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Review: Katie Holmes Directs Her First Feature, ‘All We Had’

Photo Stefania Owen, left, and Katie Holmes in “All We Had,” a film directed by Ms. Holmes. Credit Seacia Pavao/Gravitas Ventures Homelessness, alcoholism, real estate chicanery, the financial crisis, teenage drug abuse and transgender discrimination: These are some of the themes dutifully trotted out and glossed over in the screen adaptation of Annie Weatherwax’s 2014 novel, “All We Had.” Although ...

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Film Series in NYC This Week

Photo Leslie Cheung, left, and Maggie Cheung in Wong Kar-wai’s “Days of Being Wild,” showing on Dec. 10 at the Metrograph. See listing below. Credit Jet Tone Our guide to film series and special screenings. All our movie reviews are at nytimes.com/reviews/movies. DARK HOPPER at Anthology Film Archives (through Dec. 11). The idea that Dennis Hopper lived on the edge ...

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Oscar Documentary Shortlist Focuses on Politics and Race

Photo Angela Davis in a scene from “13th,” the documentary by Ava DuVernay. Credit Netflix “Weiner,” “13th,” “Eagle Huntress” and “O.J.: Made in America” were among the 15 finalists for the best feature documentary Oscar, according to a shortlist released by the academy on Tuesday. There were a few notable omissions from the finalists, which were selected from 145 submissions: ...

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Margaret Whitton, ‘Major League’ Actress, Dies at 67

Photo Margaret Whitton and Charlie Sheen in “Major League II.” Credit Warner Bros. Margaret Whitton, an avid baseball fan who played the owner who concocts a plan to move the Cleveland Indians to Florida in the 1989 baseball movie comedy “Major League,” died on Sunday in Palm Beach, Fla. She was 67. The cause was cancer, said her husband, Warren ...

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A Movie Ticketing Start-Up Hopes to Fill Empty Seats

Photo People waiting to buy movie tickets at AMC Empire 25 in New York. A new app, Atom Tickets, aims to make it easy for groups to plan film outings. Credit George Etheredge for The New York Times SANTA MONICA, Calif. — As anyone who has been to a movie theater knows, a lot of seats are usually empty. Add ...

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In ‘Arrival,’ the World Is Saved by Words

Photo Amy Adams as Louise Banks in “Arrival.” Credit Jan Thijs/Paramount Pictures A woman stands inside a spaceship. Only a glass-like partition separates her from two enormous aliens. The woman removes her biohazard suit. She approaches the aliens. She presses her palm against the partition. This is what heroism looks like in “Arrival.” The woman is Louise Banks, a linguist ...

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Alice Drummond, Character Actress, Dies at 88

Photo Alice Drummond, shown in 1992, worked in theater, television and film productions. Credit Carsey-Werner, via Everett Collection Alice Drummond, an actress who was a Broadway regular in the 1960s and ’70s then played an array of older women, from mild-mannered to deranged, in blockbuster films like “Ghostbusters,” “Awakenings” and “Doubt,” died on Wednesday in the Bronx. She was 88. ...

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Movie Awards Season Kicks Off in High Gear

“People have been saying, ‘In this time of unease, the movie really opened me up,’ that it’s an emotionally healing experience,” Luke Davies, the screenwriter of “Lion,” a tear-jerker based on the true story of a lost boy seeking his family after being adopted in a far-off land, told the Bagger. Iain Canning, one of the film’s producers, said that ...

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The Films of Raúl Ruiz Come to Lincoln Center

Photo The director Raúl Ruiz and the producer Paulo Branco on the set of “Mysteries of Lisbon” (2010). Credit Music Box Films Does it hinder an artist to be adored by a coterie? Can a filmmaker be obscured by the vastness of his output? Few filmmakers have ever been as invisible or prolific as Raúl Ruiz (1941-2011). Opening Friday, Lincoln ...

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‘Moonlight’ Makes a Strong Showing at the Gotham Awards

Photo The “Moonlight” team, including, from left, Mahershala Ali, Jharrel Jerome, Janelle Monáe, Barry Jenkins, Trevante Rhodes, André Holland, Ashton Sanders and Jaden Piner, accepting the Gotham Award for best feature. Credit Jemal Countess/Getty Images “Moonlight,” Barry Jenkins’s celebrated, intimate portrait of a gay youngster growing up in a drug-ridden Miami neighborhood, rode into the awards season on a wave ...

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