Movie recommendations from critics Kenneth Turan, Justin Chang and other reviewers.

Frantz Beautifully shot in black and white with the occasional warm burst of color, French writer-director François Ozon’s intricately layered post-World War I drama puts a feminist spin on Ernst Lubitsch’s 1932…

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‘A Quiet Passion,’ ‘The Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Mäki’ and more critics’ picks, April 21

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Today in Entertainment: Kevin Spacey to host Tony Awards; Richard Simmons hospitalized

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Lady Gaga and Prince William turn to FaceTime to talk about mental health

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Film academy renews CEO Dawn Hudson’s contract to 2020

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James Gunn will write and direct ‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3′

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In May 1925, the legendary British explorer, surveyor and archaeologist Lt. Col. Percy Fawcett vanished, along with his son Jack and their friend Raleigh Rimmell, while searching for the ruins of an ancient South American civilization. It was Fawcett’s eighth expedition to the Amazon, and it’s…

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James Gray’s hauntingly beautiful ‘The Lost City of Z’ is Charlie Hunnam’s finest performance

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“I love sarcasm,” says Bassem Youssef, who wields it with the precision of a scalpel. “It allows me to cut through through people’s facades without spilling any blood.”

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“Their Finest” is a treat that has something on its mind, a charming concoction that adds a bit of texture and bite to the mix. Genial and engaging with a fine sense of humor, it makes blending the comic with the serious look simpler than it actually is.

Starring a radiant and assured Gemma Arterton,…

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After the Storm A sublimely simple family drama from the Japanese writer-director Hirokazu Kore-eda, a filmmaker assured enough to hide his mastery in plain sight. Nothing is overemphasized, and nothing escapes…

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‘Their Finest,’ ‘Your Name’ and more critics’ picks for April 7-13

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“Mean Girls.” “Freaks and Greeks.” “Heathers.”

Perhaps you’ve heard: High school is treacherous place.

Students are ruthless to one another. Hormones are bad-behavior accelerants. And adults? Utterly clueless.

Now throw in social media-shaming, sexism and suicide, and you have the basic building…

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“Mean Girls.” “Freaks and Greeks.” “Heathers.”

Perhaps you’ve heard: High school is treacherous place.

Students are ruthless to one another. Hormones are bad-behavior accelerants. And adults? Utterly clueless.

Now throw in social media-shaming, sexism and suicide, and you have the basic building…

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Review: ’13 Reasons Why’ is Netflix’s newest must-see series

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Movie recommendations from critics Kenneth Turan, Justin Chang and other reviewers.

After the Storm A sublimely simple family drama from the Japanese writer-director Hirokazu Kore-eda, a filmmaker assured enough to hide his mastery in plain sight. Nothing is overemphasized, and nothing escapes…

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‘After the Storm,’ ‘Frantz’ and more critics’ picks, March 24-30

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The feminist classic “Cloud 9,” the musical comedy “A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder,” singer-songwriter Peter Allen’s musical “The Boy From Oz” and a Pulitzer Prize-winning play about the perils of cultural assimilation, “Disgraced,” won top honors Monday night from the Los Angeles Drama Critics…

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What would Howard Ashman have thought? We’ll never know. But as the credits rolled on “Beauty and the Beast,” Disney’s live-action update of its own 1991 animated masterwork, I found myself perusing the late, great lyricist’s words in search of a phrase that would do the experience justice.

“Just…

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Movie recommendations from critics Kenneth Turan, Justin Chang and other reviewers.

The Founder Michael Keaton gives a performance of ratty, reptilian brilliance as Ray Kroc, the American salesman who turned a California burger stand into the global fast-food behemoth that is McDonald’s, in John…

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Personal Shopper,’ ‘Raw’ and more critics’ picks, March 10-16

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The category-defying French writer-director Olivier Assayas has acquired a few favorite themes over the years — globalization and its discontents, technology and its perils, beautiful women in trouble. For all that, he has proved remarkably disinclined to repeat himself.

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Kate Shindle was performing concerts on a cruise ship in the Bahamas when the musical “Fun Home” opened on Broadway in 2015. The show won five Tony Awards that year, including best musical, but she had yet to see it.

Shindle was at the Tonys ceremony that year, and she could feel the importance…

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‘Fun Home’ star and Actors’ Equity President Kate Shindle’s activist state of mind

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Arrival Amy Adams stars in this elegant, involving science-fiction drama that is simultaneously old and new, revisiting many alien-invasion conventions but with unexpected intelligence,…

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‘The Women’s Balcony,’ ‘Moonlight’ and more critics’ picks, March 3-9

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There are few things more terrible than the death of a child, or more frequently exploited by fiction writers for the sake of a cheap cry.

Some movies manage to address the trauma of the experience with tact, sensitivity and emotional integrity — among them a recent double Oscar winner, whose title,…

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A father has a personal encounter with God in the eccentric, kitschy ‘The Shack’

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Oscars 2017 updates: A close look at the crowd’s face during the ‘Moonlight’ mixup, Meryl Streep is shocked Feb. 27, 2017, 1:29 p.m. The day after Oscar’s craziest, shocking moment ever, questions still linger about why “La La Land” was announced best picture when “Moonlight” was the true winner….

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Who will win? Who should win? I feign no expertise when it comes to the former, but if I had a ballot in this year’s Oscar race, here’s how I would fill out the following categories. (There are 24 categories total, but interest and laziness compel me to focus on just 11.)

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From ‘Moonlight’ to ‘Manchester,’ a critic marks his hypothetical Oscar ballot

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Arrival Amy Adams stars in this elegant, involving science-fiction drama that is simultaneously old and new, revisiting many alien-invasion conventions but with unexpected intelligence,…

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‘My Life as a Zucchini,’ ‘Toni Erdmann’ and more critics’ picks, Feb. 24-March 2

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