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‘The Trial’: THR’s 1963 Film

On February 20, 1963, Orson Welles' adaptation of Franz Kafka's The Trial hit theaters in New York. The Hollywood Reporter's original review in April, headlined "The Trial Fascinating as Film Showmans…

‘Dr. Strangelove’: THR’s 1964 Review

On Jan. 29, 1964, Columbia unveiled Stanley Kubrick's nuclear satire Dr. Strangelove in theaters. The film went on to earn four Oscar nominations at the 37th Academy Awards, including in the best pict…

‘Mary Poppins’: THR’s 1964 Review

On Aug. 27, 1964, Disney unveiled its 139-minute family film Mary Poppins at its Los Angeles premiere. The blockbuster went on to earn 13 Oscar nominations at the 37th Academy Awards, winning 5 honors…

‘The Hustler’: THR’s 1961 Review

On Sept. 25, 1961, 20th Century Fox premiered Paul Newman's 'The Hustler' in Washington, D.C. The film went on to be nominated for nine Oscars at the 34th Academy Awards, winning in the art direction…

‘8½’: THR’s 1963 Review

On June 25, 1963, Federico Fellini’s 8½, described at the time as a “provocative film for art house trade,” made its way to theaters stateside. The film picked up two Oscars at the 36th annual…

‘Le Mans’: THR’s 1971 Review

On June 23, 1971, the 106-minute racing drama Le Mans, starring Steve McQueen and Siegfried Rauch as rivals, hit theaters stateside. The Hollywood Reporter’s original review is below. Le…

‘What a Way to Go!’: THR’s 1964 Review

On May 13, 1964, 20th Century Fox unveiled the Shirley MacLaine-starring musical comedy What a Way to Go! in New York. The film went on to be nominated for two Oscars at the 37th Academy Awards, for a…

‘Alfie’: THR’s 1966 Review

On Aug. 24, 1966, Paramount brought Michael Caine’s Alfie to theaters. The film went on to be nominated for five Oscars at the 39th Academy Awards ceremony, including best picture and actor…

‘The Apartment’: THR’s 1960 Review

On June 15, 1960, Billy Wilder’s comedy The Apartment premiered in New York at the Astor and Plaza theatres. The film, featuring Jack Lemmon and Shirley MacLaine, went on to claim five Oscars at the 3…

‘The Birds’: THR’s 1963 Review

On March 28, 1963, Alfred Hitchcock premiered his Psycho feature follow-up, The Birds, in New York. The Hollywood Reporter's original review, headlined "A Horror Classic With Thrills and Comedy," is b…

‘Doctor Zhivago’: THR’s 1965 Review

On Dec. 22, 1965, the 197-minute Russian epic Doctor Zhivago held its world premiere at the Loew’s Capitol Theatre in New York. The David Lean classic went on to win five Oscars at the 38th…

‘West Side Story’: THR’s 1961 Review

On Oct. 18, 1961, West Side Story held its world premiere in New York at the Rivoli Theatre, eventually going on to win 10 Oscars at the 34th Academy Awards. The Hollywood Reporter’s original review i…