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NOT TO BE MISSED
A blockbuster that changed the game, a sliver of awards season favourites, and independent gems that are worth uncovering: this week we are looking back at the year and rounding up the best of the best movies, as chosen by film critic Geoffrey Macnab. The Guardians From its slow-burning beginning, The Guardians develops into an epic melodrama. It’s a wartime story in which, for a change, the men are relegated to supporting roles. It follows in a tradition of French rural family sagas like Jean De Florette or Manon Des Sources. The landscapes and the changing seasons play as much of a part in the story as the main characters.
 
Thriving on variety
 
Molly Shannon is proof there’s something particularly satisfying about a comedy star who can turn around and deliver a credible, dramatic performance. The six-season alum of Saturday Night Live revealed a shaky vulnerability as a lonely secretary on the HBO series Enlightened, then pulled out
 
Teaming up
 
When Kevin Hart came up with the idea for Night School, he conceived of it as an adult version of John Hughes’ classic The Breakfast Club. “The idea came from me just thinking about how funny it would be to place adults back in a high school-like atmosphere,” said Hart, who co-wrote and stars
 
Go Your Own Way
 
Lindsey Buckingham is suing his former Fleetwood Mac bandmates for breach of contract for going on tour without him. And he’s also blaming Stevie Nicks for getting him booted from the iconic rock group. Buckingham and Nicks, who joined Fleetwood Mac as a couple in 1975, have a complicated
 
‘Tis the Season
 
A pointed look at what Adult Swim was trying to accomplish with its inaugural music and comedy festival came last weekend during the event’s first hours as indie singer/songwriter/producer Dawn ran through a feverish set that kept those in the audience dancing under the hot afternoon sun.
 
 
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