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Reese Witherspoon Knows Rom-Coms Need an Image Makeover

Speaking by phone from her Los Angeles home — and pausing briefly to greet Tennessee, the youngest of her three children — she spoke passionately about the changing roles for women on screen and how she wants to be a part of that change. These are edited excerpts from the conversation. Video Trailer: Home Again’ A preview of the film. ...

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Film Forum to Have a New Screen and More

Photo Film Forum is planning to undergo a renovation in spring 2018. Credit Chad Bolton Film Forum is getting a makeover. The popular downtown art house and repertory cinema will be adding a fourth screen along with buildingwide improvements, the theater announced Monday. The new screen will be built using space next to Film Forum and allow for more flexibility ...

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Led by a Vietnam War Opus, a Rich Season of Documentaries

“He is nearly 100, losing his hearing and plagued with labored breathing that is unnerving to behold,” Andy Webster wrote in reviewing the film for The New York Times when it had a modest theatrical release in 2016. “She is almost 90 and blessed with an unwavering spirit. Their bond is profound.” Continue reading the main story “America ReFramed,” the ...

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Karoly Makk, Acclaimed Hungarian Filmmaker, Dies at 91

When “Love” (“Szerelem” in Hungarian) was released in the United States in 1973, Vincent Canby of The Times ranked it among the year’s 10 best movies. (Among the others were François Truffaut’s “Day for Night” and George Lucas’s “American Graffiti.”) Reviewing the film for The Guardian, Derek Malcolm wrote, “The passages between the anxious old lady and her fraught but ...

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‘Pink Panther’ and ‘Decoy’ Return on Disc

Casey has no partner, professional or romantic (although she does make a date with a man she meets during an investigation in which she poses as a wealthy socialite). Her back story is sketchy; she’s without a personal life. Several episodes refer to a tragic love affair with a fellow officer killed in the line of duty. The show’s penultimate ...

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Review: In ‘Viceroy’s House,’ the Birthing Pains of Two Nations

Photo Manish Dayal and Huma Qureshi in “Viceroy’s House.” Credit Kerry Monteen/IFC Films Cramming ample history into a compact running time without sacrificing flow or interest, “Viceroy’s House” is a handsome, fleet look at the months leading up to India’s independence from Britain in 1947, a milestone that just passed its 70th anniversary. The film carries a trace of the ...

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Alan Root, Oft-Bitten Wildlife Filmmaker, Dies at 80

“He’d just flown for five hours after injuring himself in a motorbike accident in the forest in Zaire,” the filmmaker Mark Deeble, a friend for whom Mr. Root was a mentor, said of one such reunion, “and his lip was in tatters after a ‘tame’ marsh mongoose had fastened on and decided it was edible.” Interview with Joan and Allen ...

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Review: ‘The Teacher,’ a Classroom Satire on Political Corruption

Photo Zuzana Maurery in the Czech director Jan Hrebejk’s new film, “The Teacher.” Credit Film Movement “The Teacher” is a foray into Slovak-language filmmaking by the industrious Czech director Jan Hrebejk, and for the occasion, he and his regular screenwriter, Petr Jarchovsky, have chosen a premise that sets up a dark satire about governance and human nature. Set in Bratislava ...

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In ‘Texas Chain Saw Massacre,’ Sympathy for the Devil

As is usually the case with grindhouse marketing, the title is deceptive. By the standards of horror, there’s no massacre. Only five people die, much fewer than in the sequels and remakes. Mr. Hooper relied on suspense more than gore, staging the kills with nary a drop of blood. He didn’t show, for instance, a woman’s back impaled on a ...

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Is ‘Wonder Woman’ Feminist? James Cameron’s Comments Draw a Rebuke.

Photo Patty Jenkins, left, the director of “Wonder Woman,” defended her film on Twitter after James Cameron told The Guardian that Wonder Woman was “an objectified icon.” Credit From left: Amy Lombard for The New York Times; Nick Ut/Associated Press Comments from James Cameron criticizing “Wonder Woman” received a swift backlash online — including from the film’s own director. In ...

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