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Though the era of talking films was well underway, this lovely silent film about the Little Tramp and a poor blind girl remained Charlie Chaplin's personal favorite.

Barbara Kopple spent thirteen months living and breathing the dust of a brutal coal strike. Out of it came this groundbreaking documentary.

How many people can you stuff in a stateroom the size of a steamer trunk? At least twelve, apparently.

"Badges, we don't need no stinkin' badges." Who said one of the most famous lines in film history? As it turns out, nobody.

If you stay at the Overlook Hotel, best avoid Room 237.

Jimmy Stewart suffers from high anxiety in what some consider to be Alfred Hitchcock's greatest film.

Three World War II veterans return home to their families to recover from the worst years of their lives.

From a book by Thomas Keneally, who was convinced by the shopkeeper to look at some old documents he kept in the back of his store. The man was one of the 12,000 people saved by Oskar Schindler.

Selecting Bergman's greatest masterpiece is like trying to pick the best pistachio nut in a bowl. Although this tale of a doctor looking back on his life is as good a choice as any.

Dr. Haing S. Ngor won an Academy Award for his portrayal of the journalist Dith Pran in this account of the Cambodian genocide in the 1970s.

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Nearly everything Kubrick exposes in his classic film turns out to be true.

January 23, 2014