‘Dear Evan Hansen’ Review: You’ve Got a Friend (Not)

Ben Platt returns in the movie version of the Broadway hit about a lonely teenager who exploits a classmate’s tragedy.

#adams-amy, #chbosky-stephen, #dear-evan-hansen-movie, #dever-kaitlyn, #moore-julianne, #movies, #platt-ben-1993

The New York Film Festival Is Back, and Our Critics Have Favorites

Their notable titles include the opening-night movie, “The Tragedy of Macbeth,” directed by a solo Joel Coen and starring Denzel Washington and Frances McDormand.

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Melvin Van Peebles, Champion of New Black Cinema, Dies at 89

A fertile creative force, he wrote fiction and musicals but is best known for a breakthrough movie that heralded the genre known as blaxploitation.

#aint-supposed-to-die-a-natural-death-play, #black-people, #deaths-obituaries, #movies, #race-and-ethnicity, #sweet-sweetbacks-baadasssss-song-movie, #the-story-of-a-three-day-pass-movie, #van-peebles-melvin

Dr. Fauci, Movie Star

“Fauci,” a new documentary, follows his work in two health crises: AIDS and the coronavirus pandemic. He agreed to participate as long as it didn’t interfere with his work.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #documentary-films-and-programs, #fauci-anthony-s, #movies, #national-institute-of-allergy-and-infectious-diseases, #national-institutes-of-health

In ‘Star Wars: Visions,’ Lucasfilm and Anime Join Forces, and Go Rogue

The Disney+ collaboration between Lucasfilm and seven anime studios pays tribute to the Japanese influence on “Star Wars” — and throws out the canon.

#animated-films, #disney-plus, #japan, #kamikaze-douga-animation-studio, #kurosawa-akira, #lucas-george, #lucasfilm-ltd, #movies, #production-ig-inc, #science-saru-inc, #star-wars-movie, #star-wars-visions-tv-program, #television

Michael Gandolfini and the Riddle of Tony Soprano

In “The Many Saints of Newark,” James Gandolfini’s son takes on his father’s iconic role. But knowing his dad hardly prepared him for the work ahead.

#actors-and-actresses, #chase-david-1945, #content-type-personal-profile, #gandolfini-james, #michael-gandolfini, #movies, #television, #the-many-saints-of-newark-movie

A Hollywood Producer and a Master of Adaptation

“That’s my skill,” said Bruna Papandrea, who teamed with Reese Witherspoon on hits like “Wild” and “Gone Girl.” She now has her own company providing shows and movies to a number of streaming services.

#amazon-com-inc, #big-little-lies-tv-program, #hulu-com, #knoll-jessica, #luckiest-girl-alive-book, #movies, #netflix-inc, #television, #witherspoon-reese

Anthony Johnson, Actor Known for ‘Friday,’ Dies at 55

Mr. Johnson, whose other film credits include “House Party” and “Menace II Society,” died on Sept. 6, his agent said.

#actors-and-actresses, #comedy-and-humor, #compton-calif, #deaths-obituaries, #johnson-anthony-1966-2021, #movies

How the Cast Members of ‘Dear Evan Hansen’ Found Their Voices

Some stars of the movie musical, like Ben Platt and Amy Adams, were ready and eager to sing. Others, like Julianne Moore, got there eventually.

#actors-and-actresses, #adams-amy, #content-type-personal-profile, #dear-evan-hansen-movie, #dever-kaitlyn, #moore-julianne, #movies, #music, #platt-ben-1993, #stenberg-amandla-1998

Max Harwood Steps Up in ‘Everybody’s Talking About Jamie’

Max Harwood, making his professional debut with the movie musical “Everybody’s Talking About Jamie,” has “this kind of magic about him.”

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Andrew Garfield Can’t Remember Who He Was Before ‘Tick, Tick … Boom!’

In the movie musical, Garfield plays the creator of “Rent,” who died unexpectedly at 35. Making the film helped Garfield process a death in his own life.

#actors-and-actresses, #content-type-personal-profile, #garfield-andrew, #larson-jonathan, #miranda-lin-manuel, #movies, #music, #theater, #tick-tick-boom-play

How Jessica Chastain Became Tammy Faye

To transform the actress into the title televangelist of “The Eyes of Tammy Faye,” it took a little faith and a lot of artists.

#chastain-jessica, #costumes, #messner-tammy-faye, #movies, #nineteen-hundred-eighties, #prostheses, #the-eyes-of-tammy-faye-movie

New Fall Movies 2021: Here Are More Than 125 Coming Soon

Look for would-be blockbusters (“Dune,” “No Time to Die”), art-house hopefuls (“Spencer,” “Flee”) and everything in between (“The Many Saints of Newark”).

#autumn-season, #movies

An Eerie, Thrilling Trip to the Toronto International Film Festival

With theaters at 50 percent capacity, our critic found herself somewhat isolated as she took in highlights like “The Tsugua Diaries” and “Hold Your Fire.”

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‘The Eyes of Tammy Faye’ Review: Fall From Grace

Tammy Faye Bakker gets the celebrity biopic treatment in a new movie starring Jessica Chastain and Andrew Garfield.

#chastain-jessica, #garfield-andrew, #messner-tammy-faye, #movies, #showalter-michael, #sylvia-abe, #the-eyes-of-tammy-faye-movie

Joan Washington, Dialect Coach to the Stars, Dies at 74

She taught Penélope Cruz, Jessica Chastain and countless other performers how to sound like someone else.

#actors-and-actresses, #chastain-jessica, #deaths-obituaries, #grant-richard-e, #movies, #streisand-barbra, #theater, #voice-and-speech, #washington-joan-1946-2021

Fall Preview: The Thrill is Back. So Is the Anxiety.

This new cultural season promised the most triumphant of returns, but the vagaries of the virus have ushered in nervousness, too.

#art, #blue-album, #brooks-garth, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #mac-taylor, #mitchell-joni, #movies, #pop-and-rock-music, #television, #theater

Why ‘Shang-Chi’ Isn’t a Hit in China

Marvel’s first Asian superhero movie has yet to be released in the mainland amid fierce debate over its back story and star.

#asian-americans, #box-office-sales, #censorship, #china, #chinese-americans, #comic-books-and-strips, #east-asia, #far-east-south-and-southeast-asia-and-pacific-areas, #liu-simu, #marvel-entertainment, #movies, #shang-chi-and-the-legend-of-the-ten-rings-movie, #social-media, #walt-disney-company

Jane Powell, Hollywood’s Girl Next Door, Is Dead at 92

Typecast from the outset, she was a star of movie musicals before she was out of her teens. But her big-screen career peaked when she was in her 20s.

#actors-and-actresses, #deaths-obituaries, #metro-goldwyn-mayer-inc, #movies, #music, #powell-jane, #royal-wedding-movie, #seven-brides-for-seven-brothers-movie

Russia to Shoot First Full-Length Movie in Space, ‘The Challenge’

Racing to beat NASA, an actress and a film director will blast off next month for the International Space Station, where they will film “The Challenge.”

#cruise-tom, #gagarin-yuri-a, #international-space-station, #movies, #national-aeronautics-and-space-administration, #russia, #space-and-astronomy

‘Cry Macho’ Review: The Good, the Bad and the Poultry

In his latest film, Clint Eastwood drives across Mexico with a troubled young man and a combative rooster.

#cry-macho-movie, #eastwood-clint, #movies

Ben Platt Isn’t the Oldest Adult to Play a Teenager Onscreen

Here are our picks for the most memorable performances with the biggest age gaps between star and character. Did they pull it off?

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Kaycee Moore, Actress in Black Directors’ Seminal Films, Dies at 77

She explored her characters’ inner lives in movies like “Killer of Sheep” and “Bless Their Little Hearts,” independent works that grew out of the L.A. Rebellion movement.

#actors-and-actresses, #black-people, #bless-their-little-hearts-movie, #burnett-charles, #daughters-of-dust-movie, #deaths-obituaries, #killer-of-sheep-movie, #los-angeles-calif, #moore-kaycee-1944-2021, #movies

Lauren Ridloff, MCU’s First Deaf Hero in ‘Eternals,’ on Her Superpower

In her first major role in a feature film, she wasn’t fazed by things that might unnerve others, but she had to show filmmakers how to work with deafness.

#actors-and-actresses, #content-type-personal-profile, #deafness, #eternals-movie, #jolie-angelina, #marvel-entertainment, #movies, #ridloff-lauren, #zhao-chloe

‘The Harder They Fall’: Black Westerns Enter a New Era

The genre dates back decades, when the films were made for segregated audiences. “The Harder They Fall” nods to the past but takes a new attitude altogether.

#actors-and-actresses, #black-people, #buck-and-the-preacher-movie, #movies, #posse-movie, #samuel-jeymes, #strode-woody-1914-94, #the-harder-they-fall-movie

Halle Berry’s New Film, ‘Bruised,’ Lets Her Assert Control

In many ways, her new film “Bruised” lets her assert control over how she appears onscreen. But first she had to win the job.

#actors-and-actresses, #berry-halle, #black-people, #bruised-movie, #content-type-personal-profile, #movies, #sheila-atim, #women-and-girls

Are the Movies Back? Our Critics Weigh In.

Our chief film critics look at the new season in the new abnormal, while remembering the lessons of cinema history. Are we on the cusp of a new era or will this too pass?

#movies, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #television

When Matt and Ben Met Nicole: How They Came to Write ‘The Last Duel’

For their first writing reunion since “Good Will Hunting,” Ben Affleck and Matt Damon collaborated with the writer-director Nicole Holofcener on a period drama.

#affleck-ben, #damon-matt, #holofcener-nicole, #movies, #the-last-duel-movie, #writing-and-writers

How ‘The French Dispatch’ Took Over a French Town

For “The French Dispatch,” the filmmakers set up shop in a real French city to create the setting for the movie’s fictional one.

#adam-stockhausen, #anderson-wes, #angouleme-france, #del-toro-benicio, #jeremy-dawson, #mcdormand-frances, #movies, #murray-bill, #swinton-tilda, #the-french-dispatch-movie, #wilson-owen

At the Venice Film Festival, Women Are the Focal Points of Several Movies

Films by or about women stood out at this year’s Venice International Film Festival, though they represented only a fraction of the titles showcased.

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For a Fractured Israel, a Film Offers Ominous Lessons From Ancient Past

An animated epic depicting a Jewish civil war and the destruction of the Second Temple 2,000 years ago is being seen as a warning in a deeply divided country.

#bennett-naftali, #dar-gidi, #israel, #jerusalem-israel, #jews-and-judaism, #legend-of-destruction-movie, #movies, #politics-and-government, #war-and-armed-conflicts

A New Podcast Rekindles a Box-Office Bomb

Julie Salamon, the author of a 1991 book about the filming of “The Bonfire of the Vanities,” returns to Hollywood history — and her own.

#bonfire-of-the-vanities-movie, #books-and-literature, #de-palma-brian, #movies, #podcasts, #salamon-julie, #the-bonfire-of-the-vanities-book, #the-devils-candy-book, #the-plot-thickens-radio-program, #warner-brothers, #wolfe-tom

There’s Always Been More to Kirsten Dunst

A former child star and ingénue, she has come into her own as a chronicler of despair. Will “The Power of the Dog” cap her career reinvention?

#actors-and-actresses, #content-type-personal-profile, #dunst-kirsten, #movies, #the-power-of-the-dog-movie, #venice-international-film-festival

‘25th Hour’: The Best 9/11 Movie Was Always About New York

While other directors edited out the twin towers from movies at the time, Spike Lee worked the tragedy into a story originally about other things.

#25th-hour-movie, #lee-spike, #movies, #norton-edward, #september-11-2001

‘The Card Counter’ Review: A Gambler’s Existential Solitaire

Oscar Isaac, Tiffany Haddish and Willem Dafoe star in the latest head trip from Paul Schrader, a story about betting on life.

#isaac-oscar, #movies, #schrader-paul, #the-card-counter-movie

Why Art Struggled to Address the Horrors of 9/11

After the attacks, American culture became one of prohibitions. Then the Iraq War made it difficult to address Sept. 11 on its own terms.

#25th-hour-movie, #art, #bush-george-w, #iraq-war-2003-11, #jennifer-bartlett, #labute-neil, #lee-spike, #messud-claire, #movies, #muslim-americans, #september-11-2001, #terrorism, #the-emperors-children-book, #world-trade-center-manhattan-ny

Riz Ahmed Is Breaking Hollywood’s ‘Ethnicity Handcuffs’

The actor and musician has broken out past Hollywood’s stereotypical portrayals of Muslims. But does it matter if he’s the exception to the rule?

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Where to Stream Jean-Paul Belmondo’s Best Performances

Whether he was doing his own stunts in action films or being nonchalant in literary adaptations, the actor was magnetic.

#actors-and-actresses, #breathless-movie, #movies

Whether Dancing or Still, the Body in ‘Ema’ Tells the Story

In Pablo Larraín’s unsettling film, Mariana Di Girolamo stars as a dancer who finds freedom through reggaeton dance.

#chile, #dancing, #di-girolamo-mariana, #ema-movie, #larrain-pablo, #movies

‘Loose Change’: How a 9/11 Conspiracy Video Bent Reality

Twenty years after 9/11, “Loose Change,” a landmark film for conspiracy theorists, still casts a shadow over our information landscape.

#computers-and-the-internet, #conspiracy-theories, #movies, #pentagon-building, #september-11-2001, #terrorism, #video-recordings-downloads-and-streaming, #world-trade-center-manhattan-ny

‘The Contender’ Lit Me on Fire. Now It’s a Cringe Factory.

A movie about a female senator navigating a sex scandal felt revolutionary when a writer saw it in 2000. But its stab at feminism feels clumsy now.

#allen-joan, #bridges-jeff, #movies, #oldman-gary, #the-contender-movie, #women-and-girls

The Next Act for Marcel the Shell (and Jenny Slate)

The internet’s favorite mollusk is the subject of a new film. In the process of making it, she realized, “I was doing something that actually was very personal.”

#animated-films, #camp-dean-fleischer, #marcel-the-shell-with-shoes-on-movie, #movies, #slate-jenny, #telluride-film-festival

Venice Film Festival: Elena Ferrante, Olivia Colman and Resort Horror

“The Lost Daughter,” like “The White Lotus” and “Nine Perfect Strangers,” takes its characters on vacation but they’re hardly getting away.

#colman-olivia, #ferrante-elena, #gyllenhaal-maggie, #movies, #venice-international-film-festival

At the Telluride Film Festival, Both Magic and Normalcy

In movies as different as “King Richard,” about Venus and Serena Williams’s father, and “Petite Maman,” filmmakers can’t stop thinking about children.

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Jean-Paul Belmondo, Magnetic Star of the French New Wave, Dies at 88

He was compared to Marlon Brando and James Dean for his acclaimed portrayals of tough, alienated characters, most memorably in Godard’s “Breathless.”

#actors-and-actresses, #belmondo-jean-paul, #godard-jean-luc, #movies, #paris-france

Without Box Office or Streaming Numbers, Hollywood Finds It Tough to Plan

With box office numbers way down in the pandemic and streaming numbers hard to come by, the film industry is often unable to determine whether a movie is a hit or a miss.

#box-office-sales, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #disney-plus, #hbo-max, #marvel-entertainment, #movies, #netflix-inc, #paramount-pictures, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #theaters-buildings, #universal-pictures, #video-recordings-downloads-and-streaming

Movie Fans Repeated ‘Candyman.’ But Not the Name of Its Director.

Bernard Rose followed up his 1992 horror classic with a Beethoven biopic and four Tolstoy adaptations. Will the new sequel give him another shot?

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Venice Film Festival: ‘Dune’ Leaves Us With 3 Big Questions

After watching the world premiere, our columnist has a better idea of the risks and expectations as the film heads to the box office and awards season.

#dune-movie, #movies, #venice-international-film-festival, #villeneuve-denis, #warner-brothers

How Shang-Chi, Master of Kung Fu, Knocked Down Stereotypes

The Marvel superhero originated in comics filled with racist tropes. The creators of the new film made a list of the preconceptions they were up against and set out to conquer them.

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Venice Film Festival: How Does Kristen Stewart Play Princess Diana?

The star of “Spencer” may be one of the few actresses with an inkling of what it’s like to be so often hounded by the paparazzi.

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