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Gross narcissism

Nicolas Winding Refn’s twisted, self-indulgent film about the fashion world is visually striking, sadistic

Nicholas Winding Refn's new film (The Neon Demon) is, in fact, directed by Nicholas Winding Refn. This we come to understand, not only because of the film's disastrous screening at Cannes, where it earned substantial boos from an incensed audience, but because he not only puts his own name up before the film's title -- and the credits of his actors -- he also adds a smart NWR monogram at the bottom third of the screen to ensure there is no possible doubt who is behind it. Continue reading...

Ugly history aside, doc sees both sides

Austin, Texas-born filmmaker Joshua Oppenheimer has earned two Oscar nominations and started an international discussion about the genocide that occurred in Indonesia from 1965 to 1966. He makes documentaries that don't resemble anything that has come before. Continue reading...

Home Movies

Midnight Special, directed by Jeff Nichols (PG-13, 111 minutes) Continue reading...

PREVIEWS

The Dark Horse 87 R After suffering a nervous breakdown, a chess player (Cliff Curtis) volunteers to teach a group of disadvantaged children how to play. With James Rolleston, Kirk Torrance, Xavier Horan, Miriama McDowell, Wayne Hapi, James Napier Robertson, Te Ahorangi Retimana-Martin; directed by Robertson. (124 minutes) Continue reading...

COMING ATTRACTIONS

The BFG, PG A 10-year-old girl is in for the adventure of a lifetime after she meets the 24-foot Big Friendly Giant (Mark Rylance). With Ruby Barnhill, Penelope Wilton, Jemaine Clement, Rebecca Hall, Rafe Spall, Bill Hader; directed by Steven Spielberg. July 1 Continue reading...

Free State of Jones

A compelling and little-known story of the Civil War period is studiously reduced to a dry and cautious history lesson in Free State of Jones. As if afraid to offend anyone or put a wrong foot in an era of racial hypersensitivity, writer-director Gary Ross tiptoes as if through a minefield in relating the fascinating tale of Newton Knight, a Mississippi farmer who had the temerity to lead a rebellion against the Confederacy from the inside with the help of a growing number of renegade slaves. Continue reading...

Dory swims victory lap for the win

LOS ANGELES -- The prescription for an ailing U.S. box office came last weekend in the form of the forgetful blue fish of Pixar's Finding Dory. Pulling in about $135 million in U.S. and Canadian theaters, the picture became the highest-debuting animated film of all time, boosting a sluggish summer moviegoing season. Continue reading...

The Dark Horse

New Zealand's The Dark Horse is an emotionally potent story of redemption anchored by a heart-piercing lead performance from Cliff Curtis. Continue reading...

Independence Day invades theaters again

We knew it would happen again. Continue reading...

Super Quiz: The Human Body

1. What is the name for the largest part of the human brain? Continue reading...

Helpful Hints

DEAR HELOISE: My husband takes a camera whenever we travel. Being an avid photographer, that's just what he does. Continue reading...

Horoscopes by Holiday

Happy birthday. You've a special wish and it will come true in the next 10 weeks if you keep working every day. Your family will celebrate you with pride in July. Be careful what you publicize in August. People are curious about you, and your professional life will come under evaluation. This could lead to a promotion in November. Continue reading...

On Christianity

DEAR REV. GRAHAM: I overheard someone say the other day that God had been speaking to them about something. (I think it had to do with something she was doing that God didn't want her to do.) Do you think she actually heard a voice speaking to her? God never spoke to me that way. Continue reading...

NW PREVIEWS

The Dark Horse 87 R After suffering a nervous breakdown, a chess player (Cliff Curtis) volunteers to teach a group of disadvantaged children how to play. With James Rolleston, Kirk Torrance, Xavier Horan, Miriama McDowell, Wayne Hapi, James Napier Robertson, Te Ahorangi Retimana-Martin; directed by Robertson. (124 minutes) Continue reading...

NW COMING ATTRACTIONS

The BFG, PG A 10-year-old girl is in for the adventure of a lifetime after she meets the 24-foot Big Friendly Giant (Mark Rylance). With Ruby Barnhill, Penelope Wilton, Jemaine Clement, Rebecca Hall, Rafe Spall, Bill Hader; directed by Steven Spielberg. July 1 Continue reading...

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