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Sundance 2016: A Film Festival Tackles Gun Violence, From Many Angles

When the Sundance Film Festival begins Thursday, it will do so with a rare accumulation of movies about the subject of gun safety.

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20 Jan 2016 // 11:19 AM

Oscars Aren’t the Diversity Problem—Moviemaking Is

"It’s a complete embarrassment to say that the heights of cinematic achievement have only been reached by white people. I repeat — it’s embarrassing."

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15 Jan 2016 // 9:40 AM

Film Industry Faces New Round of Questions As Another All-White Lineup Causes Outcry

It’s another embarrassing Hollywood sequel: For the second year in a row, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has nominated an all-white group of acting nominees.

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14 Jan 2016 // 10:20 AM

Battle of Benghazi Rages in Michael Bay’s ‘13 Hours’

Michael Bay has taken a break from Autobots and Decepticons to tell of a different battle: between half a dozen CIA contractors protecting U.S. compounds and paramilitary groups who attacked them on the anniversary of Sept. 11.

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From Ridley to Harvey, Screenplay to ‘Star Wars’, Oscar Nomination Snubs and Surprises

When the 88th Oscar nominations were announced Thursday morning in Los Angeles there were plenty of surprises, starting with Matt Damon’s director nod.

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Richard Linklater Puts His Spin on a Sports Film with ‘Everybody Wants Some’

If Boyhood was the portrait of the artist as a young man, Everybody is the portrait of Linklater as a young man.

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30 Dec 2015 // 10:51 AM

Where Does ‘Star Wars’ Find Itself and Where Is It Going?

Josh Rottenberg and Steven Zeitchik talk about the series, sussing out the cultural legacy of and reactions to the new film, the larger context of franchise revivals and where Star Wars goes from here.

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14 Dec 2015 // 9:41 AM

Why ‘Mad Max Fury Road’ Is the Movie of the Year

Fury Road is both a caricatured screed and nuanced depiction of chaos, camaraderie, violence, hatred, resolve and an ability to overcome fear through resilience and understanding.

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‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ is destined to be big, but can rival films follow it into hyperspace?

That “The Force Awakens” will reap massive returns for its studio, the Walt Disney Co., is undeniable. What is less clear is what sort of ripple effects the film will have on the wider Hollywood ecosystem around it.

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Maggie Smith Brings Regal Bearing to Bag Lady Role in ‘Lady in the Van’

The Lady in the Van is a welcome opportunity to see Maggie Smith play a character in far different circumstances from her Downton Abbey character.

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