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Sundance breakout Kelvin Harrison Jr. found his form of activism through 'Monster' and 'Monsters and Men'

When Kelvin Harrison Jr. was younger, he thought he wanted to follow in the footsteps of his musician parents — a vocalist mother who’s also a ballerina and a classically trained jazz saxophonist father. In that vein, he learned how to play the trumpet and piano. But the passion for music never...

Backstage with Frances McDormand and the SAG Award-winning cast of 'Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri'

Moments after “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” won ensemble cast honors at Sunday’s Screen Actors Guild Awards, Frances McDormand was on the move. McDormand, who also nabbed the lead actress award for her turn as a mother out for justice in Martin McDonagh’s searing drama, left no one...

'Three Billboards' wins top prize at the Screen Actors Guild Awards

One of the most unpredictable awards seasons in memory took another small step toward clarity at Sunday evening’s SAG Awards, as Hollywood’s actors — who represent the motion picture academy’s largest branch — gave their highest honor to “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.” Director Martin...

'Jumanji' rolls along as newcomers '12 Strong' and 'Den of Thieves' beat expectations

Demonstrating the continued drawing power of Dwayne Johnson and Kevin Hart, “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle” fended off a pair of male-skewing, action-oriented newcomers – “12 Strong” and “Den of Thieves” – to top the box office for a third straight week. On a relatively quiet weekend in what is...

'Shape of Water' takes top prize at politically charged PGA Awards

“The Shape of Water,” Guillermo del Toro’s striking, sensual fantasy film, won the Producers Guild of America’s top honor Saturday night at the PGA Awards, cementing its place as one of the front-runners of this year’s wide-open Oscar best picture race. Del Toro did not attend, with “Shape of Water”...

Indie Focus: All Sundance edition from Park City

Hello! I’m Mark Olsen. Welcome to another edition of your regular field guide to a world of Only Good Movies. This week’s dispatch is coming to you from the elevated altitude of Park City, Utah, at the Sundance Film Festival, where a team of Times journalists are working to bring you the best of...

'Three Billboards,' 'Handmaid's Tale' and 'Star Wars'-inspired protest posters take over the streets at the second women's march

Hundreds of thousands of people — some using familiar images from film and TV — took to the streets along with a handful of celebrities to protest President Trump on the first anniversary of his inauguration. Several women in Austin, Texas, and Palm Beach, Fla., marched in the signature red cloaks...

Paul Dano takes on his newest role, director, with cowriter Zoe Kazan on 'Wildlife'

One of the premier shapeshifters of his generation of actors, able to convincingly play an uncanny variety of characters, Paul Dano would seem to have slipped easily into yet another role: that of accomplished director. Co-scripted by Dano’s writing and romantic partner — actor Zoe Kazan (of “The...

Riding with Jane Fonda to the Sundance Film Festival's Respect Rally

“Onward!” Jane Fonda said, lifting her fist into the air. “Let’s go kick ass!” It was snowing heavily outside, and fresh white powder was coating all the roads, but the actress, 80, was not daunted by the winter storm. She was scheduled to speak at Saturday morning’s Respect Rally, a Park City...

Sundance 2018 diary: 'Private Life,' 'Monsters and Men' among the early festival highlights

Times film critic Justin Chang is keeping a regular diary over the course of a week at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival. He will be writing about the movies he’s seeing, the trends he’s observing and what it all means for an event that officially kicks off the year in new independent cinema. DAYS...

Boots Riley stays true to his own voice with the Sundance premiere 'Sorry to Bother You'

Boots Riley isn’t into biting his tongue. As the frontman of the socially conscious hip-hop group the Coup since 1991, with witty, searing criticism of sociopolitical issues weaved into his lyrics, he never does. But as a member of the rap rock supergroup Street Sweeper Social Club, which was formed...

With 'Private Life,' Tamara Jenkins takes on marriage, female biology and movie manspreading

If getting a film every ten years or so from writer-director Tamara Jenkins means something like “Private Life,” it’s worth the wait. Her latest movie premiered opening night of the 2018 Sundance Film Festival and is a deeply felt look at the messy realities of marriage and the difficulties of...

R.I.P. for the spec script, long a source of some of Hollywood's most beloved films.

Entertainment has lost a key pipeline for fresh ideas. Started by Preston Sturges and mastered by William Goldman and others, scripts written on spec gave screenwriters a chance to develop their own stories.

Producers Guild lays out guidelines to combat Hollywood sexual harassment

On the eve of the first glitzy Producers Guild Awards ceremony to be held in the Time’s Up era, the Producers Guild of America has unveiled comprehensive anti-sexual harassment guidelines to its 8,200 members with a clear credo: Ensuring safety on film, television and new media sets by ending a...

If our film critic picked the Oscar nominees ...

Filling out an Oscar nomination ballot — even a hypothetical one — can be an exercise in purest agony. That turned out to be especially true this year. I remain startled by the sheer quantity and range of great movies and performances I saw in 2017, which made it even harder than usual to settle...

Sundance Film Festival: Susan Bay Nimoy's film 'Eve' focuses on 'women of age'

"It's a once in a lifetime thing," says Susan Bay Nimoy, matter-of-fact and convincing. "It came together as if it was meant to be." Nimoy is sitting in the Bel-Air home she shared for decades with husband Leonard Nimoy talking about "Eve," an honest and quietly affecting short film she wrote,...

A year after the 'Moonlight' Oscar win, Trevante Rhodes is standing '12 Strong'

Checking in with Rhodes about his last year, working with Ava DuVernay for Jay-Z and Beyonce's 'music movie' and his latest film project.

'The Post,' 'Humor Me' and other movie picks for Jan. 19

Movie recommendations from critics Kenneth Turan and Justin Chang. Call Me by Your Name Timothée Chalamet and Armie Hammer give superb performances as two young men falling in love in the northern Italian countryside in this rapturously beautiful collaboration between director Luca Guadagnino...

Lazy actioner 'Showdown in Manila' is no thrilla

If “The Room” impresario Tommy Wiseau had been given the opportunity to make an action film, the result would still have been more entertaining than the egregiously nonsensical and amateurish “Showdown in Manila.” A crass shoot-em-up that only Rodrigo Duterte could love, it harks back to a simpler...

Chris Hemsworth vehicle '12 Strong' is a rah-rah war movie set in post-9/11 Afghanistan

Set during the tense and uncertain autumn of 2001, “12 Strong” kicks off with five of the least trustworthy words in the Hollywood lexicon — “based on a true story” — and a blast of adrenaline-pumping music that seems to cast its honesty further into doubt. Does the truth really need this much...

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