Madcap, Goofy, Bonkers, Enduringly Hilarious: Screwball Comedies of the 1930s

Along with a slew of decadent musicals came a slate of fast-talking, raucous comedies. Divorce-remarriage plots, fish out of water stories, and fierce, funny women all figure in the genre.
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Silence is Golden

Some of my favorite silent films -- from Buster Keaton antics to stunning double exposure to experimental stop-motion and early wildlife documentaries. These are movies that have truly stayed with me over the years.
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Winter thrillers to chill you to the bone

For many, winter signals blazing firesides and hot cocoa. But just beyond the frosted windows is a cold, unforgiving night. Short days, bare trees, deep snow, eerie quiet. Enjoy these shivering tales that will make your frostbitten fingertips tingle.
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Happy Anniversary, Netflix

Happy 20th anniversary to DVD Netflix! Here’s to many more comfy nights on the couch, more smiles at the mailbox and more cinematic realizations.
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AUDREY TOTTER: Summer Under the Stars

Audrey Totter's tough as nails persona radiated through the screen. Starting as a radio actor in Chicago and New York, she became a respected film actor with a searing gaze that was perfect for the film noir popular at the time.
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MYRNA LOY: Summer Under the Stars

If you haven't seen a Myrna Loy film, TCM has chosen some great ones to screen on August 2. In addition to The Thin Man, which is canon Loy, make sure you catch Libeled Lady (1936) and Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House (1948).
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REVIEW: Lady MacBeth (2016)

Drawing on the themes of Shakespeare's MacBeth, Katherine is a fierce woman, tired of living by her husband's rules and she has no problem committing murder to get what she wants. And, as is the sign of good storytelling, the audience is tempted to cheer for her. 
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REVIEW: MURDER ON THE ORIENT EXPRESS

Rather than a "locked room" mystery wherein the victim is found dead in a room where no one could have gotten in or out, Christie traps everyone together on a snowbound train. The victim, the suspects, and the detective are all stuck in the "locked room." The new movie version, directed by and starring Kenneth Branagh is problematic but it was much better than the trailers led me to believe.
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