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  • Magic Mike XXL
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  • My Night at Maud's
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  • Doctor Zhivago

  • Rio Bravo

  • Parallel Mothers

  • The Tragedy of Macbeth

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  • Doctor Zhivago

    Doctor Zhivago

    This film has been dinged for not having a political perspective, but there's something to be said for a film in which the characters are caught up in the sweep of history (it's awfully relatable). Whereas "Lawrence of Arabia" is about a man who becomes a legend, "Doctor Zhivago" is about an ordinary man who can't control his destiny. The film is so poignant thanks to Omar Sharif and Julie Christie as well as Lean's extraordinary set pieces, despite deliberately withholding the same catharsis as "Arabia."

  • Rio Bravo

    Rio Bravo

    Just an irreverent good time with sheriff John Wayne, a truly stellar Dean Martin and a ragtag group of characters. Has more in common with Howard Hawks' character-driven comedies than his dramas, with a loose, casual feel to the storytelling.

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  • The Thin Man

    The Thin Man

    Bring back fun movies like this

  • In a Lonely Place

    In a Lonely Place

    Some brilliant acting choices by Bogart. His character is alternately mercurial and prone to random violence - a more vulnerable antihero than the rogues he typically plays (he won his Oscar the next year for the more lighthearted "The African Queen"). Nicholas Ray clearly relishes shining a light on Bogey's face in close-ups.

    This is a fascinating psychological portrait, rare for Hollywood at the time in its ambiguity.