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John Avildsen, Director of ‘Rocky’ and ‘The Karate Kid,’ Dies at 81

One of Mr. Avildsen’s earlier films, “Save the Tiger,” a 1973 drama, earned Jack Lemmon the Oscar for best actor. And Mr. Avildsen’s 1982 short documentary “Traveling Hopefully” was nominated for an Academy Award. Continue reading the main story “The Karate Kid,” which had its premiere in 1984, is the story of a teenager who outwits bullies and becomes a ...

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Women Are Sowing Wild Oats in New Buddy Comedies

“It’s not so much, ‘I’m a woman, I know better,’” she said. “It’s more ‘I’m a woman and I’ve had these experiences so I know other women will relate to this as well.’” Video Trailer: ‘Rough Night’ A preview of the film. By SONY PICTURES on Publish Date June 15, 2017. Image courtesy of Internet Video Archive. Watch in Times ...

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Review: ‘Once Upon a Time in Venice’ Unleashes a Bland Bruce Willis

Photo Bruce Willis as a private eye, left, and John Goodman as his friend in “Once Upon a Time in Venice.” Credit Gregory Smith/RLJ Entertainment A bunch of well-known faces look lost in “Once Upon a Time in Venice,” which is billed as an action-comedy but has little comedy and less action. Bruce Willis stars as Steve Ford, a private ...

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Review: A Grieving Mother Seeks Her Own Justice in ‘Moka’

Photo Emmanuelle Devos in “Moka,” directed by Frédéric Mermoud. Credit Film Movement Although its plot suggests a psychological thriller, “Moka, ” a new film from the Swiss director Frédéric Mermoud, mostly plays as a character drama with a long fuse. Its opening minutes constitute a quiet cinematic sonata of loss and grief, showing Diane (Emmanuelle Devos) lying in bed and ...

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Tonya Harding, Tragic Muse? More Works Explore a Skating Scandal

The enduring fascination with the case is, of course, fueled by ’90s nostalgia and the feverish draw, much accelerated since 1994, of watching a celebrity behave badly. But “T.” continues a longstanding conversation about Ms. Harding as a misunderstood, class-cornered dark horse to Ms. Kerrigan’s endorsement-deal princess. Continue reading the main story Mr. Aibel said his play, like recent films ...

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‘The Mummy’ Stays Asleep at the Box Office

Photo Annabelle Wallis and Tom Cruise in “The Mummy.” Credit Chiabella James/Universal Pictures Blame the inexperienced director, Alex Kurtzman, for delivering a mess of a movie. Scratch that: Fault Universal for settling on a script that emphasized action over characters and campy fun. Actually, perhaps a baggage-laden Tom Cruise was the problem. Or was it the horror-based marketing campaign? All ...

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Agree With ‘The 25 Best Films’? Tell Us How You Really Feel

Photo The New York Times’s chief film critics, Manohla Dargis and A.O. Scott. Credit Illustration by Ruth Gwily MANOHLA DARGIS We have been talking about — and working on — “The 25 Best Films of the 21st Century” for months, so it’s almost hard to believe it’s actually finished. Now, after many, many (many!) movies and 10,000 words, it may ...

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Glenne Headly, a Versatile and Scene-Stealing Actress, Dies at 62

Photo Glenne Headly in 1997. Credit via Photofest Glenne Headly, whose acting career took shape at the renowned Steppenwolf Theater Company in Chicago and found its biggest audience in Hollywood with films like “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels” and “Dick Tracy,” died on Thursday in Santa Monica, Calif. She was 62. The cause was complications of a pulmonary embolism, her husband, Byron ...

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A Tale of a Tokyo Drag Queen, Circa 1969

Photo The androgynous entertainer Peter, playing the film’s protagonist, Eddie, a sweet hustler with a dark past. Credit Cinelicious Pics Few movies are as redolent of their times as “Funeral Parade of Roses,” a 1969 exemplar of Japanese countercultural ferment that, retrieved from history’s dustbin and digitally restored to its original black-and-white glory, opens on Friday at the Quad. It ...

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Elena Verdugo, Who Lifted Latina Image on TV, Dies at 92

From the outset, even before she was cast to replace Penny Santon, who played Nurse Lopez in the “Marcus Welby” pilot, Ms. Verdugo insisted that the part be redefined. “They were looking for a Mexican girl,” she told PBS in 2014. “And I said: ‘Forget it. I’m not playing maids and housekeepers.’ ” David Victor, the show’s producer, she said, ...

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