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    'Beginners' Star Mélanie Laurent Talks Working With Ewan McGregor, Mike Mills & A Hateful Dog

    One of the purest delights of this year's South by Southwest Film Festival was stumbling into Mike Mills' "Beginners," not knowing anything about it (this writer hadn't even seen its artful trailer) and being blown away by its mix of humor, sadness, manageable meet-cute twee and romanticism.

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    In Theaters: 'X-Men: First Class' Bullies 'Submarine' & 'Beginners' At The Box Office

    What up, my mutants? It's time for another summer comic book tentpole! Matthew Vaughn's "X-Men: First Class" hits theaters with its stacked line up of stars. If 'splosions n' laser beams n' shape shifting aren't your thing, you are in luck, as not one but two charming indie dramas also start their r...

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    The Essentials: The 5 Best Ewan McGregor Performances

    After spending much of the last decade in some of the worst theatrically-released movies around ("Cassandra's Dream?" "Stay?" "Incendiary?" "Deception?" "Amelia?" "Angels & Demons?"), Mike Mills' "Beginners" seems ...

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    The Importance Of Dogs To The Writing Process & More We Learned About Mike Mills' 'Beginners'

    As big fans of music video veteran Mike Mills' debut feature "Thumbsucker," we've been keenly awaiting a sophomore film from the director ever since, and when that film, "Beginners," premiered at Toronto last year, the word was comfortingly strong. But even that didn't quite prepare us for the exper...

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    Review: Mike Mills' 'Beginners' Is A Wonderfully Attuned & Empathetic Look At Love, Life & Grief

    The following is a reprint of our review that ran at the 2011 SXSW Film Festival.

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    'Beginners' Soundtrack Features Music By Brian Reitzell & Great Selection Of Old Blues Tracks

    In the midst of summer blockbuster season, Mike Mills' "Beginners" will make its way to theaters. If you want to spend your money wisely and walk away with something you won't forget about when you throw away that half eaten bag of jumbo popcorn, you'll do yourself a favor and buy a ticket to this. ...

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    Already Sick Of Blockbusters? The Playlist's Guide To The Alternative Summer Movie Highlights

    The summer of 2011 is more stuffed with blockbusters than ever before, with every week bringing a new tentpole. We ran those films down earlier in the week, with Part 1, being those that look half-decent or better, Part 2 being those that we're more wary of, or even dreading. But in a summer like th...

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    New Pics: 'X-Men: First Class,' 'The Avengers,' 'Captain America,' 'Transformers 3' & More

    New Looks At 'Bad Teacher,' 'The Change-Up,' 'The Hangover 2' & 'Beginners' As WellYep, it's another batch of photos from this summer's upcoming movies so here is a roundup with our pithy comments to help you out. Most of these are from MTV's Summer Movie Preview with others from here are there so l...

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    SFIFF '11: Ewan McGregor & Mike Mills Talk The Sadness, Humor & Joy Of 'Beginners'

    On Thursday night at the historic Castro Theatre in San Francisco “Beginners,” the new film from director Mike Mills (“Thumbsucker”), kicked off the 54th Annual San Francisco International Film Festival. “Beginners” is a partially fictionalized account of Mills’ father, played here by Christopher Plummer, coming out of the closet as a septuagenarian. Ewan McGregor fills in for Mills himself as the character Oliver, who recounts the story of witnessing his father, Hal's transition to a gay lifestyle after living most of his adult life married to Oliver’s mother. Soon after Hal’s rebirth, he is diagnosed with a life-threatening cancer that leav...

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    Our 7 Favorite Films From The 2011 SXSW Film Festival

    Once again, Austin, Texas and the SXSW Film Festival kicked our ass this year. One week of great weather, tex-mex, bbq, a little booze, a little music (Big Krit ruled) and a looooot of movies. For the third year in a row The Playlist team descended down on the coolest little town in Texas and were w...

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