Some movies are underappreciated at the time of their release. They come out, are largely ignored, then grow in stature as people catch up with them on home video or cable TV over the years. The Shawshank Redemption and Office Space are good examples of this phenomenon. Both were box office flops that went on to become classics in their respective genres.

Then there are the movies that go the other way. Beloved hits upon release see their reputations diminish with the passage of time. There can be a variety of reasons why this happens. Some have very “of the moment” stories that lose their relevance. Others contain elements that pass muster initially, but are problematic in the ...

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