From the Film Vault

From the Film Vault Blog

Program Notes: Witness for the Prosecution (1957)

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Witness for the Prosecution could be called the granddaddy of the “gotcha” movie. Audiences were stunned and delighted by the last-act revelation that gave the story its oomph.

Program Notes: Soul Surfer (2011)

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13-year-old Bethany Hamilton lost her arm to a shark attack and with it her chance to become a professional surfer. Her story is the subject of Soul Surfer, a solid film about family, faith, and the freedom of riding a board.

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.