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Reeling in the faithful

Movie marketers find selling church leaders on their films helps fill cinema seats

Subscriber onlyThe Rev. Roderick Dwayne Belin, a senior African Methodist Episcopal Church leader, stood before a gathering of more than 1,000 ministers in a drafty Marriott ballroom in Naperville, Ill., last month and extolled the virtues of a Hollywood movie. Continue reading...

Lion

A tremendously moving performance from Dev Patel is the resilient soul of Lion, the incredible true story of Saroo Brierley and his tenacious quest to find the family from whom he was separated 25 years earlier. But the role is made even more affecting by its through line from the equally indelible work of Sunny Pawar, the remarkable young actor who plays him at age 5 in the film's wrenching opening chapter. Garth Davis, who comes from a background in commercials and co-directed the lauded drama series Top of the Lake with Jane Campion, has chosen wisely for his first feature project. Continue reading...

Flawed Figures

Director Theodore Melfi takes easy approach to tell story worthy of more

A nice enough message movie with a trio of fine performances at its core, Hidden Figures is nevertheless overly safe and inappropriately comforting, fitting squarely in the well-established minorities-overcoming-adversity-with-dignity genre. It's a good family film in the sense that it probably won't upset anyone, but it's hard to escape the suspicion the real people on whose stories it is based deserve a more nuanced treatment, one that's less slavishly devoted to the conventional notions of America's Cold War and civil rights mythologies. Continue reading...

Previews

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Home Movies

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A Monster Calls

One of the things we try to stay away from in most of these reviews is a discussion of a given film's commercial prospects. We're not interested in how a movie might profit its makers or its stars, for we aren't writing for a trade publication but for an audience of what we imagine to be interested, alert but resolutely amateur moviegoers. Continue reading...

Week 2 of Top 10 lists: Folks in the biz

As has become our custom, we start off the new year with a look back at the past one. We've asked a few people in the Arkansas film community and beyond, to supply us with lists of their favorite movies of 2016. Here's what they sent us. (Oh, and there's more. This will continue next week.) Continue reading...

Box office goes Rogue once again

LOS ANGELES -- Moviegoers bid adieu to 2016 and welcomed 2017 over the four-day holiday weekend, spending about $200 million to see just the 10 top-grossing films, a pack led once again by Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. Continue reading...

COMING ATTRACTIONS

The Bye Bye Man, PG-13 Three college friends discover there is only one way to avoid the title character's curse: Don't think it, don't say it. Once the Bye Bye Man gets inside your head, he takes control. With Douglas Smith, Lucien Laviscount, Cressida Bonas, Doug Jones, Michael Trucco, Faye Dunaway, Jenna Kanell, Erica Tremblay, Marisa Echeverria; directed by Stacy Title. Jan. 13 Continue reading...

Star Wars, Silence rev up Driver's career

NEW YORK -- Adam Driver -- the tall, lanky actor who has Lena Dunham's Girls and Noah Baumbach's While We're Young on his resume -- is invited to Martin Scorsese's house to discuss a new project. Continue reading...

Super Quiz: English names

1. French: Andre Continue reading...

Helpful Hints

DEAR HELOISE: My school printer can accommodate a large amount of paper, which I'm not used to. I was constantly checking the tray to see if I needed to add more. So to limit the number of times I checked for paper, I came up with this hint. Continue reading...

Horoscopes by Holiday

Happy birthday. The goal is more vivid than it's ever been, and furthermore you have the sense that this year the universe is on your side. While working in collaboration with powerful forces, the less you do the better. In April, enjoy what you've built together. Love sweeps you into new circumstances in March. Continue reading...

On Christianity

DEAR REV. GRAHAM: Where did the devil come from? Has he always existed? And is he just as powerful as God? Sometimes I think he must be, since evil seems to be winning most of the time. Continue reading...

NW COMING ATTRACTIONS

The Bye Bye Man, PG-13 Three college friends discover that there is only one way to avoid the title character's curse: Don't think it, don't say it. Because once the Bye Bye Man gets inside your head, he takes control. With Douglas Smith, Lucien Laviscount, Cressida Bonas, Doug Jones, Michael Trucco, Faye Dunaway, Jenna Kanell, Erica Tremblay, Marisa Echeverria; directed by Stacy Title. Jan. 13 Continue reading...