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July 4 1927 Playwright and screenwriter Neil Simon born


On July 4th 1927, Neil Simon, the author of a long list of successful Broadway plays, was born in the Bronx section of New York City. Neil Simon was the second son of Irving Simon, a garment salesman, and his wife Mamie. He grew up in Washington Heights, Manhattan during the Great Depression. His father … Continue reading

May 1 1941 Citizen Kane released


On May 1st 1941, Orson Welles’ landmark film Citizen Kane, which had generated such controversy that Radio City Music Hall refused to show it, finally debuted at at the smaller RKO Palace Theater. Citizen Kane is now revered as one of the greatest movies in history. George Orson Welles, an American actor, director, writer and … Continue reading

April 22 1937 Jack Nicholson born


On April 22nd 1937, John Joseph “Jack” Nicholson, famous for his roles in such movies as Easy Rider, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest and As Good As it Gets, was born in Neptune, New Jersey. He would become known as one of the greatest actors of his generation. Nicholson’s father left his mother before … Continue reading

Some Like it Hot


One of the great screwball comedies, Some Like It Hot answers the burning question: will Jack Lemmon’s romantic life actually improve if he puts on a dress? You bet. In fact, just about everybody has a good time in this fun, silly movie, with Lemmon and Tony Curtis in drag, hiding out from the mob … Continue reading

X-Men Origins: Wolverine (2009)


In the crowded pantheon of comic-book-derived movie-franchise superheroes, Wolverine, as embodied by the muscular Australian song-and-dance man Hugh Jackman, always seemed kind of special. A grouchy, sensitive loner with retractable metal claws and apparently unretractable facial hair, Wolverine brooded and growled through the first three “X-Men” pictures, helping to supply them (or at least the … Continue reading

Close Encounters Of The Third Kind


An awe-inspiring combination of terrific special effects and warmly human story-telling, Close Encounters of the Third Kind holds up beautifully after more than 30 years. The phenomenal success of his thriller Jaws allowed Steven Spielberg to make an expensive movie near and dear to his heart. Close Encounters is not a fifties alien nation piece … Continue reading

To Kill A Mockingbird


The movie gets it’s title from a quote by one of the main characters, Atticus Finch: “It’s a sin to kill a mockingbird.” Set in a small Alabama town during the Great Depression, To Kill A Mockingbird raises great questions of racism, poverty, ignorance and injustice with enormous grace and emotional power. Moral and deeply … Continue reading

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