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

  • By The Playlist
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  • June 2, 2011 2:19 AM
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The following is a reprint of our review that ran at the 2011 SXSW Film Festival.

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

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 10, 2011 7:18 AM
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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. The film earned a solid rave from our man at SXSW who called it "a wonderfully attuned and empathetic look at love, life and grief" and if that isn't enough, the soundtrack looks like it will be one you'll want to pick up.

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

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • May 6, 2011 4:10 AM
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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 this, it's even more important than ever that those who truly care about cinema don't just settle for the big movies, but seek out the smaller releases as well.

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

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 26, 2011 7:39 AM
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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 let's get started.

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

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 25, 2011 2:34 AM
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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 leaves Oliver both caring for and being in awe of the man he realizes he never really knew.

Our 7 Favorite Films From The 2011 SXSW Film Festival

  • By The Playlist
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  • March 18, 2011 8:57 AM
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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 witness to a panoply of movies, documentaries, sci-fi pictures, disturbing horror films, deep and/or genre-tinged dramas (the latter seemed to be a trend), rock docs, feel-good dramedies, filthy comedies and more.

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

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • March 18, 2011 3:44 AM
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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 experience of actually seeing it -- when we caught up with it for ourselves at SXSW, it immediately became one of our favorite films of the year thus far; our review said "it makes you sigh and swoon in equal measure."

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

  • By The Playlist
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  • March 15, 2011 5:23 AM
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Touching, heartfelt, melancholy and suffused with a gentle humanity (pick your soulful cliché), with his sophomore drama, "Beginners," filmmaker Mike Mills demonstrates once more that he's acutely attuned to the bittersweet and funny frequency broadcast from the pain of love and life. Mills' empathy antenna has always been sensitively in harmony with the human condition, as evinced by the overlooked "Thumbsucker," his more recent music videos and the short, "Does Your Soul Have A Cold?" (which almost feels a companion piece here). And in "Beginners" he masterfully demonstrates a generous and thoughtful perspective on emotional suffering, creating a piece that's as formally marvelous as it is sweeping and humanistic.

New Posters For 'Bad Teacher,' 'Beginners' And 'Henry's Crime' Arrive

  • By Cory Everett
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  • March 9, 2011 11:03 AM
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And The Less Said About Them, The BetterWell, they can't all be winners. Sometimes an artist or designer (like Drew Struzan in the '80s or Neil Kellerhouse today) is allowed to execute his creative vision and creates a piece of artwork for a film that becomes as iconic as the film itself. And sometimes an intern who knows Photoshop has to slap some faces on a poster to let people know who's in the movie. Unfortunately the three posters arriving today look to be veering towards the latter. "Bad Teacher," based on a Black List script by "The Office" scribes Gene Stupnitsky and Lee Eisenberg, stars Cameron Diaz as a foul-mouthed child-beating teacher. We're cautiously optimistic about the film based on what we've seen so far and this poster featuring Diaz asleep at her desk with an apple that says "Eat Me" does nothing to sway us either way. It's a decent teaser poster (though the "She doesn't give an "F"." looks like an afterthought) but we'd expect to see something with costar Justin Timberlake's face on it before it's June 17th debut.

Trailer: Ewan McGregor & Christopher Plummer Charm Completely In Mike Mills' 'Beginners'

  • By Edward Davis
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  • January 27, 2011 8:33 AM
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Why hello, favorite indie trailer of the year so far, how are you?

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