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Review: In ‘Birth of the Dragon,’ Young Bruce Lee Meets a Master

Photo Bruce Lee (played by Philip Ng), right, battling his rival (Yu Xia) in “Birth of the Dragon.” Credit James Dittiger/BH Tilt, WWE Studios The milieu from which Bruce Lee emerged to become the world’s first martial-arts superstar — both as a film performer and a proponent-teacher — was probably as fascinating as the man himself. The screenwriters Stephen J. ...

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Review: In ‘Beach Rats,’ Life and Sexuality in Limbo

Photo Harris Dickinson, center, in Eliza Hittman’s second feature, “Beach Rats.” Credit Neon “I don’t really know what I like,” Frankie (Harris Dickinson) says to a man he meets on a gay hookup site in “Beach Rats.” He repeats variations on that phrase throughout the film, and part of what’s refreshing about Eliza Hittman’s sophomore feature is that the character’s ...

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Review: ‘Tales of an Immoral Couple’: Love Means Having to Grow Up

Photo Ximena Romo, left, and Sebastián Aguirre as love-struck teenagers in “Tales of an Immoral Couple.” Credit Hola Mexico Distribution Young love can be both fleeting and unforgettable. A reminder of puppy love can bring back wistful memories of a more innocent time before heartbreak. And that’s the feeling Manolo Caro’s latest movie, “Tales of an Immoral Couple,” tries to ...

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Thoroughly Modern Polina – The New York Times

Ms. Müller and Mr. Preljocaj, who live in Aix-en-Provence where Ballet Preljocaj is situated, were inspired by Bastien Vivès’s graphic novel “Polina,” on which the film is based. Photo Ms. Shevtsova as Polina and Jérémie Bélingard in “Polina.” Credit Oscilloscope Laboratories It’s fitting: Mr. Preljocaj’s choreography influenced some of the book’ striking drawings in which bodies somehow look like they’re ...

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Jerry Lewis, a Jester Both Silly and Stormy, Dies at 91

As a spokesman for the Muscular Dystrophy Association, Mr. Lewis raised vast sums for charity; as a filmmaker of great personal force and technical skill, he made many contributions to the industry, including the invention in 1960 of a device — the video assist, which allowed directors to review their work immediately on the set — still in common use. ...

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For Jerry Lewis, Few Statuettes but Lots of Influence

Photo Jerry Lewis at home in Las Vegas last year. Many comedians have cited him as an influence. Credit Brad Swonetz for The New York Times Sometimes the measure of a career isn’t so much in the work that you do as in the influence that you have. A case in point: Jerry Lewis. Mr. Lewis, who died Sunday at ...

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Film Series in NYC This Week

Photo Song Kang-ho, left, and Kim Sang-kyung in the South Korean director Bong Joon-ho’s “Memories of Murder.” Credit CJ Entertainment Our guide to film series and special screenings. All our movie reviews are at nytimes.com/reviews/movies. BOXING ON FILM: PART 1 at Anthology Film Archives (Aug. 18-27). This two-part series explores the links between two types of public spectacle: cinema and ...

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Film by Beijing Students Explores Being Young and Transgender in China

The Guangzhou Transgender Center declined to screen the film, citing pressure from the local authorities. And although the film was made mostly at the students’ school, which is affiliated with Renmin University of China, with students playing most of the parts, school officials would not grant permission for public screenings on campus. A representative of the school’s Communist Youth League ...

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Late-Night Summer Offerings Include ‘Firestarter’ and ‘Crash’

Photo Drew Barrymore in “Firestarter.” Credit Universal Pictures Concerts in the park? Check. Days at the beach? Absolutely. But any must-do list of summer-in-the-city activities should also include a midnight movie or two, with the late-screening crowd spilling out onto the steamy streets afterward. Happily, several theaters offer films into the wee hours. In particular, Nitehawk Cinema in Brooklyn this ...

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Review: ‘California Typewriter’: Preserving the Past, Key by Key

Photo A scene from the documentary ”California Typewriter.” Credit Gravitas Ventures “California Typewriter” might center on a small, beleaguered typewriter repair shop in Berkeley, Calif., but this quirky, obsessive documentary is about so much more than broken keys and busted type wheels. It’s really about how we create art. Sinking into a dedicated — and overwhelmingly male — subculture of ...

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