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Review: ‘Alien: Covenant’ Stays on Brand With Its Terror

Wed, 17 May 2017 09:00:02 GMT

Katherine Waterston in “Alien: Covenant.”The new entry in Ridley Scott’s long-lived franchise is committed to the canny management of expectations, but that doesn’t diminish its creepiness.


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Art Review: Iñárritu’s ‘Carne y Arena’ Virtual Reality Simulates a Harrowing Border Trek

Wed, 17 May 2017 22:45:01 GMT

Alejandro G. Iñárritu, right, directing the virtual-reality project “Carne y Arena.”Alejandro G. Iñárritu’s virtual-reality exhibition transports viewers to the United States-Mexico border, placing them between migrants and border guards.


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At Cannes, le Booing Isn’t Just Reserved for Bad Films

Wed, 17 May 2017 21:02:01 GMT

Ken Watanabe, left, and Matthew McConaughey in “Sea of Trees.”Sometimes the jeering means the movie is provocative. Sometimes it’s a comment on the festival’s decisions. And sometimes the picture is plain awful.


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Women Face Long Odds at U.S. Film Festivals, Study Finds

Wed, 17 May 2017 16:01:38 GMT

The scene at the Sundance festival in Park City, Utah, in January.A report looking at Sundance, Telluride and other festivals discovered that programmers chose features by men three times as often as those by women.


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Review: Bryan Cranston Is a Dad in Suburban Exile in ‘Wakefield’

Wed, 17 May 2017 20:16:58 GMT

Bryan Cranston in Robin Swicord’s “Wakefield.”A man indulges a fantasy to escape his routine by camping out in a storage room above his garage and observing his own absence.


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Review: 4th ‘Wimpy Kid’ Has New Faces in a Familiar Story

Wed, 17 May 2017 22:44:23 GMT

From left, Jason Drucker, Tom Everett Scott, Alicia Silverstone and Charlie Wright in “Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul.”Greg and his brothers are dragged on a dreary road trip by their parents. You can probably guess the rest.


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Review: Three Must Become Two in ‘The Survivalist’

Wed, 17 May 2017 20:17:21 GMT

Martin McCann as the title character in “The Survivalist.”Stephen Fingleton wrote and directed this impressively lean story, centering on a man coping amid the fallout of an unexplained catastrophe.


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Review: Andrzej Wajda’s Vividly Rendered Last Film, ‘Afterimage’

Wed, 17 May 2017 23:54:31 GMT

Boguslaw Linda as Wladyslaw Strzeminski in “Afterimage,” directed by Andrzej Wajda.This passionate political movie tells the story of Wladyslaw Strzeminski, a real-life artist who suffered under Soviet rule.


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Review: ‘Legion of Brothers’ on Secret Missions in Afghanistan

Thu, 18 May 2017 00:06:25 GMT

An American Special Forces team in Afghanistan in 2001, with Hamid Karzai, center, the country’s future president, as seen in “Legion of Brothers.”This documentary tells the stories of Green Berets who were sent to topple the Taliban immediately after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.


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Film Series in NYC This Week

Thu, 18 May 2017 22:29:26 GMT

From left, Edward G. Robinson, Loretta Young and Orson Welles in “The Stranger,” showing next week at the Quad Cinema as part of a series of films about immigrants. See listing below.Our guide to film series and special screenings.


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Critic's Notebook: Cannes Rolls Out the Red Carpet (Now With Metal Detectors)

Thu, 18 May 2017 21:28:47 GMT

Marion Cotillard, left, and Charlotte Gainsbourg in Arnaud Desplechin’s feature “Ismael’s Ghosts,” in competition at this year’s Cannes Film Festival.The Cannes Film Festival celebrates its 70th year with glamour, movie stars and increased security.


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Review: ‘Abacus: Small Enough to Jail,’ a Classic Underdog Tale

Thu, 18 May 2017 21:06:32 GMT

Thomas Sung, the founder of Abacus Federal Savings Bank, in the documentary “Abacus: Small Enough to Jail.”The only United States bank indicted on a charge of mortgage fraud after the 2008 economic crisis? A small one in Chinatown, founded and run by an immigrant family.


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Review: ‘Everything, Everything’ Pits Love Against Disease

Thu, 18 May 2017 21:02:49 GMT

Amandla Stenberg and Nick Robinson in “Everything, Everything.”Amandla Stenberg plays a teenager with an immune system disorder who falls for the boy next door, and risks everything.


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Review: ‘The Woman Who Left’ Is an Epic, Intimate Tale of Injustice

Thu, 18 May 2017 20:59:56 GMT

From left, Charo Santos-Concio and John Lloyd Cruz in “The Woman Who Left,” directed by Lav Diaz.From the modern Philippines, Lav Diaz’s haunting and pessimistic take on a Tolstoy story.


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Review: A 20th-Century Woman Rethinking ‘The Commune’

Thu, 18 May 2017 20:58:31 GMT

Trine Dyrholm in “The Commune.”Trine Dyrholm is “magnificent” as a woman buckling under the strain of her career and her marriage in Thomas Vinterberg’s latest film.


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Review: In ‘Hell on Earth,’ Horrors From the Syrian War

Thu, 18 May 2017 20:57:08 GMT

Oil fires set by the Islamic State in Qayara, Iraq, in “Hell on Earth: The Fall of Syria and the Rise of ISIS.”The journalist Sebastian Junger and the documentarian Nick Quested examine the causes and repercussions of a brutal conflict.


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Review: ‘Icaros: A Vision’ Offers a Surreal Portal to Healing in the Jungle

Thu, 18 May 2017 20:50:39 GMT

In Peru, a woman confronts her illness and fears with help from medicinal plants.



How the ‘Love Actually’ Reunion Came About

Thu, 18 May 2017 20:08:57 GMT

From left, Olivia Olson, Liam Neeson and Thomas Brodie-Sangster in “Red Nose Day Actually.”The filmmaker had resisted calls for a sequel but was intrigued by the idea of doing a short for charity. Bill Nighy, Liam Neeson and others signed on.


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Review: ‘Paint It Black,’ Amber Tamblyn’s Portrait of Grief

Thu, 18 May 2017 20:02:27 GMT

In this adaptation of Janet Fitch’s novel, two women react very differently to a suicide.



Why the Netflix-Cannes Clash Couldn’t Be Avoided

Tue, 16 May 2017 18:25:34 GMT

A scene from “Okja,” one of two Netflix films in competition at this year’s Cannes Film Festival.The streaming giant Netflix doesn’t see theaters as essential, but in France even TV channels have a vested interest in theatrical releases. It’s uniquely French.


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Jimmy Kimmel Will Return as Oscars Host

Tue, 16 May 2017 16:56:49 GMT

Jimmy Kimmel at the Oscars in February. He will be the first M.C. since the 1990s to lead the ceremony two years in a row.He’ll be the first M.C. since the ’90s to lead the ceremony two years in a row. Also returning will be the producers of the last telecast.


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Brad Grey, Former Chairman of Paramount Pictures, Dies at 59

Tue, 16 May 2017 01:52:41 GMT

Brad Grey, who was chief executive of Paramount Pictures from 2005 until earlier this year, at the Paramount lot in Hollywood in 2009.Mr. Grey, who played a pivotal role in the creation of television hits like “The Sopranos,” helped blend the art of talent management with TV and film production.


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A Morgan Neville Documentary Will Put an Unfinished Welles Film in Context

Mon, 15 May 2017 16:01:14 GMT

Orson Welles in “Chimes at Midnight” in 1966, a few years before he started work on “The Other Side of the Wind.”The Oscar-winning director of “20 Feet From Stardom” will tackle the auteur in the years when he was trying to finish “The Other Side of the Wind.”


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Pricey ‘King Arthur’ Is a Box Office Pauper

Sun, 14 May 2017 20:31:08 GMT

Jude Law in “King Arthur: Legend of the Sword.”Warner Bros. gambled $300 million on “King Arthur: Legend of the Sword,” which bombed with $14.7 million in initial ticket sales.


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Departing Film Academy President Won’t Seek Re-Election to Board

Fri, 12 May 2017 19:11:36 GMT

Cheryl Boone Isaacs at the 89th Academy Awards ceremony in February.Cheryl Boone Isaacs, who has served 24 years on the board, has told friends that the academy’s serial controversies have exhausted her.


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Film Series in NYC This Week

Fri, 12 May 2017 00:19:19 GMT

Charles Burnett’s “Killer of Sheep,” a portrait of a working-class family in the Watts section of Los Angeles, will show at IFC Center starting next week.Our guide to film series and special screenings.


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