Entertainment

Film Series in NYC This Week

Photo Donald Pleasence plays a disquieting town doctor in the Ted Kotcheff feature “Wake in Fright,” showing on Monday at Film Forum. See listing below. Credit Drafthouse Films, via Film Forum Our guide to film series and special screenings. All our movie reviews are at nytimes.com/reviews/movies. DISPLACED PERSONS: MIGRATION ON FILM at Anthology Film Archives (April 29 through May 4). ...

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James Gunn, Guardian of the ‘Guardians’ Franchise

So it says a lot about Mr. Gunn, 46, who came to Hollywood by way of small-town Manchester, Mo., and a career in B-movies, that he believes he can resist the worst impulses of the studio system even while he works within it. Continue reading the main story To his mind, the “Guardians of the Galaxy” movies are still fulfilling ...

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‘Sacred’ Looks at Faith That Doesn’t Make Alarming Headlines

Photo Scenes from “Sacred,” a Thomas Lennon documentary. Credit Thomas Lennon/Argot Pictures When religion makes headlines these days, it’s often for the worst sorts of reasons. “Sacred,” an understated documentary that begins a weeklong run Friday, May 5, at the Rubin Museum of Art in Chelsea, is a reminder that for millions of people of faith all over the world, ...

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Orson Welles’s Diaries and Scripts Head to Archive

Photo Jeanne Moreau and Orson Welles in their 1965 film, “Chimes at Midnight.” Welles’s heavily annotated script for the film is among the items newly acquired by the University of Michigan from his youngest daughter, Beatrice Welles. Credit Janus Films Letters, postcards, diaries and doodles from a teenage Orson Welles, along with unpublished scripts of his many incomplete projects from ...

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‘Avatar’ Sequels Are Given Release Dates (Again)

Photo Neytiri (voiced by Zoe Saldana) and Jake Sully (voiced by Sam Worthington) in the 2009 film “Avatar.” Credit 20th Century Fox At long last, the sequels to “Avatar” have their release dates. Definitely. Possibly. On Saturday, the Avatar Facebook page posted an image of the director James Cameron and a large production crew, with the caption “Avatar takes flight ...

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Marcel Ophuls’s ‘Memory of Justice,’ No Longer Just a Memory

The need to put groceries on the table eventually resulted in “The Sorrow and the Pity,” the hugely influential 1971 film about collaboration in Vichy France. A few years later Mr. Ophuls learned that 50 hours of raw footage of the Nuremberg trials, shot by the United States Army Signal Corps, were stored at a Maryland base. He gained access ...

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Forget Netflix and Chill. Try Pure Flix and Pray.

Mr. White, whose book, “Between Heaven and Hollywood,” was published last fall by Zonverdan, wants to make films, sitcoms and serialized dramas with family-friendly or religious messages. “Our God-given dream was to provide content on a consistent basis to be an alternative to what Hollywood was putting it out,” he said. Photo David A.R. White on the set of “The ...

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Battle Over Two Films Represents Turkey’s Quest to Control a Narrative

But Turkey has insisted that many people, both Turkish and Armenian, carried out — and bore the brunt of — wartime horrors, and that no concerted extermination effort existed. Turkey’s president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, acknowledged in 2014 that Armenians had “lost their lives” and sent condolences to their descendants. But he implied that they were victims of a war in ...

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How to Win $1 Million for Your Film? Pitch, Pitch, Pitch

Photo Dream makers: From center left, the actors Jeffrey Wright and Anthony Mackie, with Josh Deutsch, chief executive of Downtown Records, and director Lee Daniels, foreground, hear filmmakers’ pitches for a $1 million prize. Credit Phillip David Nondorf for The New York Times It was the chance of a lifetime. It was a terror like no other. Five promising filmmakers, ...

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Mark Your Calendar: The Tribeca Film Festival, Day by Day

Photo Gilbert Gottfried in “Gilbert.” Credit Arlene Gottfried The Tribeca Film Festival begins this week, bringing its smorgasbord of films, talks, television shows, virtual-reality mind-benders, live podcasts, master classes and more to Downtown Manhattan. We’re offering a suggestion for every night of the festival (and weekend afternoons), with an emphasis on variety. For more information, go to tribecafilm.com/festival. ‘Gilbert’ Thursday, ...

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