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The 5 Best Bob Hoskins Performances

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • August 9, 2012 1:43 PM
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For many actors, there is no such word as "retirement." While there are big names who slip away from the movie business to do other things, or simply enjoy time off as they head into their twilight years -- Gene Hackman and Peter O'Toole being among the recent examples -- those feel like the exception, rather than the rule. But unfortunately, the great British character actor Bob Hoskins has been forced to step away from the limelight.

5 Of Dustin Hoffman's Most Underrated Performances

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • August 9, 2012 10:01 AM
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There’s a certain generation of male stars who emerged in the 1960s and 1970s who signify that golden age of American cinema, starring in some of the most acclaimed films of that era while also maintaining long careers as box office draws that continue to this day. Jack Nicholson, Al Pacino, Robert De Niro, Robert Redford, Warren Beatty -- a line-up of actors that, for the most part, puts today’s A-listers to shame. And the unlikeliest of them all is Dustin Hoffman.

The Playlist's Guide To The Best And Worst Spin-Off Movies

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • August 7, 2012 12:20 PM
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This week sees "The Bourne Legacy" hit theaters, and it's a little hard to know what to describe it as. After all, it doesn't feature, except tangentially, the character whose name it bears, Matt Damon's Jason Bourne. Instead, it focuses on a new character, Jeremy Renner's Aaron Cross, whose adventures overlap with and feature some of the same characters in the previous 'Bourne' films. Is it a sequel? Kind of. Is it a "sidequel," as some have termed it? Yeah, maybe. But given the way it jumps off from the existing 'Bourne' films and heads off into new territory, we think it qualifies as one of the more successful examples of a less-than-illustrious Hollywood concept: the spin-off.

5 Things You Might Not Know About Stanley Kubrick's 'Full Metal Jacket'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • August 7, 2012 11:22 AM
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Stanley Kubrick was never the most prolific of filmmakers, but his productivity slowed right down in the last couple of decades of his life; while there were several projects he worked on that never got made, including "Napoleon" and "A.I.," the director only made three films in the last twenty years of his career. And sandwiched between 1980's "The Shining" and 1999's posthumously-released "Eyes Wide Shut" was his Vietnam war epic "Full Metal Jacket."

5 August DVDs You Should Know About Including 'Jaws,' 'Quadrophenia,' and A Pair of Derek Jarman Films

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • August 7, 2012 9:14 AM
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As summer starts to fade, the big Hollywood blockbusters are replaced with more modest and arty fare, while on home video, long overdue titles finally make their way to disc. This month, we have new-to-DVD titles from Derek Jarman, Andrzej Wadja, and Ken Russell, plus deluxe reissues of two favorites – "Quadrophenia" and (of course) "Jaws." Just when you thought it was safe to go into the video store… Whether it's the first time you've seen these titles or the fiftieth, these new discs are sure to please.

5 Things You Might Not Know About Brad Bird's 'The Iron Giant'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • August 6, 2012 1:19 PM
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These days, Brad Bird is one of the most sought after directors around. He helmed "The Incredibles" for Pixar, still one of the company's best and biggest hits, and took over troubled project "Ratatouille" at the last minute, helping turn it into another classic, and another global hit. And last year, he made his live-action debut with the thrilling "Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol," which became the biggest film of Tom Cruise's career, and will follow it up in the near future with the Damon Lindelof-penned sci-fi "1952."

Read New All-Time Top 10 Lists From Martin Scorsese, Woody Allen, Francis Ford Coppola, Quentin Tarantino & More

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • August 3, 2012 8:53 AM
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The big talk of the week has been Sight & Sound's once-every-decade greatest films of all time list as determined by critics from around the world. However, the publication also take the temperature from film directors, asking for greatest lists from 358 filmmakers around the world, and collating the votes into a separate top 10. As we reported previously, "Tokyo Story" topped the list, with "2001: A Space Odyssey" and "Citizen Kane" just behind (read the full top 10 here).

Who Got Snubbed? 10 Directors Who Surprisingly Aren't On The Sight & Sound Top 50 Greatest Films List

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • August 2, 2012 2:02 PM
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So many auteurs, so little time... It's less than 24 hours since the unveiling of Sight & Sound's once-a-decade extensive poll of film critics to find the quote-unquote greatest film of all time, which for the first time ever, saw Orson Welles' "Citizen Kane" fall off the top spot and replaced by Alfred Hitchcock's "Vertigo." And as ever, the list has already inspired extensive and fervent debate.

Watch: 'Citizen Kane,' 'Tokyo Story,' 'Pierrot Le Fou', 'Sunrise' & More From Sight & Sound's Top 50 Of All Time

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 1, 2012 3:07 PM
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Well, Sight & Sound drop their once-a-decade list of the Top 50 Greatest Movies Of All Time, and taking Orson Welles' long-standing position at the top of the heap with "Citizen Kane" was Alfred Hitchcock's "Vertigo." Beyond the top ten are a lot movies that don't get into the conversation with the rest of the greats at the top the list, but that doesn't mean they are less deserving of attention. However, they may be less seen, which could be a contributing factor, but we here at The Playlist have got you covered.
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The Amazing Race: 15 Potential Awards Dark Horses To Keep An Eye On In The Coming Months

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • August 1, 2012 12:34 PM
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Almost every year, it's possible to guess at a good number of the Oscar nominees at least twelve months ahead. Only a fool would look at the release slate and suggest that a film like Steven Spielberg's "Lincoln" won't be among the nominees. But that said, each year also brings a movie that looks from afar like a heavyweight and turns out to disappoint. Take "J.Edgar" last year, for instance, or "Carnage" or "The Ides of March."

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