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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Charlie Chaplin's 1936 classic Modern Times contains some of the greatest sequences in film history. Criterion Collection hide caption

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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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'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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