The Encore Edition of ‘A Star Is Born’: More Isn’t Less, But It’s Not More Either

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Releasing alternate or expanded versions of big-hit movies into theaters isn’t a new idea. The first one I remember seeing was “Close Encounters of the Third Kind: The Special Edition,” which opened in the late summer of 1980, three years a…

‘Brooklyn Nine-Nine’ Takes on #MeToo With Empathy — And Actual Jokes (Column)

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It was only a matter of time before the #MeToo movement emerged from behind the scenes to our screens. In fact, so many in and out of Hollywood are grappling with a seismic cultural shift surrounding sexual violence  — or, at the very least, a ne…

How Director Stanley Donen Made Stars Like Gene Kelly and Audrey Hepburn Shine Their Brightest

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Some directors make their presence felt in every frame of their films, while others operate in service of the stories and the stars. There is no such thing as an egoless director, but Stanley Donen, who died at age 94, made every effort to efface himse…

Peter Jackson’s ‘They Shall Not Grow Old’ Is a World War I Movie for the Trump Era (Column)

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It should go without saying that if you’ve never been to war, you can’t pretend to know what it’s like. Yet for those of us who never have been, the movies have created our image of war; they’re the closest thing to it that most of us are l…