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A Tribute to Gordon Willis

Gordon Willis

Gordon Willis wasn’t a household name. Though one of the most respected figures in Hollywood, he never appeared in front of a camera. His job was to make other people look good on screen.

Actor Bob Hoskins: A Man for All Roles

Bob Hoskins

Bob Hoskins didn’t look like a movie star. He once said he had played lots of bad guys because “most horrible dictators are short, fat, middle-aged men.” But he had an incredible range not initially suggested by his fireplug body and bulldog features.

A Tribute to Shirley Temple Black

Shirley Temple in The Little Princess (1939)

Shirley Temple Black died this week at age 85. It’s a good time to look back over her life and career, a task made simpler by the materials available for checkout from the Kansas City Public Library.

New on DVD: Kill List (2011)

Kill List movie poster

Kill List is one of the most haunting, compelling, and (at moments) repellant movies to come down the pike in some time. One of its great strengths is that it keeps us guessing about just what kind of movie it is.

New on DVD: The Cabin in the Woods (2011)

The Cabin in the Woods movie poster

For those of you who don’t like horror movies, who have become weary of the usual clichés, here’s some blessed relief. It’s called The Cabin in the Woods and it is terrific.

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