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The 35 Greatest Murder Mystery Movies Ever Made

28 November 2014 7:00 AM, PST | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

Murder mysteries are so commonplace on TV that each week offers seemingly dozens of them on police procedural series and detective shows. But in the movies, whodunits are surprisingly rare, and really good ones rarer still. There's really only a handful of movies that excel in offering the viewer the pleasure of solving the crime along with a charismatic sleuth, often with an all-star cast of suspects hamming it up as they try not to appear guilty.

One of the best was "Murder on the Orient Express," released 40 years ago this week, on November 24, 1974. Like many films adapted from Agatha Christie novels, this one featured an eccentric but meticulous investigator (in this case, Albert Finney as Belgian epicure Hercule Poirot), a glamorous and claustrophobic setting (here, the famous luxury train from Istanbul to Paris), and a tricky murder plot with an outrageous solution. The film won an Oscar for passenger »

- Gary Susman

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Nyff 2014. Paul Thomas Anderson's "Inherent Vice"

8 October 2014 5:50 AM, PDT | MUBI | See recent MUBI news »

I knew I was going to love Inherent Vice (directed by P.T. Anderson, having its world premiere here at the New York Film Festival) the moment at the tail end of the opening sequence when Joaquin Phoenix, with his Chia Pet forest of sideburns, staggered out into the hippy seaside streets and suddenly the snares and bass of Can’s “Vitamin C” filled the soundtrack as the title—in all its 70s-style outline-font neon splendor—appeared—almost pulsatingly, I’d say—on the screen. The song took me back, as the movie, with its acid-flashback style tends to do—not to the 70s—but to the 90s, when I used to put the krautrock geniuses’ album Ege Bamyasi on the stereo and crank up the volume, and to one afternoon in particular when I was home alone on a Saturday afternoon and I put on Side B, and when the »

- Doug Dibbern

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'Inherent Vice' premiere: Paul Thomas Anderson doesn't get bogged down by plot

4 October 2014 7:07 PM, PDT | EW - Inside Movies | See recent EW.com - Inside Movies news »

Thomas Pynchon has written eight acclaimed novels, but no one had the brass to adapt one for the screen until Paul Thomas Anderson tackled Inherent Vice. The director's second consecutive collaboration with Joaquin Phoenix was the centerpiece gala at the New York Film Festival, where it made its world premiere on Saturday. If the trailer for the film gave off a Big Lebowski vibe, that's partially because both films are at least partially inspired by The Big Sleep, the classic 1946 noir with Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall. "I saw The Big Sleep and it made me realize I couldn't follow any of it, »

- Jeff Labrecque

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Inherent Vice Review | Nyff 2014

4 October 2014 6:37 PM, PDT | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

After the New York Film Festival screening of Inherent Vice, writer-director Paul Thomas Anderson and a good deal of his cast took the stage for a brief Q&A.  At one point, Anderson discussed Howard HawksThe Big Sleep and noted, “I saw The Big Sleep and it made me realize, I could not follow any of it and it didn’t matter because I just wanted to see what was gonna happen next.”  Anderson does manage to achieve that to a degree in Inherent Vice, but it winds up making the film even more of a disappointment because what happens next is rarely satisfying. Joaquin Phoenix leads as Larry “Doc” Sportello, a private investigator and major pothead living in Gordita Beach, California in the 1970s.  The film kicks off with a visit from his ex, Shasta Fay Hepworth (Katherine Waterston).  She’s got some story about how she’s »

- Perri Nemiroff

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Review: Paul Thomas Anderson turns 'Inherent Vice' into a woozy, wild triumph

4 October 2014 6:00 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

New York - Thomas Pynchon's "Inherent Vice" is probably the most accessible novel he's ever written, set in 1970, a sort of hyper-clever nod to the Raymond Chandler tradition of Los Angeles detective stories. As much as I wanted to like his work, I was never able to really dig in and enjoy Pynchon's books. They felt to me like something to be conquered. With "inherent Vice," I finally found myself caught up in not just his language but with his characters and the world that he was describing. It was my in to the rest of his work, and so it holds a special place for me among his novels. Pynchon is one of literature's true pilgrims, a guy perpetually pushing forward against the constraints of what pop culture will bear. His first book "V." is the story of a discharged sailor who loses himself in the artistic community »

- Drew McWeeny

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New York Film Fest: Paul Thomas Anderson's Ensemble on the Chaotic Logic of 'Inherent Vice'

4 October 2014 1:32 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Paul Thomas Anderson and his ensemble cast took the Walter Reader Theater stage on Saturday afternoon to talk about his latest film, Inherent Vice, ahead of its New York Film Festival premiere. The psychedelic SoCal detective tale adapts the Thomas Pynchon book for the big screen in a way that one reporter felt was comparable to Howard Hawks' 1946 film The Big Sleep. Anderson agreed, noting that when he saw that film, "I realized I couldn’t follow any of it, and I didn't care because I wanted to see what happened next. … That was a good model to follow,

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- Ashley Lee

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Lauren Bacall Lives! To Have And Have Not Saturday Morning at The Hi-Pointe

7 September 2014 7:20 PM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

“You know you don’t have to act with me, Steve. You don’t have to say anything, and you don’t have to do anything. Not a thing. Oh, maybe just whistle. You know how to whistle, don’t you, Steve? You just put your lips together and… blow!”

If Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall (who died last month) occupy the same screen, you can safely expect fireworks! To Have And Have Not (1944) was Bacall’s debut performance, the movie that introduced both audiences and Bogart {he would marry her the following year} to one of cinema’s most iconic beauties and to her erotically husky voice. To Have And Have Not is an interesting mixture of war-time adventure and hard-boiled film-noir, set on the island of Martinique under the Vichy regime, and Bogart’s Harry “Steve” Morgan is forced to navigate swathes of low-lifes and immoral authority figures. »

- Tom Stockman

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Board of Governors Bias: Bacall, Garbo Among Rare Female Winners of Academy's Honorary Award

4 September 2014 2:58 PM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Honorary Oscars have bypassed women: Angela Lansbury, Lauren Bacall among rare exceptions (photo: 2013 Honorary Oscar winner Angela Lansbury and Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award winner Angelina Jolie) September 4, 2014, Introduction: This four-part article on the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' Honorary Awards and the dearth of female Honorary Oscar winners was originally posted in February 2007. The article was updated in February 2012 and fully revised before its republication today. All outdated figures regarding the Honorary Oscars and the Academy's other Special Awards have been "scratched out," with the updated numbers and related information inserted below each affected paragraph or text section. See also "Honorary Oscars 2014 addendum" at the bottom of this post. At the 1936 Academy Awards ceremony, groundbreaking film pioneer D.W. Griffith, by then a veteran with more than 500 shorts and features to his credit — among them the epoch-making The Birth of a Nation and Intolerance — became the first individual to »

- Andre Soares

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Movie Poster of the Week: The Illustrated Lauren Bacall

21 August 2014 10:18 PM, PDT | MUBI | See recent MUBI news »

An Italian To Have and Have Not (Howard Hawks, USA, 1944). Art by Luigi Martinati.

Lauren Bacall, who left us last week after an astonishing 70 years of making movies, was one of the most beautiful women ever to grace a movie screen and the first golden age Hollywood star I ever fell for. With her unmistakeable features—those eyebrows, those lips—she must have been one of the easiest stars to capture in an illustration and thus a gift to poster artists. For most of her career, however, while she was never less than a star, she was rarely a leading lady, playing co-star to her great love Humphrey Bogart in four of her first five movies, then to Charles Boyer, Marilyn Monroe and Betty Grable, Kirk Douglas, John Wayne, Rock Hudson, Gregory Peck and so on. As a result, she rarely appeared solo in posters and is often dwarfed by her male co-stars. »

- Adrian Curry

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Sin City and the eternal, seductive allure of film noir

21 August 2014 1:53 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

The release of Sin City: A Dame To Kill For inspires James to look back at its film noir roots, and some classic examples of the genre...

"Things go dark. I don't mind much. It's okay." John Hartigan, Sin City.

We're at the shadowy back-end of the summer blockbuster season and darkness is entering the frame. Here comes ultraviolence, sleaze, crime and death, all beautifully shot in macabre high-contrast monochrome. Just when you thought you'd got yourself clean and were all peppy after some upbeat family-friendly popcorn thrills, here's Sin City: A Dame To Kill For to darken up the doorways. (And it will light up a cigarette in those doorways and spit out some tough dialogue from between its bloodstained teeth while it's lingering there.)

We're back in the Basin City of Frank Miller's graphic novels again, once more brought to vivid screen life by the comics creator »

- ryanlambie

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Lauren Bacall, Political Activist: She Knew How to Whistle... and Speak Her Mind

20 August 2014 2:00 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Lauren Bacall, one of the last links to Hollywood’s Golden Age, died August 12 at 89 in her Upper West Side apartment, 70 years after shooting to stardom in her first film, Howard HawksTo Have and Have Not, opposite her future husband Humphrey Bogart. Bacall is best remembered for that film (in which she famously provides instructions about how to whistle) and the three others she made with “Bogie”—The Big Sleep, Dark Passage and Key Largo—before his untimely death in 1957. But contemporaries also remember her political activism at a time before it was common for celebrities to involve

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- Scott Feinberg

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Saying goodbye to the incomparable Lauren Bacall

16 August 2014 8:31 AM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

“Legends are all to do with the past and nothing to do with the present”

While the world was still reeling from the death of Robin Williams, we learned that Lauren Bacall, one of the finest actresses of her generation had died of a massive stroke at her home in New York on August 12th. She was 89. Yes, Bacall was stunningly beautiful perhaps the most beautiful of all the 1940s screen sirens. From the moment she sashayed onto the screen in Howard Hawk’s To Have and Have Not and asked Bogie if he knew how to whistle,you knew this was a woman beyond the classic pinups of her day. Bacall had a weight and a charisma about her that so few actors have, then or even now.

Born Betty Joan Perske in the Bronx, she would go on to become a willowy, cat-eyed teenage model who defined grace and sensuality. »

- Tressa

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Lauren Bacall TV Movie Marathon Planned for Next Month

15 August 2014 9:41 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Turner Classic Movies is set to honor Lauren Bacall with a 24-hour marathon of her memorable performances, featuring 11 films (including all four she starred in with husband Humphrey Bogart) and two airings of its 2005 interview with the actress. Bacall died Tuesday at the age of 89. The tribute will run from 8 p.m. on Monday Sept. 15 through 8 p.m. on Tuesday Sept. 16, which would have been her 90th birthday. The 13 movies set to air include To Have and Have Not, her first film with Bogart; The Big Sleep; How to Marry a

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- Hilary Lewis

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TCM Honors Lauren Bacall With 24-Hr Film Marathon Sept. 15 -16

14 August 2014 2:26 PM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

Lauren Bacall models an Mptf Christmas card in 1951.” Courtesy Mptf

Turner Classic Movies will celebrate the life and career of legendary actress Lauren Bacall with a 24-hour marathon of memorable performances, including all four films in which she co-starred with husband Humphrey Bogart.

TCM’s tribute to Bacall, who passed away Tuesday at the age of 89, will air Monday, Sept. 15, beginning at 8 p.m. (Et), and will conclude Tuesday, Sept. 16, her 90th birthday.

Lauren Bacall was a wonderful and generous friend of ours at TCM, and a great connection to the ‘golden age of cinema,’” said TCM host Robert Osborne. “Personally, I have to admit that she never failed to make my heart beat faster and my voice to stammer when we spoke. Talk about true star quality – that was Bacall. We are truly blessed to have had her as an integral part of our TCM family.”

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- Movie Geeks

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Lauren Bacall to receive movie marathon tribute from TCM

14 August 2014 12:46 PM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Lauren Bacall will receive a movie marathon tribute from TCM.

The cable channel has confirmed that a two-day tribute to the actress - who passed away in New York on Tuesday (August 12) - will air on September 15 and September 16.

Lauren Bacall: 13 classic photos of Hollywood's Golden Age icon

Barbra Streisand remembers Mirror Has Two Faces co-star Lauren Bacall

TCM will air nearly a dozen of the Hollywood icon's most popular films, including The Big Sleep, Key Largo and Dark Passage.

The marathon will begin on Monday, September 15 at 8pm Et with an airing of Private Screenings featuring the actress.

It will be followed by her breakthrough 1944 classic To Have and Have Not, in which she starred with future husband Humphrey Bogart.

The marathon is slated to wrap up on Tuesday, September 16 with Designing Woman at 6pm Et.

TCM's Robert Osborne said in a statement: "Lauren Bacall was a wonderful »

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TCM Remembers Lauren Bacall with 24-Hour Marathon

14 August 2014 12:25 PM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

Inevitably, Turner Classic Movies is offering up a tribute to screen icon Lauren Bacall, who passed away Tuesday at the age of 89. TCM's 24-hour marathon will air Monday, Sept. 15, beginning at 8 p.m. (Et), and will conclude Tuesday, Sept. 16, her 90th birthday. The tribute will include all four Bacall-Bogart pairings: Howard Hawks classic "To Have and Have Not" (1944), during which she fell in love with her future husband, "The Big Sleep" (1946), "Dark Passage" (1947) and "Key Largo" (1948). TCM will open its remembrance of Bacall's life and career "Private Screenings: Lauren Bacall" (2005), a conversation with Robert Osborne, who said: "Lauren Bacall was a wonderful and generous friend of ours at TCM, and a great connection to the 'golden age of cinema. Personally, I have to admit that she never failed to make my heart beat faster and my voice to stammer when we spoke. Talk about »

- Anne Thompson

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TCM to remember Lauren Bacall with 24-hour film marathon

14 August 2014 10:41 AM, PDT | ChannelGuideMag | See recent ChannelGuideMag news »

Legendary actress Lauren Bacall passed away on Tuesday at the age of 89. To celebrate her life and Hollywood career, Turner Classic Movies (TCM) will air a 24-hour marathon of her classic performances, from Sept. 15-16. TCM’s Lauren Bacall tribute marathon will include all four films in which she co-starred with husband Humphrey Bogart (To Have and Have Not, The Big Sleep, Dark Passage and Key Largo), as well as TCM host Robert Osborne’s Private Screenings interview with her. “Lauren Bacall was a wonderful and generous friend of ours at TCM, and a great connection to the ‘golden age of … Continue reading →

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- Jeff Pfeiffer

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Lauren Bacall Tribute: Broadway to Dim Its Lights on Friday

14 August 2014 10:14 AM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Broadway will once again go dark this week, this time for legendary actress Lauren Bacall. The marquees of Broadway theaters will be dimmed Friday at 7:45 p.m. for one minute in honor of “The Big Sleep” actress Bacall, who died Tuesday at age 89 after suffering a stroke. Also read: Barbra Streisand Pays Tribute to ‘Mirror Has Two Faces’ Co-Star Lauren Bacall Broadway dimmed its lights on Wednesday in honor of Robin Williams, who died of an apparent suicide on Monday at age 63. In addition to her film work, Bacall appeared in several Broadway productions and won two Tony awards for her. »

- Tim Kenneally

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R.I.P. Lauren Bacall, Sultry Star Of Stage And Screens

14 August 2014 7:18 AM, PDT | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

Update August 14: Broadway will go dark: The marquees of Broadway theatres in New York will be dimmed in memory of Lauren Bacall on Friday, August 15, at exactly 7:45 p.m. for one minute.

One of the leading ladies of Hollywood’s Golden Age died today after a stroke. The sultry, fiery Lauren Bacall was 89. MSNBC’s Thomas Robert broke the news in a tweet, and the Bogart estate has confirmed it. She was famous for starring — onscreeen and off — with Humphrey Bogart in such 1940s classics as The Big Sleep, To Have and Have Not, Dark Passage and Key Largo. In one of Hollywood’s great love stories, they married in 1945 and stayed together until his death in 1957. Four years later she married another acting legend, Jason Robards Jr.; they divorced in 1969.

Related: Reactions to Lauren Bacall’s Death

Bacall worked in films consistently through the mid-1960s and »

- Erik Pedersen

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Lauren Bacall: The real winner in 1953's 'How to Marry a Millionaire'

13 August 2014 3:00 PM, PDT | EW.com - PopWatch | See recent EW.com - PopWatch news »

In the opening credits of 1953’s How to Marry a Millionaire, the onscreen billing order ran Betty Grable, Marilyn Monroe, and then Lauren Bacall—though it was advertised with Monroe billed first (the success of Gentlemen Prefer Blondes earlier that year put her well on her way to swooning super-stardom). Either way, Bacall came last.

But that didn’t stop the late actress from stealing the movie.

Before getting any further, it’s important to establish that this is the kind of movie where somebody wins. How to Marry a Millionaire is about three models who conspire to marry rich. »

- Jackson McHenry

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