Review: “Dear Santa”

Every year, thousands upon thousands of children write letters to Santa Claus, asking for him to make his Christmas wishes come true. But where do all those letters go? One might call to mind the climactic courtroom scene at the end of “Miracle on 34th Street,” when postal workers deliver huge bags of letters addressed […]

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SLIFF Review: “MLK/FBI”

It’s easy to build up figures in our minds—in fact, we frequently revel in the opportunity to find historical figures with little to no flaws to give us someone to look up to. Civil rights activist Martin Luther King, Jr. is one such figure, seemingly larger than life despite the fact that he died only […]

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Noirvember: “Laura” (1944)

The film “Laura” begins after the titular character (played by Gene Tierney in flashbacks) has already died, murdered inside her apartment, immediately setting the tone for one of the most intriguing and complex film noirs ever put on film. Her death is investigated by detective Mark McPherson (Dana Andrews), who spends the first part of […]

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SLIFF Review: “On Broadway”

The bright lights of the marquee that can be spotted from the other end of the block. The crush of people milling around outside the doors, under the lights; maybe some of them just got straight off the train, maybe some of them moseyed over from dinner across the street. Then the doors open—it’s a […]

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Noirvember: “Key Largo” (1948)

“Key Largo”, the fourth and final film pairing of Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall, is significantly different from their previous movies together. The film does have elements of noir, but neither actor plays their typical character, and, in fact, much of the movie’s focus is on another character entirely. Bogart plays Frank McCloud, a World War II veteran who travels […]

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