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  • The Playlist
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    Watch: Trailer For David Mackenzie's T In The Park Festival Rom-Com 'You Instead'

    Brit director David Mackenzie has kind of been all over the place in his career, but through all of his films he's been consistently unremarkable. "Young Adam," "Hallam Foe" and "Spread" have all been serviceable enough and his forthcoming apocalyptic romance “Perfect Sense,” with Ewan McGregor and Eva Green has been getting exactly the kind of mixed reviews he's always received. But none of this films have been as light on their feet as "You Instead," his shot-on-the-fly music festival rom-com.

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  • Caryn James
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    How To Catch Up With "Breaking Bad" (It's Easy!)

    Sympathetic criminals may be the perfect dramatic characters: we like them and want them to survive; they let us live out our most dangerous, secret impulses vicariously; and when we're ready to get thoughtful, they're an endless source of knotty moral problems. We're still liking and worrying about Tony Soprano years after his screen went dark.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Media Watch: Murdoch Update; Brooks Resigns; Murdoch's Apology UPDATED

    Rebekah Brooks, the chief executive of News International, has resigned. Brooks was editor of the News of the World from 2000 to 2003, during the time that the phone of murder victim Milly Dowler was hacked. In her interoffice memo, deciphered line by line by The Guardian, Brooks claims that she resigned because she was a distraction in the media, writing: “My desire to remain on the bridge has made me a focal point of the debate.” Another resignation in the phone scandal story reveals the growing pressure on Murdoch's beleaguered U.K. media group. Here's a colorful Guardian Brooks profile.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Trailer For The New "The Thing"

    One of great horror films of the 1980's (one of greatest of all time as far as I'm concerned) is John Carpenter's The Thing, which was a remake of the earlier 1951 version. But Carpenter's film is a truly frightening, suspenseful, claustrophobic movie, helped in large parts by some amazing and genuinely gross out make up special effects, all done practical on camera. None of that CGI crap. (And the one brother in the film, played by Keith David, is still alive by the end of the film)

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Trailer Watch: Scorsese's Magical Hugo Conjures Beloved Family Classics

    Brian Selznick, the author of The Invention of Hugo Cabret, a 2007 genre-bending children’s book, was inspired by turn of the 20th-century film pioneer Georges Méliès. Perhaps that's why Selznick’s book seems to translate so easily to the screen.

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  • The Playlist
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    Walter Salles & Garrett Hedlund Did 2 More Weeks Of Secret Filming In April For 'On The Road'

    With filming taking place last year Montreal, New Orleans, Mexico and San Francisco, and with stills and a teaser poster for the already surfacing earlier this year, there has been a lot of guesswork about when we might see Walter Salles' highly anticipated adaptation of Jack Kerouac's "On The Road." But as it turns out, he wants to get it right, and while the principal cast and crew may have wrapped things up a while ago, the director grabbed the film's star Garrett Hedlund and two took their own journey across American to snag more footage.

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  • Leonard Maltin
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    Napoleon To Conquer U.S. Again

    There are silent films, there are epics, and then there is Napoleon. After thirty years, the unique French production is primed to make a comeback on this side of the Atlantic, in the longest version ever screened since its premiere at the Paris Opéra in 1927. The announcement was made on opening night of this weekend’s San Francisco Silent Film Festival.

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  • Leonard Maltin
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    Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows, Part Two

    I wouldn’t call myself a Potterhead, but I have certainly enjoyed following the odyssey of Harry Potter and company over the past decade. Nothing can compare to the experience of reading J.K. Rowling’s books, which have been expertly condensed and interpreted by screenwriter Steve Kloves, but given the need for compromise I think they’ve done justice to the author’s intentions (if not her distinctly British wit).

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  • Leonard Maltin
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    Winnie The Pooh

    In an era of hyperactive, overly verbal 3-D animated entertainment, I hope there is still room for a film as sweet and gentle as Winnie the Pooh. At the screening I attended it seemed like the young adults in the audience were enjoying it even more than the kids, reliving their childhood memories of the “stubby little cubby” and his friends in the Hundred Acre Wood.

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  • Leonard Maltin
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    Life, Above All—movie review

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