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Looking Back: Batman Returns (1992)

Tim Burton’s “Batman Returns” was the biggest summer movie hit of 1992. Its also one of Burton’s most peculiar, as it defies sequel-izing the first film in favor of exploring the darker shades of its disturbed protagonists. Many have noted how Burton’s 1989 “Batman,” while truly one of his signature films (and a terrific one at that), was reworked heavily …

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Looking Back: G.I. Jane (1997)

As of this writing, there are currently no female Navy SEALS. Although women are now permitted to undergo the famously grueling training course, potential applicants have yet to step up. Technically, the first ever female Navy SEAL is named Kristin Beck, though she served as Chris Beck before transitioning into a woman after her military service. While it is a …

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Looking Back: Blue Crush (2002)

In John Stockwell’s “Blue Crush,” Kate Bosworth (in her first starring role) plays Anne Marie Chadwick, a gifted surfer who lives in Hawaii and is still scarred psychologically from wiping out three years earlier. As a major surfing competition looms, she works as a maid in a hotel and shares a home with her sister (Mika Boorem of “Hearts in …

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Looking Back: Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End (2007)

When it was first announced that Disney was making a movie based on their Pirates of the Caribbean ride, it sounded like a disaster waiting to happen. Imagine, if you will, a movie based on a 36-year old theme park attraction, starring the always-game Johnny Depp, the star of “Bend It Like Beckham,” and the guy who played the blonde …

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Looking Back: Alien Resurrection (1997)

Late into Jean Pierre-Jeunet’s “Alien Resurrection,” Winona Ryder’s Call asks Sigourney Weaver’s Ellen Ripley this question: “Why do you go on living? How can you stand what you are?” It’s the key exploration of this movie, which adds another dimension and vital theme to the durable franchise. Ridley Scott’s 1979 “Alien” was about Ripley’s survival, James Cameron’s 1986 “Aliens” was …

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Looking Back: Alien 3 (1992)

They say, In Space No One Can Hear You Scream. It can also be said that, After Alien 3, You Can Hear a Pin Drop. This was my experience with David Fincher’s debut film, which I saw in a packed theater on opening night at the Wharf Cinema Center. The 1992 summer movie season was just getting started and it …

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Looking Back: Over The Top (1987)

It makes perfect sense that Sylvester Stallone, at the height of his powers as an 80’s mega-movie star, would make a PG-rated action movie for kids. Over time, Stallone would make a massive comeback, regain his status as an actor (and not merely a Movie Star) and, against all odds, become an Oscar contender. By the mid-1980’s however, Stallone’s career …

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Looking Back: Newsies (1992)

If you bring up Disney’s “Newsies,” most will note that it’s a beloved 2012 Broadway musical, a rousing stage show about the 1899 New York City newsboy strike. Following an acclaimed run on Broadway, the show continues to travel and appear in theaters to this day. There was even a recent Fandango event where a production of “Newsies” was broadcast …

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Looking Back: Harry and the Hendersons (1987)

In the late 1980’s, Steven Spielberg, the most successful filmmaker of all time, was moving past his “Peter Pan” stage. While helming more adult minded works like “The Color Purple” and “Empire of the Sun,” Spielberg’s Amblin Entertainment hired clusters of The Next Spielberg to direct films that he would develop and produce. Although Spielberg was not the director of …

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Looking Back: Eight Legged Freaks (2002)

The problem with “Eight-Legged Freaks,” the 2002 summer blockbuster that wasn’t, is that is plays like a Mad Magazine parody of Robot Chicken’s parody of Joe Dante’s parody of an old 1950’s B-movie. This is the Dean Devlin-produced giant arachnid romp that sports great special effects but feels like such an overly-jokey spoof of itself, we never get a sense …

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