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11 Films To See In August

  • By Erik McClanahan
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  • August 1, 2014 2:03 PM
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10 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, those blockbusters are tasty. And if you step outside of the multiplex, there are plenty more movies that give you a more healthy, balanced cinematic diet.

Watch: Tell Everyone Everything In New Trailer For Michael Fassbender's 'Frank'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 20, 2014 1:28 PM
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Frank
Ever since it premiered at Sundance, we've been openly sharing our love for "Frank" and that's because it's one of the most unique comedies of the year and, particularly if you're a music fan or musician, a picture that'll have a bit of extra resonance. But even if not, it's got a killer ensemble all doing top-notch work in a movie that nails its big ambitions.

The Best Films Of 2014 So Far...

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • June 3, 2014 12:05 PM
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Best of 2014, midway
Here's a bold statement: 2014 is looking like a pretty damn good year for movies so far. We've had a few strong ones in a row (2011, 2012 and 2013 were all overflowing with goodness), but a little less than halfway through this year, and the discerning moviegoer has been spoiled with choices. Of course, there's been a lot of swill, but from the blockbuster to tiny foreign indies, there's been plenty worth checking out.

Watch: Discover The Idiot Shriek In New Clip From Michael Fassbender's 'Frank'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 29, 2014 3:46 PM
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Frank, Sundance
What more do we have to tell to convince you to see "Frank" when it opens later this summer? We called it a “terrific and sublime experience" when we saw it at the Sundance Film Festival, and have brought you trailers, interviews and the single “I Love You All” and more from the movie. And today, we have another two-minute clip, and yes, it's an excuse to remind you this is coming and you need to see it.

Watch: 2 New Clips from Michael Fassbender Dark Comedy ‘Frank’ Showcases Tensions On The Road

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • May 13, 2014 12:01 PM
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Frank, Gyllenhaal, Fassbender
An unexpected hit out of Sundance, where we called it a “terrific and sublime experience," Lenny Abrahamson’s “Frank” has since gathered momentum on its way to a theatrical release via continued positive buzz, as well as a strong promotional push of its odder elements. We’ve already seen a host of trailers, interviews and the single “I Love You All” from the film, and now you can add two new clips to the bunch that give a sense of its strange and singular rhythms.

Watch: Scoot McNairy Explains Michael Fassbender's Gigantic Head In Clip From The Offbeat British Comedy 'Frank'

  • By Edward Davis
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  • May 8, 2014 3:54 PM
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Scoot McNairy, Frank, Fassbender
You ever hear some indie pop tune and you knew in a perfect world it would be a #1 hit, but because of the way major label infrastructure with radio and music video channels worked, you knew it was destined to be a cult hit song that only you, your friends and a whole bunch of other likeminded people across the nation would cherish? That’s kind of akin to “Frank,” a movie, that in a perfect world would be a big hit.

Watch: Go Behind The Mask With New Clip From 'Frank' Plus 10-Minute Featurette With Michael Fassbender & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 7, 2014 2:21 PM
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Frank, Gyllenhaal, Fassbender
As you might already we know, we've fallen for "Frank." In our review out of Sundance, we called the film "an off-the-wall and terrific paean to the misfits and freaks of the world," but even that doesn't quite begin to scratch the surface of this wildly original movie. But today, a couple of helpful pieces of video are here to give you a sense of the tone of the upcoming movie.

First Listen: Michael Fassbender Sings "I Love You All' From Offbeat Comedy 'Frank'

  • By Rodrigo Perez
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  • May 1, 2014 10:19 AM
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Frank, Michael Fassbender
OK, in case you haven’t heard, earlier this year at the Sundance Film Festival, Michael Fassbender starred in a movie called “Frank” about an outsider rock band that crosses paths with an ambitious young wannabe musician and how that chance meeting changes both their lives forever. Oh, yeah, and it’s easily one of the best movies of the year. Much will be made about how Fassbender wears a papier-mâché head for about 95% of the movie, but somehow, the genius of it all, is that it’s still one of his finest performances.

Michael Fassbender's 'Frank' Coming This Summer, Adam Sandler's 'Pixels' Next Summer

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 28, 2014 7:31 PM
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Frank, Michael Fassbender
How do you like your summer served up? Perhaps you dig the indie films that offer a nice alternative to Hollywood's seasonal explosion fest? Or maybe you don't mind a piece of greasy, buttered entertainment. Well, release dates have been set for movies that tickle either fancy.
More: Frank, Pixels

Posters: Sprawl On The Grass For Richard Linklater’s ‘Boyhood’; Michael Fassbender's Head Gets Gigantic For ‘Frank’

  • By Edward Davis
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  • April 11, 2014 1:23 PM
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Boyhood, Frank
We’d heard back around Sundance that the title for Richard Linklater’s “Boyhood” would likely change. Guess that’s not happening. “Boyhood” now has a poster and it’s, well…. not very different from the three scant photos we’ve seen. In fact, it’s the exact photo of the boy in question (Ellar Coltrane), just in poster size. Still, Linklater’s movie is worth celebrating. Shot over the course of 12 years with the same four actors Ethan Hawke, Ellar Coltrane, Patricia Arquette and the filmmaker’s daughter, Lorelei Linklater, “Boyhood” is a terrific cinematic experience chronicling the life of a family over more than a decade.

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