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April 13 1964 Sidney Poitier Wins Oscar For Lilies Of The Field


On April 13th 1964, Sydney Poitier became the first African American to win the Academy Award for Best Actor, for his role as a construction worker who helps build a chapel in Lilies of the Field. Poitier was born on February 20th 1927, in Coconut Grove, Miami, Florida, while his parents were visiting the United … Continue reading

April 7 1970 John Wayne Wins Academy Award For True Grit


On April 7th 1970, the legendary actor John Wayne won his first and only acting Academy Award, for his role in director Henry Hathaway’s Western True Grit. John Wayne was born Marion Robert Morrison on May 26th 1907 in Winterset, Iowa. His parents changed his name to Marion Mitchell Morrison later, when they decided to … Continue reading

The Apartment


The Apartment is the bittersweet, darkly comic tale of a mild-mannered office nebbish who sells little bits of his body and soul to climb the corporate ladder, falls in love on the way up and finds his way back down to redemption. Jack Lemmon will quite simply break your heart in this wry, cynical indictment … 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

Ben-Hur


Ben-Hur was made back when going to an epic movie was an international event. Great spectaculars were made with real people, mind-boggling sets and casts of thousands, long before digital special effects made them all obsolete. Epics were shown on gigantic screens in palatial movie houses, often with overtures and intermissions, and a really big … 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

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