Entertainment

‘Call Me by Your Name’: A Love Story Fueled by Strangers’ Chemistry

“It’s gotten to the point,” Mr. Hammer said, “where we finish each others’ ——” “—— sentences,” Mr. Chalamet chimed in. “Sandwiches,” Mr. Hammer replied. In the film, which is based on the 2007 novel of the same title by André Aciman, Mr. Chalamet plays Elio, a whipsmart 17-year-old American-Italian who lives with his family in an Italian villa, and Mr. ...

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Review: ‘Mudbound’ Is a Racial Epic Tuned to Black Lives, and White Guilt

What you notice first of all, though, is the land those people inhabit, a sometimes dusty, sometimes swampy area of broad fields and dirt roads that seems indifferent to human concerns. The cinematographer, Rachel Morrison, brings the soil, the flora and the weather to life in a way that emphasizes the archaic, elemental power of the story. Its modern implications ...

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Nico Muhly on His New Opera and Women’s ‘Pressurized’ Lives

How does that work? I’ve twinned each important character with an instrument, so that it can become “motific.” When Marnie is under extreme pressure, the instruments can be at their highest or lowest tonalities; the sound can evoke an emotional state that the text and the action don’t obviously tell us. The orchestra isn’t just creating atmosphere or texture. I ...

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Review: ‘No Stone Unturned’ Explores an Attack in Northern Ireland

Photo The documentary “No Stone Unturned” investigates a 1994 massacre in a Northern Ireland pub. Credit Loughinisland Films According to his narration in “No Stone Unturned,” the director Alex Gibney stumbled upon the subject matter of this film while working on another documentary about the World Cup. On the evening of June 18, 1994, in a pub in a small ...

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Radhika Jones, Vanity Fair’s Surprise Choice, Is Ready to Go

It is a remarkable transfer of power at a magazine long defined by Mr. Carter’s sensibility — a stew of Anglophilia, liberal politics, old-style Hollywood glamour and a sense of mischief. Unlike Mr. Carter, a co-founder of the satirical Spy magazine who went on to become an establishment fixture and gatekeeper, Ms. Jones is hardly the gallivanting celebrity editor many ...

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How the Myth of the Artistic Genius Excuses the Abuse of Women

That tradition lives on today. Recently, the New Yorker film critic Richard Brody responded to sexual assault accusations against Mr. Weinstein by suggesting that while outside information about filmmakers “can be illuminating,” the “better a film is, the likelier that the biography only fills in details regarding what should already have been apparent to a cleareyed viewing.” That’s a bizarre ...

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Netflix Originals That Don’t Get to the Theater

“The Babysitter,” which debuted in October, is a flashy trifle directed by McG, the onetime music video director (his 1998 clip for the Offspring’s “Pretty Fly (For a White Guy)” is simultaneously exhilarating and cringeworthy). The movie depicts a likable teenage nerd, Cole, discovering that his very attractive and friendly-to-the-point-of-flirtatious babysitter, Bee, is a Satanist who intends, with her attractive ...

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Louis C.K. Movie and Netflix Special Canceled After Sexual Misconduct Allegations

Photo The Paris Theater, with a marquee for “I Love You, Daddy.” The Louis C.K. movie’s premiere was canceled after The New York Times reported on Thursday that several women described encounters with him that crossed the line into sexual misconduct. Credit Dia Dipasupil/Getty Images North America The distributor of Louis C.K.’s coming film “I Love You, Daddy” said on ...

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Review: ‘Santa & Andrés’ Chooses Friendship Over Politics

Photo Lola Amores in in the Cuban drama “Santa & Andrés.” Credit Breaking Glass Pictures The setting of Carlos Lechuga’s Cuban drama “Santa & Andrés” is a world away from the bustling Havana so often seen on travel shows. The natural beauty of unruly mountains, endless greenery and coasts outlined by white sand makes the eastern half of Cuba look ...

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New Trailer: ‘The Post,’ With Meryl Streep and Tom Hanks

“The Post” may look like a period piece, as it dramatizes how the 1971 publication of the leaked Pentagon Papers exposed government efforts to mislead the public about the Vietnam War. But the first trailer for Steven Spielberg’s film indicates that this is a story as relevant as today’s headlines. “If we don’t hold them accountable, who will?” the Washington ...

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