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#258 August 5, 2015

Sheila writes: Quentin Tarantino's films are often tributes to other films, to other genres, to actors who have made their marks in the past. He loves it all, he has enthusiasm for all. Here, in this really fun Press Play video, Tarantino's visual references to other films are made explicit, shot for shot.

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Movie Mezzanine's best films of 2014 list; A closer look at "Interstellar"; The accuracy of "The Imitation Game"; Robert Yeoman on "The Grand Budapest Hotel"; The drawbacks of a record 2015 box office.

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Dangers facing journalists like James Foley; 11 things that shouldn’t be said to black people; Mara Wilson on Robin Williams; Reflections on "The Big Sleep"; R.I.P. Leonard Maltin’s Movie Guide.

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