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Thursday, December 10, 2020

‘The Prom’ Review: Showbiz Sanctimony, and All That Zazz by Manohla Dargis

Ryan Murphy takes on the Broadway hit “The Prom,” with help from Meryl Streep, Nicole Kidman and Keegan-Michael Key.

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Thursday, October 15, 2020

‘David Byrne’s American Utopia’ Review: Opening a Wide, Wonderful World by Manohla Dargis

Spike Lee joins forces with David Byrne for a joyous concert movie that rocks and delights, sending you high and then higher.

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Wednesday, September 25, 2019

‘Judy’ Review: The Singer (Disaster, Legend) at Rainbow’s End by Manohla Dargis

Renée Zellweger plays Judy Garland near the end of her life, when she grasped onto one more comeback and one last chance.

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Thursday, April 25, 2019

‘The White Crow’ Review: The Young Nureyev, Gotta Dance! Gotta Defect! by Manohla Dargis

Ralph Fiennes directs this biographical look at the ballet dancer Rudolf Nureyev’s early life, including his 1961 defection to the West.

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Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Critic’s Notebook: In ‘A Star Is Born,’ Equality Is Deadly by Manohla Dargis

Bradley Cooper, in the third remake of the movie, tells a story of men, women and male sacrifice that has been portrayed over and over.

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Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Review: The Gorgeous Heartbreak of ‘A Star Is Born’ by Manohla Dargis

Bradley Cooper, who directed and stars with Lady Gaga, creates thrills with a steadfast belief in old-fashioned, big-feeling cinema.

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Thursday, May 17, 2018

The Best and Worst of Cannes, Maybe Coming to a Theater Near You by Manohla Dargis

“Happy as Lazzaro” and “Burning” are strong entries, so it’s too bad they won’t mean much to the American box office.

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Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Review: The Incomplete Vision of ‘Anatomy of a Male Ballet Dancer’ by Manohla Dargis

This documentary about the dancer Marcelo Gomes was completed before he left American Ballet Theater in December after allegations of sexual misconduct.

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Thursday, September 7, 2017

One Nation Under a Movie Theater? It’s a Myth. by Manohla Dargis and A.o. Scott

Hollywood wants us to think that its films are for everyone, but our critics say that was never true. Still, they see a way forward.

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Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Review: In ‘Spettacolo,’ a Tuscan Town Where All the World’s a Stage by Manohla Dargis

A documentary about Monticchiello in Italy, where each year the residents put on a play about their most urgent concerns.

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Thursday, July 13, 2017

Review: With ‘False Confessions,’ the Play’s Not Quite the Thing by Manohla Dargis

Isabelle Huppert and Louis Garrel star in a screen version of an 18th-century Marivaux play and the last film directed by Luc Bondy.

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Monday, February 27, 2017

‘Moonlight,’ ‘La La Land’ and What an Epic Oscars Fail Really Says by Manohla Dargis, Wesley Morris and A.o. Scott

Three New York Times critics share their reactions to the wrong best picture being announced at the awards show.

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Wednesday, November 23, 2016

‘La La Land’ Makes Musicals Matter Again by Manohla Dargis

Damien Chazelle’s film infuses Hollywood movies with a vision and energy that have been sorely missing.

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Friday, December 4, 2015

Review: ‘Macbeth,’ Starring Michael Fassbender, Awash in Gorgeous Carnage by Manohla Dargis

Justin Kurzel’s film suggests that there is a timeless quality to slaughter, raising questions about Macbeth’s guilt and freedom of will.

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Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Review: Elisabeth Moss at All Angles in ‘Queen of Earth’ by Manohla Dargis

Alex Ross Perry’s narrative experiment, starring Katherine Waterston and Ms. Moss, turns out to be an art house film in quotation marks.

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Monday, May 25, 2015

Arthur Penn, a Director Attuned to His Country by MANOHLA DARGIS

The director Arthur Penn, who died at 88 on Sept. 28, made loose, vital movies that have no place in today's Hollywood.

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A Powerful Chorus Harmonizing ‘Dark Phrases of Womanhood’ by MANOHLA DARGIS

With “For Colored Girls” Tyler Perry works very hard and gets it mostly right.

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Thursday, March 12, 2015

Review: In ‘Cymbeline,’ a Drug Kingpin by Manohla Dargis

Michael Almereyda’s version of “Cymbeline” reaffirms that Shakespeare can always survive every interpretive trick.

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Thursday, October 16, 2014

Movie Review: ‘Birdman’ Stars Michael Keaton and Emma Stone by Manohla Dargis

Alejandro G. Iñárritu’s comedy “Birdman” stars Michael Keaton as a onetime movie superhero betting his career on a strange Broadway play.

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Thursday, August 21, 2014

Movie Review: ‘The One I Love,’ With Elisabeth Moss and Mark Duplass by Manohla Dargis

Elisabeth Moss and Mark Duplass star in “The One I Love,” about a couple sent on a mysterious retreat to help their marriage.

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Thursday, June 19, 2014

Movie Review: ‘Jersey Boys,’ Eastwood’s Take on Showbiz Myth by Manohla Dargis

Clint Eastwood’s “Jersey Boys,” the adaptation of the Broadway musical, is a redemption narrative that’s got a good beat.

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Thursday, October 10, 2013

Movie Review: ‘Romeo & Juliet,’ Adapted by Julian Fellowes by Manohla Dargis

Adapted by Julian Fellowes of “Downton Abbey” fame, “Romeo & Juliet,” starring Hailee Steinfeld, won’t sound all that familiar to students of Shakespeare’s text.   …

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Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Barbra Streisand, at a Gala and in Memory by Manohla Dargis

A gala to honor Barbra Steisand is filled with glittering names, but her status as a feminist role model is worth lingering on.

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Thursday, November 15, 2012

Movie Review: ‘Barrymore’ Stars Christopher Plummer; Érik Canuel Directs by Manohla Dargis

Christopher Plummer reprises his stage role in “Barrymore,” about a hypothetical John Barrymore comeback.

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Thursday, July 26, 2012

Movie Review: Meet the Murderer, the Best of a Bad Lot by Manohla Dargis

It says something about William Friedkin’s big-screen adaptation of the Tracy Letts play “Killer Joe” that the title psycho, played by Matthew McConaughey, is, by a long Texas mile, it…

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Thursday, June 14, 2012

Movie Review: A Smell of Wine, Cheap Perfume and Another Era by Manohla Dargis

Tom Cruise stars in “Rock of Ages,” a musical, based on the Broadway show, set in the 1980s and featuring rock songs of the time.

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Friday, December 2, 2011

Movie Review | 'Coriolanus': He’s the Hero of the People, and He Hates It by Manohla Dargis

In his directing debut Ralph Fiennes adds modern weaponry to Shakespeare’s “Coriolanus.”

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Thursday, April 21, 2011

Just a Maid in Movies, but Not Forgotten by Manohla Dargis

Theresa Harris, a black actress whose usual role was as a servant, is one of the inspirations for a new play by Lynn Nottage.

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Friday, March 25, 2011

More 'Ask the Film Critics' by Manohla Dargis and A.o. Scott

Manohla Dargis and A.O. Scott answer reader questions about how they divvy up reviews, quote whores and more.

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