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Looking Back: The Prestige (2006)

Fans of Christian Bale should pay closer attention to “The Prestige,” as it offers a window into his process as an actor more than any other role he’s taken. Bale has played an astonishing lot of versatile characters in many great films and demonstrated, time and time again, his utter dedication to his craft. Both chameleon-like and clever enough to …

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Looking Back: Rat Race (2001)

I first became aware of this movie after my brother caught it at a Hollywood test screening. He called me up, breathlessly describing a movie I had not heard of before. He told me it had Cuba Gooding Jr and Whoopi Goldberg in it, that the funniest scene involved a Kathy Bates and a sight gag involving a squirrel. This …

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Looking Back: Legally Blonde (2001)

Elle Woods is, strangely, a constant presence in my life. I saw “Legally Blonde” when it premiered in 2001, in part because I thought Reese Witherspoon’s performance in “Election” was among the best I’d seen in 1999. Also drawing me to the film was how Sanne, my college theater instructor and lifelong friend, declared her love for the film, noting …

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Looking Back: True Stories (1986)

The Talking Heads and its lead singer, David Byrne, excelled at creating rock art. Their music was strange, catchy, risk taking and fantastic. Before they disbanded, The Talking Heads established themselves as one of the greatest American bands of the late 20th century and their music continues to be radio staples. Here is the cinematic interpretation of their music, as …

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Looking Back: Superman Returns (2006)

You have to love “Superman- The Movie” as much as Bryan Singer does to make a film like “Superman Returns.” As result, you’ll likely love “Superman Returns” if you’re as fond of the 1978-1981 Christopher Reeve-starring Superman movies as I am. The great thing about Singer’s film is that, in tone and in the casting of Brandon Routh as Superman, …

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Looking Back: New Jack City (1991)

There was a point in time where there were so few African-American filmmakers, you didn’t even one hand, let alone a full set of fingers, to count them all. In the late 1980’s, Spike Lee made a huge impression, a black filmmaker whose works were made for black audiences, though they were so good, they found universal adoration. Otherwise, there …

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Looking Back: Big Trouble in Little China (1986)

There have been many films about a Caucasian outsider who immerses himself in Asian culture and emerges the triumphant (and highly unlikely) hero. In 1985, Michael Cimino’s “Year of the Dragon” pitted Mickey Rourke in the cop-who-solves-the-Chinese-war role, while Ridley Scott’s 1989 “Black Rain” did the same for Michael Douglas but in Japan. There was also “The Hunted” from 1995, …

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Looking Back: Chain Reaction (1996)

During the summer of 1996, 20th Century Fox made a fortune distributing “Independence Day,” the alien invasion blockbuster that pulverized the competition and became an instant classic. Later that summer, they also released “Chain Reaction,” a Keanu Reeves starring action/drama that, despite its pedigree and a fair amount of hype, became almost instantly forgotten. Whereas most Americans will forever revisit …

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Looking Back: The Fountain (2006)

I have a friend named Dave who went to the Hollywood press junket for “The Fountain,” got to interview Hugh Jackman and Darren Aronofsky, saw the film early and declared it “the best film of the year…and the next three years!” His enthusiasm was infectious, as the forty second teaser trailer that came out the year before (with its pounding …

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Looking Back: Legal Eagles (1986)

As a child, I had a weird affection for “Legal Eagles.” I’d watch the film often and, at the time, I couldn’t tell you why, only that I really liked it. As an adult, I think the reason is kind of obvious: in spite of a story that doesn’t work (it either doesn’t make sense or it does but buries …

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