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‘National Lampoon’s Vacation’: THR’s 1983 Review

On July 29, 1983, Warner Bros. unveiled the Harold Ramis-directed comedy in theaters, where it would go on to launch a franchise of Vacation sequels and spinoffs. The Hollywood Reporter’s original review is below: There’s nothing worse than a family vacation. That is, except for this delightfully witty excursion from Warner Bros., which may prove […]

Alan Ladd Jr., ‘Star Wars’ Savior and Oscar Winner for ‘Braveheart,’ Dies at 84

Alan Ladd Jr., the revered Hollywood producer and studio executive who saved Star Wars when Fox wanted to shut down production and gained vindication when he received an Oscar for Braveheart after being dumped by MGM, has died. He was 84. Ladd, who headed production at Fox, Pathe Entertainment and MGM (in two stints) and […]

‘The Big Lebowski’: THR’s 1998 Review

On March 6, 1998, the Coen brothers unleashed The Big Lebowski in theaters, where it would become a cult hit and gross $46 million globally. The Hollywood Reporter’s original review is below.  The Coens travel from Fargo to L.A. by way of Arizona in this cracked comedy about a deadbeat Los Angeleno that played to […]

‘Deep Impact’: THR’s 1998 Review

On May 8, 1998, Paramount unveiled disaster film Deep Impact, featuring a cast that included Téa Leoni, Robert Duvall and Morgan Freeman. The film went on to gross $140 million stateside, not adjusted for inflation. The Hollywood Reporter’s original review is below:  Last year, it was volcanoes; this year, comets seem to be on the disaster […]

‘Titanic’: THR’s 1997 Review

On Dec. 19, 1997, James Cameron's Titanic set sail in theaters nationwide. The 193-minute blockbuster epic went on to dominate the 70th Academy Awards, nabbing 11 wins including best picture. The Hollywood Reporter's original review is below. Paramount should replace that white mountain in its logo with an iceberg for the next several months. The […]

‘Fletch’: THR’s 1985 Review

On May 31, 1985, Universal brought Chevy Chase’s comedy Fletch to theaters stateside, where it became a summer hit. The Hollywood Reporter’s original review is below. One of the most amusing entertainments to come around in a while is Fletch, an amiable comedy/thriller starring Chevy Chase. Universal should attract some winning box-office numbers for this […]

Chicago Film Festival: ‘Sieranevada’ Wins Gold Hugo for Best International Feature

Acting honors go to 'Graduation's' Adrian Titieni and 'Christine's' Rebecca Hall.

‘Le Havre’ Takes Top Honor at Chicago Film Festival

Egypt’s "Cairo 678" and its star Maged El Kedwany earn Silver Hugos at 47th annual event.

Chicago Film Festival Kicks Off With One of Its Own

Dennis Farina stars in Windy City-shot drama "The Last Rites of Joe May," which begins 47th annual event Thursday.

Arthur Laurents, Tony-Winning Playwright-Screenwriter, Dies at 93

The legendary scribe (pictured with Chita Rivera in 2009) wrote the books for "West Side Story" and "Gypsy" and the scripts for "The Way We Were" and "Turning Point."

1950s Screen Idol Farley Granger Dies at 85

The actor played a likable tennis pro thrust into a murder exchange in Alfred Hitchcock's 1951 movie and documented affairs with Shelley Winters (pictured), Ava Gardner, Leaonard Bernstein and others in his 2007 memoir, "Include Me Out."

SUNDANCE REVIEW: ‘Restless City’ Is a Stunning Look at New York’s West African Immigrant Community

An intense intense twist on the American Dream by director Andrew Dosunmu.