The 25th anniversary of the first ‘Die Hard’ film brings us ‘A Good Day to Die Hard’

Bruce Willis became an action star with his unforgettable turn as John McClane in 1988's 'Die Hard'
Bruce Willis became an action star with his unforgettable turn as John McClane in 1988’s ‘Die Hard’

In 1988 a movie opened starring Bruce Willis as a hard-nosed New York City police detective going out to California to visit his wife.  She’d taken a job out there.  It was almost Christmas and “John McClane” wanted to see his wife and children.

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‘Safe Haven’ is the latest in a long line of Nicholas Sparks books to become films

On February 14th, the film Safe Haven opens.  Based on the seven previous adaptations of books written by Nicholas Sparks, it should do well at the box office.  But before describing the film version of this novel, directed by Lasse Hallstrom, let’s look at the prior film adaptations of the novels of Sparks.

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Important films from 1988

Dustin Hoffman and Tom Cruise in a scene from 'Rain Man'
Dustin Hoffman and Tom Cruise in a scene from ‘Rain Man’

This year one of our goals at Tail Slate is to look at the films of the past in addition to reviewing the films of the present, and informing you about the films of the future. Towards that we will be publishing articles that look back at significant films celebrating a major anniversary during 2013. As such, we will focus on films from 1963, 1973, 1983, 1988 and 1993.

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Staying home on New Year’s Eve? Why not make it a movie night!

On New Year’s Eve you might choose to stay home.  Too many people out driving who’ve had too much to drink to be behind the wheel, or you’re just not in the mood for partying.  Whatever the reason, here are a few New Year’s Eve movies Tail Slate recommends to ring in the New Year.  All have some connection to New Year’s Eve in one way or another.  In alphabetical order:

Hugh Grant befriends (or is befriended by) Nicholas Hoult in 'About a Boy'
Hugh Grant befriends (or more accurately, is befriended by) Nicholas Hoult in ‘About a Boy’

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