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Revenge on the big screen: 1973’s <i>Walking Tall</i>

When it came out in 1973, Walking Tall was what was then called a sleeper hit. It had been made on a low budget, it ran counter to the countercultural faith in non-violent resistance, and it was intended to play mostly at drive-ins and grind houses where Read More

Why Tim Burton’s 1989 <i>Batman</i> still stands out

An unfortunate consequence of the critical success of Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight is how quickly it has erased Tim Burton’s 1989 Batman from the conversation among movie fans. There’s no denying the thrills of Nolan’s tightly-wound action movie, b Read More

Why 2008’s <i>Taken</i> works so well

Taken was an unexpected box office hit when it came out in 2008, and I think that can be traced to two performers working on the film: Liam Neeson and his fight choreographer Olivier Schneider. Read More

<i>Ghostbusters</i>: How to make a comedy classic

School’s IN for summer! From Canada Day to Labour Day, Hollywood Suite is offering Summer Film School, a crash course in 40 of the most iconic films of the 70s, 80s, 90s and 2000s. Ghostbusters w… Read More

How 2000’s <i>X-Men</i> set the scene for Marvel’s box office domination

You’d be forgiven if you haven’t revisited Bryan Singer’s first X-Men film from 2000 in a while. Special effects can age poorly, and with a new Marvel or DC comics picture out every month there’s little need to return to the past. But X-Men stands at an i Read More

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