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The Modern Love Podcast: Mark Duplass Reads ‘Out of the Darkness’

In this week’s podcast, the actor and filmmaker Mark Duplass (“Blue Jay”) reads “Out of the Darkness,” about the uncertainty of loving a person with mental illness. Photo Credit Brian Rea You can listen to his reading using the player above, or find the episode on iTunes and Google Play Music. The author, Mark Lukach, has a memoir coming out ...

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Review: ‘Notes on Blindness’ Is John Hull’s Trip From Darkness to Light

Photo “Notes on Blindness,” a documentary based on the theologian John M. Hull’s memoir, subtly evokes sightlessness with figures in silhouette. It opens on Wednesday. Credit Bond/360 In 1983, John M. Hull, a professor of religion at the University of Birmingham in England, lost his eyesight and began the agonizing personal journey to hell and back that he describes in ...

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Marvel’s ‘Inhumans’ TV Series Will Arrive via Imax Theaters

Photo A series based on Marvel’s Inhumans characters is to play exclusively on Imax screens next September before a version with additional scenes airs on ABC. Credit Jim Cheung for Marvel LOS ANGELES — One of Marvel Entertainment’s most sprawling superhero mythologies, the Inhumans, is headed to the small screen in a major way. But the Inhuman likes of Black ...

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‘Arrival’ Comes On Strong in a Generally Robust Box Office Weekend

Photo Tilda Swinton and Chiwetel Ejiofor in “Doctor Strange.” Credit Jay Maidment/Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures LOS ANGELES — Whether because of Veterans Day school closings, a postelection need to escape into fantasy or an unusually wide range of multiplex offerings, Hollywood had a very good weekend at the box office: Ticket sales in North America were up 47 percent ...

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Review: ‘Shut In’ (Naomi Watts Should Really Get Out More)

Photo Naomi Watts plays a widowed child psychologist who feels vulnerable in “Shut In,” which opened on Friday. Credit Jan Thijs/EuropaCorp If you’re in any doubt as to the dearth of decent movie roles available to women of a certain age — certain never to see 40 again, at any rate — then buy a ticket for “Shut In.” In ...

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J.K. Rowling Says ‘Fantastic Beasts’ Grew Out of World Events

Photo J.K. Rowling, the “Harry Potter” novelist, set her first movie in the young wizard’s universe but some 80 years before he enters the scene. Credit Neil Hall/Reuters Hours before the premiere of “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them,” the author J. K. Rowling, acknowledged that she ground through several revisions of the screenplay, her first, and said the ...

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Raoul Coutard, Cinematographer of the French New Wave, Dies at 92

Photo Raoul Coutard, left, on the set of “The Soft Skin” in 1964. Credit Athos Films, via Photofest Raoul Coutard, whose innovative camera work for Jean-Luc Godard and François Truffaut made him the leading cinematographer of the French New Wave, died on Tuesday in Labenne, near Bayonne, France. He was 92. His death was reported by Agence France-Presse. Mr. Coutard, ...

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‘Loving’ Aims to Speak Softly to History

The film, starring Joel Edgerton and Ruth Negga as the couple, has received some of the year’s best reviews for its deliberate restraint. “There are few movies that speak to the American moment as movingly — and with as much idealism,” The New York Times critic Manohla Dargis wrote, adding that the “insistent, quotidian quiet of ‘Loving’ can feel so ...

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When the Office Holiday Party Goes Oh So Wrong, Onscreen

Photo Courtney B. Vance, left, and T. J. Miller in “Office Christmas Party.” Credit Paramount Pictures At the typical corporate holiday affair, co-workers might let their hair down a little, quaff some good cheer, perhaps exchange Secret Santa gifts. Most of the time things go smoothly, and Monday morning it’s back to the grind. The shindig in “Office Christmas Party” ...

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