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    Before 'Guardians Of The Galaxy': 26 Gonzo, Offbeat Space Movies

    "Guardians Of The Galaxy" has been in theaters for a whole week now, and finding enormous success everywhere it goes. Marvel's first attempt at the space opera, it keeps, as we discussed in our review, a little too close to the studio's playbook at times, but is positively refreshing in the way that...

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    On The Rise 2014: Cinematographers To Watch

    In what’s become an annual tradition, this week we’re kicking off our On The Rise series of features in which we take a look at emerging and blossoming talent across a variety of fields. This year, we’re expanding our remit to encompass a couple more categories and subcategories, but we’re starting ...

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    Discuss: Are We On The Cusp Of A Video Game Movie Revolution?

    If you’re sick of the wave of comic-book movies over the last few years, you’d better brace yourself: the video game movie is coming, and it’s coming for you. The end of last week saw the announcement that another attempt is being made to ramp up zombie game “Dead Island” as a movie: originally in t...

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    Discuss: What Does The Success Of 'Guardians Of The Galaxy' Mean For Future Marvel Movies?

    Unless you’ve been locked in the Kyln, you probably noticed that “Guardians Of The Galaxy” opened this past weekend. Marvel’s latest extravaganza, a space adventure directed by Troma graduate James Gunn, was seen in advance of its release as the riskiest of the studio’s ten movies: based on a mostly...

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    11 Films To See In August

    So, another year, another month of August to end the summer movie season with a whimper, amirite? Perhaps, but we here at The Playlist took the tagline to “American Beauty,” way back in 1999, to heart… look closer. There’s still plenty of McMovies to clog your cinematic arteries, but sometimes, thos...

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    20 Sophomore Films From Celebrated Debut Directors

    This week sees the release of John Michael McDonagh’s “Calvary.” Among the many things the film is--a black comedy; a murder mystery; a darkhearted fable; an anti-authoritarian screed--it is also a second film, coming on the heels of an admired debut, “The Guard.” “Calvary” is such a specific film, ...

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    The Playlist Summer 2014 Movie Song Mixtape

    When it comes to the delicate art of the mixtape, context is everything. And in the context of us hurtling toward the end of summer (ok fine, there’s another month left, and a few big releases still on the calendar, but we’re getting nostalgic nonetheless) we thought we’d emulate Star-Lord (Chris Pr...

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    10 Comic Books That Deserve To Be Movies

    As we all know, you can’t swing a cat in a multiplex without hitting a comic book movie of some kind (or without being prosecuted on animal cruelty charges). So far in 2014, “I Frankenstein,” “300: Rise Of An Empire,” “Noah” (kind of), “Captain America: The Winter Soldier,” “The Amazing Spider-Man 2...

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    The Films Of Werner Herzog: A Retrospective

    It was 2011 when we first attempted our own "Fitzcarraldo"-like endeavor in writing a comprehensive retrospective on the films of the notoriously prolific Werner Herzog. Since then, not only has he added six or so more titles to his filmography, he's been feverishly at work on the seventh—the much-a...

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    Philip Seymour Hoffman's 12 Best Performances

    This Friday should have been a cause for celebration: the release of "A Most Wanted Man," an adaptation of John Le Carre's novel by one of our favorite working filmmakers, Anton Corbijn ("Control," "The American"), and starring one of our finest working actors, Philip Seymour Hoffman. Instead, it's ...

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