious, adult-minded drama. He followed “Jurassic Park” with “Schindler’s List,” “The Lost World” with “Amistad, and “Minority Report” with “Catch Me If You Can.” His 2005 blockbuster, “War of the Worlds,” one of the most successful films to date, was followed up …

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