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The 6 Best Movies to Buy or Stream This Week: ‘Straight Outta Compton,’ ‘Diary of a Teenage Girl’

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This column will take a hiatus next week due to a little trip to Park City, Utah, but not to worry – thanks to a particularly heavy week of new disc releases, we’ve bulged past our usual five recommendations to six. And they’re good ones: one of last year’s best indies, two terrific late summer/early fall studio pictures, a pair of must-haves from the Criterion Collection, and a forgotten horror thriller that’s worth a curiosity glance.
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Watch the First Trailer for the Secret ‘Cloverfield’ Sorta-Sequel

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Back in summer of 2007, a mysterious trailer came attached to prints of Michael Bay’s Transformers, bearing a production company logo and a release date, but not even a title. The film was Cloverfield, from J.J. Abrams’ Bad Robot, and it was one of many examples of Abrams’ “mystery box” theory in action – a film promoted as much for its secrecy as its content. And now, they’ve done it again.
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The 10 Best Movie Moments of 2015

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As the year-end lists and nominations and awards pile up, it’s time for a Flavorwire tradition that goes all the way back to 2010: our round-up of the the individual scenes and sequences from this year’s movies that have stuck in our heads. Sometimes the films around them don’t measure up to these moments of greatness; sometimes they do, with those interludes standing out as the best of the best. Either way, these are the movie moments worth treasuring from 2015. …Read More

‘The Gambler’ Tests the Limits of the Mark Wahlberg Persona

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There is a scene, late in Rupert Wyatt’s new remake of The Gambler, where Mark Wahlberg is getting a serious beating. This isn’t unusual in the back half of the picture, during which Wahlberg sports a steadily pulpier mug, but he does something interesting in the midst of the trouncing: he leans into it. On one hand, that’s entirely in character, all of a piece with the self-destructive instincts of his character, an ultra-privileged nihilist with a serious gambling problem. On the other, it’s a metaphor for what Mark Wahlberg is doing as an actor with The Gambler, a film where he plays — get ready — an English literature professor.
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50 Great Pre-Fame Performances by Famous Actors

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This week, the Criterion Collection is releasing a double bill of the mid-‘60s Westerns The Shooting and Ride the Whirlwind, a treat not only for fans of revisionist Westerns and director Monte Hellman, but also for those who admire Jack Nicholson, here seen in two terrific performances that predate his breakthrough in Easy Rider. There’s a specific kind of pleasure in revisiting the early work of actors who would later become famous — not the roles that made them stars, but their earlier, quieter gigs, in which we glimpse an actor just trying to do good work, yet already exhibiting the spark that would mark them for fame. Here are a few of our …Read More