Apocalypse how?

The Cannes Film Festival has had its fair share of spectacular press conferences, but few can match the drama of Francis Ford Coppola’s 1979 interview. He had just screened what he called a “work in progress” version of Apocalypse Now, the sprawling three-hour war epic he’d spent the previous three years editing, and was in defensive mode when he spoke […]

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Film of the week: Tarantino's ode to Hollywood is cult fiction

‘A love letter to Hollywood,” oozed one excitable British reviewer when describing Quentin Tarantino’s latest work, a film about which critical gushing has been more or less relentless. It’s custom-made to appeal to masculine reviewers of a certain age, and let’s be honest, most film critics are male, and knocking on. Packed from end to end with throwaway film references […]

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Top five films: best of the big screen

TRASH (110 minutes) Unrated 18+ The early features of sometime Andy Warhol protege Paul Morrissey are still funny and outrageous, less capsules of an era than forecasts of the future. This one uses a “day in the life” format to showcase the iconic Joe Dallesandro and Holly Woodlawn, playing a pansexual junkie and his transgender lover. Digitally projected. Screens in […]

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Edward Lewis, ‘Spartacus’ Producer Who Defied Blacklist, Dies at 99

Edward Lewis, an award-winning producer who hired the banned screenwriter Dalton Trumbo to write the movie “Spartacus” and then demanded that he be publicly credited, heralding the end of Hollywood’s anti-Communist blacklist, died on July 27 at his home in Los Angeles. He was 99. His death was confirmed by his daughter Susan. “Spartacus,” which was released in 1960, received […]

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Scariest Scene Ever: '47 Meters Down' and a Flare in the Depths

(Welcome to Scariest Scene Ever, a column dedicated to the most pulse-pounding moments in horror. In this edition: 47 Meters Down has one of the most terrifying horror movie moments in recent memory.) Two summers ago, director/co-writer Johannes Roberts’ small budget shark survival thriller 47 Meters Down quietly released into theaters and became one of the highest-grossing indie films of 2017. […]

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