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Criterion Collection: Downhill Racer | Blu-ray Review

1 December 2015 10:30 AM, PST | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

The Hollywood sports drama has long been an indubitable cinematic staple, albeit a genre trapped in its own particular movements and formulaic flourishes. Tendencies for melodramatic exaggerations are often utilized to enhance and manipulate our emotional investment in these depictions of physical glory, where everyman underdogs are transformed into American heroes due to the very nature of their conquests. But while these dramas prime our tear ducts for a rinse, they inadvertently miss out on the realistic human characteristics which assisted in its subject’s ability to beat all the odds. During Hollywood’s golden era of studio financed auteur projects, a short-lived movement credited to a number of classic titles ranging from the late 60s to the late 70s, director Michael Ritchie inducted two iconic titles into the sports subgenre canon, beginning with his 1969 directorial debut, Downhill Racer (the other being The Bad News Bears in 1976). Written by acclaimed »

- Nicholas Bell

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Omar Sharif, 'Lawrence of Arabia' Actor, Dead at 83

10 July 2015 9:01 AM, PDT | | See recent Rolling Stone news »

Omar Sharif, the Egyptian-born actor known for his classic roles in Lawrence of Arabia and Dr. Zhivago, passed away Friday in a Cairo, Egypt hospital after suffering a heart attack. Both the actor's agent Steve Kenis and the head of Egypt's Theatrical Arts Guild Ashraf Zaki confirmed his passing;  Sharif was 83. It was recently revealed that the Golden Globe-winning actor was also suffering from Alzheimer's disease, Variety reports.

After beginning his career as a major star in Middle Eastern cinema, Sharif was cast to play Sherif Ali in 1962's epic Lawrence of Arabia, »

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R.I.P. Omar Sharif (1932-2015)

10 July 2015 7:46 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

In movies where visual splendor dominated, it says something about the talents of Omar Sharif who made his presence known in pictures like "Lawrence Of Arabia," "Doctor Zhivago," and "Genghis Khan." Sadly, however, the actor has passed away today at the age of 83. Sharif got his start on camera in Egypt, where he quickly became a star, and it wasn't long until Hollywood beckoned and he made the most of it. Sharif's performances in "Lawrence Of Arabia" and "Doctor Zhivago" won him Golden Globe awards for each movie, and an Oscar nomination for 'Arabia.' His handsome features and continental stature allowed Sharif to play a variety of ethnicities and roles, and his skills brought him on the sets of filmmakers like William Wyler ("Funny Girl"), Sidney Lumet ("The Appointment"), Richard Lester ("Juggernaut"), and many more, including, of course, David Lean. Read More: 5 Things You Might Not Know »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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