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South by Southwest 2018: 5 Films to Watch For

A supernatural thriller from John Krasinski, a bawdy sex-prevention comedy, a new TV project from Jordan Peele and odd Bill Murray stories are all part of the South by Southwest film festival lineup, organizers announced Wednesday. Though movie distribution models are continuing to shift, the festival’s producer, Janet Pierson, said SXSW’s role was unchanged. “Our job is to connect talent ...

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‘Beirut’ Trailer Was Supposed to Thrill. Instead It Offended.

Mr. Gilroy — who wrote the initial script in 1991 before it was greenlit more than two decades later — said critics should wait to see “Beirut” before making judgments. What seemed to bother viewers most was the trailer’s almost exclusive focus on Americans, signaling that the film might reduce Lebanon’s complicated, sectarian civil war to a flashy backdrop for ...

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John Morris, Composer for Mel Brooks’s Films, Dies at 91

Mr. Brooks cautioned Mr. Morris against writing scary music for a film about a vulnerable, if terrifying, monster (Peter Boyle) animated by Dr. Frederick Frankenstein (Mr. Wilder), the grandson of Victor Frankenstein. “Mel told me to write the most beautiful Eastern European lullaby that you can,” Mr. Morris told the online magazine Film Score Monthly in 1997. “That would be ...

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Women Dominate Sundance’s Winners List

Photo At the premier of “The Miseducation Of Cameron Post,” from left, Desiree Akhavan, Forrest Goodluck, Chloë Grace Moretz and Sasha Lane. Credit Angela Weiss/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images At this year’s Sundance Film Festival stories of resilience were met with acclaim, as were works by female directors and writers. Desiree Akhavan’s film “The Miseducation of Cameron Post,” about a ...

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Allison Shearmur, 54, ‘Star Wars’ and ‘Hunger Games’ Producer, Dies

Beyond the studios, Ms. Shearmur collected contemporary art and photography and amassed an enviable wardrobe. Five feet tall in high heels, she was considered one of the best-dressed women in Hollywood. She even had her T-shirts tailored. Photo Ms. Shearmur, front left, with members of the “Rogue One” cast and crew. Credit Earl Gibson III/Getty Images for Disney Her ability ...

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Film Series in NYC This Week

Photo The Beatles in “A Hard Day’s Night.” Credit Photofest, via Quad Cinema Our guide to film series and special screenings. All our movie reviews are at nytimes.com/reviews/movies. MARTIAL/ART at the Metrograph (Jan. 26-Feb. 10). One way to approach this series of martial arts films is to see it as a contrast in generations of filmmakers. Original masters of the ...

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At Sundance, Films Filled With Fury, Propelled by Outsiders

One of the things Sundance has long made clear is that there is no single, easily definable festival. There are tendencies, trends, schools and occasionally — as with the sui generis freak-out “Sorry to Bother You” — a jolt from the blue. Directed by the musician Boots Riley, making his exuberant feature debut, this freewheeling social satire tracks the increasingly ...

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They Are Nominees, Hear Them Roar

This is quite a thing. Only a few years ago, the apparent truism that women had to be winsome or sympathetic to sell films was still holding strong. But Oscar voters and critics went ape for the roster of fearsome female characters that were, at long last, included in this year’s nominated films. (Badass, a term that in the Bagger’s ...

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2018 Oscar Nominations: ‘The Shape of Water’ Leads the Race

Among the nine, only “Dunkirk” and “The Post” were assembled by major studios. Many have not made a significant mark in theaters. The gay romance “Call Me by Your Name,” for instance, has only taken in $9.1 million. Campaigning for the 90th Academy Awards has been going on in Hollywood for five months, with films falling over themselves to claim ...

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New Oscar Rules Aim to Avoid Another Envelope Mix-up

Photo The “La La Land” producer Jordan Horowitz, left, with Warren Beatty and Jimmy Kimmel, announcing the mix-up at last year’s Oscars. Credit Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP Determined to avoid a repeat of the envelope snafu that resulted in a stunning Oscar best picture mix-up last year, new rules have been adopted by PwC, the accounting firm that tabulates votes for the ...

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