Entertainment

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

Photo An American Special Forces team in Afghanistan in 2001, with Hamid Karzai, center, the country’s future president, as seen in “Legion of Brothers.” Credit Gravitas Ventures You’ll have to wade through several topics to get to the heart of “Legion of Brothers,” but once you’re there, some intense stories make the effort worthwhile. This documentary, directed by Greg Barker, ...

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Review: In ‘Alien: Covenant,’ Everybody’s Favorite Predator Returns

Photo Katherine Waterston in “Alien: Covenant.” Credit Mark Rogers/20th Century Fox When the larval alien at last explodes out of a human torso, you may experience, along with the expected jolt of fright, a curious sensation of relief, even affection. So much has changed in the world, and in movies, since the first “Alien” freaked out audiences in 1979, that ...

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Review: Before He Was ‘King Arthur,’ He Was a Guy Ritchie Lad

It’s hard not to attribute the existence of this new Arthurian tale in part to the global success of “Game of Thrones,” which has hooked legions on its epic soap opera, clashing swords, spurting blood and unending intrigue. (That show’s Aidan Gillen pops up here too.) The Arthur story has played out differently across the centuries, from the Middle Ages ...

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A Bitter Widow and a Handsome Priest Share Sparks in a French Classic

Photo Emmanuelle Riva and Jean-Paul Belmondo in Jean-Pierre Melville’s “Léon Morin, Priest” (1961). Credit Film Forum, via Photofest The reputation of the French director Jean-Pierre Melville may rest on his laconic films noirs, but the heart of his oeuvre is his treatment of occupied France — in “The Silence of the Sea” (1949), “Army of Shadows” (1969) and, revived this ...

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Boomerang and Crunchyroll: Of Old Cartoons and Fresh Anime

Photo Bugs Bunny in “Rhapsody Rabbit,” from 1946. The new streaming service Boomerang has a host of Looney Tunes episodes featuring Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Porky Pig and others. Credit Warner Bros. Animated movies can be great movies. Still, the classic animated shorts that movie studios put out in the 1930s, ’40s, and ’50s don’t get enough recognition for the ...

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Oren Moverman: An Actor’s Director, Almost by Accident

What changed everything, he said, was talking his way into a job on Louis Malle’s last film, “Vanya on 42nd Street.” On the set, he was befriended by Julianne Moore, who introduced him to the director Todd Haynes, and he also began writing screenplays. He finished a script loosely based on his experience on “Vanya” and almost got to direct ...

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Film Series in NYC This Week

Photo 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; see listing below. Credit Milestone Films Our guide to film series and special screenings. All our movie reviews are at nytimes.com/reviews/movies. FORBIDDEN COLORS: RYUICHI SAKAMOTO AT THE MOVIES at the Quad Cinema (May ...

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Michael Parks, Character Actor on TV and in Movies, Dies at 77

Photo Michael Parks in the 1960s. Credit Rex Features, via Associated Press Michael Parks, a prolific character actor who found early fame in countercultural roles in the 1960s and later became a favorite of the directors Quentin Tarantino, Kevin Smith and Robert Rodriguez, died on Tuesday in Los Angeles. He was 77. His death was announced by his agent, Jane ...

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Review: She’s Still a Mess, but ‘Snatched’ Is No ‘Trainwreck’

Photo Goldie Hawn, left, and Amy Schumer as a mother and daughter on vacation in Ecuador. Credit Justina Mintz/20th Century Fox Film Corporation In the first few scenes of “Snatched,” Emily Middleton (Amy Schumer) loses her retail job and her rock ’n’ roll boyfriend. Those are the high points of the movie, quick and nasty riffs to remind you of ...

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Emma Watson Wins MTV’s Gender-Neutral Acting Prize

Photo Emma Watson, accepting her award at the MTV awards, said: “The first acting award in history that doesn’t separate nominees based on their sex says something about how we perceive the human experience.” Credit Mario Anzuoni/Reuters Emma Watson made a potent call for breaking down gender categories as she scooped up the gender-neutral film acting prize at the MTV ...

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