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Ben Affleck is no doubt an ambitious and tasteful filmmaker, but he’s gotten himself in a bit of hot water with the bloated period gangster epic “Live by Night.” It looks and sounds right and all the elements are there: …

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  • This image released by Paramount Pictures shows Andrew Garfield, left, and Shinya Tsukamoto in a scene from ’Silence.’ (Kerry Brown/Paramount Pictures via AP) Movie review: Faith and doubt collide in powerful ‘Silence’
    Martin Scorsese has said that it took him 30 years to get “Silence” to the screen. That delay was all to the good, because this heart-wrenching drama ...
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  • J.K. Simmons talks about playing real-life cop in ‘Patriots Day’
    J.K. Simmons hasn’t played many real-life characters, but the person he portrays in “Patriots Day” was worth making an exception. “I did sort of feel ...
    Updated Jan 12 2017 05:30 pm   |     |   Share
  • In this image released by CBS Films, Kevin Bacon, standing from left, Mark Wahlberg and John Goodman appear in a scene from ’Patriots Day.’ (Karen Ballard/CBS Films and Lionsgate Films via AP) Movie review: ‘Patriots Day’ runs a good race, with some stumbles
    In retelling the events of the 2013 bombing at the Boston Marathon, where bombs killed three people and injured hundreds, director Peter Berg’s “Patri...
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  • This image released by Lionsgate shows Ryan Gosling, right, and Emma Stone in a scene from, ’La La Land.’ (Dale Robinette/Lionsgate via AP) Sean P. Means: Sure things and personal picks for Oscar nominations
    The 89th Academy Awards will be handed out in Hollywood on Sunday, Feb. 26, and there are three things that seem like sure bets at this point: • The ...
    Updated Jan 12 2017 05:15 pm   |     |   Share


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  • Michele (Isabelle Huppert, right) dances with Patrick (Laurent Lafitte), a married neighbor with whom she has an affair, in the psychological drama ’Elle.’ Guy Ferrandis  |  Sony Pictures Classics Movie review: French ‘Elle’ is a dark, twisted ride
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  •  Father-and-son morticians Tommy (Brian Cox, left) and Austin Tilden (Emile Hirsch) work on a confounding case in the horror thriller ’The Autopsy of Jane Doe.’ Courtesy IFC Midnight Movie review: ‘Autopsy of Jane Doe’ a creepy, tight thriller
    Smart shocks punctuate “The Autopsy of Jane Doe,” a tight little horror-thriller that surprises to the end. In a Virginia town, the sheriff (Michael M...
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  •  A hooded figure (Doug Jones) torments a group of college students in the horror thriller ’The Bye Bye Man.’ Courtesy STX Entertainment Movie review: ‘Bye Bye Man’ is all jump scares and no sense
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  • FILE - This Jan. 7, 2017 file photo shows director Ava DuVernay at the 2017 Film Independent Filmmaker Grant and Spirit Award Nominees Brunch in West Hollywood, Calif. A new study finds that just 7 percent of the 250 highest-grossing films of 2016 were directed by women. In recent years, gender inequality in Hollywood has drawn increased scrutiny, including an ongoing investigation by the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. (Photo by Willy Sanjuan/Invision/AP, File) Study: Just 7 percent of top films in 2016 directed by women
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  • This Dec. 14, 2016 photo shows actor Adam Driver poses for a portrait in New York. Driver stars in the films, ’Paterson,’ and ’Silence.’ (Photo by Victoria Will/Invision/AP) Adam Driver downshifts with the pensive, poetic ‘Paterson’
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  • FILE - In this Sept. 30, 2016 photo, Ben Affleck poses at The Four Seasons Hotel in Los Angeles. Affleck is hoping to flip the script again. In between “Batman” movies, he’s releasing his directorial follow-up to his Oscar-winning “Argo”: “Live By Night,” adapted from Dennis Lehane’s crime novel about a Prohibition era-gangster (Affleck) who decamps from Boston to Ybor City, Florida, to create a rum-running empire.  (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, File) What’s the story with Ben Affleck? ‘Live by Night,’ he hopes
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  • Casey Affleck poses in the press room with the award for best performance by an actor in a motion picture - drama for ’Manchester by the Sea’ at the 74th annual Golden Globe Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Sunday, Jan. 8, 2017, in Beverly Hills, Calif. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP) Casey Affleck gets career reprieve with Globe win for ‘Manchester’
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  • This image released by Twentieth Century Fox shows Taraji P. Henson, background left, Octavia Spencer, center, and Janelle Monae, background right, in a scene from ’Hidden Figures.’ (Hopper Stone/Twentieth Century Fox via AP) ‘Hidden Figures’ tells powerful story of NASA’s unsung heroes
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  • A rookie FBI agent (Elizabeth Olsen, left) and a veteran tracker (Jeremy Renner) team up to solve a case in writer-director Taylor Sheridan’s crime drama ’Wind River.’ The movie, filmed in and around Park City, will debut in the Premieres section of the 2017 Sundance Film Festival. Courtesy Sundance Institute Sean P. Means: In a year of movie retreads, 10 originals to anticipate
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  • This Dec. 9, 2016 photo released by the Metropolitan Opera shows Placido Domingo performing in Verdi’s “Nabucco,” at the Metropolitan Opera in New York. Domingo, who turns 76 this month, is enjoying a triumph in Verdi’s third opera, which tells the story of the Babylonian tyrant Nebuchadnezzar and his sacking of the temple of Jerusalem. The final performance will be broadcast to movie theaters worldwide live in HD this Saturday, Jan. 7. (Marty Sohl/Metropolitan Opera via AP) Plácido Domingo stars in Met’s ‘Nabucco’ HD in Utah theaters and beyond
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