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THE FRENCH FILM GODDESS IS STILL STEAMING UP THE SCREEN IN ELLE AND THINGS TO COME. BONJOUR, OSCAR?
MICHELLE WILLIAMS IN MANCHESTER BY THE SEA.
KARA WARNER You both directed and starred in the gangster drama Live by Night. Does that make it hard not to take the film or character home with you? I think about the movie until I go to sleep, then I usually dream about it, and it’s the first th
SARAH BEGLEY CERTAIN BOOKS LEAVE READERS FEELING THEY KNOW EVERY MINUTE detail of a character’s inner life, as if they were lifelong companions and daily confidants. Paul Auster’s massive new novel, 4 3 2 1, is such a book. The concept behind the 8
JESSICA CHASTAIN IN MISS SLOANE.
FOR 60-PLUS YEARS, the Paris Review has asked writers just what they do every day. Judging from the excerpts below, a whole lot of them spend their time thinking—and arguing—about plot.
THE FENCES STARS TALK ABOUT THEIR FRIENDSHIP, THEIR REUNION & THE PERILS OF THEIR INTENSE ROLES
AFTER WRITING SEVEN NOVELS AND three works of nonfiction, acclaimed British author Rachel Cusk began to find fiction “fake and embarrassing.” Two years ago, she explained to a British newspaper, “Once you have suffered sufficiently, the idea of makin
In a franchise first, Rogue One’s soundtrack isn’t helmed by the legendary composer.
SARAH BEGLEY ADULTS TEND TO FRET about how kids will handle the death of a loved one. How much can they understand about permanence? What should they be told about the possibility of an afterlife? How will they move on? The children’s books that st
We didn’t say “break the Internet” back in 1999, but if we did we could certainly say that science-fiction author David Brin broke the Internet when he wrote in Salon that “Stars Wars belongs to our dark past. A long, tyrannical epoch of fear, illogi
The first Star Wars “anthology” spin-off tries to stand on its own, and succeeds intermittently.
JEFF BRIDGES IN HELL OR HIGH WATER.
THE OSCAR WINNER, 66, PLAYS A GRITTY TEXAS RANGER IN HELL OR HIGH WATER
Christian Lorentzen’s got these bookmarked.
The problem with Disney’s CEO insisting on the neutrality of the new Star Wars film, which is about fighting a totalitarian government
THE ACTRESS, 54, MAKES HER DIRECTORIAL DEBUT (AND RETEAMS WITH TOM HANKS) IN THE MOVIE ITHACA
IT’S HARD TO IMAGINE THE KIND OF GRAVITY THAT WORDS had with a ferociously intelligent man like Mr. Albee, who died Sept. 16 at age 88. He chose them and ordered them meticulously—not only in his great works of drama like The Zoo Story, A Delicate Ba
How his true-life story of a hero-pacifist became his goriest movie yet.
This December, Matthew McConaughey has two movies coming out within four days, and both pivot on a conniving salesman who, as he puts it, “wills his way into pulling off what he pulls off.” But where his character in the R-rated Gold is a money-hungr
STEPHANIE ZACHAREK GOD SAVE US FROM WELL-MEANING HIPPIE PARENTS. In writer-director Matt Ross’s Captain Fantastic, Viggo Mortensen’s Ben is the surviving half of a couple who have gone off the grid, an idealistic dad who’s raising six kids in the wi
S.Z. CONSIDER THIS A SPOILER, BUT DOG LOVERS should know that Abbie, the clever, insanely captivating canine character in Ti West’s scraggy western In a Valley of Violence, does not make it through alive. West takes care not to manipulate emotions w
THE ACTRESS STARS IN CBS’S DOUBT AND AS DR. FRANK-N-FURTER IN FOX’S REMAKE OF THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW
FOR ME, IT’S ONE MOMENT. All the bridesmaids have come to the fancy bridal shop to see Maya Rudolph try on wedding dresses. This should be a familiar scene: The bride emerges from the changing room and … This is the dress! The friends clap. The mothe
MICHAL LEV-RAM WHAT DO The Conjuring 2, Don’t Breathe, and The Purge: Election Year have in common? Yes, all three are aptly named, gore-packed horror flicks. More surprisingly, all three made a killing at the summer box office. In an otherwise hum
Radhika Jones Technically he’s not our bard, but you wouldn’t know it from the performances that light up the American landscape every summer. How did a playwright who died four years before the Pilgrims landed at Plymouth give rise to an annual tra
ELIZA BERMAN Hahn, 43, may be best known as the measured Rabbi Raquel on Amazon’s Transparent, but she’s a barrel of raunchy laughs in the new comedy Bad Moms (July 29). She plays Carla, a single mom who prefers partying over PTA meetings. How much
SHE’S GETTING AWAY WITH MURDER (AND GETTING EMMY LOVE) ON TV. NOW BATTLING BADDIES IN SUICIDE SQUAD, THE STAR OPENS UP ABOUT HER RISE TO SUCCESS