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The Culture Caught Up With Spike Lee — Now What?

He led me to the wraparound porch off the main house, to a white table with his papers spread on it. When he had checked and silenced his BlackBerry — he still uses one — I brought up Kathryn Bigelow’s latest movie, “Detroit,” which opened the African-American Film Festival two days earlier. The film, about the violence inflicted by white ...

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Review: In ‘Brimstone & Glory,’ Passions Blaze at a Fireworks Festival

Photo A scene from “Brimstone & Glory.” Credit Oscilloscope The director Viktor Jakovleski filmed “Brimstone & Glory” over three editions of the annual National Pyrotechnic Festival in Tultepec, Mexico, on the northern outskirts of Mexico City. Fireworks have long been a major industry in the municipality. Even children take up the work, which — despite the danger — has an ...

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New Trailer: ‘A Wrinkle in Time,’ From Ava DuVernay

Photo A scene from the trailer for “A Wrinkle in Time,” starring Storm Reid. Even though Ava DuVernay’s name isn’t seen until the end of the new trailer for her reimagining of “A Wrinkle in Time,” it clearly exemplifies female empowerment. Based on Madeleine L’Engle’s 1962 novel, it’s the story of Meg Murry (Storm Reid, of “12 Years a Slave”), ...

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How Pixar Created ‘Coco,’ a Culturally Conscious Blockbuster

And that was before the rise of President Trump. The choices made by the director and his collaborators suggest one model for culturally conscious filmmaking at the blockbuster level. On “Coco,” Pixar’s 19th film and the first to feature a minority character in the lead role, Mr. Unkrich largely dispensed with the playbook used to create immersive fictional worlds like ...

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Big Sonia: I’m Still Here

She was 15 at the time, her fondness for books, nature and painting leaving her ill-equipped for the horrific events about to engulf her, a fate “difficult, if not impossible, for a normal person to understand,” she said repeatedly. But for Ms. Warshawski, 92, the past remains vitally present. Three years ago, about to be evicted from the tailoring and ...

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‘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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