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Supernatural thriller 'The Autopsy of Jane Doe' builds tension with pros Brian Cox and Emile Hirsch

As a horror exercise, the supernatural suspense picture “The Autopsy of Jane Doe” is sometimes too low-key, favoring spooky atmosphere and slow-drip storytelling over visceral kicks. But as an acting showcase, the film’s a winner, getting plenty of juice from the performances of two reliable pros....

Too soon? Crime drama 'Arsenal' may be the worst movie of 2017

It’s just a handful of days in, but 2017 already has a viable contender for Worst Movie of the Year. Despite attracting some top-drawer talent, “Arsenal” is a brutally unpleasant, bottom-of-the-barrel crime drama that unsuccessfully attempts to drown the terrible dialogue and pedestrian direction...

When the world feels dangerous, films showing the human experience are key, directors say

Give one script to five different film directors and the resulting movies will undoubtedly be quite different. So maybe it’s of no surprise that the participants in this year’s Envelope Directors Roundtable were curious and eager to get one another’s perspectives on filmmaking. The Envelope gathered...

Why does director Mel Gibson see 'Hacksaw Ridge' as a love story?

Producer Bill Mechanic tried to convince Mel Gibson to make “Hacksaw Ridge” in 2002, when Gibson was still at the height of his career, and again in 2010, four years after the Oscar-winning director and star had been all but exiled for anti-Semitic comments made during a drunk-driving arrest in...

'Arrival' cinematographer Bradford Young dives deep into the shadows

If you knew what your future was going to be, would it change your behavior? This is just one of the thought-provoking themes in director Denis Villeneuve’s latest film, “Arrival.” Based on an adaptation of Ted Chiang’s short “Story of Your Life,” the account takes place after a group of mysterious...

To design the 'Loving' set, it helped to have grown up near the locations

For production designer Chad Keith it wasn’t a stretch to re-create 1950s and 1960s Virginia for the film “Loving.” “Growing up in the South, where things happen slower than the rest of the country, there are still places like that, that are around where my family grew up. So I just know what that...

'Silence' could pile on the crafts category Oscar nominations

This time last year, people were realizing  what an Oscar powerhouse “Mad Max: Fury Road” would become. The movie’s strength came from its prevailing presence in so many crafts categories. It’s simple arithmetic: When multiple academy branches love a film, it’s going to show up on a lot of best...

'Fantastic Beasts' took a little magical thinking to design

Stuart Craig is something of a legend among production designers. He’s won three Academy Awards and has shepherded the now classic look for all eight “Harry Potter” films. And yet, his initial reaction to beginning work on the “Potter” spinoff feature “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them,”...

Palm Springs International Film Festival is an oasis of global discoveries

As with most film festivals, the identity of the Palm Springs International Film Festival is set, in no small measure, simply by its place on the calendar. Coming at the beginning of the year but also in the heart of Hollywood’s award season, the festival captures an unlikely combination of brightly...

'20th Century Women's' 1979 costumes had to straddle two distinct eras

Costume designer Jennifer Johnson’s 17-year collaboration with director Mike Mills is showcased in the heartwarming “20th Century Women,” an ode to Mills’ mother, and one that perfectly hits late 1970s ennui as the sexes and the country move into Ronald Reagan’s overdrive 1980s. The ensemble cast...

Song-and-dance medley of classic movies

January may not be the cruelest month, but it can get pretty bleak out there, so it’s good to have not one but two movies with music in their blood to help us forget the chill outside. The 1956 film version of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s classic musical “Carousel” screens at 2 and 7 p.m. Jan. 8 and...

Here's Robert Klein's surrealist speech from the New York Film Critics Circle awards

As one of the early film awards events of the season — and a venue where attendees already know they've won — the New York Film Critics Circle awards is a fine opportunity to see leading Oscar contenders try out their speech material. And indeed, that's what Tuesday's event in downtown Manhattan...

WGA Awards nominated the usual suspects ... and 'Deadpool'?

The Writers Guild of America announced its nominations Wednesday for original and adapted screenplay, again affirming its abiding belief that comic book movies deserve awards-season love too. The five nominees for original screenplay are “Hell or High Water,” “La La Land,” “Loving,” “Manchester...

Adam Driver and writer-director Jim Jarmusch find the poetry of the everyday in 'Paterson'

Jim Jarmusch does his writing in a notebook, creating page after page of text of varying sizes in different colors of ink, some ideas circled, others crossed out. He has two small notebooks placed neatly on a table in front of him during a recent interview. His cellphone is in a jacket thrown over...

Grief is at the center of the season's strongest dramas, including 'Arrival' and 'Manchester by the Sea'

In “Manchester by the Sea,” a film that is largely about grief and the gradual recovery from it, Michelle Williams’ character Randi Chandler explains how she feels after the tragic death of her children. A few years after watching them burn in a house fire set accidentally by her husband, Randi...

Passionate in her work, her friendships and family ties, Debbie Reynolds also loved Hollywood itself

Cari Beauchamp is the author of “Without Lying Down: Frances Marion and the Powerful Women of Early Hollywood” and five other books of film history. She first met Debbie Reynolds while interviewing the actress for her books and then went through her costume auction with her. “It is the hardest...

Box office update: New milestones for 'Rogue One' and 'La La Land'

“Rogue One: A Star Wars Story" celebrated the passing of 2016 in style, becoming the year’s second-highest box office earner Saturday. The stand-alone “Star Wars” film took in $14.5 million on New Year’s Eve, rocketing past “Captain America: Civil War” for the distinction of the year’s No. 2 movie,...

Indie Focus: New year begins with tributes to Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds

Hello! I’m Mark Olsen, and welcome to your weekly field guide to a world of Only Good Movies. This newsletter should be hitting email inboxes on the first day of a new year. And it comes at the end of one of the more dramatic weeks in recent memory, with the deaths of Carrie Fisher and her mother,...

Saturday box office update: 'Rogue One' beating 'Sing,' keeps its streak at No. 1

The “Star Wars” universe continued its expansion at the box office on Friday as “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” remained the top movie in the U.S. and Canada, bringing in another $18.2 million. The Disney-owned franchise is going to need at least a few galaxies to hold the profits: This first spinoff...

Directors Guild of America negotiates higher streaming video residuals under new contract

As consumers continue to flock to on-demand streaming video services like Netflix and Amazon Prime, the Directors Guild of America has approved a new contract that will allow its more than 16,000 members to take a bigger slice of a growing pie by boosting residuals while also increasing wages....

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