B movie


: a cheaply produced motion picture

Examples of B movie in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The electric blue of Florida’s keys provide a fresh, picturesque backdrop to a lot of B movie pulp, but the rest is properly familiar. David Fear, Rolling Stone, 9 Mar. 2024 The film earned Weaver an Oscar nod for Best Actress, and her performance as an action star was credited with elevating the film beyond typical B movie fare. Johnny Loftus, EW.com, 14 Nov. 2023 Because despite the A-list star, the A-plus soundtrack, and the ace supporting cast (notably Tilda Swinton, who does more in her late-act guest appearance than many performers do in decades’ worth of screen time), The Killer is really just a modern version of a vintage B movie. David Fear, Rolling Stone, 8 Nov. 2023 Even in a work that might have been a B movie with another helmer, Friedkin could dazzle with his skill and originality. Stephen Galloway, The Hollywood Reporter, 7 Aug. 2023 Schedules are tight for B movies: Scott must shoot the whole thing in two or three weeks. Joshua St. Clair, Men's Health, 24 Mar. 2023 In Atomic Age America, Gordon’s science-fiction B movies manifested the country’s nuclear anxieties as eye-popping apocalypse spectacles. J. Kim Murphy, Variety, 8 Mar. 2023 After the war, Mr. Mirisch, a movie buff, wrangled a job working for the general manager of Monogram Pictures, which specialized in B movies. Alex Williams, New York Times, 28 Feb. 2023 His conviction carries Emancipation a long way, elevating what is essentially a B movie to the realm of something better than its outsize premise: a blunt instrument, maybe, but a brutally affecting one too. Leah Greenblatt, EW.com, 1 Dec. 2022

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Word History

First Known Use

1948, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of B movie was in 1948

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“B movie.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/B%20movie. Accessed 23 Apr. 2024.

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