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Leonardo DiCaprio, Jane Fonda and More Take Part in the Climate March

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In what’s become a semi-weekly tradition, tens of thousands of people took to the streets in protest of the Trump administration and its policies yesterday. The People’s Climate March took place in Washington, D.C. and several other cities, counting several celebrities among its high-profile supporters and attendees: Leonardo DiCaprio, Jane Fonda, Kerry Washington, Jared Leto. All of them had something to say about it.

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DiCaprio has long been vocal about the urgency of combating climate change — other than acting and dating supermodels, you might say it’s his raison d’être — and has produced the documentaries “Before the Flood” and “The 11th Hour.” “Honored to join Indigenous leaders and native peoples as they fight for climate justice,” he tweeted yesterday. “Join me in standing with them.”

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- Michael Nordine

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‘A Dark Song’ Review: A Feature-Length Seance Digs Out the Ouija Board Very, Very Slowly

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Sometimes it isn’t the house that’s haunted; it’s the people inside. That’s certainly the case for “A Dark Song;” in writer-director Liam Gavin’s debut, a woman is so grief-stricken that she subjects herself to what might be the most arduous, drawn-out séance ever captured onscreen. Called the Ambramelin, this obscure ceremony is almost as stressful to observe as it is to enact — Gavin wants us to feel the mental, physical, and spiritual toll it takes on those desperate enough to invoke it.

Intially it’s unclear exactly what the Ambramelin might be, but it’s clear the prep involves much more than digging out the Ouija board. In anticipation, Sophia (Catherine Walker) spent nearly half a year abstaining from all sex and following a strict diet. Lately she’s only been allowed to eat between dusk and dawn; for the next few days, she’ll fast entirely. »


- Michael Nordine

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Zosia Mamet Moves Beyond ‘Girls,’ But the Result is Disappointing With ‘The Boy Downstairs’ — Tribeca Review

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One of the more high-class problems is struggling to break free of an iconic role that made you a star in the first place. Such is the challenge facing Zosia Mamet, whom most people know only as the high-strung Shoshanna on HBO’s “Girls.” If Shoshanna was the Miranda of her day (as many have said when comparing “Girls” to its predecessor, “Sex and the City”), Mamet has the best chance of the “Girls” crew to have a lasting career. Tony winner Cynthia Nixon, who played Miranda, lands plum film roles such as Emily Dickinson in Terence Davies’ “A Quiet Passion,” and is currently starring on Broadway opposite Laura Linney in the revival of Lillian Hellman’s “Little Foxes.” However, if Mamet aspires to such heights, she must choose better projects than “The Boy Downstairs.”

The debut feature from writer/director Sophie Brooks, “The Boy Downstairs” grinds a smart concept »


- Jude Dry

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Tilda Swinton, Benedict Cumberbatch, John Waters and More Read ‘Moby-Dick’ in Its Entirety — Listen

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Call me Ishmael. Or Tilda, or Benedict, or any number of other names, really, as Plymouth University has completed its “Moby-Dick Big Read,” an audiobook version of Herman Melville’s whale of a novel. All 135 chapters are read by a different voice, including Tilda Swinton, Benedict Cumberbatch, John Waters, Stephen Fry, Sir David Attenborough and David Cameron.

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Launched in 2011, the project is based on the idea that “Moby-Dick” is not only “the great American novel” — it’s also “the great unread American novel.” Angela Cockayne and Philip Hoare describe the Big Read as “an online version of Melville’s magisterial tome: each of its 135 chapters read out aloud, by a mixture of the celebrated and the unknown, to be broadcast online in a sequence of 135 downloads, publicly and freely accessible.”

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- Michael Nordine

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‘Blame’ Review: Quinn Shephard Makes a Strong First Impression in Her Debut as Writer, Director, and Star

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There’s good reason for “Blame” to feel lived-in and authentic: Writer, director and star Quinn Shephard is only 22 years old, making her just a few years removed from the film’s high-school environs. Given the nature of her Arthur Miller-inflected debut, one hopes she had an easier go of it than her character does.

Said heroine is Abigail, and if you’ve read “The Crucible” you might know why. Recently discharged from a mental institution, the troubled teen is now tasked with resuming her studies among a clique of mean girls who write harassing messages on her locker and generally do their utmost to make life miserable. Melissa (Nadia Alexander) serves as ringleader, though Shephard makes plain that Melissa’s habit of spreading misery to others is borne of her own pain. There are more victims than villains here, even if the impulse is always to assign, well, »


- Michael Nordine

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Queer Coming-Of-Age Musical ‘Saturday Church’ Is Like If ‘Moonlight’ and ‘La La Land’ Had A Gayby — Tribeca Review

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In its most profound moments, “Saturday Church” follows its searching young protagonist, Ulysses (Luka Kain) at the slightest remove, mirroring the distance he puts between himself and the world. It’s a place that’s been unkind to this soft-hearted teen who sneaks away from his father’s wake to try on a pair of strappy red heels, cracking the faintest smile as he holds them up to his grey Sunday best. Stepping into the shoes ever so gingerly, Ulysses wobbles briefly before admiring his reflection in the mirror. It’s a quiet moment, almost sacred, and one anyone who has ever furtively raided a parent’s closet will recognize.

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Director Damon Cardasis delivers a gorgeous rendering of an oft-heard but rarely seen story of a Bronx-born teen who finds his »


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‘The Godfather’ 45th Anniversary: Here’s What You Learn About the Crime Saga While Watching With Over 1,000 Fans

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Some moviegoing experiences change your life: “2001: A Space Odyssey” at Hollywood’s Cinerama Dome; “The Tree of Life” accompanied by a 100-piece symphony orchestra; “The Shining” restored and retrofitted for IMAX. And for the more than 1,000 people at Radio City Music Hall yesterday, it was watching “The Godfather” and “The Godfather Part II.”

Read More: ‘The Godfather’ Reunion: Robert Duvall Imitates Marlon Brando’s Laugh and Other Highlights From Closing Night at Tribeca

Francis Ford Coppola’s crime saga closed out the 2017 Tribeca Film Festival with a 45th anniversary celebration that included restoration screenings of the first two parts and a conversation with Coppola and the cast, including Al Pacino, Robert De Niro, and Diane Keaton. While the chance to see the cast reunited was a once-in-a-lifetime event, so was the opportunity to experience the full power of “The Godfather” surrounded by cinephiles. And after 45 years, a few things have become abundantly clear. »


- Zack Sharf

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Will Ferrell Returns as George W. Bush to ‘Not the White House Correspondents’ Dinner’

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Donald Trump may be too thin-skinned to attend the White House Correspondents’ Dinner, but at least a former head of state made an appearance last night. Well, kind of: Will Ferrell reprised his role as George W. Bush at Samantha Bee’s “Not the White House Correspondents’ Dinner,” reminding us all of a simpler time when mispronouncing “nuclear” and starting a war under false pretenses was enough to earn you the title of “worst president of all time.”

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That dubious honor played into Ferrell’s appearance, of course: “For the longest time, I was considered the worst president of all time. That has changed,” he said. “I needed eight years of catastrophic flood, a war built on a lie, an economic disaster. The new guy needed a hundred days.

“He’s now widely »


- Michael Nordine

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Arthouse Box Office: Niche Ethnic Releases Overpower Specialty Openers

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Specialty films these days range across more than core upscale urban and critically acclaimed quality fare. This weekend’s surprise: two foreign-language films placed second and third in the box office Top Ten.

The U.S./Mexican coproduction “How to Be a Latin Lover” (Lionsgate/Pantelion) ranked second with over $12 million from 1,118 theaters. Even more impressive, the Indian epic sequel “Baahubali 2: The Conclusion” (Great Indian) placed third with $10,138,000 in only 425 theaters. Both movies beat James Ponsoldt’s Dave Eggers novel adaption “The Circle” (Stx), starring Emma Watson and Tom Hanks, which opened to only $9.2 million in more than twice as many theaters.

(Read more in our Top Ten report.)

Among the specialty audience usual suspects, nothing managed to open with as much as a $10,000 per theater average. “Obit” (Kino Lorber) ranked highest, while Rami Malek-starrer “Buster’s Mal Heart” (Well Go USA) and “Natasha” (Menemsha) led the other New York openers. »


- Tom Brueggemann

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Val Kilmer Gave Some Amazing Fanboy Answers in His Reddit Ama — Read the Highlights

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Actor, artist and noted Cate Blanchett enthusiast Val Kilmer did a Reddit Ama in which he proved, once and for all, stars: they’re just like us. To promote “Cinema Twain,” the feature version of his one-man stage show “Citizen Twain” (get the reference?), Kilmer answered some fan questions and absolutely delivered — mostly because, as it turns out, Val Kilmer is nothing but a huge, endearingly earnest fanboy.

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Here are some of the best answers he gave:

When asked about the experience of working on “Heat,” Kilmer gave just about the greatest response anyone could have hoped for: “Well imagine being able to say, ‘Al and Bob’ for the rest of your life. Not many people can do that. I have seen Bob, giggling like a school girl in a van in the middle of the night, »


- Allison Picurro

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Ridley Scott: Aliens Exist — and They Could Kill Us All Just as Easily as the Xenomorph

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Bad news, humanity: Ridley Scott believes that aliens are out there, and he isn’t optimistic about our chances of surviving an encounter with them. You might think that making movies about extraterrestrials — including the upcoming “Alien: Covenant,” the sequel to “Prometheus” and another prequel to “Alien” — doesn’t make someone an expert on the real thing, but if expertise mattered we’d be living in a very different country right now.

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“I believe in superior beings,” the filmmaker said in a Sky News interview. “An expert I was talking to at Nasa said to me, ‘Have you ever looked in the sky at night? You mean to tell me we are it?’ That’s ridiculous. The experts have now put a number on it having assessed what is out there. They say that there »


- Michael Nordine

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‘It Comes at Night’: Trey Edward Shults’ Horror Film Earns Rave Reviews at Overlook Film Festival

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The Overlook Film Festival closed with the surprise world premiere of “It Comes at Night” last night, and early reactions to Trey Edward Shults’ “Krisha” follow-up are highly positive. IndieWire’s Eric Kohn gives the film an A- and writes that “there are many movies about horror in the woods, but ‘It Comes at Night’ stretches that trope into a paranoid headtrip.” He’s hardly alone in his praise.

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Time Out New York’s Joshua Rothkopf gives it a rare five stars:

“A major statement on the subject of civilization in freefall, writer-director Trey Edward Shults’s nerve-shredding domestic thriller joins the rarified company of Cormac McCarthy’s 2006 novel ‘The Road’ and the small handful of intimate post-apocalyptic scenarios that puncture through to our deepest fears.”

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- Michael Nordine

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‘It Comes at Night’ Review: Joel Edgerton and Christopher Abbott Face Off In Trey Shults’ Frightening Post-Apocalyptic Thriller

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There are many movies about horror in the woods, but “It Comes at Night” stretches that trope into a paranoid headtrip. Writer-director Trey Shults’ sophomore effort follows up on the promise of his tense family drama “Krisha” with another expertly-told look at family bonds jeopardized within the claustrophobic boundaries of a creepy home. This time, however, the stakes have gone beyond the challenges of addiction and estrangement to involve matters of life and death.

Once again, Shults has delivered a top-notch psychological thriller, but “It Comes at Night” builds an unnerving atmosphere around unspecified sci-fi circumstances. Its central premise involves the struggles of a family unit in the aftermath of a plague that seems to have wiped out much of civilization. That much may sound familiar, but it’s only a starting point for more unpredictable turns.

Patriarch Paul (a scowling, bearded Joel Edgerton) manages the daily routine alongside his »


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‘It Comes at Night’ Makes A Surprise Appearance at New Horror Festival

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Filmmaker Trey Shults was an overnight sensation after his debut film, the tense family addiction drama “Krisha,” won the Grand Jury Prize at the 2015 SXSW Film Festival. His followup, the horror-thriller “It Comes at Night,” has also unexpectedly surfaced at a film festival — this time, by premiering in a secret screening slot as the closing night entry at The Overlook Film Festival, a new horror film festival in the Timerline Lodge in Mt. Hood, Oregon.

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The A24-produced film marks a step up in production for Shults, who shot “Krisha” in his Texas home with members of his family. With a cast that includes Riley Keough, Joel Edgerton and Christopher Abbott, “It Comes at Night” revolves around the experiences a man holed up in a remote home with his family after a mysterious »


- Eric Kohn

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White House Correspondents’ Dinner 2017: Hasan Minhaj Eviscerates Donald Trump and Those Covering Him — Watch

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No president, no problem.

Hasan Minhaj took the stage Saturday night at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner and delivered a model set for the annual event, even though the event itself was anything but ordinary. The “Daily Show” special correspondent delivered an eviscerating 25-minute speech, going after the usual targets, from the reporters in the room to the president and his staff, despite Donald Trump’s absence.

“I would say it’s an honor to be here, but that is an alternative fact,” Minhaj said. “No one one wanted to do this, so, of course, it landed in the hands of an immigrant — like it always does.”

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Minhaj opened by welcoming the crowd to “the series finale of the White House Correspondents’ Dinner,” and noted how it’s the ninth year in a row »


- Ben Travers

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‘Doctor Who’ Review: Racism and Privilege Are No Match for the Doctor in Chilling Episode

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[Editor’s Note: The following review of “Doctor Who” Season 10, Episode 3, “Thin Ice,” contains spoilers.]

The Rundown

While the Doctor and Bill had some excitement in Regency England with some monsters during a Frost Fair (a celebration the day before a thaw is expected), that was just the framework for the richer character content that the episode delivered. Despite traveling through time and space with the Doctor, Bill only now really saw into the heart, er, hearts, of the alien Time Lord who looks human.

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Here Be Monsters

Again, “Doctor Who” created a one-off, disposable monster that we highly doubt will resurface on the show. Tiny, aka the Loch-less Monster, aka the Creature lurking in the frozen Thames, in the end wasn’t really all that scary. The symbiotic relationship she had with fish that were very similar to anglerfish — those with the scary mouths and bioluminescent lures »


- Hanh Nguyen

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‘The Godfather’ Reunion: Robert Duvall Imitates Marlon Brando’s Laugh and Other Highlights From Closing Night at Tribeca

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The Tribeca Film Festival just closed with a bang. Francis Ford Coppola, Al Pacino and Robert De Niro headlined a discussion following back-to-back screenings of “The Godfather” and “The Godfather Part II” marking the 45th anniversary of the first film. It wasn’t just that formidable trio onstage: James Caan, Robert Duvall, Diane Keaton and Talia Shire were all in attendance as well.

So, too, was Don Corleone himself. A photo of Marlon Brando in character overlooked the proceedings, reminding everyone at Radio City Music Hall (and the 10,500 people watching on Facebook Live) that he’ll always be the head of the family.

Taylor Hackford, who moderated the discussion, began by mentioning the film’s humble beginnings: “The Godfather” was never intended as a high-profile prestige picture. Paramount envisioned it as a “quickie” meant to capitalize on Mario Puzo’s novel’s best-seller status. Coppola elaborated, recalling that he first »


- Michael Nordine

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Barbra Streisand and Robert Rodriguez Rally Against Hollywood Sexism in Lively Q&A

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One of Barbra Streisand’s simplest comments during her April 29 Tribeca Talk struck the hardest: “I love when I see a woman’s name on a movie, and I pray it’s good.” The determined hope of her sentiment came deep into a 70-minute conversation with industry friend (and superfan) Robert Rodriguez, which primarily focused on the multihyphenate’s time behind the camera.

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Rodriguez had been making the case that Streisand’s directing career paved the way for Kathryn Bigelow’s historic 2010 Best Director Oscar win for “The Hurt Locker,” the first ever for a woman. Streisand was hesitant to take credit, but after their discussion, it was hard to dispute that she paved the way for women to take control in a notoriously sexist industry, with Rodriguez arguing several times that she was robbed of Best Director nods for smash »


- William Earl

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Samantha Bee’s ‘Not The White House Correspondents’ Dinner’ Live Stream — Watch

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Tonight, Samantha Bee cements her place as the reigning queen of political satire as “Not the White House Correspondents’ Dinner,” and you won’t want to miss it. Airing on TBS tonight at 10 pm Et/Pt, the network says there is “no need to steal your parents’ login info” for those of you watching at home. The network will be live streaming the full show on Twitter, with an uncensored encore airing directly afterwards.

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The hour-long special was taped live in Washington, D.C. at the Dar Constitution Hall (insert Ivanka Trump jokes here). Presented as an alternative fact to the White House Correspondents’ Dinner, which President Trump will not be attending, Bee’s broadcast will be considerably funnier, not to mention better attended. Boasting special guests Peaches and Will Ferrell, »


- Jude Dry

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Samantha Bee Compares Trump to Fyre Festival at ‘Not the White House Correspondents’ Dinner’

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The reigning Queen Bee of political satire outdid herself Saturday night in Washington, D.C., delivering on her promise to “Finally answer the question, ‘What if Washington D.C.’s annual nerd prom were hosted by a lady nerd and had way more curse words?'” at the first annual “Full Frontal with Samantha Bee’s Not the White House Correspondents’ Dinner.”

Coincidentally, the event took place on the same day as the People’s Climate March, making it rather difficult for guests to get into the Dar Constitution Hall in their black tie attire (only cocktail was specified). The event took place just a few blocks from the White House, where President Donald Trump will not be attending the actual White House Correspondents’ Dinner. (It’s anyone’s guess where he actually will be: “President Trump has been in office for 100 days, and in the White House for 17,” said Bee. »


- Jude Dry

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