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    Watch: Colin Firth Creeps In New 'Tinker Tailor Solider Spy' Clip Plus New Cache Of Pics From The Film

    “Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy” is one of those highly anticipated films that feels like it's been on its way to theatres forever. With Gary Oldman’s performance being touted for Oscar, the film has already been playing in the U.K. to strong reviews and big box office. The Tomas Alfredson (“Let the Right One In”)-directed film begins its rollout December 9th, and now there’s a new clip from the film. ‘Tinker Tailor’ feels like a film that is very clip-resistant, and this one doesn’t give much away, but features some lovely cinematography, a few beautiful camera moves, and some thrillingly tense British politeness between Oldman and Colin Firth.

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    PICTURES OF LOSS: HEREAFTER, directed by Clint Eastwood

    Joan Didion says, “We tell ourselves stories in order to live.” In the months after my father died, the story I told myself was that I could write as I always had, about movies and movie directors, and that this would, in fact, serve as a useful distraction from my grief. I was certain that my professionalism would see me through this terrible time.

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    VIDEO ESSAY: Searching for the Muppets

    When Jim Henson died in 1990, at the age of 53, there was reason to fear that the Muppets wouldn’t live on without him. They did. Since Henson’s death, Muppets have appeared in three major movies, a short-lived TV series, a few TV specials and several direct-to-YouTube videos. They’ve inspired toys, calendars and postage stamps. And now they’re poised to hit the big screen yet again, in a movie written by and starring Jason Segel.

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    PICTURES OF LOSS: Introduction

    Ever since I began writing professionally about film, my father nearly always read what I wrote. Yet it was only recently that it hit me: Before he died in January of 2010, the last article he read by me concerned the death of a parent, and most of the films I have thought to write about since then concern losses like my own.

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    The Essentials: The 5 Best Marilyn Monroe Performances

    Close to fifty years after to her premature passing at the age of 36, there are few stars, living or dead, who have the same effect that Marilyn Monroe continues to have. An icon the likes of which the starlets of today simply can't compete with, her legacy continues to loom large, despite a relatively brief time on top (less than fifteen years passed between her first speaking role and her final picture, "The Misfits") and aided in no small part by her tumultuous personal life -- three troubled marriages, including to playwright Arthur Miller and baseball legend Joe Di Maggio, and reported affairs with both President John F. Kennedy and his brother Bobby.

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    New 'Expendables 2' Poster Will Impregnate You And Every One Of Your Friends, Male And Female

    If "The Expendables" meant anything (and, aside from some serviceable action sequences, it didn't really), it was a chance to see a group of action icons interacting with each other, with several scenes imbued with the baggage brought from the filmographies of all those involved. Come for the Arnold Schwarzenegger and Bruce Willis, stay for the Gary Daniels! Sylvester Stallone and company have listened to the complaints, bringing back the entire cast for "The Expendables 2" and giving some of them more to do than to just sit around and chat.

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    Exclusive: Jason Reitman Talks Casting ‘Labor Day’; Hopes To Do Make Dark Ninja Film ‘Bonzai Shadowhands’ One Day

    Exclusive: Jason Reitman Talks Casting ‘Labor Day’; Hopes To Do Make Dark Ninja Film ‘Bonzai Shadowhands’ One Day

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    Watch: "Drive" Parody Trailer "Drive Thru"

    What is it about movie parodies and fast food? Okay, maybe it's only been the "Twilight" with cheeseburgers video and the literally titled "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix" cartoon and the Martin Scorsese parody "Fast Food" and the many obvious Ronald McDonald-based "The Dark Knight" spoofs and now this, a remake of the "Drive" trailer in which the film revolves around drive thru restaurants. It's called "Drive Thru."

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    Trailer Watch: Harrelson in Rampart; the Most Corrupt Cop You've Ever Seen

    Woody Harrelson may play the most corrupt cop you've ever seen in "Rampart," the second feature from "The Messenger" director Oren Moverman.  (TOH interview here.) But that's not why you should see the film when it broadens January 27 (after an Oscar-qualifying run). Harrelson brings an unexpected vulnerability to his character, and is earning Oscar buzz. But that's clearly no way to sell a film:

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    Lumet's 12 Angry Men a Classic, Beyond a Reasonable Doubt

    They’re talking about a switchblade. If the murder weapon in question is one of a kind, linking the young defendant to his father’s death, they can return a guilty sentence — and the mandatory capital punishment — in mere minutes. "But what if it isn’t?" Juror 8 asks. He pulls an identical knife from his pocket and sticks it into the table. Still incredulous, the eleven angry men now on their feet leer at him. "It’s just a trick, a stunt," they say, the story he’s telling so unlikely — another person bought a knife identical to the one the boy owned and murdered the father with it while the boy was out — that “the odds are a million to one.”

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