Entertainment

Review: Madonna Said ‘Strike a Pose,’ and It Was Life-Altering

Photo Jose Gutierez and his mother, Ana Moronta, in “Strike a Pose.” Credit BOND/360 Early in “Strike a Pose” there’s an old clip from the TV program “Entertainment Tonight” about the 1991 movie “Madonna: Truth or Dare,” a documentary about her 1990 “Blond Ambition” tour. Describing the movie’s supposedly scandalous contents, a correspondent notes, with an audibly raised eyebrow, “There ...

Read More »

Dick Gautier, Who Played a Rock Star in ‘Bye Bye Birdie,’ Is Dead

Photo Dick Gautier as the vain Conrad Birdie in the 1960 Broadway musical “Bye Bye Birdie.” Credit via Photofest Dick Gautier, a comic actor best known for his Tony-nominated performance as a vain rock ’n’ roll star in the Broadway musical “Bye Bye Birdie” and his recurring role as a robot with a heart on the television show “Get Smart,” ...

Read More »

Hot on the Trail of ‘La La Land,’ Here Come More Movie Musicals

Moreover, several studios — for the first time since the 1990s — are devoting meaningful resources to break-into-song films with original music. This year, Fox will release “The Greatest Showman,” which stars Hugh Jackman as the circus impresario P. T. Barnum; it has a dozen original songs. Disney has “Bob the Musical,” about a man whose life becomes filled with ...

Read More »

Review: ‘Sleepless,’ but No Need to Reach for the Sominex

Photo From left, T.I. and Jamie Foxx in “Sleepless,” a crime thriller directed by Baran bo Odar. Credit Erica Parise/Open Road At least since the 2009 film “Taken,” the dad-to-the-rescue action movie has been a staple of the winter release calendar. “Sleepless,” a sort-of-remake of the French thriller “Sleepless Night,” represents Jamie Foxx’s foray into late-midcareer Neesonism. Mr. Foxx plays ...

Read More »

William Peter Blatty, Author of ‘The Exorcist,’ Dies at 89

In praising his 1963 novel, “John Goldfarb, Please Come Home!,” a Cold War spoof that Mr. Blatty later adapted for the screen, Martin Levin of The New York Times invoked the humorist S. J. Perelman, one of Mr. Blatty’s literary idols; Mr. Blatty, he said, “writes like Perelman run amuck.” Continue reading the main story The phenomenal success of “The ...

Read More »

‘Patriots Day’ Disconnect Between Bostonians and the Rest of Us

Reviewers outside New England — including critics for The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times and Variety — have generally given the movie positive notices. Continue reading the main story But those in this area — including writers for The Boston Globe, NorthShoreMovies.net and The Patriot Ledger — have been far more critical. (An exception is the Boston Herald, ...

Read More »

‘O.J.: Made in America’: A Documentary Movie or a Mini-Series?

“If you think you’re watching a film, it’s a film,” Mr. Meyers said. “No one’s watching ‘Dance Moms’ going, ‘Is this a movie?’” Continue reading the main story The only reason any of this matters, in an age of increasingly blurred lines between screens, is that in this season’s awards race, there’s been some grumbling — or at least talk ...

Read More »

Review: ‘Everybody Knows … Elizabeth Murray’ and Now You Will Too

Photo The artist Elizabeth Murray at work in Kristi Zea’s film. Credit Sidney Felsen/Taskovski Films While she achieved a good deal of recognition in her lifetime, Elizabeth Murray, the subject of this fine yet too-short documentary, remains an American artist who hasn’t quite gotten her due. One hopes “Everybody Knows … Elizabeth Murray” changes that at least a little. This ...

Read More »

At the Golden Globes, a New Culture War Erupts Onstage

Ms. Streep, quoting Carrie Fisher, gave people in show business specific instructions: “Take your broken heart, make it into art.” Golden Globes 2017 Coverage Check out our live chat, runway photos and more. The message certainly got across. “She challenged us to take action in a way where I was like, ‘This is what Hollywood kind of should be,’” Issa ...

Read More »

Trump Not Surprised by Meryl Streep’s Golden Globes Speech

Photo Meryl Streep at the 74th Golden Globes in Beverly Hills, Calif., on Sunday. Credit Paul Drinkwater/NBC President-elect Donald J. Trump dismissed Meryl Streep as “a Hillary lover” early Monday morning after the actress, in a speech at the Golden Globes award ceremony, denounced him as a bully who disrespected and humiliated others. Mr. Trump, in a brief telephone interview, ...

Read More »