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Sean Connery movies: 20 greatest films, ranked worst to best, include ‘Goldfinger,’ ‘The Untouchables,’ ‘Dr. No’

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Sean Connery movies: 20 greatest films, ranked worst to best, include ‘Goldfinger,’ ‘The Untouchables,’ ‘Dr. No’
Sean Connery celebrates his 88th birthday on August 25. One can only assume that the man who turned James Bond into a 50-plus year film franchise is toasting the event with a martini. Yet 007 isn’t the only iconic role for the actor. In honor of his birthday, let’s take a look back at 20 of his greatest films, ranked from worst to best.

Connery became a star with the first Bond film, “Dr. No” (1962). In that film, Connery set the bar for every actor who would have to play the debonair British agent armed with an arsenal of gadgets and a way with the ladies. He reprised the role six subsequent times: “From Russia with Love” (1963), “Goldfinger” (1964), “Thunderball” (1965), “You Only Live Twice” (1967), “Diamonds Are Forever” (1971), and “Never Say Never Again” (1983).

After decades in front of the camera, Connery finally won an Academy Award as Best Supporting Actor for Brian de
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Haugesund to present 16 Nordic works in progress

Completed films will also screen at the New Nordic Films Market, including ‘X&Y’.

Haugesund’s New Nordic Films Market has confirmed the 24 completed films that will screen during the event, as well as the 16 works in progress projects that will be presented.

“We are proud to present a programme that reflects high quality, with a strong and exciting line up from new and emerging talents,” said Gyda Myklebust, programme director for New Nordic Films.

Completed films screening in the market include Anna Odell’s hotly anticipated X&Y; the second of three Utoya-related films this year, Carl Javer’s Reconstructing Utoya
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Commemorate D-day By Watching "The Longest Day"

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It was June 6, 1944 when the greatest military operation in history took place. American, British and Canadian forces  landed at Normandy to liberate Europe. The amazing courage of the Allied forces not only saved democracy on the continent but also made it possible for Germany to re-emerge as one of the great nations of the world. No film has ever better captured the overall epic nature of the battle, as seen from both sides, than Darryl F. Zanuck's The Longest Day. Why not watch it Asap with your kids and grandkids to remind them of how unimaginable courage made it possible for us to have the freedoms we enjoy today? It's also a hell of a good movie!  
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Hammer Volume Two: Criminal Intent

With nearly two years of worthy Blu ray releases under their belt, ranging from traditional favorites like To Sir With Love to rare essentials like Jack Clayton’s The Pumpkin Eater, it can be said that UK’s Indicator has finally shed their rookie status. Their newest effort is Hammer Volume Two: Criminal Intent, a well-programmed package of that studio’s little seen crime films featuring two minor classics and a couple of honorable misfires, all in glorious black and white.

The Snorkel

1958 – 74 Minutes

Written by Peter Myers and Jimmy Sangster

Produced by Michael Carreras

Directed by Guy Green

Featuring the sloppiest killer this side of the Coen Brothers and the least curious investigator since Chief Wiggum, 1961’s The Snorkel, with its urbane villain and Riviera scenery, is positively Hitchcockian in its intent but definitely not in its execution.

Shadow of a Doubt dogs this story of a young teen
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Oscar Watch: Christopher Nolan's "Dunkirk" (2017)

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A Look At 2017 Films Nominated For Prominent Oscars

By Lee Pfeiffer

There was great trepidation in the film industry about whether director Christopher Nolan's "Dunkirk" would be able to attract large enough audiences to recoup its considerable production costs. After all, most movie-goers are young people and the most popular kinds of features are superhero epics and gross-out comedies, not historical epics. To the surprise of many, "Dunkirk" did indeed prove to be a major hit, grossing over $500 million worldwide.This proves that the intelligence and taste of younger movie-goers should not be underestimated and also that Nolan himself enjoys the kind of loyal following that few directors can brag about.  His name on a film will draw audiences that might be immune from a certain movies if not for his involvement. "Dunkirk" has also won critical acclaim and is nominated for numerous Oscars including Best Picture and Best Director.
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Film Review: ‘12 Strong’ Wins the Battle as it Loses the War

Chicago – In the 16 years of the U.S. and Afghanistan war, which began a month after Sept. 11, 2001, the U.S. has spent trillions of dollars and lost 2,400 soldiers. The story of that war’s first battle, “12 Strong,” would probably be more revelatory if we weren’t still there.

Rating: 2.5/5.0

To compare war films and their eras, the events depicted in the World War II film, “The Longest Day” (1962) took place 18 years before the movie, and it was about the decisive “D-Day” battle that helped to win that war. While “12 Strong” is a similarly dramatic war tale (and was classified until recently), it is just the beginning of a 16 year slog. If that had been the case for “The Longest Day,” and World War II was still going on, that film wouldn’t have the same feeling or impact. “12 Strong” suffers that fate because of the ongoing fighting in Afghanistan,
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Call Of Duty: WWII review

Call Of Duty heads back to its roots and finds form as it does so. Here's our look at Call Of Duty: WWII...

In the interests of full disclosure I should admit that I’m not a huge Call of Duty fan. Actually, that’s not entirely accurate; it’s more a case of not having been a Cod fan for a while, a good while, in fact. If I’m brutally honest, the last Call Of Duty that I really enjoyed was Black Ops in 2010, and the last instalment that truly blew me away was the first Modern Warfare back in 2007!

I started to lose interest in the series when it decided to push beyond historical and contemporary battlegrounds in favour of futuristic landscapes and environments. That’s not to say that I have an issue with futuristic Fps games – I thought last year’s Doom reboot was a riot,
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Oss 117 Five Film Collection

He’s fast on his feet, quick with a gun, and faster with the to-die-for beauties that only existed in the swinging ’60s. The superspy exploits of Oss 117 were too big for just one actor, so meet all three iterations of the man they called Hubert Bonisseur de La Bath . . . seriously.

Oss 117 Five Film Collection

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Oss 117 Is Unleashed; Oss 117: Panic in Bangkok; Oss 117: Mission For a Killer; Oss 117: Mission to Tokyo; Oss 117: Double Agent

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1963-1968 / B&W and Color / 1:85 widescreen + 2:35 widescreen / 528 min. / Street Date September 26, 2017 / available through Kino Lorber / 59.95

Starring: Kerwin Matthews, Nadia Sanders, Irina Demick, Daniel Emilfork; Kerwin Matthews, Pier Angeli, Robert Hossein; Frederick Stafford, Mylène Demongeot, Perrette Pradier, Dominique Wilms, Raymond Pellegrin, Annie Anderson; Frederick Stafford, Marina Vlad, Jitsuko Yoshimura; John Gavin, Margaret Lee, Curd Jurgens, Luciana Paluzzi, Rosalba Neri, Robert Hossein, George Eastman.

Cinematography: Raymond Pierre Lemoigne
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‘Dunkirk’ Box Office: Why It Stands Little Chance of Breaking War Movie Records

‘Dunkirk’ Box Office: Why It Stands Little Chance of Breaking War Movie Records
Christopher Nolan’s World War II retreat-and-rescue epic “Dunkirk” has critical acclaim and is the first 2017 studio film to stand as a serious awards contender. However, it’s unlikely to become a significant player among the top war films at the box office.

Over the last decade, Nolan’s made five films that grossed $200 million-$658 million (adjusted domestic). However, while war films can still draw big numbers (Clint Eastwood’s 2014’s “American Sniper” earned $381 million, domestic adjusted), Nolan’s movie may be hampered by history.

Read More‘Dunkirk’: How Christopher Nolan Maintained Secrecy on His Set

War is the backdrop to some of the most popular films of all time, including “Star Wars” as well as “Gone With the Wind” and “The Sound of Music,” the #1 and 3 domestic grossers of all time. David Lean’s “Lawrence of Arabia” was more of a biography-character study, but it was an epic
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Dunkirk: a spoiler-filled look at its ending

Ryan Lambie Jul 22, 2017

Christopher Nolan’s Dunkirk is a nail-biter from start to finish. With inevitable spoilers, we take a quick look at its ending...

Nb: This is your final warning for major Dunkirk spoilers.

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Although it takes place in one of the most dramatic chapters of World War II, Dunkirk isn’t really about conflict, or violence, or the horrors of combat. It’s really about what ordinary people do in desperate situations, when they’re being assaulted from all sides by the roar of bombs and gunfire.

It’s surely telling that one of the leads among writer-director Christopher Nolan’s ensemble, Ffion Whitehead’s rank-and-file soldier, Tommy, doesn’t get to indulge in the kind of macho heroics that we used to see in the war movies of the 50s and 60s. For much of the film, he’s simply trying to survive,
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Early Reactions For Christopher Nolan’s ‘Dunkirk’ Stream In

Following its world premiere in front of British Royalty last night, the first reactions to Christopher Nolan’s Dunkirk have started to come it – and it’s largely good news. The film, which tells the true story of the evacuation of Dunkirk during World War II, is getting praise across the board, particularly for its cast.

Here are some of the initial reactions via Twitter.

Just saw Dunkirk. An absolute force. Nolan at the top of his game in the genre. I say this as someone who hated Inception.

— Christopher Hooton (@ChristophHooton) July 11, 2017

yeeeeeeeeeees #Dunkirk is as fantastic as I hoped it would be. Intense, what an experience. Cannot wait to see again in 70mm IMAX next week pic.twitter.com/1s4u5SpMV0

— Anton Volkov (@antovolk) July 13, 2017

Dunkirk: intense! 3 intercutting stories on 3 time frames. Almost a silent film, w/ incredible score. May be divisive. I Loved. See 70mm!
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More 4th of July Escapism: Small-Town Iowa and Declaration of Independence Musicals

More 4th of July Escapism: Small-Town Iowa and Declaration of Independence Musicals
(See previous post: Fourth of July Movies: Escapism During a Weird Year.) On the evening of the Fourth of July, besides fireworks, fire hazards, and Yankee Doodle Dandy, if you're watching TCM in the U.S. and Canada, there's the following: Peter H. Hunt's 1776 (1972), a largely forgotten film musical based on the Broadway hit with music by Sherman Edwards. William Daniels, who was recently on TCM talking about 1776 and a couple of other movies (A Thousand Clowns, Dodsworth), has one of the key roles as John Adams. Howard Da Silva, blacklisted for over a decade after being named a communist during the House Un-American Committee hearings of the early 1950s (Robert Taylor was one who mentioned him in his testimony), plays Benjamin Franklin. Ken Howard is Thomas Jefferson, a role he would reprise in John Huston's 1976 short Independence. (In the short, Pat Hingle was cast as John Adams; Eli Wallach was Benjamin Franklin.) Warner
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Cinema Retro Commemorates The Real "Longest Day"

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It was 73 years ago today that the greatest invasion in modern history took place, as Allied soldiers stormed the beaches of France to liberate Europe from the yoke of totalitarianism. Their sacrifices were not in vain. Brave men from forces of America, Great Britain and Canada led the charge with free French and Polish forces and supporting contingents from other nations including Australia,Norway and New Zealand. From the carnage, a better world emerged, though Eastern Europe would still suffer under the oppression of Communism for decades to come. West Germany would become a beacon of freedom and democracy, eventually reuniting with East Germany after the fall of the Soviet empire. There aren't many men still alive who can recall serving in the momentous events of June 6, 1944. But freedom loving people from across the globe owe them a debt of gratitude, along with those who made the ultimate sacrifice.

For
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Mindy Newell: Bend Over

“I won’t be ig-nored, Dan,” said Alex Forest (Glenn Close) to her illicit lover Dan Gallagher (Michael Douglas) in Fatal Attraction. And so said a large enough number of disconcerted people who were fed up with being ig-nored by the political elite gathered around the Potomac basin to swing the Electoral College vote in favor of Donald Trump. Go fuck yourselves, they said. Bend over, said Trump.

It’s been one lie after another, one alternative fact after another, and one tweet after another since the inauguration, all to assuage the ego of the malignant narcissist who sits in the oval office. His sickophants trip over each other in their eagerness to obfuscate the truth and stay in their own bubbles of power. Erstwhile enemies, thugs, and bullies are welcomed and coddled and credit is taken where it is not due. Everything is upside down and inside out. And
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Win Battle of the Bulge on Blu-ray

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To mark the release of The Battle of the Bulge on 5th June, we’ve been given 2 copies to give away on Blu-ray.

Five months after D-Day, most American soldiers think the German army is broken. The Germans think otherwise. In order to buy time to fill the skies with their invincible new jets, they launch one furious offensive.

For this epic recreation of one of World War II’s most crucial confrontations, director Ken Annakin (The Longest Day) captures the explosive action of massive forces squaring off and the individual ingenuity of weary GIs trying to survive a cruel winter. The cast is a starry juggernaut: Henry Fonda, Robert Shaw, Robert Ryan, Charles Bronson, Telly Savalas and more.

Experience the vast panorama of war in all its intensity — and all its heroism.

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Brian Cox Becomes The British Bulldog In Gripping First Trailer For Churchill

Codenamed Operation Neptune, the Normandy landings of World War II have gone on to inspire storytellers in the vein of Steven Spielberg (Saving Private Ryan) and Darryl F. Zanuck, who was part of the creative team behind wartime epic The Longest Day.

It’s not hard to locate a film built around the infamous D-day landings, then, but it becomes more difficult to find a character-driven drama that sheds light on the politics behind the Allied invasion of Nazi-occupied France. Enter Churchill, Jonathan Teplitzky’s (The Railway Man) star-studded biopic that places the great Brian Cox in the shoes of the tenacious British Bulldog. Shackled with depression and a startling loss of confidence, by June 1944, Winston Churchill is “a shadow of the hero” he once was, and all of this feeds his reservations about shipping over a million soldiers to the European theater of war.

Wrestling Europe from the ironclad
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Witness the Evolution of Cinematography with Compilation of Oscar Winners

This past weekend, the American Society of Cinematographers awarded Greig Fraser for his contribution to Lion as last year’s greatest accomplishment in the field. Of course, his achievement was just a small sampling of the fantastic work from directors of photography, but it did give us a stronger hint at what may be the winner on Oscar night. Ahead of the ceremony, we have a new video compilation that honors all the past winners in the category at the Academy Awards

Created by Burger Fiction, it spans the stunning silent landmark Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans all the way up to the end of Emmanuel Lubezki‘s three-peat win for The Revenant. Aside from the advancements in color and aspect ration, it’s a thrill to see some of cinema’s most iconic shots side-by-side. However, the best way to experience the evolution of the craft is by
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The Sicilian Clan

The Sicilian Clan

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1969 / Color B&W / 2:35 widescreen / 122 min. (French, without exit music); 118 min (American) / Le clan des Siciliens / Street Date February 7, 2017 / available through Kino Lorber / 29.95

Starring Jean Gabin, Alain Delon, Lino Ventura, Irina Demick, Amedeo Nazzari, Danielle Volle, Philippe Baronnet, Karen Blanguernon, Elisa Cegani, Yves Lefebvre, Leopoldo Trieste, Sydney Chaplin.

Cinematography: Henri Decaë

Production design: Jacques Saulnier

Original Music: Ennio Morricone

Written by: Henri Verneuil, José Giovanni, Pierre Pelegri from a novel by Auguste Le Breton

Produced by: Jacques-e. Strauss

Directed by Henri Verneuil

American crime fanatics wary of European imports now have access to a fully Region-a disc of a big-star, big budget French-Italian-American gangster film from 1969, Henri Verneuil’s exciting The Sicilian Clan. It was filmed in two separate versions, a multi-lingual European original and a less exciting, English language cut for America. A huge hit overseas, The Sicilian Clan didn’t
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7 Films New to Netflix to Watch in February 2017, Including ‘Clouds of Sils Maria’ and ‘King Cobra’

7 Films New to Netflix to Watch in February 2017, Including ‘Clouds of Sils Maria’ and ‘King Cobra’
Next month, Netflix has a wide variety of films — modern to classic, animated to horror, Oscar winners to new indies — and we’ve picked seven that you should watch once they’re made available on the streaming service, either for the first time or as part of a nostalgic binge. Enjoy.

Read More: Kristen Stewart And Juliette Binoche Dig Into Their Complex ‘Clouds of Sils Maria’ Relationship – Watch

1. “The Nightmare Before Christmas” (available February 1)

The 1993 stop-motion classic directed by Henry Slick and produced by Tim Burton tells the story of Jack Skellington, a resident from Halloween Town who stumbles through a portal to Christmas Town and decides to celebrate the holiday.

2. “The Blair Witch Project” (available February 1)

Directed by Daniel Myrick and Eduardo Sánchez, the 1999 found footage horror film became one of the most successful indie films of all time when it was released. The movie follows three film students
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Operation Chromite review – clunky South Korean war thriller

Liam Neeson’s silly performance is a low point in a spy movie that mars a fascinating real-life story

Here’s a really old-fashioned war film, a recent hit at the South Korean box office, but creaky and clunky, weirdly reminiscent of big-budget prestige movies of years gone by such as The Longest Day, which used to always crop up on bank holiday TV. Yet this has the faintly sepia-digital tint of a modern period blockbuster. It’s set during the Korean war in 1950 and is all about the secret spy mission that preceded General Douglas MacArthur’s high-risk plan to attack North Korean-held territory at the Port of Incheon. CIA-backed South Korean partisans risked (and lost) their lives behind enemy lines posing as military officials, gathering intelligence about mine placements and other fortifications. Lee Jung-jae plays Jang, the undercover operative working for the west; Lee Beom-su is the brutal North Korean colonel Kim,
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