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Sundance Film Review: ‘Jane Fonda in Five Acts’

The #MeToo movement has been about pushing society forward, but it is also, inevitably, about looking back — about reconsidering all the ways a culture that thought of itself as “advanced” continued to denigrate women, sometimes in the guise of progressive action. That makes the lively, confessional, and entertaining “

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Sundance Film Review: ‘This Is Home’

There has been such a massive influx of Syria-themed documentaries in recent years that it could be easy for festival audiences and critics alike to feel, if not jaded, at least a little weary: The war and its ensuing refugee crisis may be the most urgent international humanitarian cause of our age, but hasn’t the message been delivered? The answer, ...

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Ava DuVernay Talks Rihanna, Lupita Nyong’o Buddy Film: ‘There May Be Some Things Brewing’ (Exclusive)

Don’t give up on Rihanna and Lupita Nyong’o’s meme-based movie just yet! Directing powerhouse Ava DuVernay opened up about the buzzed-about project on Sunday night at the Producers Guild Awards. “Ask Rihanna and Lupita!” DuVernay told  ET’s Nischelle Turner on the red carpet. “There may be some things brewing. Everyone’s super busy, but we all really like each other.” DuVernay ...

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Sundance Film Review: ‘Colette’

As much as we romanticize Belle Époque Paris, the City of Light was not so enlightened when it came to women’s rights at the turn of the 20th century. Their fortunes nearly always depended on marriage, or else being “kept” by wealthy men (and the former by no means guaranteed that one’s husband wouldn’t also sponsor one or more g… ...

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Sundance Film Review: ‘The Catcher Was a Spy’

Truth is stranger than fiction, the saying goes, but sometimes the strangest truth doesn’t translate all that compellingly as drama. There’s no reason why the story of Moe Berg, a highly educated major-league baseball player whose somewhat mysterious life encompassed becoming an Allied spy in Europe during World War II, sho… Variety

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Sundance Film Review: ‘Pity’

In the near-decade since “Dogtooth” gnawed its way into viewers’ imaginations, the words “Greek comedy” have come to mean something nearly as distinct as “Greek tragedy” to arthouse audiences — just not always distinct from Greek tragedy, as

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If our film critic picked the Oscar nominees …

In narrowing down my picks in the eight main Oscar categories, plus a few others, I tried my best to go with my gut and, as much as possible, to set aside the bandwagon mentality that tends to calcify into groupthink this time of year. Awards season always seeks consensus, but happily, this exercise requ… Academy Awards News

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