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Review: ‘Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension’: Goodbye to All That

Photo Ivy George as the haunted daughter in “Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension.” Credit Paramount Pictures The folks behind “Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension” say that the film is the last in the found-footage horror series, and if so, the franchise concludes with more of an afterthought than a finale. While this installment — the sixth, if you include a ...

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Maureen O’Hara, Irish-Born Actress Known as Queen of Technicolor, Dies at 95

Photo John Wayne and Maureen O’Hara in “The Quiet Man.” Credit Olive Films Maureen O’Hara, the spirited Irish-born actress who played strong-willed, tempestuous beauties opposite all manner of adventurers in escapist movies of the 1940s and ’50s, died on Saturday at her home in Boise, Idaho. She was 95. Johnny Nicoletti, her longtime manager, confirmed her death. Ms. O’Hara was ...

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Abigail Disney Builds a Dialogue on Gun Control

Photo Abigail Disney Credit Emily Berl for The New York Times In today’s click-bait media culture, “The Armor of Light,” a new documentary, could be provocatively summarized like this: Disney takes on gun-loving evangelicals. But “The Armor of Light” tries to avoid quick judgments. The Disney in this instance is not the entertainment conglomerate but Abigail Disney, an independent filmmaker ...

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Review: ‘Heart of a Dog,’ Laurie Anderson’s Meditation on Loss

Photo A scene from “Heart of a Dog.” After the Sept. 11 attacks smothered her West Village neighborhood with ash, Ms. Anderson escaped to Northern California with her dog. Credit Abramorama/HBO Documentary Films Near the end of her dreamy, drifty and altogether lovely movie “Heart of a Dog,” Laurie Anderson does what she is so great at doing: She tells ...

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Riveting Retelling of ’78 Lufthansa Heist, but in Court, Not on Film

Photo Vincent Asaro, seen here flanked by F.B.I. agents in January 2014, is on trial in Brooklyn for the Lufthansa heist at Kennedy International Airport in 1978 and other crimes. Credit Brendan Mcdermid/Reuters Wearing black ski masks and gloves and driving a stolen van, six Mafia members and associates came to a stop outside a terminal at Kennedy International Airport ...

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‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ Trailer: A First Look

Photo A despairing Princess Leia (Carrie Fisher) in a screen grab from the trailer posted on YouTube. The “Monday Night Football” broadcast on ESPN offered vivid displays of pyrotechnics; stunning collisions between bodies of astronomical size; and supernatural feats that could only be explained as manifestations of an all-encompassing metaphysical force when the trailer for “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” ...

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Syrian Film Collective Offers View of Life Behind a Conflict

Photo Charif Kiwan, Abounaddara’s spokesman and its only active named member, watching the group’s film “The Old Man and Jihad.” Credit Chang W. Lee/The New York Times For months the eyes of the world have been focused on the plight of Syrian refugees, following families as they make harrowing treks across borders. Meanwhile, Abounaddara, a celebrated Syrian film collective, has ...

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Fictitious Tales, Actual Odysseys – The New York Times

Photo Two unidentified actors in W.S. Van Dyke’s “Eskimo” (1933). Credit Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Documentary fictions are sometimes characterized as “hybrids.” The term is often applied to independent or experimental work, but few movies deserve it more than MGM’s “Eskimo,” from 1933 (available on DVD from Warner Archive). Shot in northern Alaska with a largely Inuit — and Inuit-speaking ...

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Rome Film Festival Gets a Makeover

Photo The Rome Auditorium, home of the film festival.Credit Tullio M. Puglia/Getty Images The 10th annual Rome Film Festival opens Friday under a new director who hopes to turn a smaller budget into a sharper mandate. He’s eliminated the jury, the competition and all prizes except the audience prize. “This is going to be a celebration of film, not a ...

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