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    European Film Academy Opens Vote for People's Choice Award - Win a Trip to Malta!

    Every year, the EFA People’s Choice Award allows film fans across Europe to elect their favorite film. When the European Film Academy invites its members, Europe’s greatest film stars, directors, actors and actresses, to attend the European Film Awards, the People’s Choice Award sheds a spotlight on the people films are made for: the audience. This year’s vote has started – vote now and win the chance to join winners and nominees for the awards ceremony in Malta!

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  • The Playlist
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    Watch: Featurette For 'Cloud Atlas' Showcases New Footage From The Film

    The question of whether or not our lives are more than just the brief impression we make in the few decades we occupy this Earth that has been spinning for millions of years before we were here and will be spinning for millions of more after we're gone, is one that many have grappled with. Some say that after we die we go to heaven (or hell) or return in another form or just provide fertilizer. But in "Cloud Atlas" our lives continue in one connected thread, and The Wachowskis and Tom Tykwer have put that theory up in the form of a time-spanning, multiple character movie that is certainly ambitious.

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  • The Playlist
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    Review: B-Movie Thrills Abound In 'The Thieves'

    There’s not a single moment of Choi Dong-hoon’s “The Thieves” that stays still. Endlessly busy despite a robust 136-minute runtime, Korea’s highest grossing film in history should be more than familiar to western audiences. It’s a heist picture, one with a wide ensemble of moving parts which compliment each other as each heist is carried out with point men, lookouts, and movie-world gizmos, and like even the thinnest of these pictures, “The Thieves” is less interested in the characters than it is the elaborate stunts and gimmicks.

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  • The Playlist
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    Ewan McGregor Is A 'Son Of A Gun'

    Ewan McGregor is one of our favorite actors, and his choices usually tend to be a bit off the beaten path, and undeniably interesting. However, the thriller or action genre isn't one he's dipped his toes into too often. Oh sure, there's "Haywire" but he was mostly on the phone in that one, and Michael Bay's "The Island" didn't quite work (and the less said about the "Star Wars" prequels, the better, though they likely ensure a pretty nice annual check). All that aside, it looks like he'll be picking up the guns again for a movie where he'll portray public enemy number one.

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  • The Playlist
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    Ben Whishaw To Cameo In Terry Gilliam's 'The Zero Theorem'

    The last year to year and a half or so have been very good to Ben Whishaw. The rising British actor features in two of this fall's biggest films -- The Wachowskis and Tom Tykwer's "Cloud Atlas" and that latest 007 flick "Skyfall" -- and Steven Spielberg wants the actor for his next blockbuster, "Robopocalypse." Before he gets to that though, Whishaw will making a quick pit stop to the set of a film by another acclaimed director.

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  • The Playlist
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    Review: 'Hotel Noir' Is An Earnest Stylistic Exercise That Only Occasionally Slips Too Far Into Pastiche

    Any kind of hardboiled film noir confection, released in 2012 with a straight face, is going to be something of a put on. Especially if its filmed digitally, which robs black-and-white (the favored presentation of film noir) of its velveteen lushness, instead replacing it with a flat, artificial haze. Still, "Hotel Noir," the latest film from writer/director Sebastian Gutierrez (who is also Carla Gugino's boyfriend, which might be his mightiest accomplishment), is a surprisingly effective, enjoyable romp. It's pretty earnest (almost too earnest) attempt at a straightforward film noir, with minor, wink-wink-nudge-nudge deviations and an impressively game cast. If given the opportunity, it might not be a bad idea to check into "Hotel Noir."

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Alan Arkin Takes Affleck's 'Argo' Seriously: "It's not a spoof, satire, or parody" (EXCLUSIVE VIDEO)

    As revealed in our conversation below, Alan Arkin takes serious comedy seriously, and that's the secret at the heart of Ben Affleck's "Argo." Arkin doesn't buy the idea that he and Goodman are participating in a Hollywood parody or spoof or satire. Or even comic relief for that matter.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Hollywood is in Turnaround

    "It's in turnaround" is one of the great Hollywood lines in "Argo" as John Goodman and Alan Arkin throw insider lingo at Ben Affleck's neophyte "associate producer." Truth is, it seems like all of Hollywood is in turnaround right now.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Weekend Preview: Affleck's Crowd-Pleasing 'Argo,' A Breath of Fresh Air in the 'Middle of Nowhere'

    Ben Affleck's "Argo" leads the pack of new movies out this weekend. The crowd-pleaser, which premiered at Telluride, will please fans of Affleck's "The Town" -- but some of us are left wanting more. Martin McDonagh's "Seven Psychopaths" and Ava DuVernay's "Middle of Nowhere" boast enthusiastic reviews...

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  • Leonard Maltin
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    Argo—movie review

    'Argo' is one terrific movie, the best I’ve seen all year. The fact that it’s an original (and difficult to encapsulate) may make it a tough sell, but I hope good reviews and word of mouth will bring it the success it deserves.

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