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    The Essentials: Lauren Bacall's 6 Best Performances

    With the passing of Lauren Bacall at age 89 yesterday, the “they don’t make stars like that anymore”-style tributes came flooding in. But with all due respect to those sentiments, they didn't ever make stars like Bacall. Anomalous even in her starlet days, Bacall’s appeal was based on an allure that...

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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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    The Essentials: 8 Walter Hill Films You Should Know

    No one would love to believe more than film critics that criticism is the repository of the immutable, monolithic truth about a movie's quality. But as much as we may enjoy the dream of our grades and rankings and pithy pullquotes being Carved In Stone, experience has taught us otherwise, and nowher...

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    The Essentials: Angelina Jolie's 5 Best Performances

    The big release this week is "Maleficent," Disney's latest attempt to reboot one of its classic family properties in as ugly a manner as humanly possible, following the enormous success of "Alice In Wonderland," and the less-enormous-but-still-substantial success of "Oz The Great And Powerful." Taki...

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