Entertainment

John Gavin, Actor and Ambassador to Mexico Under Reagan, Dies at 86

As his entertainment career ebbed, Mr. Gavin became increasingly involved in inter-American political affairs. In the 1960s and early ′70s, he was a special adviser to the secretary general of the Organization of American States, which fosters democracy and regional security. He also undertook assignments promoting American and Latin American film production for the Alliance for Progress, established by President ...

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What’s So Great About ‘The Greatest Showman’?

Photo Zac Efron, left, and Hugh Jackman in “The Greatest Showman.” Credit Niko Tavernise/Twentieth Century Fox Why do people like “The Greatest Showman”? When the movie starring Hugh Jackman was released in December, our critic Jason Zinoman said it was solidly meh. It’s “a montage sequence that occasionally turns into a movie musical,” he wrote. And the box office numbers ...

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Review: In ‘The 15:17 to Paris,’ Real Heroes Portray Their Heroism

Frustrated by the educational demands of both church and state, the boys indulge in minor acts of rebellion: toilet-papering a neighbor’s house, swearing in gym class, playing war in the woods. They are separated when Alek moves to Oregon to live with his father and Anthony changes schools, but the three stay in touch as Anthony attends college and Alek ...

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Review: In These Oscar-Nominated Animated Shorts, Riveting Fairy Tales and Kitchen Rot

Photo A scene from the animated film “Garden Party.” Credit ShortsTV The animated shorts nominated for Oscars are rarely the subjects of controversy. But this year, “Dear Basketball,” which the retired N.B.A. star Kobe Bryant conceived, executive-produced and narrated, drew some #MeToo movement disapprobation when it was announced as one of the five nominees for the 90th Academy Awards. On ...

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How Much Watching Time Do You Have This Weekend?

No matter how much free time you have this weekend, we have TV recommendations for you. Come back every Friday for new suggestions from our TV critic on what to watch. This Weekend I Have … 20 Minutes, and I’m a Dog Person ‘Puppy Bowl XIV’ When to watch: Sunday at 3 p.m., on Animal Planet. The Puppy Bowl is ...

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Review: ‘The Cloverfield Paradox,’ Netflix’s Surprise Release, Unleashes Chaos

Photo A scene from “The Cloverfield Paradox,” which debuted on Sunday after the Super Bowl. Credit Netflix, via Associated Press On Sunday evening Netflix flexed its instantaneous-programming muscles in what marketers like to call an “impactful” way. In a Super Bowl ad, it announced that it would debut a new film in the science fiction “Cloverfield” franchise directly after the ...

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‘Winchester’ Claims No. 3 at Box Office Amid Super Bowl Slowdown

Photo Helen Mirren stars in “Winchester,” the weekend’s only new wide-release movie. Credit CBS Films LOS ANGELES — In their Super Bowl tradition, the major Hollywood studios sat on the sidelines over the weekend. Only one new low-cost movie, the horror-themed “Winchester,” arrived in wide release, an effort by a small film company to counterprogram the big game by going ...

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Review: ‘Winchester’ Has a Grim Helen Mirren. And a Silly Script.

Photo Helen Mirren in the horror movie “Winchester,” directed by the brothers Peter and Michael Spierig. Credit CBS Films Released without fanfare or publicity screenings, the haunted-house movie “Winchester” would seem to lack the confidence of its makers. One soon sees why: Despite the typically elevating presence of Helen Mirren, this super-silly feature (the fifth from the Australian brothers Peter ...

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How to Come of Age Onscreen? Saoirse Ronan and Timothée Chalamet Know

Like Ms. Ronan, Mr. Chalamet was born in New York. He graduated from Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts in 2013. Along with roles on the television series “Homeland” and in the films “Men, Women & Children” and “Interstellar,” he starred in the Off Broadway production of John Patrick Shanley’s play “Prodigal Son,” for ...

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Review: The Persistence of Abbas Kiarostami’s Vision in ‘24 Frames’

Photo A scene from “24 Frames,” the last film from Abbas Kiarostami. The movie transforms still images into visually and thematically linked sequences. Credit Janus Films Images become cinema in “24 Frames,” the last movie from the Iranian filmmaker Abbas Kiarostami (1940-2016). “I always wonder to what extent the artist aims to depict the reality of a scene,” he reveals ...

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