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Oscar-Nominated Movies, Sometimes Streaming Near You

That’s admittedly a very small percentage of Oscar-nominated movies, but it’s still news, and I reckon that percentage is going to increase in coming years. Another Amazon-produced movie, Whit Stillman’s cheekily hilarious Jane Austen adaptation, “Love & Friendship,” produced by Amazon, was a dark-horse hopeful for a screenplay nomination; it didn’t make the cut but has been on the service ...

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Kevin Geer, Known for Stage Roles, Dies at 64

Photo Kevin Geer, right, with Richard Kind in “Flyovers,” at the 78th Street Theater Lab in Manhattan in 2009. Credit Carol Rosegg Kevin Geer, a prodigious character actor best known for his work in theater, including roles on Broadway in the 2004 revival of “Twelve Angry Men” and Warren Leight’s family drama “Side Man,” died on Jan. 25 at his ...

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Review: Robert De Niro as ‘The Comedian,’ a Has-Been Seeking a Comeback

Photo Robert De Niro plays a washed-up insult comic in “The Comedian,” directed by Taylor Hackford. Credit Alison Cohen Rosa/Sony Pictures Classics Is it too much to want someone to bring the funny in a movie about a comic? The enervating, would-be laugh-in “The Comedian” opens this week, presumably on the strength of its headliner, Robert De Niro. He’s ill-served ...

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Emmanuelle Riva, Star of ‘Hiroshima Mon Amour’ and ‘Amour,’ Dies at 89

They speak in voice-overs. Ms. Riva says she has seen evidence of the bomb’s effects in a hospital and a museum. But Mr. Okada rebukes her, over and over: “You saw nothing in Hiroshima. Nothing.” Continue reading the main story She reveals tortured memories of an affair she had during World War II in her native Nevers, France, with a ...

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Pedro Almodóvar Named President of Cannes Film Festival Jury

Photo Pedro Almodóvar at the Cannes Film Festival last year. Credit Jean-Paul Pelissier/Reuters PARIS — The Spanish director Pedro Almodóvar will preside over the jury of the Cannes Film Festival in May, the organizers of the event announced on Tuesday. “For its 70th edition, the Festival de Cannes is delighted to welcome a unique and hugely popular artist,” the president ...

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‘Becoming Warren Buffett’ Goes Beyond a $74 Billion Fortune

But the movie doesn’t shy away from portraying Mr. Buffett, now 86, as something of a remarkable human computer, gifted with numbers and less so with interpersonal relationships. He is the kind of man who straightforwardly says that he can’t remember the colors of his bedroom walls, and the kind of husband who when his wife had the flu and ...

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John Hurt, British Actor Hailed for His Shape-Shifting Roles, Dies at 77

“His countenance is fishy and bizarre,” Cintra Wilson wrote in Salon in 2004. “He has dark, verminous little eyes, a smirky little mouth full of nicotine-varnished teeth, and that British complexion that evokes a poached worm. Even in his early films, he has eye bags and looks like he put on a face that was at the very bottom of ...

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Watch John Hurt in His Most Memorable Roles

Photo John Hurt at the Seville European Film Festival in Spain in 2009. Credit Marcelo del Pozo/Reuters In several of John Hurt’s best-known roles, he played the leaders of authoritarian regimes or subjects struggling underneath their tyrannical reigns. In the BBC television adaptation of “I, Claudius” in 1976, he played the mad Roman emperor Caligula, who commanded his armies to ...

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Review: In ‘The Salesman,’ Scenes From a Marriage in Tehran

Photo Taraneh Alidoosti and Shahab Hosseini in Asghar Farhadi’s “The Salesman.” Credit Amazon Studios, Cohen Media Group At the beginning of “The Salesman,” Emad (Shahab Hosseini) and Rana (Taraneh Alidoosti) must evacuate their Tehran apartment. There are cracks in the walls, and the high-rise building is in danger of collapsing. That flawed edifice might stand as a kind of inverse ...

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Mary Tyler Moore, Who Incarnated the Modern Woman on TV, Dies at 80

It modeled a productive style of coed collegiality, with Ms. Moore teasing out the various ironies known to any smart woman trying to keep from cracking up in a world of scowling male bosses and preening male soloists. Slide Show Mary Tyler Moore CreditCBS, via Associated Press “Mary Tyler Moore became a feminist icon as Mary Richards,” said Jennifer Keishin ...

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