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If you’re looking for the most vibrant corner of the Oscars, look no further than that once musty and staid category: best documentary feature. Nowhere else do you find such a variety of form, of perspective and of storytelling. While …

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  • FILE - This image released by Roadside Attractions and Amazon Studios shows Michelle Williams, left, and Casey Affleck in a scene from ’Manchester By The Sea.’ The film has been nominated for an Oscar for the best picture and best directing categories. Movie fans can watch a variety of Oscar-nominated flicks online from their couches for a fee. The films “Arrival” and “Hell or High Water” can be rented through Amazon, Google Play or Apple’s iTunes, but viewers will have to buy downloads of “Hacksaw Ridge,” “Manchester by the Sea” and “Moonlight.”  (Claire Folger/Roadside Attractions and Amazon Studios via AP, File) How to watch Oscar-nominated flicks from your couch
    Movie fans, rejoice! You can watch about two-thirds of the Oscar-nominated flicks from your couch. But it’ll cost you. Of the 62 full-length movies an...
    Updated Feb 20 2017 04:57 pm   |     |   Share
  • This image released by Lionsgate shows Ryan Gosling, left, and Emma Stone in a scene from, ’La La Land.’  The film was nominated for an Oscar for best feature film. The 89th Academy Awards will take place on Feb. 26.  (Dale Robinette/Lionsgate via AP) ‘La La Land’: The curiously divisive Oscar front-runner
    These are divisive times. Agreement is hard to come by. Passions on both sides are inflamed. And “Saturday Night Live” is providing some of the most t...
    Updated Feb 20 2017 04:56 pm   |     |   Share
  • This image released by Legendary Pictures and Universal Pictures shows Matt Damon as William Garin  in a scene from ’The Great Wall.’  (Jasin Boland/Legendary Pictures and Universal Pictures via AP) ‘Great Wall’ is big, dumb and not much fun
    “The Great Wall” is an elaborate, gorgeous-to-look-at, wannabe blockbuster that’s really not much more than a monster movie — and not a particularly g...
    Updated Feb 16 2017 05:51 pm   |     |   Share
  • This image released by Warner Bros. Pictures shows Ice Cube, left, and Charlie Day in a scene from ’Fist Fight.’ (Bob Mahoney/Warner Bros. Pictures via AP) ‘Fist Fight’: Feuding high school teachers trade low blows and sophomoric jabs
    Although “Fist Fight” — a comedy about a beef between two feuding high-school teachers — culminates in the promised slugfest, evidence would suggest t...
    Updated Feb 16 2017 05:51 pm   |     |   Share


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  • Taraneh Alidoosti (left) and Shahab Hosseini play Rana and Emad, actors whose marriage is threatened after a horrific incident, in Asghar Farhadi’s drama ’The Salesman.’ Courtesy Amazon Studios / Cohen Media Group In powerful ‘The Salesman,’ forces fracture a marriage
    In the moving and tense drama “The Salesman,” Iranian writer-director Asghar Farhadi examines the limits of a husband’s rage as outside forces threate...
    Updated Feb 16 2017 05:51 pm   |     |   Share
  • This image released by Sony Pictures Classics shows Sandra Huller as Ines, left, and and Peter Simonischek as Winfried in a scene from the Komplizen Film, ’Toni Erdmann.’ ’Make sure they know to play it loud,’ the filmmaker Maren Ade advises ahead of a screening of her film, ’Toni Erdmann.’ Since its rollicking debut at the Cannes Film Festival in May, ’Toni Erdmann’ has been the unlikely rock star of the international film festival scene. (Sony Pictures Classics via AP) ‘Toni Erdmann’ follows its own offbeat path
    Writer-director Maren Ade’s German comedy “Toni Erdmann” — the odds-on favorite to win the Academy Award for Foreign Language Film — is a wildly hilar...
    Updated Feb 16 2017 06:04 pm   |     |   Share
  • This image released by Twentieth Century Fox shows Jason Isaacs in a scene from ’A Cure For Wellness.’ (Twentieth Century Fox via AP) Flash but little substance in horror tale ‘A Cure for Wellness’
    Like the creepy spa where it’s set — where people consume gallons of water and suffer from dehydration — “A Cure for Wellness” drowns viewers in visua...
    Updated Feb 16 2017 03:56 pm   |     |   Share
  •   A patient in an Oakland, Calif., intensive care unit, in a scene from the short documentary ’Extremis.’ The documentary is one of five Oscar-nominated short documentaries screening, starting Feb. 17, at the Tower Theatre. Courtesy Shorts International Syria stories dominate Oscar-nominated short documentaries
    The five films nominated in the Documentary Short Film category of the Academy Awards are no walk in the park. They cover some heavy topics, including...
    Updated Feb 16 2017 04:05 pm   |     |   Share
  • In this Feb. 13, 2017 photo, filmmaker Gore Verbinski poses for a portrait to promote his film, ’A Cure For Wellness’ in New York. (Photo by Drew Gurian/Invision/AP) For Gore Verbinski, a fresh start after ‘Lone Ranger’
    Say what you will about Gore Verbinski’s “The Lone Ranger,” but it didn’t lack for ambition. Verbinski’s $215 million film was a bid to reorient the T...
    Updated Feb 16 2017 01:39 pm   |     |   Share
  • Jing Tian, from left, Matt Damon, and Willem Dafoe, cast members in ’The Great Wall,’ pose together at the premiere of the film at the TCL Chinese Theatre on Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2017, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP) China goes Hollywood in ‘The Great Wall’
    Big Hollywood hits commonly reap half or more of their box office overseas, as “Finding Dory” and “Rogue One” have done. Zhang Yimou’s “The Great Wall...
    Updated Feb 16 2017 03:56 pm   |     |   Share
  • FILE - In this May 14, 2016 file photo, drector Maren Ade poses for photographers during a photo call for the film Toni Erdmann at the 69th international film festival, Cannes, southern France. ’Make sure they know to play it loud,’ the filmmaker Maren Ade advises ahead of a screening of her film, ’Toni Erdmann.’ Since its rollicking debut at the Cannes Film Festival in May, ’Toni Erdmann’ has been the unlikely rock star of the international film festival scene. (AP Photo/Lionel Cironneau, File) German comedy ‘Toni Erdmann’ is an international sensation
    “Make sure they know to play it loud,” the filmmaker Maren Ade advises ahead of a screening of her film “Toni Erdmann.” Since its rollicking debut at ...
    Updated Feb 16 2017 06:04 pm   |     |   Share
  • Movie review: Irreverence, affection click nicely in ‘Lego Batman’
    Turns out, Batman can take a joke. Hundreds, actually. It’s not the simplest thing to take a character as embedded in our culture as Batman and make w...
    Updated Feb 09 2017 06:14 pm   |     |   Share
  • This image released by Lionsgate shows Laurence Fishburne in a scene from, ’John Wick: Chapter 2.’ (Niko Tavernise/Lionsgate via AP) Movie review: ‘John Wick 2’ is an extravagantly violent good time
    Before you buy a ticket to see “John Wick: Chapter 2 ,” the improbably fun sequel to the implausibly good “John Wick,” you might want to ask yourself ...
    Updated Feb 10 2017 06:06 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Scott Sommerdorf   |  The Salt Lake Tribune)     Marchers at the end of he Women’s March down Main Street in Park City, Saturday, January 21, 2017.  ‘We shouldn’t have to fight for the progress we already made’: Thousands brave snow for Park City women’s march
    Park City • Braving a snowstorm, an estimated 8,000 women and men marched in the ski town Saturday to show their anger — and their resolve — in the fa...
    Updated Feb 02 2017 01:06 pm   |     |   Share
  • Miriam Weeks, a.k.a. Belle Knox (Haley Pullos), consults with her manager, Don (Judd Nelson), on a film shoot. MUST CREDIT: Courtesy of Lifetime. Lifetime’s ‘Duke student porn star’ movie is scathing commentary on college costs
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    Updated Feb 10 2017 11:28 am   |     |   Share
  • Museum ends Shia LaBeouf project, citing safety concerns
    New York • New York City’s Museum of the Moving Image has closed a performance art project involving Shia LaBeouf, citing “serious public safety hazar...
    Updated Feb 10 2017 10:09 am   |     |   Share
  • This image released by Universal Pictures shows Dakota Johnson as Anastasia Steele, left, and Jamie Dornan as Christian Grey in ’Fifty Shades Darker.’ (Doane Gregory/Universal Pictures via AP) Glutton for punishment? Then see ‘50 Shades Darker’
    In all the kinked knots and twists of satin that adorn “Fifty Shades Darker,” none is more worthwhile to uncoil than the tangled absurdities of its ce...
    Updated Feb 10 2017 03:18 pm   |     |   Share
  • A Ghanian immigrant (Prince Yaw Appiah, left) begins a romance with a naive Danish volunteer (Malene Beltoft Olsen) in ’Silent Nights,’ one of the Academy Award nominees in the Live-Action Short Film category. Courtesy Shorts International Movie review: Oscar-nominated shorts go from gritty to fanciful
    One of the more exciting pre-Oscar traditions is the unveiling of the short films that are up for Academy Awards glory — a chance to see a lot of fasc...
    Updated Feb 09 2017 05:47 pm   |     |   Share
  • This image released by Magnolia Pictures shows people gathering at the Lincoln Memorial for the March on Washington, featured in the film, ’I Am Not Your Negro.’ In Raoul Peck’s Oscar-nominated documentary, James Baldwin’s searing observations on race and America are resurrected for today. Peck and others say Baldwin’s words could hardly be more urgent.  (Magnolia Pictures via AP) Movie review: Baldwin’s words come alive in ‘I Am Not Your Negro’
    It speaks volumes about our times, an era of racial divisions barely papered over by civility, that the words of James Baldwin, who died 30 years ago,...
    Updated Feb 09 2017 05:41 pm   |     |   Share
  •   Paterson (Adam Driver, left) and his wife Laura (Golshifteh Farahani) share dinner in Jim Jarmusch’s ’Paterson.’ Nancy Cybulski  |  Amazon Studios / Bleecker Street Movie review: ‘Paterson’ gets to the heart of creativity
    In the lovely “Paterson,” writer-director Jim Jarmusch celebrates the quiet joy of creativity and creates two of the nicest characters to embody that ...
    Updated Feb 09 2017 05:47 pm   |     |   Share
  • Bridger (Lucky Blue Smith, left) and Clover (Christie Burke) are troubled teens who find love in the romantic drama ’Love Everlasting.’ Courtesy Wheelie Films Movie review: Good cast raises up predictable ‘Love Everlasting’
    Two scarred teens find each other in a small Utah town in “Love Everlasting,” a nicely acted but predictably tragic young-adult romance. When Bridger ...
    Updated Feb 09 2017 05:47 pm   |     |   Share
  • This image released by Magnolia Pictures shows people gathering at the Lincoln Memorial for the March on Washington, featured in the film, ’I Am Not Your Negro.’ In Raoul Peck’s Oscar-nominated documentary, James Baldwin’s searing observations on race and America are resurrected for today. Peck and others say Baldwin’s words could hardly be more urgent.  (Magnolia Pictures via AP) In ‘I Am Not Your Negro,’ fire of Baldwin’s words burns anew
    One of the surest ways to see the power and relevance of James Baldwin’s words today would be to look at some of the signs of recent protesters. “If I...
    Updated Feb 09 2017 05:39 pm   |     |   Share
  • Emma Su·rez plays Julieta, a woman who receives unexpected news about her daughter, in Pedro AlmodÛvar’s drama ’Julieta.’ ??????Manolo PavÛn  |  El Deseo/Sony Pictures Classics Movie review: Strains between mother and daughter in beautiful ‘Julieta’
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    Updated Feb 03 2017 02:03 pm   |     |   Share
  • This image released by STX Productions shows Britt Robertson, left, and Asa Butterfield in a scene from ’The Space Between Us.’ (Jack English/STX Productions via AP) Movie review: ‘Space Between Us’ filled with too many plot devices
    The science-fiction young-adult romance “The Space Between Us” is a lot like its protagonist — in that both seem to have gathered all understanding of...
    Updated Feb 03 2017 02:13 pm   |     |   Share