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Review: ‘Nobody Speak,’ a Bombastic Look at Hulk Hogan’s Gawker Lawsuit

Photo Hulk Hogan leaving the courthouse after winning a lawsuit against Gawker Media. Credit Eve Edelheit/Tampa Bay Times via ZUMA Wire, Netflix If freedom of the press includes the right to print all-caps headlines with exclamation points, it also includes the right to make a cinematic exposé so bombastic that it poorly serves its own cause, however important. Brian Knappenberger’s ...

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‘Transformers: The Last Knight’ Is a Box Office Clunker

Photo A scene from “Transformers: The Last Knight.” Credit Bay Films/Paramount Pictures, via Associated Press Even star vehicles run out of gas eventually. “Transformers: The Last Knight,” the fifth installment of Michael Bay’s maximalist action series, landed with a thud at the North American box office this weekend, taking in just $45.3 million. However, its disappointing showing — easily the ...

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Review: Those Movies, Himself — Bertrand Tavernier’s Tour of French Cinema

Photo The director Bertrand Tavernier in the documentary “My Journey Through French Cinema,” an immersive and wide-reaching exploration of French cinema by one of its own. Credit Etienne George/Cohen Media Group Bertrand Tavernier’s “My Journey Through French Cinema” delivers what it promises. Even so, its explanatory title doesn’t begin to convey just how exhilarating or inspiring a documentary this truly ...

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A Maverick Director, His Big Pig and the Small Screen

With “Okja,” Mr. Bong said, with the help of a translator, the studios the story was pitched to had seemed more or less onboard — at least until it came to that last bit. Continue reading the main story “For the studios, the recurring questions was, ‘Are you going to keep the slaughterhouse scene?’” Mr. Bong said. “They saw a ...

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‘Le Trou,’ a Very French Prison Drama, Steals From Its Maker’s Life

Photo From left, Raymond Meunier, Philippe Leroy, Jean Keraudy, Marc Michel and Michel Constantin in Jacques Becker’s “Le Trou” (1960). Credit Rialto Pictures/Studiocanal Rapturously received but mysteriously forgotten after its 1964 New York opening, Jacques Becker’s prison drama, “Le Trou” (“The Hole”), returns, digitally restored, for a week at Film Forum. Becker served as Jean Renoir’s assistant throughout the 1930s ...

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A French Master Director, Getting His Due at the Quad Cinema

Photo Philippe Noiret in Bertrand Tavernier’s “Life and Nothing But.” Credit Orion Classics/Everett Collection, via Quad Cinema Though now into his fifth decade of filmmaking, Bertrand Tavernier has not attained the recognition in America that other great French directors enjoy. Even so, he has always examined French society, culture and morality with an elegant, inquisitive eye. In tandem with the ...

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We Picked the Century’s Top Films. You Told Us Where We Could Go.

KEVIN RICHARD WHITE I’m sorry, but someone is taking the piss by having Million Dollar Baby that far up on the list. Or even on the list at all. Continue reading the main story DANA CELESTE ROBINSON Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind at 24? It should be in the Top Five. The soundtrack alone is a masterpiece. TOM CATES ...

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A New Rating for TV and Movies Tries to Combat Gender Stereotypes

“Everyone I encountered in the industry tried to tell me it wasn’t a problem any more, that it had been fixed,” she said. “Even people making these products are sure they’re gender-balanced when they’re profoundly not.” Photo Emily Deschanel in the Fox series “Bones,” which was judged by Common Sense Media to have “positive gender representations.” Credit Jordin Althaus/FOX Deciding ...

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Stephen Furst, Who Played Flounder in ‘Animal House,’ Dies at 63

The character of Flounder — whose appearance is so pitiful that the older members of Delta Tau Chi pelt a picture of him with beer cans when he is suggested as a pledge — is one of the film’s most reliable sources of comic relief. Cluelessly upbeat and charmingly idiotic, he’s taken under the wing of John Belushi’s character, Bluto ...

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Brooklyn, as Hollywood Never Sees It

The film, which is still seeking a distributor, will make its premiere on Sunday at the Brooklyn Academy of Music as the centerpiece of BAMcinemaFest. The festival is also presenting “Our Song” on Thursday in Brooklyn Bridge Park. Photo Amy Lynne Berger and Fernando Cardona in “En el Séptimo Día.” Credit Charles Libin In an interview on a sweltering June ...

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