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Why I used to love rainy holiday weekends

Almost every year, when summer starts, my thoughts go back several decades to one of the craziest ventures I’ve ever been involved with, a business in which rainy holiday weekends were much desired.
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The pure sci-fi horror of ‘Fire in the Sky’

Robert Lieberman’s “Fire in the Sky” was released theatrically in 1993 by Paramount Pictures with little fanfare, and then picked up a small cult following from cable and video in the mid-1990s, but
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‘High-Rise’: the future in 1975

It took producer Jeremy Thomas more than 30 years to make a movie out of J.G. Ballard’s 1975 novel “High-Rise.” Thomas originally wanted to have Nicolas Roeg direct it, but Ben Wheatley has done a
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Bad Movies We Love: ‘Blood Beach’

There are bad movies we watch more than once because they are so over-the-top awful (“Valley of the Dolls”) or that capture a slice of society rarely seen on screen (the early 1980s Broadway of “The
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‘A Bigger Splash’: a blast from the past

Luca Guadagnino’s new film “A Bigger Splash” is a gorgeous throwback to the European art films of the 1960s and 1970s – the sensual atmosphere is as compelling as the story, which was also true of the
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‘Half Moon Bay’: strangers in a bar

Something like a younger, sadder West Coast version of Terrence McNally’s “Frankie and Johnny in the Claire de Lune,” the  Lesser America production of the Dan Moyer play “Half Moon Bay” follows a
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‘I Take You’: women & men & sex

Eliza Kennedy’s “I Take You” (Broadway) starts off as a romantic comedy about a commitment-phobe who is about to get married, but it quickly develops into a very provocative examination of a woman
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‘Wicked, Wicked’: split-screen nightmare

It takes some doing to unearth an early 1970s major studio release that yours truly has never heard of — those were probably my peak moviegoing years, when I saw nearly everything (i.e. “The Legend of
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