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Review: ‘The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2,’ Katniss’s Final Battle

Photo Jennifer Lawrence in “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2.” Credit Murray Close/Lionsgate There’s no risk that Katniss Everdeen, the warrior who has led the charge against oppression in “The Hunger Games” movies, can ever return to her current incarnation. Even if she and her world are rebooted back into franchise existence by a ravenous studio, her moment was now. ...

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Review: ‘A Journey Through Time With Anthony’ Adapts a Chinese Young-Adult Novel

Photo “A Journey Through Time With Anthony,” based on a Chinese young-adult novel and opening on Wednesday, stars Liu Chang in the title role. Credit China Lion The harmless confection “A Journey Through Time With Anthony,” an adaptation of a popular young-adult novel in China by Ma Liang (under the pseudonym Anthony), offers mild youthful rebellion and even milder youthful ...

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Andrew Lloyd Webber: Lord, Baron, Rocker

Photo Andrew Lloyd Webber at the Winter Garden Theater, where “School of Rock” will soon open. Credit Damon Winter/The New York Times At a recent rehearsal for his new Broadway musical, “School of Rock,” Andrew Lloyd Webber came striding down the aisle of the Winter Garden Theater and onto its stage. He was there to give adjustments to a quartet ...

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Review: In Angelina Jolie Pitt’s ‘By the Sea,’ an Unhappy Ménage and Tear-Streaked Mascara

Photo Angelina Jolie Pitt stars as an unhappy wife in “By the Sea,” which she also directs. Credit Universal Pictures Meta with a vengeance, “By the Sea” stars Angelina Jolie Pitt and Brad Pitt as itinerant married artists who are suffering, beautifully, through a rough patch. Any resemblance to real life is strictly coincidental and completely intentional. At first luxurious ...

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Review: ‘The 33’ Recalls a Chilean Mine Disaster and the Men Who Endured It

Photo Lou Diamond Phillips and Antonio Banderas in “The 33.” Credit Beatrice Aguirre Zúñiga/Warner Bros. Pictures The ordeal of the 33 Chilean miners trapped deep inside the earth after the collapse of a mine shaft in August 2010 was both an intensely local story and a global phenomenon. As family members waited in a makeshift camp near the mine’s opening, ...

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Professors Dispute Depiction of Harvard Case in Rape Documentary

Photo An image from “The Hunting Ground.” Professors at Harvard Law say the film misrepresents the case of a student there. Credit Radius The veracity of one of this year’s most talked about documentaries, “The Hunting Ground,” has been attacked by 19 Harvard Law School professors, who say the film’s portrayal of rape on college campus is distorted, specifically when ...

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Julia Roberts, in ‘Secret in Their Eyes,’ Turns Her Famous Smile to Grief

Photo Julia Roberts, photographed in Santa Monica Calif., plays a mother struggling with the death of her daughter in “Secret in Their Eyes.” Credit Brinson+Banks for The New York Times Julia Roberts was meant to be a man, at least in her new movie, “Secret in Their Eyes.” Her character in this noirish murder thriller was written as a man ...

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Tarantino’s ‘The Hateful Eight’ Resurrects Nearly Obsolete Technology

Photo Jennifer Jason Leigh and Kurt Russell in “The Hateful Eight,” scheduled to be released on 100 screens in 70-millimeter projection. Credit Andrew Cooper/SMPSP/The Weinstein Company LOS ANGELES — When Quentin Tarantino’s “The Hateful Eight” is released in a special roadshow version (with overture, intermission and additional footage) on Dec. 25, it will represent a feat worthy of the heist ...

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‘Trumbo’ Recalls the Hunters and the Hunted of Hollywood

Photo Bryan Cranston, center (with Diane Lane), plays the screenwriter Dalton Trumbo in “Trumbo.” Credit Hilary Bronwyn Gayle/Bleecker Street James Dalton Trumbo, the storied screenwriter of “Spartacus” and “Roman Holiday,” would use many names. Pseudonyms were a necessity for Trumbo (1905-1976), one of the “Hollywood 10” who defied the House Un-American Activities Committee in 1947 during its witch hunt for ...

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In ‘Mediterranea,’ Two Migrants Speak for Many

Photo Koudous Seihon, left, and Alassane Sy in “Mediterranea,” written and directed by Jonas Carpignano. Credit Haut et Court Distribution LONDON — As Europe faces its largest migrant crisis since World War II — more than 780,000 people from the Middle East and Africa have arrived this year, according to the United Nations’ refugee agency — it can be easy ...

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