Entertainment

‘Greatest Showman’ Becomes a Sleeper Hit as Disrespected Films Flourish

Photo Hugh Jackman stars in “The Greatest Showman,” which has overcome a soft start to become a rare sleeper hit. Credit Niko Tavernise/Twentieth Century Fox, via Associated Press Talk about a death-defying stunt. “The Greatest Showman,” a musical about the circus impresario P.T. Barnum, was dismissed by many critics when it arrived in theaters just before Christmas. Uncool. Old-fashioned. Mawkish. ...

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The Hidden Gems of 2017 Movies Are on … Netflix?

Photo Merab Ninidze and Ia Shugliashvili in “My Happy Family.” Credit Memento Films International It is a truth universally acknowledged that the first two months of the year are desolate times for movie lovers who prefer to gorge on new releases. Once the holiday season’s tidal wave of blockbusters and prestige pictures has receded there’s not much action beyond the ...

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Review: In ‘Forever My Girl,’ a Romance Resumes After a Long Break

Photo Alex Roe, left, and Jessica Rothe, with Abby Ryder Fortson, in “Forever My Girl.” Credit Jacob Yakob/Roadside Attractions This rather astonishing movie begins with a lovely young bride-to-be, Josie (Jessica Rothe), abandoned before even getting to the altar by her high-school sweetheart, Liam (Alex Roe), who’s absconded in pursuit of music business fame. Eight years later, Liam is a ...

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Review: In ‘Den of Thieves,’ Gerard Butler Trails a Former Marine

Photo Gerard Butler as Big Nick, a cop obsessed with a a former Marine planning a heist. Credit STX Entertainment “Den of Thieves” opens with unfootnoted statistics about Los Angeles, “the bank robbery capital of the world,” where such heists apparently occur every 48 minutes. That’s about the rate at which this surprisingly long, wildly ambitious, thoroughly ludicrous crime thriller ...

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Review: In ‘Small Town Crime,’ Trouble Is His Business (Natch)

Photo Robert Forster, left, and John Hawkes in “Small Town Crime.” Credit Saban Films A genre exercise, the detective movie “Small Town Crime” relies on the usual time-tested ingredients: the boozy loner lawman, the beautiful female victim and the reliably mysterious, invariably competent villains. The directors and brothers Eshom Nelms and Ian Nelms have obviously made a study of the ...

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How Much Watching Time Do You Have This Weekend?

No matter how much free time you have this weekend, we have TV recommendations for you. Come back every Friday for new suggestions from our TV critic on what to watch. This Weekend I Have … a Half-Hour, and I Like Zippy Comedy ‘LA to Vegas’ When to watch: Now, on Fox.com and Hulu. This new comedy airs Wednesdays on ...

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For Lorraine Hansberry, ‘A Raisin in the Sun’ Was Just the Start

LaTanya Richardson Jackson, the narrator of “Sighted Eyes/Feeling Heart,” whose performance as Lena Younger in the 2014 Broadway revival of “A Raisin in the Sun” received a Tony Award nomination, sees the character of Beneatha, Lena’s adult daughter, as ahead of her time. Not only does she turn down the advances, and in one case a marriage proposal, from her ...

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Designing Costumes for ‘Star Wars’ Jedis, Princesses and Naked Creatures

How many costumes did you design for “The Last Jedi”? More than a thousand. And they’re all individually made, all in different fabrics. They needed dresses and gloves and jewelry. You can’t go out and buy clothes for “Star Wars.” We had a milliner. It was like M.G.M. in the ’30s. We had hats made, gloves made. We had people ...

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Ronan Farrow to Develop an Investigative Series for HBO

Photo Ronan Farrow at the Time 100 Gala in 2017. He will host a new investigative show on HBO. Credit Krista Schlueter for The New York Times HBO has signed Ronan Farrow to a three-year deal to develop and become the face of a new investigative series, the network announced on Thursday. The deal is set to begin later this ...

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