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MHM Picks 12 Retro Movies Everyone Should See In 2017

Make 2017 the year to watch and review films with us. Each month the MHM Podcast Network will spotlight one classic film from 1900 to today, and we invite you to let us know what you think of each film as well.

January

A Trip to the Moon (1902)
Photo: Star-Film

A Trip to the Moon (1902) – Rated: TV-G | Runtime: 13min | Released: October 4, 1902 | Genre: Short, Adventure, Fantasy | Rotten Tomatoes: Critics 100%, Audience 90%
IMDB Summary: A group of astronomers go on an expedition to the Moon.
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February

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (1910)
Photo: Warner Home Video

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (1910) – Rated: Not Rated | Runtime: 13min | Released: March 24, 1910 | Genre: Short, Adventure, Fantasy | Rotten Tomatoes: Critics N/A, Audience 23%
IMDB Summary: An early version of the classic, based more on the 1902 stage musical than on the original novel.

March

Metropolis (1927)
Photo: Kino Lorber

Metropolis (1927) – Rated: Not Rated | Runtime: 2h 33min | Released: March 13, 1927 | Genre: Drama, Sci-Fi, Fantasy | Rotten Tomatoes: Critics 99%, Audience 92%
IMDB Summary: In a futuristic city sharply divided between the working class and the city planners, the son of the city’s mastermind falls in love with a working class prophet who predicts the coming of a savior to mediate their differences.


April

Duck Soup (1933)
Photo: Paramount Pictures

Duck Soup (1933) – Rated: Not Rated | Runtime: 1h 8min | Released: November 17, 1933 | Genre: Comedy, Musical, War | Rotten Tomatoes: Critics 94%, Audience 91%
IMDB Summary: Rufus T. Firefly is named president/dictator of bankrupt Freedonia and declares war on neighboring Sylvania over the love of wealthy Mrs. Teasdale.

May

The Third Man (1949)
Photo: Criterion Collection, The

The Third Man (1949) – Rated: Approved | Runtime: 1h 33min | Released: August 31, 1949 | Genre: Film-Noir, Mystery, Thriller | Rotten Tomatoes: Critics 100%, Audience 93%
IMDB Summary: Pulp novelist Holly Martins travels to shadowy, postwar Vienna, only to find himself investigating the mysterious death of an old friend, Harry Lime.

June

Sunset Boulevard (1950)
Photo: Paramount Pictures

Sunset Boulevard (1950) – Rated: Passed | Runtime: 1h 50min | Released: September 29, 1950 | Genre: Drama, Film-Noir | Rotten Tomatoes: Critics 98%, Audience 95%
IMDB Summary: A hack screenwriter writes a screenplay for a former silent-film star who has faded into Hollywood obscurity.

July

The Magnificent Seven (1960)
Photo: 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment

The Magnificent Seven (1960) – Rated: Approved | Runtime: 2h 8min | Released: November 23, 1960 | Genre: Action, Adventure, Western | Rotten Tomatoes: Critics 90%, Audience 87%
IMDB Summary: An oppressed Mexican peasant village hires seven gunfighters to help defend their homes.

August

One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975)
Photo: Warner Home Video

One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (1975) – Rated: R | Runtime: 2h 13min | Released: November 19, 1975 | Genre: Drama | Rotten Tomatoes: Critics 95%, Audience 96%
IMDB Summary: A criminal pleads insanity after getting into trouble again and once in the mental institution rebels against the oppressive nurse and rallies up the scared patients.

September

The Great Muppet Caper (1981)
Photo: Walt Disney Home Entertainment

The Great Muppet Caper (1981) – Rated: G | Runtime: 1h 35min | Released: June 26, 1981 | Genre: Comedy, Crime, Family | Rotten Tomatoes: Critics 79%, Audience 79%
IMDB Summary: Kermit, Gonzo and Fozzie are reporters who travel to Britain to interview a rich victim of jewel thieves and help her along with her secretary, Miss Piggy.

October

The Big Lebowski (1998)
Photo: Universal Studios Home Entertainment

The Big Lebowski (1998) – Rated: R | Runtime: 1h 57min | Released: March 6, 1998 | Genre: Comedy, Crime, Mystery | Rotten Tomatoes: Critics 81%, Audience 94%
IMDB Summary: “The Dude” Lebowski, mistaken for a millionaire Lebowski, seeks restitution for his ruined rug and enlists his bowling buddies to help get it.

November

American Psycho (2000)
Photo: Lions Gate Films Home Entertainment

American Psycho (2000) – Rated: R | Runtime: 1h 42min | Released: April 14, 2000 | Genre: Crime, Drama | Rotten Tomatoes: Critics 67%, Audience 85%
IMDB Summary: A wealthy New York investment banking executive hides his alternate psychopathic ego from his co-workers and friends as he delves deeper into his violent, hedonistic fantasies.

December

Her (2013)
Photo: Warner Home Video

Her (2014) – Rated: R | Runtime: 2h 6min | Released: January 10, 2014 | Genre: Drama, Romance, Sci-Fi | Rotten Tomatoes: Critics 95%, Audience 82%
IMDB Summary: A lonely writer develops an unlikely relationship with an operating system designed to meet his every need.

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