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Review: ‘Sebring’ and ‘Stuntwomen’ reveal Hollywood history

Two new Hollywood documentaries give some overlooked people their due: female stunt performers and Jay Sebring, the pioneering hair stylist usually relegated to a footnote in the story of the Manson murders. Trailer for the documentary “Stuntwomen: The Untold Hollywood Story.” “Stuntwomen: The Untold Hollywood Story” “Stuntwomen” is full of great footage of some of […]

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‘Residue’ review: A kaleidoscopic view of gentrification

Writer-director Merawi Gerima’s “Residue” immediately strikes a tone with its hip-hop-fueled opening images of protest on the streets of Washington, D.C. Though as leisurely as a summer’s day, this kaleidoscopic memory film has an intensity of purpose that wants to knock you on your heels — or maybe harder — in its take on gentrification. […]

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‘Antebellum’ ending explained: Janelle Monáe on big twist

Spoiler warning: The following story discusses the ending of the thriller “Antebellum.” If you haven’t seen the film and prefer to read less spoiler-y content, check out our review and interview with the filmmakers. Lionsgate’s “Antebellum,” a psychological horror film about a Black woman forced into modern day chattel slavery, ends with its heroine, Veronica […]

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Film Festival wrap: Toronto at your fingertips

My screening companion ditched me about 15 minutes into Tomm Moore and Ross Stewart’s “Wolfwalkers,” a captivating animated feature that turned out to be one of the highlights of my 2020 Toronto International Film Festival. Not hers, though. What can I say? One person’s treasure — in this case, a 17th century Irish fantasy about […]

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Remembering Ruth Bader Ginsburg: ‘RBG’ filmmakers look back

The death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on Friday came as a complete shock to Julie Cohen and Betsy West, the filmmakers who spent years making the 2018 movie “RBG.” The Oscar-nominated documentary chronicles the feminist icon’s life. It tracks her upbringing in Brooklyn, N.Y., and loving marriage to her late husband, Martin Ginsburg, her […]

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‘Cuties’ on Netflix isn’t what I expected. It’s about rage

Well, I finally watched that movie everyone is talking about. No, not “Tenet,” which did not manage to single-handedly revive the film industry from its pandemic-induced coma in a week. I watched “Cuties,” Maïmouna Doucouré’s film about an 11-year-old Senegalese immigrant in France who rebels against her conservative culture by hurling herself into certain extremities […]

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Queen Elizabeth II revokes Harvey Weinstein’s honorary title

The hits keep on coming for disgraced movie mogul Harvey Weinstein, with Queen Elizabeth II dealing the latest blow by withdrawing his title as an honorary commander of the British Empire. The British monarch on Friday stripped Weinstein of a prestigious honor he was given in 2004 for services in the British film industry. Weinstein […]

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Beyond Fest film lineup lifts a middle finger to COVID-19

While film festivals and much of public life have gone virtual in the pandemic, Los Angeles’ genre-focused Beyond Fest is here to say: “F— COVID.” Starting next month, the seven-day lineup of physical screenings will feature the world premieres of Universal’s body-swap slasher “Freaky,” director Adam Egypt Mortimer’s “Archenemy” (starring Joe Manganiello), the U.S. and […]

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‘The Way I See It’ review: Pete Souza misses Obama, too

The Times is committed to reviewing theatrical film releases during the COVID-19 pandemic. Because moviegoing carries risks during this time, we remind readers to follow health and safety guidelines as outlined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and local health officials. Pete Souza seems like a real nice guy. He’s smart, funny and […]