Entertainment

Stirring Others to Action With Civil Rights Films

Photo An event in “This Little Light of Mine: The Legacy of Fannie Lou Hamer” where Ms. Hamer addresses supporters in 1965. Credit Associated Press WASHINGTON — Septuagenarians from the era of the civil rights movement slowly climbed the steps of Metropolitan A.M.E. church here, some receiving kisses on the cheek from the young man at the door. They mingled ...

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A Look at ‘The Revenant’ Trailer, Featuring Leonardo DiCaprio

What do you do after winning the best picture Oscar for a visually audacious, star-driven comedy? How about a visually audacious, star-driven drama? That looks to be the case with “The Revenant,” the new feature from Alejandro G. Iñárritu. Leonardo DiCaprio stars as the 19th-century explorer Hugh Glass, and the period film (which also features Tom Hardy), charts a wilderness ...

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Review: For Ian McKellen’s ‘Mr. Holmes,’ Retirement Is Afoot

Photo Ian McKellen as Arthur Conan Doyle’s brilliant detective. Credit Giles Keyte/Miramax, via Roadside Attractions “Mr. Holmes,” a mild and minor bit of revisionist Sherlockiana, imagines the world’s greatest detective in his dotage, retired to a picturesque rural spot on the English coast where he tends to bees and fading memories. It’s 1947, and Holmes is in his 90s. Dr. ...

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Review: Marga Gomez’s ‘Pound’ Mocks Depictions of Lesbians on Film

Photo Marga Gomez in “Pound.” Credit Ian Douglas for The New York Times Marga Gomez spins a comic fantasia on depictions of lesbians in the movies in her new solo show, “Pound,” presented at Dixon Place as part of the theater’s annual “celebration of queer culture.” As she reminds us early on, Ms. Gomez herself once played a lesbian — ...

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Review: ‘Jellyfish Eyes,’ a Children’s Film From Takashi Murakami

Photo A scene from “Jellyfish Eyes,” Takashi Murakami’s first feature-length film, in which each child has an odd creature as a friend. Credit Janus Films It’s no surprise that the Japanese artist-impresario Takashi Murakami has directed a feature-length film that combines human actors and animated characters. After all, Mr. Murakami is a polymath trained in anime as well as in ...

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‘Deadpool,’ an Extra Witty Superhero, Has Comic-Con on Its Feet

Photo In “Deadpool,” a coming comic-based movie, Ryan Reynolds plays an extra-witty, extra-violent, extra-foul-mouthed Marvel superhero.Credit Joe Lederer/Twentieth Century Fox, via Associated Press SAN DIEGO — In the end, it was not even close: “Deadpool” from 20th Century Fox won Comic-Con — and one reason behind its success here should make studios nervous. Evaluating how movie footage goes over with ...

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Comic-Con 2015: Big-Name Stars and Glimpse of ‘Suicide Squad’ Wow Crowd

Photo The actors Henry Cavill and Ben Affleck, from “Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice,” at Comic-Con.Credit Kevin Winter/Getty Images SAN DIEGO – When you spend like Warner Bros. spends, it is relatively easy to leave Comic-Con attendees with pinwheels in their eyes. This year, Warner parachuted in 24 stars for its centerpiece presentation on Saturday, including Ben Affleck, Jeremy ...

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At Comic-Con, It Feels Like the Year of the Woman

Photo Women promoting the television movie “Sharknado 3: Oh Hell No!” on Wednesday night at Comic-Con. Credit Denis Poroy/Invision, via Associated Press SAN DIEGO — This year at Comic-Con International, the gathering of genre-geek tribes that takes over the convention center and surrounding neighborhoods here for four days every July, you could see a lot of Sadness, a few examples ...

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Promoters of Coming ‘Star Wars’ Film Have a Delicate Dance at Comic-Con

Photo Star Wars Stormtroopers on Thursday at Comic-Con International in  San Diego. “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” has had a modest presence at the convention. Credit Sandy Huffaker/Reuters SAN DIEGO — As the Comic-Con International fan convention opened here this week, one of the most anticipated movies of the decade, “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” was strangely invisible. Promotions for ...

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Review: Robin Williams as a Hustler-Hiring Husband in ‘Boulevard’

Photo Robin Williams in “Boulevard.” Credit Starz Digital Media In “Boulevard,” billed as Robin Williams’s final on-screen performance, the twinkle in his eye had faded into a dead stare. The mischievous, manic clown, beckoning us to follow him to a comic three-ring circus, has shriveled to an unreadable automaton with cringing body language. This isn’t the first movie in which ...

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