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Thom Bell, an architect of 1970s Philadelphia soul, this

NEW YORK — Thom Bell, the Grammy-winning producer, writer and arranger who helped perfect the “Sound of Philadelphia” of the 1970s with the inventive, orchestral settings of such hits as the Spinners’ “I’ll Be Around” and the Stylistics’ “Betcha by Golly, Wow,” has died at age 79. Bell’s wife, Vanessa Bell, said that he died… Read More »

Radical dialogue and open roads in ‘Women Talking’

NEW YORK — When Sarah Polley has flown from her home in Toronto to the US this year for the release of her film “Women Talking,” she’s had conversations with customs officials that usually go something like this: “What are you here for?” “I’m screening a film.” “What’s the name of the film?” “Woman Talking.”… Read More »

‘The Best Man’ wraps up storylines with new Peacock series

When the film “The Best Man” was released in 1999, featuring a cast of young, up-and-coming, attractive Black actors including Taye Diggs, Nia Long and Terrence Howard, it wasn’t just a box office hit but also a fresh perspective on film, following the ups and downs of friendship, careers and love through the lens of… Read More »

Review: Clumsy Whitney Houston biopic mars its star’s skill

Whitney Houston’s voice was one of a kind and the creative team behind a new big-budget biopic of the singer had no choice but to agree. Naomi Ackie, who plays Houston in “I Wanna Dance With Somebody,” turns in a fierce performance but is asked to lip-sync throughout to Houston’s biggest hits. The effect is,… Read More »

Jessica Henwick talks making it, diversity and Nicolas Cage

LOS ANGELES — Just before Jessica Henwick was cast in “Game of Thrones” and “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” the then-aspiring actor had already left Los Angeles for her hometown in England. “I ran out of money, so I went back and moved back in with my parents,” she recalled. Although she hadn’t quite given… Read More »

Review: Whodunit ‘The Pale Blue Eye’ chills and satisfies

Grab a jacket or a blanket before you watch Netflix’s engrossing “The Pale Blue Eye.” I don’t care if you’re already in a warm place. You could be on the surface of the sun and still feel chilly watching it. Set during an unrelenting winter in upstate New York in 1830, this frosty movie with… Read More »

Review: Remake ‘Ikiru’? ‘Living,’ with Bill Nighy, tries

It’s probably not fair, this season especially, to recoil at the remaking of a classic. “A Christmas Carol,” for one, has been told and retold countless times, and who among us won’t jump at the chance to watch the Muppets or Bill Murray do their version of Dickens. Akira Kurosawa’s 1952 film “Ikiru” has no… Read More »

‘Get Carter,’ ‘Flash Gordon’ director Mike Hodges died at 90

LONDON– British filmmaker Mike Hodges, who directed gangland thriller “Get Carter” and sci-fi cult classic “Flash Gordon,” has died. Hey what 90 Hodges died at his home in the county of Dorset in southwest England on Saturday, his friend and former producer Mike Kaplan told British media on Wednesday. No cause of death was given.… Read More »

Review: In ‘Corsage,’ a real-life empress gets a new story

A winsome young woman marries into the top echelon of, becomes lonely in a passionless marriage, and suffers eating disorders and depression even as she fascinates the outside world. Decades after her untimely death, they’re still making movies and TV shows about her. PS Guess what? Her name isn’t Diana. No, though the parallels are… Read More »

Q&A: Baumbach finds a cinematic playground in ‘White Noise’

It was early in the pandemic when filmmaker Noah Baumbach, for the first time in his career, found himself wondering what he was going to do next. 2019 had been a big year, both professionally and in his personal life. He lost his father. He had a child, with partner Greta Gerwig. And both had… Read More »