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TOH! Picks Robert Altman's Top 15 Films

In the spirit of the UCLA Film and Television Archive's drool-worthy Robert Altman: A Retrospective, kicking off April 4, TOH! writers list their 15 favorite films by the iconic American director.
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  • April 4, 2014 5:02 PM
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Putting Money on the Bechdel Test (GRAPHS)

The Bechdel test has proven an intriguing -- if far from wholly accurate -- method of figuring out a film's level of female character development. Are there two women in a given film? Do they talk to each other -- and about something other than men? In a fascinating piece on FiveThirtyEight, the Bechdel test is assessed from a financial standpoint.
  • By Anne Thompson and Beth Hanna
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  • April 2, 2014 4:51 PM
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Why Ten Years Later, Jonathan Glazer's 'Birth' Is Still a Masterpiece

Ten years after its premiere at the Venice Film Festival in 2004, Jonathan Glazer's "Birth" remains as powerfully mysterious as ever. With his long-awaited followup "Under the Skin" hitting theaters this Friday, it's time to dust off "Birth" for careful, critical reconsideration.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • March 31, 2014 3:23 PM
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Top Dozen Documentary Film Festivals: Up Next, Hot Docs and Full Frame

With the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival announcing its 2014 lineup of Tribute and Thematic Program films, we put together a compendium of the top dozen must-attend doc fests around the country.
  • By John Anderson and Beth Hanna
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  • March 31, 2014 1:30 PM
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Best of the Week: Splashy 'Noah,' Sexy Scarlett, Shifting Media Landscape and More

The top stories of the week from TOH!
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  • March 29, 2014 2:21 PM
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Four Directors Who Torture Their Actors, from Hitch to Trier (CLIPS)

It's no secret that Lars von Trier pushes his actresses to the edge-- and sometimes all the way over. A director's commitment to wringing the most out of their actors dates back to another vainglorious Von: Eric von Stroheim ("Greed") was notorious for using offscreen acrimony to get what he wanted onscreen, while Alfred Hitchcock sent poor Tippi Hedren into a room to be pecked by live crows. Here are four directors who stop at nothing to get what they want from their actors.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • March 25, 2014 5:13 PM
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In Honor of Late Czech Director Vera Chytilova, Stream Avant-Garde Classic 'Daisies'

Famed Czech surrealist director Vera Chytilova died on March 12, 2014 at age 85, but she left behind a wealth of singular films and with them, her uncompromising vision. Here's how to stream one of her most beloved films.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • March 24, 2014 3:26 PM
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Career Watch: Does 'Divergent''s Shailene Woodley Have the Right Stuff to Be a Movie Star?

Critics fell hard for Shailene Woodley in her film debut as George Clooney’s pained yet perceptive teen daughter in 2011’s "The Descendants." But now that she is the heroine of "Divergent," a just-opened sci-fi action franchise based on a popular series of young-adult novels, the 22-year-old actress is presumed to be in the running as the next Jennifer Lawrence ("The Hunger Games") or Kristen Stewart ("The Twilight Saga"). However, what she really is--according to reviewers at least-- is the main saving grace of the first film in a trilogy that carries a tepid 41% approval rating at Rotten Tomatoes.
  • By Susan Wloszczyna
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  • March 24, 2014 6:06 AM
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Best of the Week: Top 15 Noir Classics, Jason Bateman's "Bad" Self, Smart Horror 'Cheap Thrills' & More

The top stories of the week from TOH!
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  • March 22, 2014 10:30 AM
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TOH! Picks Top 15 Classic Noir Films (CLIPS)

As the always-delectable 16th annual Noir City festival kicks off at LA's American Cinematheque on March 21, we here at TOH! have listed our top 15 classic noirs of all time. Not surprisingly, they tend to be black-and-white.
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  • March 21, 2014 5:28 PM
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