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Review: Twisted Sister’s Hard Road and Drummer Shortage

Photo The rock band Twisted Sister is the subject of Andrew Horn’s documentary. Credit Music Box Films “We went through a succession of drummers,” one member of the titular band in “We Are Twisted _______ Sister!” recalls at a relatively late point in this largely fascinating but arguably overlong documentary directed by Andrew Horn. That should ring a bell with ...

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Below the Line: Designing ‘The Danish Girl’

Photo Alicia Vikander and Eddie Redmayne in “The Danish Girl.” Credit Focus Features To put the lives of two artists on film for “The Danish Girl,” the production designer used their art as inspiration. The Oscar nominees Alicia Vikander and Eddie Redmayne portray the married painters Gerda and Einar Wegener. Einar’s transition to Lili Elbe forms the heart of the ...

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Review: ‘Embrace of the Serpent,’ Where Majesty Meets Monstrosity

Photo A scene from “Embrace of the Serpent,” Ciro Guerra’s film about the despoliation of the Amazon and its peoples, which opens on Wednesday. Credit Andres Córdoba “The horror! The horror!” The terminal valediction of Kurtz in Joseph Conrad’s “Heart of Darkness” is deconstructed with a raging eloquence in the Colombian director Ciro Guerra’s majestic, spellbinding film, “Embrace of the ...

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‘Deadpool’ Has Biggest Opening on Record in North America for R-Rated Film

Photo Ryan Reynolds in “Deadpool.” Credit Joe Lederer/Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation, via Associated Press LOS ANGELES — Welcome to the A-list, Deadpool. In a triumph of audacious marketing, risky filmmaking and cost consciousness — at an old-line movie studio, no less — 20th Century Fox’s extremely R-rated “Deadpool,” starring Ryan Reynolds in a career-defining role (at last), broke box ...

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Tommy Kelly, Who Played a Hollywood Tom Sawyer, Dies at 90

Photo Tommy Kelly and Ann Gillis in “The Adventures of Tom Sawyer” (1938). Credit United Artists, via Photofest If you were a producer casting “The Adventures of Tom Sawyer,” that enduring study of small-town, Middle American life, where would you be least likely to look for your star? The Bronx, perhaps. Yet that, in 1937, is precisely where David O. ...

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Adi Rukun, Neither Silent Nor Intimidated

Photo Adi Rukun, whose quest to confront his brother’s killers is the subject of the Oscar-nominated documentary “The Look of Silence.” Credit Chad Batka for The New York Times There was a getaway car waiting outside. His family kept bags packed, ready to flee. And a fixer was on standby at the airport, waiting to book last-minute tickets if the ...

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James Woods Clears Hurdle in Effort to Unmask Twitter User

Photo James Woods in 2012. He is seeking $10 million worth of damages from an anonymous Twitter user. Credit Danny Moloshok/Reuters To those who spend enough time on the Internet, anonymous attacks come with the territory, like mosquito bites in the tropics. But some bites have serious consequences. So it may be with a defamation lawsuit filed by the actor ...

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Coaching Stars to Avoid a ‘Racist Against Whites’ Moment

Photo “The continental shelf has slid, and it’s not going backward,” Sylvester Stallone said of the recent Oscars debate. “I think it’s a great thing.” Credit Monica Almeida/The New York Times Earlier this awards season, at a ceremony for one of Hollywood’s guild prizes, a prominent filmmaker who does not have a dog in the fight mulled over whether to ...

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Women Make Strong Gains in Depictions on the Big Screen

Photo Amy Schumer in “Trainwreck.”Credit Universal Pictures A study of female characters in the top 100 studio films last year found a significant rise in the number of women featured as protagonists. But the increase was largely limited to white women on screen, according to the analysis, by the Center for the Study of Women in Television and Film at ...

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