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This is not actor James D'Arcy's first encounter with writing and directing a film. He had that experience a few years ago with an oddball comic short titled "Chicken/Egg," which starred Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, then in his sixth season as Jamie Lannister on "Game of Thrones" (the short is cur…

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When the subject of novels by C.S. Forester pops up at cocktail parties, film adaptations of them that immediately come to mind are "The African Queen" (script by James Agee and John Huston) and "Sink the Bismark!" (script by Edmund H. North). I wasn't familiar with Forester's 1955 book "The…

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Jon Stewart, bless his liberal heart, certainly means well with his initiative to reform the body politic through the ironically titled "Irresistible." But the message is likely to fall upon deaf ears and sleepy eyes. I don't want to label as folly his tale of a former Hillary Clinton operat…

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The practice of pairing beefy blokes with precocious kids continues with the congenial family action-comedy "My Spy." With muscles on top of muscles, Dave Bautista (Drax from the "Guardians of the Galaxy" movies) plays a burly ex-Special Forces-turned-CIA agent who has a knack for kicking bu…

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"Trolls World Tour" amply demonstrated that there's an audience for family-friendly movies via premium video on demand. Now comes another test for the platform, as "The King of Staten Island," a Judd Apatow comedy starring "Saturday Night Live" star Pete Davidson, premiered on demand Friday.

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I've struggled to become a fan of "SNL" breakout Pete Davidson. He's peculiar and his humor is equally bizarre. But in the autumn of 2018 he earned my respect by owning up to insensitively mocking Texas Congressman-elect Dan Crenshaw, a decorated war hero who lost an eye in combat. In a fine…

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"I'm not one for the dramatic." So says Elisabeth Moss in her Bette Davis-lite portrayal of author Shirley Jackson in the starkly titled "Shirley." That statement is ironic since most of Josephine Decker's follow-up to 2018's "Madeline's Madeline" is a succession of actorly hysterics in serv…

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ATLANTA — Gov. Brian Kemp announced recently a filming “best practices” guide for Georgia that offers guidance for Georgia’s thriving film and television industries to help reduce the spread of COVID-19 when productions resume in Georgia. The recommendations were developed in close cooperati…

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HBO Max, AT&T's bet-the-farm streaming service, is about to take on Netflix, Disney+ and Hulu. It has a lot going for it: a deep content vault and the exclusive streaming home for DC superheroes, Turner Classic Movies and some of the world's most celebrated TV shows. But it comes with a …

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If you're 17 and reside in a backward backwater in Pennsylvania, your choices are slim, especially if you're alone and pregnant. That's the situation a bitter, angry Autumn Callahan finds herself in at the start of Eliza Hittman's harrowing "Never Rarely Sometimes Always." And the source of …

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After sitting in escrow for four months, fledgling Apple TV+ stakes its first public offering on an in-house movie in "The Banker," an old-fashioned biopic with a thoroughly modern twist on the uphill climb of aspiring African American entrepreneurs. Although its claim of being "true" has be…

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