A look back at Paddy Chayefsky's blistering 1976 Oscar winner
Type: Post | Date: Friday, Feb 14, 2014
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Martin Brest's movie is best known for Al Pacino's scenery-chewing role as a ...
Type: Event | Date: Sunday, Nov 1, 2009
Sidney Lumet's The Wiz is the film version of the popular Broadway musical that retells the events of L. Frank Baum's classic novel The Wonderful Wizard of Oz through the eyes of a young African-American kindergarten teacher who's "never been below 125th Street." Leaving a large family dinner to chase her dog into a snowstorm, Dorothy (Diana Ross) is swept up by a cyclone and transplanted to the land of Oz -- which looks suspiciously like a skewed version of the run-down Manhattan of the late '70s. Landing on top of the Wicked Witch of the East, the puzzled Dorothy is greeted by munchkins who peel themselves from a graffiti mural and sing to her about the Wiz (Richard Pryor), a powerful wizard living in Emerald City who can help her get home. On her journey down the yellow brick road, she encounters a garbage-stuffed scarecrow (Michael Jackson) in a junkyard, a broken-down tin man (Nipsey Russell) caught in the decay of an old amusement park, and a cowardly lion (Ted Ross) posing as a stone statue outside a museum. The quartet tangles with a subway station that comes to life, a poppy den, and a gaggle of motorcycle henchman on their way to the Wiz -- who orders them to kill the Wicked Witch of the West (a sweatshop tyrant) before he will grant them their wishes. The Wiz has about double the large-scale production numbers of The Wizard of Oz (1939), with songs written and composed by Charlie Smalls. ~ Derek Armstrong, All Movie Guide
Type: Post | Date: Saturday, Aug 31, 2013
The 'All is Lost' star received one of the festival's three tributes this year
Type: Post | Date: Monday, Aug 19, 2013
We examine a scenario we desperately wish was true
Type: Gallery | Date: Saturday, Jun 29, 2013
Roger Donaldson's 2000 account of the Cuban Missile Crisis is really an under...
Type: Post | Date: Friday, May 24, 2013
Matthias Schoenaerts the ensemble standout in overlong period thriller
Type: Article | Date: Wednesday, May 15, 2013
Festival kicks off with 'Great Gatsby'
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Reading through his thoughts on my personal top 10
Type: Post | Date: Friday, Mar 15, 2013
'Don't Say No Until I Finish Talking' will have its TV premiere on May 8.