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Coronavirus: Patricia Bosworth, actor and author, dies at 86

Patricia Bosworth, known for her role opposite Audrey Hepburn in the 1959 film “The Nun’s Story,” her biographies of Hollywood luminaries and her own celebrated memoirs, died in Manhattan on April 2. She was 86. Bosworth’s stepdaughter, Fia Hatsav, told The New York Times that the author died of pneumonia brought on by the novel […]

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Review: ‘Shooting Heroin’ offers little hope for opioid crisis

Urgency runs through the narrative veins of “Shooting Heroin,” an issue-centric drama on the opioid epidemic poisoning America’s working-class heartland. Fond of stories underlined with religious faith, writer-director Spencer T. Folmar proposes two possible antithetical solutions: peaceful tactics that appeal to guilt or vigilante revenge. Former “Quantico” series regular Alan Powell spearheads a large talent […]

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Review: Sean Hayes stars in watered-down satire ‘Lazy Susan’

The essence of John Waters — albeit watered-down Waters — is all over “Lazy Susan,” a badly-behaving satire starring Sean Hayes as a highly unmotivated cisgender woman mired in her self-centered ways. Trudging through existence with a distinct lack of effort, single, serially unemployed, skort-wearing Susan finds herself facing a midlife crisis after her put-upon […]

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Review: Shallow rom-com ‘Almost Love’ looks at sex in the city

In the rom-com “Almost Love,” there’s plenty of attention paid to the surface — a likable cast, Instagram-ready interiors, smart costuming — but the script from director Mike Doyle has all the depth of a Tinder profile. A few strong moments from its stars brighten the film, but it’s never more than a mildly enjoyable […]

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Kenneth Turan retires: Filmmaker tributes from Eastwood and more

Many might assume the relationship between a critic and filmmakers to be a contentious one, even adversarial. Yet when asked to comment on Times film critic Kenneth Turan, who is stepping away from the position after nearly 30 years, the responses from filmmakers he had reviewed were warm, generous and emotional. In becoming a valued […]

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Kenneth Turan best and worst reviews: Justin Chang looks back

They say you should never meet your heroes. They’re wrong. I’m grateful not only to have met one of mine, but also to have called him my teacher, colleague and friend. There is some consolation in this, and this is a time for consolation. This week, after nearly 30 years on the job, Kenneth Turan […]

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Coronavirus: As celebrities shelter at home, paparazzi struggle

In his more than two decades working as a paparazzi photographer, Giles Harrison has gone to some wild extremes to get the shots he wanted. He was once chased across the Gulf of Mexico by law enforcement personnel in gunboats while trying to photograph Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston on vacation. He hung outside a […]

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Review: Ed Helms, Taraji P. Henson can’t save ‘Coffee & Kareem’

Although its lame-pun title is a tip-off, it still won’t prepare you for the 88 irretrievable minutes of your life that is the barrel-bottom action-comedy “Coffee & Kareem.” This ill-conceived, often wildly offensive picture slaps together hapless Detroit cop James Coffee (Ed Helms) with 12-year-old aspiring rapper Kareem (Terrence Little Gardenhigh) — the over-the-top truculent, […]

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Review: Stephanie Turner’s ‘Justine’ works on a human scale

If your diet of streaming during these anxious weeks allows for something small, human and bittersweet between more diverting pick-me-ups, actress Stephanie Turner’s directorial debut, “Justine,” is an adroitly contained indie that’s worth your attention. Though it’s a story steeped in the prickly grief of a military widow (Turner), it has an emotional suspense about […]

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‘Clover’ review: Makes its Scorsese/Tarantino moves work

In the crime dramedy “Clover,” the title refers to a teenage girl (played by Nicole Elizabeth Berger), who gets caught between some bumbling mob enforcers and a man who owes them money. When a bad situation takes a turn for the worse, Clover finds herself on the run with two well-meaning goons: the bickering brothers […]