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Review: ‘Logan Lucky’: Steven Soderbergh and His Motley Band of Thieves

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 21:32:58 GMT

Adam Driver, left, and Channing Tatum play brothers who hatch a plan for an elaborate heist during a Nascar race in “Logan Lucky.”This class-conscious caper, with Channing Tatum and Adam Driver as down-on-their-luck brothers, is ridiculously entertaining.


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Review: ‘Patti Cake$,’ a Classic Striver’s Tale With a Hip-Hop Beat

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 21:37:29 GMT

Danielle Macdonald and Siddharth Dhananjay in “Patti Cake$.”This showbiz tale finds new talent in Danielle Macdonald, its star, and Geremy Jasper, its writer and director.


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Review: ‘The Hitman’s Bodyguard,’ With Samuel L. Jackson

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 22:32:51 GMT

Samuel L. Jackson as a contract killer with a curious sense of moral grace in “The Hitman’s Bodyguard.”Mr. Jackson is an ill-tempered contract killer. Ryan Reynolds is his uptight protector. You can figure out the rest.


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Review: ‘Marjorie Prime’ and Jon Hamm: Ceaselessly Into the Past

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 18:42:58 GMT

Jon Hamm and Lois Smith in Michael Almereyda’s film adaptation of the acclaimed play “Marjorie Prime.”Lois Smith reprises the role of Marjorie in Michael Almereyda’s adaptation of Jordan Harrison’s play weighing the morality of artificial intelligence.


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Is the Next Great New York Crime Movie Set in Flushing?

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 18:00:25 GMT

Benny Safdie, left, and Robert Pattinson as hoods on the run from the police.For seedy locations that are the hallmark of gritty urban dramas, the Safdie brothers looked to less obvious sites in the five boroughs (and Long Island).


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In a Body-Positive Moment, Why Does Hollywood Remain Out of Step?

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 12:21:22 GMT

Danielle Macdonald, the star of “Patti Cake$.” She said there had been stares during auditions for other movies. “At first you want to slap them,” she added. “But I got used to it pretty quickly.”Melissa McCarthy has broken through in Hollywood, but her success is viewed by studios as an anomaly. Danielle Macdonald hopes to flip the script.


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Review: Penélope Cruz Is Luminous in ‘The Queen of Spain’

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 19:17:01 GMT

Penélope Cruz as a Hollywood star who returns to her native Spain to make a movie in Fernando Trueba’s “Queen of Spain.”Fernando Trueba’s light ensemble comedy is a romp that pillories Hollywood’s deal-making with the Franco regime in the 1950s.


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Review: In ‘Crown Heights,’ Justice Delayed and Denied

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 20:17:05 GMT

Lakeith Stanfield as Colin Warner in “Crown Heights,” directed by Matt Ruskin.Based on a true story, Matt Ruskin’s film stars Lakeith Stanfield as a man who spent decades in prison for a crime he did not commit.


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Streaming: Crunchyroll Cultivates a Streaming Community With a Novel Idea: Film Screens

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 14:59:12 GMT

The two title characters in the anime “The Ancient Magus’ Bride.”As Netflix and Amazon take different approaches to theatrical releases, sites like Crunchyroll and Shudder are giving fans the gift of screenings.


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Late-Night Summer Offerings Include ‘Firestarter’ and ‘Crash’

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 12:00:27 GMT

Drew Barrymore in “Firestarter.”Nitehawk Cinema in Brooklyn and the IFC Center in Greenwich Village are offering films into the wee hours.


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Film by Beijing Students Explores Being Young and Transgender in China

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 06:07:14 GMT

Zhang Yuge, a Beijing high school student, played the lead role in the film “Escape,” about a teenage boy who increasingly feels his rightful gender identity is female.The high school students made “Escape,’’ a film about a transgender teenager’s journey to self-acceptance, to raise awareness about the struggles of transgender people.


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Film Series in NYC This Week

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 01:56:19 GMT

Song Kang-ho, left, and Kim Sang-kyung as detectives in a police procedural by the South Korean film director Bong Joon-ho. IFC Center will begin showing the movie, “Memories of Murder,” on Friday; see listing below.Our guide to film series and special screenings.


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Review: A Whitney Houston Documentary, Dutifully Respectful

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 20:17:19 GMT

Whitney Houston, as seen in the documentary “Whitney: Can I Be Me.”In “Whitney: Can I Be Me,” a behind-the-scenes portrait of the singer’s rise and struggles with fame.


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Review: In ‘Shot Caller,’ Prison Hardens Nikolaj Coster-Waldau’s Character

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 19:44:53 GMT

From “Game of Thrones” to the prison yard: Nikolaj Coster-Waldau in “Shot Caller.”A fatal drunken driving accident leads to a nightmarish term in prison that forges a criminal.


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Review: A Hostage Standoff Unfolds in ‘6 Days’

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 19:44:15 GMT

Jamie Bell in “6 Days,” directed by Toa Fraser.Toa Fraser’s film about a hostage crisis at the Iranian Embassy in London in 1980 can feel closer to a re-enactment than a thriller.


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Review: Once Simply ‘Sidemen,’ Now They’re the Stars

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 19:36:26 GMT

The bluesman Joe Willie Perkins, known as Pinetop, in a new documentary by Scott Rosenbaum.“Sidemen: Long Road to Glory” is a loving tribute to the bluesmen Willie Smith, Hubert Sumlin and Joe Willie Perkins.


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Review: ‘Walk With Me,’ an Invitation From Thich Nhat Hanh

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 19:29:02 GMT

A scene from “Walk With Me,” about a community of Zen Buddhists in rural France.A documentary observes the rituals of one of the best-known Zen masters in the West.


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Review: ‘California Typewriter’: Preserving the Past, Key by Key

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 03:34:32 GMT

A scene from the documentary ”California Typewriter.”This documentary directed by Doug Nichol plumbs the depths of devotion to a machine whose day might appear to be over.


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Review: ‘Liza, Liza, Skies Are Grey’ Seems Out of Step With Its Period

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 00:28:19 GMT

Mikey Madison, left, and Sean H. Scully in “Liza, Liza, Skies Are Grey.”Teenagers on the run, with a motorcycle, and hints of the 1960s.


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Tom Cruise Injury Delays Latest ‘Mission: Impossible’ Filming

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 21:56:35 GMT

Mr. Cruise, known for his death defying stunts, suffered an ankle injury during the making of a “Mission: Impossible” movie.



In China, an Action Hero Beats Box Office Records (and Arrogant Westerners)

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 23:15:03 GMT

“Wolf Warrior 2,” released in late July, has become China’s top-grossing film. Its star and director, Wu Jing, credits “an explosion of patriotic feeling.”In “Wolf Warrior 2,” China’s top-grossing movie yet, a red-tinged Rambo named Leng Feng takes on a swaggering American soldier of fortune.


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Fit City: Scott Glenn, Wielding Knives on a Screen Near You

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 17:48:07 GMT

The actor Scott Glenn, right, spars with his teacher, Dan Anderson, at Anderson’s Martial Arts Academy in TriBeCa.The 78-year-old actor’s fitness routine, which would put most 30-year-olds to shame, includes martial arts classes like kali and Jeet Kune Do.


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Once a ‘Mystery Science Theater’ In-Joke, Now Playing Comedy Clubs

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 19:32:55 GMT

Zack Norman, left, and Neil Cohen at StandUp NY, the Upper West Side of Manhattan club where they will show “Chief Zabu.”The 1986 film "Chief Zabu” finally gets its New York premiere some 30 years after its cryptic ads became a running gag on the “Mystery Science” TV show. What took so long?


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Roman Polanski Accused of Sexual Abuse by Another Woman

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 16:07:59 GMT

Roman Polanski pleaded guilty in 1977 to unlawful sex with a 13-year-old, but fled the United States before his sentencing in 1978.The woman, who was identified only as Robin, said that the film director “sexually victimized” her in 1973, when she was 16.


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Broadway’s ‘Groundhog Day’ Will Close Sept. 17

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 22:15:44 GMT

Andy Karl as Phil Connors in “Groundhog Day.” The musical will close on Sept. 17.Despite some strong reviews, the musical, based on the popular 1993 movie, failed to draw large enough audiences to support its running costs.


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Review: Boys Become Men in the Unsettling ‘The Wound’

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 00:49:30 GMT

Nakhane Touré, foreground, as an adult overseeing Xhosa teenagers in a circumcision ritual in this South African film from John Trengove.Sexual hypocrisy fuels a South African film about teenagers undergoing a circumcision ritual.


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Trailer: ‘The Wound’

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 16:26:05 GMT

A preview of the film.



Diversity Initiatives Are ‘Way Overdue,’ Academy President Says

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 17:32:52 GMT

John Bailey, the new president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, plans to focus on diversity efforts and other initiatives.John Bailey, the newly elected leader of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, says he is ready to address the organization’s challenges.


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‘Deadpool 2’ Stuntwoman Dies in Motorcycle Accident on Set

Mon, 14 Aug 2017 22:14:52 GMT

A police officer at the scene of a fatal motorcycle crash on the set of “Deadpool 2” in Vancouver, British Columbia, on Monday.The superhero sequel was filming in Vancouver, British Columbia, where the police department confirmed the death and said it would investigate the incident.


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Joseph Bologna, Onscreen Tough Guy With a Sense of Humor, Dies at 82

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 13:58:06 GMT

Joseph Bologna and Renée Taylor in “If You Ever Leave Me … I’m Going With You!,” a Broadway show about their marriage, at the Cort Theater in 2001.Mr. Bologna couldn’t seem to resist writing and playing sensitive male characters in films like “Lovers and Other Strangers” and “Made for Each Other.”


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‘Annabelle: Creation’ Sizzles, Affirming New Line as a Horror Force

Sun, 13 Aug 2017 18:15:58 GMT

Anthony LaPaglia in “Annabelle: Creation,” which was No. 1 at the weekend box office.The fourth installment in the “Conjuring” series was the No. 1 film of the weekend, with roughly $35 million in ticket sales at North American theaters.


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