Entertainment

‘Masculitis’? That’s the Plague That Rids the World of Men

Photo Raul Roulien, center, in “It’s Great to Be Alive.” Credit Museum of Modern Art “It’s Great to Be Alive” may not be the nuttiest Hollywood musical of 1933 — a year that brought the Marx Brothers’ “Duck Soup” — but it’s surely the only one to end with a production number in which the women of Cuba, the Netherlands ...

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Oscar Isaac’s Mom Died. Now He’s Working Out His Grief in ‘Hamlet.’

“I know it happens to everybody, but it’d never happened to me,” he said. “I know people’s mothers have died, but this was mine.” Mr. Isaac’s mother died in February, but “Hamlet” is still with him. For most of this heat-struck summer, he is performing as the tortured prince grieving the death of his father, six times a week for ...

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Alain Tanner Retrospective at the Metrograph

Photo Myriam Mézières and Jean-Luc Bideau in Alain Tanner’s “Jonah Who Will Be 25 in the Year 2000.” Credit Citel Films With the opening of several new repertory screens in New York City comes a welcome bonus: retrospectives of foreign filmmakers whose work animated the city’s film culture decades ago. This past spring, the Quad Cinema hosted a revival of ...

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Tolkien Estate and Warner Bros. Settle Lawsuit Over Licensing

Photo A giant statue of Azog, a character from “The Hobbit,” at Comic-Con in New York in 2014. Warner Bros. and the estate of the author J.R.R. Tolkien have settled a lawsuit over online merchandising. Credit Fred R. Conrad/The New York Times Warner Bros. and the estate of J.R.R. Tolkien have settled an $80 million lawsuit over the digital merchandising ...

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Review: ‘Mali Blues,’ Making Music in the Face of Jihadists

Photo A scene from “Mali Blues,” a documentary directed by Lutz Gregor that’s about Malian musicians. Credit Axel Schneppat/Icarus Films The takeover of northern Mali between 2012 and 2013 by radical Islamist forces got a powerful fictionalized treatment in the widely acclaimed 2014 film “Timbuktu,” directed by Abderrahmane Sissako. An issue touched on in that picture was the banning of ...

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New Contest to Bolster London as a Cultural Hot Spot

Photo London’s mayor, Sadiq Khan, announcing the new arts initiative on Friday. “Now, more than ever, there is a pressing need to reach out to our neighbors and celebrate London’s unique and diverse culture,” he said in a statement. Credit Courtesy of Mayor of London’s Office LONDON — London’s mayor, Sadiq Khan, who would like to bolster the city’s reputation ...

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Review: ‘The House’ Is a Comedy Built on Despair

Photo From left, Will Ferrell, Amy Poehler and Jason Mantzoukas reveling in their profits in “The House.” Credit Glenn Wilson/Warner Brothers Pictures “The House,” a new comedy starring Will Ferrell and Amy Poehler, has arrived in theaters without advance screenings for critics. I know better than to take it personally when this kind of thing happens, but I do often ...

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Review: Spider-Man (Again) and All That Sticky Kid Stuff

Photo Tom Holland in “Spider-Man: Homecoming.” Credit Chuck Zlotnick/Sony Pictures – Columbia Pictures, via Associated Press Sony’s latest Spider-Man movie is kind of like the first and fourth, even if it’s hard to keep track of what happened when in this on-and-off again series. Once more, it spins on Peter Parker (the nice, boyish Tom Holland), a teenager who develops ...

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Review: ‘Despicable Me 3’ Suggests a Franchise Running on Fumes

Photo The brothers Dru, left, and Gru (both voiced by Steve Carell) in “Despicable Me 3.” Credit Universal Studios The latest animated “Despicable Me” outing shows signs of wear even as its energy level escalates. This time, the reformed villain Gru (voiced by Steve Carell) is in domestic bliss with his fellow secret agent Lucy (Kristen Wiig) and the three ...

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Review: Midlife Crisis, With Pachyderm, in ‘Pop Aye’

Photo Thaneth Warakulnukroh and Bong the elephant in “Pop Aye,” directed by Kirsten Tan. Credit Kino Lorber There’s a wonderful moment in “Pop Aye,” when an elephant gives the camera — and you — the stink eye. Then again, maybe the elephant, called Pop Aye and played by a majestic giant named Bong, is just exhausted, namely with people. You ...

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