There are some films we've screened for this series that are undiscovered treasures, and some that are award winners in serious need of a second opinion. But the ones that actually seem ripest for being revisited are the so-called cultural benchmarks - movies that defined or embodied a specific time or place but whose longevity is largely dependent on one's personal or perhaps generational connection to the story or characters.

This week's selection is The Player, a decided comeback for director Robert Altman that provided audiences with a particularly unflattering and yet seemingly accurate portrait of Hollywood in the early 1990s. The question is, is its Tinseltown tale still relevant (much less entertaining) today?

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