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Sex and Silence: What This Awards Season Tells Us About Hollywood

People involved with the Indie Spirits appeared unsure how to address the protest chant, which continued until the end of the show and could be heard from the stage and on the ceremony’s YouTube livestream. Jim Gaffigan, a presenter, was rattled when the disruption began, losing his train of thought; later, the comedian Jimmy O. Yang likened it to being …

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With ‘Imaginary’ and ‘Lisa Frankenstein,’ Defending PG-13 Horror

It’s nothing new to say that the scariest beasts are those left to the imagination: In the darkened corners of a room, on the ocean floor, in the vacuum of space — terror tends to lurk in the periphery, where it taunts us with what we don’t (or worse, can’t) know. There’s one unfairly maligned horror-movie feature that, when used …

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‘Mary Poppins’ Gets New Age Rating in Britain for Racist Language

The rating for “Mary Poppins,” the beloved children’s musical about a nanny with magical powers that was released 60 years ago, has been raised to PG in Britain because of the use of “discriminatory language,” the British Board of Film Classification said. The rating change follows a wave of recontextualizing and reclassifying of films from bygone eras for modern audiences …

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In ‘The Effect,’ Investigating Love and Other Drugs

The world of experimental medical research might not seem like it has much to say to the world of theater, but Lucy Prebble sees connections. Both require subjects and observers, both take place within a carefully controlled environment and both depend on a certain amount of luck. “The more I thought about it, the more I thought, ‘That’s kind of …

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SAG Awards 2024: Complete List of Winners

Christopher Nolan’s “Oppenheimer” scored three big wins at the 30th Screen Actors Guild Awards on Saturday night, adding even more industry prizes to its formidable war chest. The film’s top honor, the SAG Award for best ensemble, brought cast members, including Cillian Murphy, Robert Downey Jr. and Emily Blunt, to the stage. Their co-star Kenneth Branagh noted that they were …

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‘Dahomey’ Wins Top Prize at Berlin International Film Festival

The top prize at this year’s Berlin International Film Festival was given to “Dahomey,” a documentary by the French filmmaker Mati Diop about 26 looted artworks that were returned to Benin from France in 2021. The unconventional feature, narrated in part by the gravelly, imagined voice of one of the artworks, is a playful exploration of the legacy of colonialism …

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Rob Reiner on ‘the Greatest Single Performance’ in U.S. Cinema

Rob Reiner was well aware that the Christian nationalist movement had achieved considerable political clout. But he didn’t realize just how much until he started producing the documentary “God & Country.” Inspired by Katherine Stewart’s book “The Power Worshippers,” the film gives voice to prominent Christian leaders concerned about not only what the movement is doing to the United States, …

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At the Berlin Film Festival, Reconsidering the Power of Doubt

Doubt gets a bad rap. Doubt is fussy and forgetful, whereas certainty strides around, all action and achievement. As a film critic, swift, declarative certainty is a quality I’ve learned to aspire to. And at times, to fake. But this year’s Berlin International Film Festival, which runs through Sunday, has been buffeted outside and in by political turbulence and organizational …

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How a Domestic Scene Creates Dread in ‘The Zone of Interest’

In “Anatomy of a Scene,” we ask directors to reveal the secrets that go into making key scenes in their movies. See new episodes in the series on Fridays. You can also watch our collection of more than 150 videos on YouTube and subscribe to our YouTube channel. This sequence from “The Zone of Interest,” which is nominated for five …

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‘The Zone of Interest’ | Anatomy of a Scene

“Hello, my name is Jonathan Glazer, and I’m the writer and director of the ‘Zone of Interest.’ So we open the sequence on a prisoner gardener, one of whose duties is to clean Rudolf Höss, the commandant’s boots. So everything you’re going to see in this scene was shot simultaneously with 10 cameras. We’re watching Hedwig Höss here with her …

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