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Writer’s Life

Exploring the lives and trajectories of writers has become a fairly common film trope, since the movies are written by, well, writers. But the best films about writers elevate themselves far beyond navel-gazing, from Charlie Kaufman's artful deconstruction of self in Adaptation to the surrealism of Barton Fink to Cynthia Nixon's idiosyncratic Emily Dickinson in A Quiet Passion.

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Staff Pick of the Day

Singin' in the Rain

Directed by Stanley Donen / Gene Kelly

Musical Comedy, Musical Romance, Showbiz Comedy - Rated G - 103 Minutes - 1952

The musical set pieces are clearly the crux of Singin' in the Rain, from Donald O'Connor's madcap "Make 'Em Laugh" to the tongue-twisting "Moses Supposes" to the iconic title song--which predates the film by decades--but the comedy and supportive relationships between (most of) the lead characters pull plenty of their own weight, although it would be intriguing to know what became of Lina Lamont's career.

- Chris Steffen