Entertainment

‘Fire at Sea’ Strikes a Nerve on the Migrant Crisis: ‘What Can I Do?’

Photo Gianfranco Rosi’s documentary “Fire at Sea” centers on a destination for African migrants: the Italian island of Lampedusa. Credit Kino Lorber PARIS — For a film that makes use of long silences, Gianfranco Rosi’s documentary “Fire at Sea,” about the tiny Italian island of Lampedusa — for years the European point of arrival for boatloads of North African migrants ...

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Review: ‘Middle School,’ Where the Principal Is Mean and the Pranks Messy

Photo Andy Daly, left, and Griffin Gluck in “Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life.” Credit Frank Masi/Lionsgate The latest entry in the revenge-on-the-educator genre — extending at least as far back as “Matilda” — is the slick, harmless “Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life,” from the Lionsgate factory and adapted from the novel out of the ...

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New York Film Festival: Determined Women and Uncertainty in the World

Photo Samuele Pucillo in the Gianfranco Rosi documentary “Fire at Sea,” one of the highlights of the New York Film Festival. Credit Kino Lorber As you watch television news reports of the European migrant crisis, your eyes may glaze over at the sight of so much suffering packaged into brief segments on a small screen. But Gianfranco Rosi’s documentary “Fire ...

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Then and Now: Hollywood Remakes as Election-Year Players

Photo An Obama western? Denzel Washington, foreground, in “The Magnificent Seven.” Credit Sam Emerson/Sony Pictures Entertainment’s golden rule: Whatever worked once may work yet again. Most movie remakes are produced to make money. A few have an agenda. The past 12 months brought three, all interested in remaking history. Ryan Coogler’s “Rocky” reboot, “Creed,” reversed the original’s racial equation by ...

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Kevin Hart’s Fashion Sense Is No Joke

Photo Kevin Hart at the Ilikai Hotel and Luxury Suites, in Honolulu. Credit Marco Garcia for The New York Times Kevin Hart is one of the most successful comedians on earth, but his sense of style is no joke. With a new stand-up concert movie, “What Now?” out Oct. 14 and a debut album from Motown Records as his hip-hop ...

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Review: ‘M.S. Dhoni: The Untold Story’ Recalls a Cricketer’s Ascent

Photo Sushant Singh Rajput plays a cricket champion in Neeraj Pandey’s “M.S. Dhoni: The Untold Story.” Credit Fox Star Studios You don’t have to understand cricket to enjoy a good cricket movie. “Lagaan” (2001), whose centerpiece was a rousing match of underdog (Indian) versus overdog (British colonials), got the heart pounding, even if you couldn’t follow all the ins and ...

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Review: ‘Pandaemonium’ Gives Unhappiness a Light Touch

Photo Geoff Sobelle, in this production directed by Lars Jan that is part physical theater and part cinematic fantasy. Credit Paul B. Goode Somewhere in the American desert, a man and a woman recline on beach chairs under a drive-in movie screen. Something is not right between them. Soon, she’ll break out divorce papers; he’ll break out the booze. It’s ...

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Ghosts of Old Hollywood, as a Podcast

Photo Karina Longworth, who explores the secrets of Hollywood legends in her podcast, “You Must Remember This.” Credit Emily Berl for The New York Times LOS ANGELES — Not everyone driving down Sunset Boulevard senses the ghosts of Old Hollywood. But to Karina Longworth, a 36-year-old film historian who hosts the podcast “You Must Remember This,” the era of Bogart ...

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Danny Fields Loved Punk Rock. It Loved Him Back.

Mr. Fields is even a shadow presence in a recent music documentary, “Eight Days a Week,” Ron Howard’s account of the Beatles’ touring years. In 1966, when Mr. Fields was managing editor of the teen magazine Datebook, he reprinted an interview John Lennon had given in England several months earlier, in which he said that the Beatles had become “more ...

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Fast-Tracked: ‘The Girl on the Train’

Photo Paula Hawkins, who wrote the novel “The Girl on the Train,” which is scheduled to be released as a movie on Oct. 7. Credit Anna Huix for The New York Times Back in March 2014, when Jared LeBoff, a producer at Marc Platt Productions, first read the thriller “The Girl on the Train,” it wasn’t yet a sensation, one ...

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