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Review: A Neapolitan rhapsody in 'The Hand of God'

Dec. 01, 2021 18:05 PM EST

Paolo Sorrentino's films can be overwrought, grotesque and uneven but they are rarely not alive. His latest, “The Hand of God,” is a catalog of wonders — of miracles both banal and eternal. The glittering night vista of the Naples harbor. The soft thump of a...

Celebrity birthdays for the week of Dec. 5-11

Nov. 29, 2021 09:28 AM EST

Celebrity birthdays for the week of Dec. 5-11: Dec. 5: Actor Jeroen Krabbe (“The Fugitive”) is 77. Opera singer Jose Carreras is 75. Singer Jim Messina (Loggins and Messina, Poco) is 74. Actor Morgan Brittany (“Dallas”) is 70. Actor Brian Backer (“Fast Times at...

'Encanto,' 'House of Gucci' fuel Thanksgiving box office

Nov. 28, 2021 14:12 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Thanksgiving weekend moviegoing was still far from the feast it normally is, but Disney's “Encanto” and the Lady Gaga-led “House of Gucci” both gave a lift to two genres that have been particularly battered by the pandemic: family movies and adult dramas. ...

Disney’s 'Eternals' tops domestic box office for 2nd weekend

Nov. 14, 2021 13:04 PM EST

Disney and Marvel’s “Eternals” took a steep drop in its second weekend in theaters, but it’s still hanging on to first place ahead of newcomers like “Clifford the Big Red Dog.” “Eternals” added $27.5 million over the weekend, bringing its domestic total...

Judi Dench, Ciarán Hinds savor their moments in 'Belfast'

Nov. 12, 2021 13:14 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Kenneth Branagh put it directly to Judi Dench. “He said, ‘Will you play my grandmother?’” Dench recalls. “And I said yes.” In “Belfast,” Branagh reconstructs a poignant and pivotal moment from his childhood. The...

Who's going back to the movies? So far, not everyone

Nov. 11, 2021 10:34 AM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — The movies are clawing their way back in theaters, but, so far, not everyone is showing up like they used to. While certain segments of moviegoers are closer to pre-pandemic levels, older moviegoers and family audiences have been slower to return....

Review: Childhood in a turbulent time in nostalgic ‘Belfast’

Nov. 10, 2021 11:16 AM EST

If you didn’t know Kenneth Branagh’s new film “ Belfast ” was based (somewhat) on his own childhood, you probably wouldn’t know it by the end either. That’s a good thing. This isn’t a portrait of the artist as a young man. We see a love for theater and...

Alabama native portrays FDR in doc about his time in Georgia

Sep. 25, 2021 00:19 AM EDT

DOTHAN, Ala. (AP) — James Fowler has managed to combine two things he enjoys — history and acting. “If you’re a history teacher, you have to develop a sense of the dramatic,” Fowler said. “You have to infuse drama into your lectures to make them more...

Kenneth Branagh's 'Belfast' wins TIFF People's Choice Award

Sep. 18, 2021 20:41 PM EDT

Kenneth Branagh's semi-autobiographical “Belfast,” a black-and-white family drama about the Northern Ireland city during the tumult of the late 1960s, on Saturday won the Toronto International Film Festival's People's Choice Award, a telling indicator of Academy Awards chances. ...

A Toronto Film Festival that straddles normal and virtual

Sep. 08, 2021 18:26 PM EDT

Film festivals like those in Cannes and Venice are hard to compete with in terms of glamour. But the power of the Toronto International Film Festival is in its audiences. TIFF, a sprawling showcase of fall movies, generates enormous amounts of buzz not from formal red...