Alec Guinness starred in the 1979 BBC adaptation of John le Carre's novel Tinker, Tailor Soldier, Spy. The series has just been re-released on DVD in anticipation of the release of a new film version of the Cold War-era spy drama.

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'Tinker, Tailor': The Greatest Spy Story Ever Told
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American actor John Wayne stands by the street sign honoring his name in Prescott, Ariz. The film star "was one of the defining Americans of the 20th century," says critic John Powers.

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John Wayne: Icon Of America's Booming Confidence
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Pulitzer Prize-winning movie critic Roger Ebert works in his office at the WTTW-TV studios in Chicago in January 2011. Charles Rex Arbogast/AP Photo hide caption

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Roger Ebert: A Critic Reflects On 'Life Itself'
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In the 1983 gangster film Scarface, Al Pacino gave a "performance the size of a Caribbean cruise ship," says critic John Powers. Universal Studios hide caption

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'Scarface': Over-The-Top, But Ahead Of Its Time
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The 'Making Of The President' In The 1960s
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Best Impressions: Steve Coogan (right) and Rob Brydon trade barbs and impersonations in The Trip. Phil Fisk/IFC Films hide caption

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The Art Of Mimicry: A 'Trip' Down Memory Lane
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Late author David Foster Wallace's unfinished book The Pale King is the sequel to his 1996 novel, Infinite Jest. Giovanni Giovannetti/Effigie hide caption

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Foster Wallace: An Ordinary Guy Who Couldn't Be
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Chile's Atacama Desert — the driest place on Earth, and home to both sophisticated observatories and the sober memories of a military regime's abuses — is both subject and setting in Nostalgia for the Light. Icarus Films hide caption

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The Past, Always Present In The Atacama Dark
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Iconic screen legend Elizabeth Taylor, pictured above in 1961, died on Wednesday. She was 79. AP hide caption

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Elizabeth Taylor's Legacy: AIDS Activist, Movie Star
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'Sweet Smell Of Success': Gossip With A Cutting Edge
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Mira (Yun Jeong-hie) learns things about herself that she hadn't seen before after she takes a poetry-writing workshop in Lee Chang-dong's Poetry. Kino International hide caption

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Unexpected Excitement In 'Cold Weather' & 'Poetry'
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Jason Statham (right) plays Arthur Bishop, a hit man who must teach his former mentor's son Steve (Ben Foster) how to kill. Patti Perret/CBS Films hide caption

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'The Mechanic': A Crisp Thriller From Mr. Man-Crush
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Charlie Chaplin's 1936 classic Modern Times contains some of the greatest sequences in film history. Criterion Collection hide caption

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Must-See Movie Selections For The Giving Season
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Montgomery Clift (center) plays a field administrator for the Tennessee Valley Authority in Elia Kazan's 1960 drama Wild River. Critic John Powers says the film is one of Kazan's finest. Fox hide caption

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'Elia Kazan Collection' A Must-Have For Film Fans
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'Social' Animal: Mark Zuckerberg, played by Jesse Eisenberg, may be a revolutionary thinker, but he doesn't want to topple the system, says critic John Powers. He wants to be successful within it. Merrick Morton/Columbia Pictures hide caption

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Carlos And Zuckerberg: The Men, Myths, Movies
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