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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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    Videodrome: 5 Music Video Directors Who Could Follow Richard Ayoade & Mike Mills To The Big Screen

    Once upon a time, back in the dim, dark Blogspot days of The Playlist, we had a feature called Videodrome, which looked at a selection of recent music videos by notable directors with big-name actors or just clips that were worth a watch. Once we moved to indieWire, it rather fell by the wayside, bu...

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    TV Vs. Film: Ten Shows Worth Skipping The Multiplex For

    The Playlist's brief flirtation with television continues... Yesterday, we dipped our toe into the murky waters of the debate around whether the quality of television has now surpassed that of contemporary film (conclusion: it's a silly question), and now, as the TV season wraps up thi...

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    TV Vs Film: Is This Really A Golden Age Of Television & What Can Film Learn From The Small-Screen?

    We don't cover much television here at The Playlist. Generally speaking, the magic of sitting in a dark room with a big-ass screen trumps the home experience every time. But TV news is starting to bleed across, thanks to the reams of big-screen stars, writers and directors who are moving into long-f...

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    The Complete Woody Allen: A Retrospective Pt. 2 (1992-2011)

    Woody Allen's latest, "Midnight in Paris," begins its roll-out in theaters today, and with it comes the second part of our complete retrospective on the great writer-director's work. (check out yesterday's Part One here). We pick up in 1992, with "Shadows and Fog."...

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    The Complete Woody Allen: A Retrospective Pt. 1 (1966-1990)

    Making a film once a decade, like the Terrence Malicks of the world, is all well and good, but what's truly impressive is making a film virtually every year for 40 years, and, generally speaking, consistently making pretty good ones. And that's what Woody Allen's managed to rack up sinc...

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    The Films Of Hal Ashby: A Retrospective

    Laid-back, doobie-inclined, scruffy and shooting from the hip mavericks: while many of his peers went on to much greater success in the 1970s -- Steven Spielberg, Warren Beatty, Francis Ford Coppola, Dennis Hopper, George Lucas, etc. -- perhaps no one director typfies the groovy, uber-chill Easy...

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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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    Which Summer Films Might Make You Feel Like You've Been Lobotomized? The May-August Movies: Part 2

    So, yeah, we reached our character limit, so part two of the summer preview follows. It only gets worse from here on out. While we live in hope that some of these films will be pleasant surprises, especially in the first few entries, they all come with great big buyer-beware stickers. Check out the...

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    Which Summer Films Won't Make You Feel Like You've Been Lobotomized? The May-August Movies: Part 1

    Something's in the air. The days are getting longer. The weather's getting warmer. Your IQ is dropping by the day. That's right, it's the start of the summer movie season! The critical darlings that get you through the winter moments are a thing of the past, replaced by CGI-packed blockbusters, come...

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