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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: 'Love Is Strange' For John Lithgow & Alfred Molina In Trailer For Ira Sachs Drama

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 20, 2014 3:24 PM
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Love Is Strange
One of the Best Films Of Sundance 2014, and from filmmaker Ira Sachs who has steadily been making a name for himself thanks to efforts like "Forty Shades Of Blue" and "Keep The Lights On," "Love Is Strange" is one that those of us not fortunate enough to catch it at Sundance have been waiting for. And the first trailer has arrived.

Summer Movie Preview: 40 Most Anticipated Films

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • April 21, 2014 1:47 PM
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Summer 2014 preview
The temperatures are rising, the coats are going into storage, and the TV spots are getting more prevalent. That's right, it's almost time for summer movie season again. The months of May through August are traditionally the biggest in the multiplex calendar, but the lines have become increasingly blurred in recent years—if "Noah" and "Divergent" didn't kick off blockbuster season, "Captain America: The Winter Soldier" certainly did, and that was three weeks ago.

The Best Films Of The 2014 Sundance Film Festival

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • January 27, 2014 3:02 PM
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Best of Sundance 2014
The film writing community is still catching up on sleep, getting over festival flu and showering off the stink of their blogger condos, but there's no escaping it: the Sundance Film Festival is over for another year. For over thirty years, the festival has provided a welcome opportunity to shake off awards season, and to start to look over some of the movies and faces that we'll be talking about for the next twelve months.

Sundance Review: Ira Sachs' ‘Love Is Strange’ Is A Brilliantly Performed Romance That’s Always Real

  • By James Rocchi
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  • January 20, 2014 12:08 PM
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Ira Sachs, Molina, Lithgow
Directed by Ira Sachs ("Keep the Lights On," "Married Life"), "Love Is Strange" depicts a New York love affair whose depth of feeling is only matched by the length of its duration. George (Alfred Molina) and Ben (John Lithgow) have been together for 39 years, and as the film begins, they’re fussing and getting ready for a big event—after all these years, they’re finally going to (and for that matter, finally able to) get married. It’s a beautiful day, and George and Ben are surrounded by family and friends and well-wishers, but it turns out to be one with consequences.

First Looks At Mia Wasikowska In 'Madame Bovary,' Angelina Jolie's 'Unbroken' & Mike Leigh's Next Film

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 31, 2013 3:33 PM
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Madame Bovary Mia Wasikowska
The American Film Market kicks off next week, which means there's going to be a lot of buyers hustling a lot of movies, and distributors and financiers look for product to put their cash into. And that means folks writing the cheques will want to see something first. And since many of these movies are mid-production or just getting started, pictures will have to suffice.

Casting: Judy Greer Goes To 'Tomorrowland,' Anthony Mackie Takes 'Shelter,' Milla Jovovich Joins 'Cymbeline' & More

  • By Diana Drumm
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  • August 8, 2013 3:21 PM
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The more we hear about Disney's sci-fi "Tomorrowland," the more we’re intrigued. Related in some way to the Disney theme park attraction, the plot is still officially "unknown," though we’ve heard some fantastic things. The Brad Bird-directed film has already lined up an array of actors, including George Clooney and Hugh Laurie, or for doctor drama fans, Dr. Doug Ross ("E.R.") and Dr. Gregory House ("House, M.D."). And now, Judy Greer has joined the line-up, presumably as a bit of comic relief, but at this point, any speculation as to her specific role is being pulled out of thin air. This will mark Greer’s third film with Clooney; the others being "Three Kings" and "The Descendants."

Michael Gambon & Alfred Molina As Gay Couple In ‘Love Is Strange’ From 'Keep The Lights On' Director Ira Sachs

  • By Tess Hofmann
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  • January 22, 2013 9:55 AM
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Production company Parts and Labor has announced “Keep The Lights On” director Ira Sachs’ next project -- an NYC-set romantic drama entitled “Love Is Strange," starring Michael Gambon and Alfred Molina as a gay couple. Molina has a varied resume including roles in “An Education” and current Sundance entry “Emanuel and the Truth about Fishes,” while Gambon is best known for his role as Dumbledore in the latter 'Harry Potter' films. So Dumbledore is gay! Or at least, the actor who played him after Richard Harris will pretend to be in this one film.

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