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Lady Killers
Face to face with deadly aliens, Ripley (Sigourney Weaver) stands with a flamethrower in one hand, a powerful automatic weapon and a child in the other. Who could forget this scene from Aliens? Men don't have the monopoly on heroism and bravery on the silver screen, as films like Aliens have demonstrated. In celebration of Women's History Month, Amazon.com contributor Donald Liebenson goes back in time to recall some women who really kick butt in the movies.
Focus on: Terrorism at the Movies
Ed Zwick's film The Siege focuses on Arab terrorists wreaking havoc in the U.S. And while this has become a hot-button issue for Arab-Americans, the idea of terrorism is not new in the movies. Whether on behalf of a group or just one lone fanatic, terrorism can make for compelling, edge-of-your-seat cinema.

Translated and Transformed
Why mess with a good thing? Simple logic: if a film works, don't tinker with it. The Magnificent Seven, Down and Out in Beverly Hills, and Scent of a Woman are wonderful as is. But how many people know that all these movies were remade from international films that are equally great, if not even better? Jon Burlingame surveys the Americanization of international originals.

Eddie Murphy: The Doctor Is In
One of comedy's biggest stars, Eddie Murphy has returned to top form in the cheerfully crude Dr. Dolittle. His comic timing is perfect alongside his animal costars, but Murphy already has an impressive body of work--from Beverly Hills Cop to 48 HRS. to The Nutty Professor--to illustrate why he's one of America's most beloved funny men. Amazon.com contributor David Kronke shows the good doctor in.

Splitting Adam
Side-splitting, that is. Adam Sandler found his broadest audience to date in The Wedding Singer, yet virtually every Sandler film out of the gate has been a hit with his core audience (including his newest, The Waterboy). In The Wedding Singer, Sandler softens his coarse shtick enough to woo the lovely Drew Barrymore, as well as allow the strong supporting cast--including that rappin' granny--to shine. Amazon.com contributor Marshall Fine shines a spotlight on Sandler's comedy secrets.

Now Showing: All My Titanics
For many, Kate Winslet and Leonardo DiCaprio on the bow of James Cameron's Titanic have become the definitive image of the famed liner. Amazon.com contributor David Kronke takes a look at other stirring videos of the doomed ship, from the irreplaceable A Night to Remember to the IMAX documentary Titanica. Dive in.

What Could Have Been
So Frank Sinatra pulls out his .44 Magnum and says "Well, do ya punk?" That's the way it might have been if the producers of Dirty Harry had cast their first choice. Clint Eastwood isn't the only actor who received a great role on the rebound. Amazon.com's Jeremy Storey examines other roles that might have looked very different on screen.

In Memoriam: Stanley Kubrick, 1928-1999
The death of the brilliant and iconoclastic Stanley Kubrick has stunned film lovers. His films, including 2001: A Space Odyssey and Dr. Strangelove defy categorization, yet they all share his singular vision and breathtaking passion. Amazon.com's Jeff Shannon writes on the career of Stanley Kubrick.

Deconstructing Sondheim
Stephen Sondheim graduated from writing lyrics for two smash Broadway-turned-Hollywood hits, West Side Story and Gypsy, to forging his own style as composer and lyricist with the most acclaimed, daring body of musical theater work of the past quarter century. A new life on video for such Sondheim classics as Sunday in the Park with George invites a look at his brilliant honor roll of challenging musicals.

Hijacking the Big Screen
Shoot 'em ups and cops and detectives--think Dragnet, The Fugitive, The Untouchables--have long been a staple of quality television and, more recently, have become fodder for filmmakers. But do these small-screen gems translate well into mega-blockblusters at the Cineplex? Amazon.com contributor Jon Burlingame looks at which big-screen films work--and which don't.

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