Film

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In 2006, Pierre Morel directed “Taken,” which became a sleeper hit in part due to the surprise of dramatic actor Liam Neeson fitting snugly into the role of action hero. The story was personal and yet lean, the plot was simple, but engaging. The film had momentum and really didn’t stop. Which of course has led to not-so-stellar sequels and numerous copycats. Perhaps with “The Gunman” Morel can find his footing again and recreate the intense action we’ve come to known. Does he succeed? Well yes and no. 

The dinosaurs are lot smaller than the originals — and so is one of the filmmakers.

The animals were getting lost in the forest — so the story goes.

A year after Walt Disney made history with the release of his studio's first feature-length animated film, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, his artists were struggling to find the right design for the woodland backgrounds of Bambi, the coming-of-age tale of a young deer.

The Yale University library has acquired a collection of about 2,700 VHS tapes – mostly horror and exploitation films.

The tapes are part of a new archive – the first of its kind at an academic institution – that preserves VHS tapes not only for the movies on them, but also for their boxes’ artwork and copy, the trailers at the beginning and other release-specific content.

The archive is the brainchild of Aaron Pratt, a Ph.D. student at Yale, and David Gary, a Yale librarian.

Get Hard, a new Will Ferrell-Kevin Hart buddy comedy about a white-collar investor about to enter prison, is funnier than the poster image of a white man in cornrows makes it appear. In an era where most comedies are either obsessed with genre self-awareness (think Phil Lord and Chris Miller) or still running on a male-id algorithm programmed in the '90s (think Adam Sandler. . . or don't), it's refreshing to see one tuned into a present day that exists beyond the movies.

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