December 2014

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      Mr. Turner

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      Filmmaker Mike Leigh's biography of the landscape painter J.M.W. Turner is what critics call "austere"—which means it's slow and grim and deliberately hard to love—yet it's fascinating, and the performances and photography are...
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        Home Entertainment Consumer Guide: December 19, 2014

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        With all the drama surrounding "The Interview," it may be tempting to head to the theaters this weekend to show solidarity for a movie industry in crisis mode after terrorist threats. However, the opposite instinct—to avoid theaters for the...
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          The Year After the Year of Racial Cinema

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          From "12 Years a Slave" to "The Best Man Holiday," 2013 showed enormous progress for the cause of diversity in Hollywood, leading one filmmaker to label it a "second Harlem Renaissance." But one year does not make a movement. Was the great racial...
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            1."The Birdcage": Grantland's Mark Harris discusses "how Hollywood's toxic (and worsening) addiction to franchises changed movies forever in 2014."“‘Birdman’ opened in the United States on October 17. It is not, financially, a...
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              Annie

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              The new "Annie" is getting kicked up and down Critic's Row like an unwanted orphan, but if you see it with a big audience you'll experience an emotion entirely different from the one being described in many reviews: unabashed cheer.This new version...
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                Song of the Sea

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                Visually splendid, but generically flat-footed, "Song of the Sea" is an animated fantasy that comes close to greatness, but is rarely as clever as it is comforting. Like "The Secret of Kells," director Tomm Moore's previous film, "Song of the Sea,"...
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                  Tales of the Grim Sleeper

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                  Presciently arriving at a time when tumultuous relations between U.S. police departments and communities of color have spawned a movement that proclaims “Black Lives Matter,” Nick Broomfield’s documentary “Tales of the Grim...
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                    Winter Sleep

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                    Turkish filmmaker Nuri Blige Ceylan is undeniably a world-class filmmaker, but he does not, as they say, crush it every time up. To go back a few films, his 2006 “Climates” was a moody and mordantly funny relationship sulk; his 2008...
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                      1."U.S. Said to Find North Korea Ordered Cyberattack on Sony": David E. Sanger and Nicole Perlroth of The New York Times report how American officials concluded that North Korea was "centrally involved" in the hacking of Sony Pictures. Related:...
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                        “Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge”: The Record-Breaking Bollywood Rom-Com Celebrating 1000 Weeks in...

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                        Aditya Chopra’s “Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge” is one of the world’s favorite films. Released in 1995, the romantic melodrama is still in its original theatrical run and this week reaches a remarkable milestone: 1000...