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    One Child Star’s Amazing Journey

    We’ve all read about the challenges that child stars face as they grow up, but Diana Serra Cary’s story is different for a number of reasons.

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    Eye-Opening Documentaries

    The sheer number of documentaries being made, and released, these days is daunting and some are truly out of the ordinary. (Photo Courtesy of The Girls in the Band)

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    More John Ford? Never Enough!

    When TCM asked if I would provide on-camera thoughts for a DVD set of five John Ford films made for Columbia Pictures, I happily said yes.

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    Why John Carpenter Is the Most Underrated Filmmaker Of Our Time

    About a decade ago while I was attending the Vancouver International Film Festival, I ended the screening day over beers with a small group of critics. By the end of the evening, we came around to proclaiming John Carpenter the most underrated American filmmaker of our time.

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    12 Years A Slave—The Second Time Around

    "12 Years A Slave" is a remake. What’s more, the original television film was directed by the celebrated Gordon Parks.

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    Wanted: More Fleischer Cartoons

    The good news: Betty Boop has never looked better, thanks to Olive Films’ new DVD and Blu-ray releases "Betty Boop: The Essential Collection," Volumes 1 and 2, mastered in 4K from original 35mm materials.

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    ‘To Be Or Not To Be’ Is Better Than Ever

    When Ernst Lubitsch’s "To Be Or Not To Be" opened in the spring of 1942, just months after America went to war, it was repudiated and even reviled by many critics who thought it was in poor taste to juxtapose comedy against the backdrop of Poland’s invasion by the Nazis.

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    A Hidden Gem Emerges On DVD

    As I wrote some months ago, 20th Century Fox is digging into its vaults to release a cornucopia of titles from the 1930s through the 1960s on made-to-order DVDs.

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    Movie Master Classes On DVD

    It’s understandable when someone doesn’t want to re-purchase a film he already owns on DVD, but the Criterion Collection makes it hard to resist by adding such outstanding bonus material.

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    MORE CHARLEY CHASE ON DVD (AND EDGAR KENNEDY, TOO)

    Charley Chase is a favorite of comedy connoisseurs but for years, it was difficult to see his best two-reel comedies from the 1920s. They seemed to exist only in scattered 16mm prints, until Kino (drawing on the LobsterFilm archives) and Milestone released their welcome collections.

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