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‘The Martian’ Gets a Sneak Preview at the New York Film Festival

By Cara Buckley September 22, 2015 3:55 pmSeptember 22, 2015 3:55 pm Photo Matt Damon as an astronaut struggling to survive after his crewmates are forced to leave him behind.Credit Aidan Monaghan/20th Century Fox Days after being screened for the International Space Station, the Ridley Scott-Matt Damon nerd thriller “The Martian” will be shown on the planet of New York. ...

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Review: In ‘Office’ by Johnnie To, Ups and Downs of Business

Photo Chow Yun Fat and Sylvia Chang as colleagues and lovers in “Office,” directed by Johnnie To. Credit China Lion One of the best-directed movies that you can see in New York right now isn’t playing in an art cinema but in a multiplex slab, where a pleasurably different entertainment has been slipped in among the familiar offerings. “Office” is ...

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‘Masaan’ and Other Indian Films Steer Away From Bollywood Escapism

Photo Shweta Tripathi, left, and Vicky Kaushal play a young couple in the Indian film “Masaan,” which won two awards in Cannes. Credit Ketan Mehta MUMBAI — At the beginning of “Masaan,” the most acclaimed Indian movie of the year, two lovers meet at a ramshackle motel in the holy northern city of Varanasi. In the middle of their clandestine ...

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What’s Showing at the Toronto Film Festival? TV

Photo Swann Nambotin in “The Returned,” a French television series that is screening at the Toronto International Film Festival. Credit Toronto International Film Festival TORONTO — “Have you heard of this movie?” a young woman asks her companion as they settle into their seats for something called “The Returned.” A man sitting in front of them turns and tells them ...

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Toronto Film Festival: Separating Contenders From Pretenders

Photo Shani Klein, the star of “Mountain,” a film directed by Yaelle Kayam. Credit Toronto International Film Festival The first time that a red carpet was rolled out may have been in “The Oresteia” when Clytemnestra orders her handmaidens to lay down crimson tapestries for the return of her long-absent husband, Agamemnon. The color evokes the blood that was spilled ...

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Review: ‘The Man Who Saved the World’ Recounts a Cold War Near Miss

Photo Stanislav Petrov in “The Man Who Saved the World.” Credit Statement Film Accidental nuclear attacks have been the stuff of high-tech thrillers for a half-century, at least since “Fail-Safe” (1964). But this apocalyptic fiction almost became fact in 1983, averted only by the doubts of a single Soviet Union officer. As vividly portrayed in Peter Anthony’s “The Man Who ...

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Review: ‘Black Mass,’ With Johnny Depp as the Dead-Eyed Killer Whitey Bulger

Photo Johnny Depp in “Black Mass.” Credit Warner Bros. Pictures Currently a permanent guest of the federal government after more than 20 years as a fugitive, James J. Bulger was, in the 1970s and ’80s, Boston’s most notorious criminal. While his younger brother William served as president of the Massachusetts State Senate, James (referred to as Whitey, though he disliked ...

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Review: ‘The Fool’ Is Yuri Bykov’s Look at Corruption

Photo Dmitry Kulitchkov, left, and Artem Bystrov in “The Fool.” Credit Olive Films The dreary unidentified Russian town that is the setting of Yuri Bykov’s devastating film, “The Fool,” is an outpost of hell. If you can bear to look at it, I recommend you pay a visit and study it from behind bulletproof glass, because similar places aren’t all ...

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Jerry Lewis Archive Goes to Library of Congress

Photo Jerry Lewis in Los Angeles in 2014.Credit Dan Steinberg/Invision, via Associated Press The Nutty Professor has moved a few steps closer to academic respectability with the announcement that the Library of Congress has acquired the personal archives of Jerry Lewis. The archive, acquired by a combination of donation and purchase, includes more than 10,000 moving-image materials and paper documents ...

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‘The Perfect Guy’ Tops the Box Office

Photo Michael Ealy and Sanaa Lathan star in “The Perfect Guy, directed by David M. Rosenthal.Credit Dan McFadden/Sony Screen Gems LOS ANGELES – For the fifth consecutive weekend, a movie with a predominantly black cast topped the North American box office. And, the horror film “The Visit” overperformed, ending a prolonged cold streak for M. Night Shyamalan. “The Perfect Guy,” ...

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