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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'To The End' A Solemn Exploration Of Israeli Identity

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A Kafkaesque Spy Thriller Straddles Two Koreas

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On Their Own: Zhang Qin and her brother, Zhang Yang, aren't allowed to live with their parents in urban Guangzhou — and so must depend on each other in a rural village in Sichuan province. Zeitgeist Films hide caption

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Taking 'Last Train Home' Shows Changes In China

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