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    Hope You Like Synths: The Best Scores & Soundtracks Of 2011

    Way back in the day, The Playlist started as a site focused principally on the places where movies and music met, and in particular, on scores and soundtracks. We've widened our net in the intervening years simply because that sole focus felt too small and we're movie lovers just as much as ...

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    AARON ARADILLAS: Taking Aim: Oliver Stone's JFK @ 20

    Released in 1991, JFK is the first official film of the ‘90s. Director Oliver Stone, a dramatist first and foremost, uses the defining moment of the second half of the 20th century – the assassination of President John F. Kennedy – to try to figure out what exactly went so wrong in the wake of Ameri...

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    10 Questions With Rashaad Ernesto Green (Writer/Director "Gun Hill Road")

    Yes, the series still lives; some of you have asked me about it recently. I unloaded several at once a few weeks ago, and haven't posted any since then. More are coming, so don't worry :)

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    Honor Roll 2011 | Glenn Close and Janet McTeer On the Unsung Heroes of 'Albert Nobbs'

    "Albert Nobbs" is known as the Glenn Close Passion Project, the One Where She Plays a Man, but the film is a much more complicated construction. It's the story of, yes, one Albert Nobbs (Close), a waiter who works in a 19th-century Dublin hotel. Albert is also a woman living a very cir...

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    Filmmaker Cedric Klapisch Researched the 1% for 'My Piece of the Pie'

    "My Piece of the Pie," the latest from director Cedric Klapisch ("L'Auberge Espagnole") is a timely contemporary dramedy that touches upon the economic crisis that's crippled much of the world. The film concerns a single mother (Karen Viard) who's forced to becom...

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    From Bloody Murders To Bridesmaid Speeches: The 25 Best Movie Moments Of 2011

    The great Howard Hawks once famously said that what makes a good film is "three great scenes, and no bad ones." While we'd argue that that's not an absolute hard-and-fast rule, he wasn't far off. With 2011 providing a number of above-average films, there've been plenty of m...

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    Honor Roll 2011 | "Drive" Director Nicolas Winding Refn: "Lars von Trier is getting old"

    By the middle of this year's Cannes Film Festival, everyone was talking about Lars von Trier. Then another Danish filmmaker came to town and stole some of his thunder: Nicholas Winding Refn, in competition with the ultra-violent Ryan Gosling vehicle "Drive," premiered his crowdpleasing...

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    Christine Vachon Reflects on 'Velvet Goldmine,' Our Blu-ray Pick of the Week

    Todd Haynes is nothing if not versatile. He made his name in 1991 with his Sundance Grand Jury Prize winner "Poison," a highly stylized queer activist hybrid told in three unconnected strands. He's directed only five more projects, but each has been more ambitious and unexpected than the last.

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    Hollywood's Most Expensive Pieces of History

    Ahead of Profiles in History's "Icons of Hollywood" auction to be held in Beverly Hills this Thursday and Friday, which will put up for auction such items as Bela Lugosi's "Dracula" cape and Dorothy's red slippers from "The Wizard of Oz," THR mounts a retros...

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    Film School 101 - A *Critics-Eye* View Of A Chase Sequence From "The Dark Knight"

    One of the handful of new features I'm working on incorporating into the site in 2012 (some I've already introduced) are short *critics-eye* looks at films we've talked about (old and new), and those that we haven't (old and new), like the one I embedded below.

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