Program Notes

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Program Notes: Presumed Innocent (1990)

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Presumed Innocent will keep you guessing. Here’s a flick that sends us up one blind alley and down another, sprinkles potential suspects in our path, and finally drops a revelation that will leave us reeling. All this and Harrison Ford, too.

Program Notes: Point Break (1991)

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Point Break is the film that put director Kathryn Bigelow on the map. It’s a crime melodrama fashioned to capitalize on the hunkish qualities of Patrick Swayze and Keanu Reeves and to deliver a full plate of action thrills.

Program Notes: The Verdict (1982)

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Paul Newman should have won an Oscar for his work in The Verdict. Typically, he was an impossibly handsome, disarmingly charming screen presence. But as ambulance-chasing Boston lawyer Frank Galvin, he played against type and the results were spectacular.

Program Notes: Big Wednesday (1978)

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There doesn’t seem to be much middle ground when it comes to John Milius’ surfing epic Big Wednesday. Either it leaves you cold or swooning. Surf enthusiasts claim it presents the most accurate screen depiction of beach culture.

Program Notes: First Monday in October (1981)

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First Monday in October is less about a woman breaking into an all-male bastion than about the philosophical conflicts that exist within the Supreme Court and their effect on the legal decisions that the rest of us must live with.

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