From the Film Vault

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Program Notes: Lilies of the Field (1963)

Lilies of the Field movie poster

Throughout the 1950s and ‘60s, Sidney Poitier was pretty much the only African American leading man in Hollywood. With Lilies of the Field he became the first African American man to win the Oscar for best actor.

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.

Program Notes: Scrooge (1970)

Scrooge movie poster

Perhaps Charles Dickens was writing musicals and didn’t realize it. Scrooge has all the hallmarks of musical theater - emotional catharsis, bigger-than-life characters, and innate moral sense.

New on DVD: The Queen of Versailles (2012)

The Queen of Versailles movie poster

It’s a testament to the evenhandedness of The Queen of Versailles that you don’t end up hating its money-centric subjects. But it does raise a troubling question: Does having too much money make you dumb?

Program Notes: Scrooged (1988)

Scrooged movie poster

Is Scrooged (1988) a Dickens movie or a Bill Murray movie? A bit of both, actually. If the tale’s overall arc is familiar, some of the details are delightfully oddball.