Review: ‘Sorry to Bother You,’ but Can I Interest You in a Wild Dystopian Satire?

And the situations get pretty crazy. There may not be method to Mr. Riley’s madness, but there is a measure of coherence, of intellectual discipline, to his wildness. What Cassius wants is what everyone wants: success, security, solidarity, sex. But the movie’s imaginary world forces him to make choices that seem unfair if not impossible — between political commitment and personal ambition, between love and power, between staying true to his friends and becoming a sellout. Which makes it a lot like the real world. Which is how satire works,…

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Already at Movie Theaters Near You: Ticket Subscriptions

MoviePass, the subscription-based movie ticket service, is struggling to stay afloat. But the payment model it has popularized appears to be here to stay. AMC Theaters, the largest multiplex chain in the United States, rolled out its own MoviePass-style service on Tuesday. For $20 a month, subscribers to AMC Stubs A-List can see up to three movies a week. Also last week, the Alamo Drafthouse chain said it would begin testing a service called Season Pass that would offer unlimited movies for one monthly price. “We really like the subscription…

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What’s on TV Monday: ‘The Rape of Recy Taylor’ and ‘Strangers’

Nancy Buirski’s documentary on Recy Taylor airs on Starz. And on Facebook Watch, “Strangers” is back for a second season. What’s on TV THE RAPE OF RECY TAYLOR (2017) 9 p.m. on Starz. “Planting a flag firmly at the intersection of patriarchy, sexism and white supremacy, ‘The Rape of Recy Taylor’ is a documentary of multiple layers and marvelous gumption,” Jeannette Catsoulis wrote in her review of this documentary for The New York Times. On a September night in 1944, Mrs. Taylor, then a 24-year-old sharecropper, was raped by six…

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‘Sicario: Day of the Soldado’ Earns $19 Million, Beating Expectations

The Summer of Josh Brolin swelters on. “Sicario: Day of the Soldado,” in which he stars alongside Benicio Del Toro, opened to a better-than-expected $19 million in domestic ticket sales over the weekend. The film cements Mr. Brolin’s unlikely rise from character actor to an anchor of three franchises, following his villain turns in “Avengers: Infinity War” and “Deadpool 2.” “Day of the Soldado” was distributed by Sony and financed by Black Label Media for $35 million, and follows an escalating battle between Mexican cartels and the U.S. government. The…

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Casablanca Dispatch: ‘Play It Again, Issam’: In Casablanca, a Cafe Is Still a Cafe

CASABLANCA, Morocco — Some things get better as time goes by. Rick’s Café may be one of them. Chris Kelley of Bath, England, stopped there one recent day for lunch on his way to a kite-surfing vacation in southern Morocco, and said he was impressed at how lovingly restored the old place was. It was just like the one in the movie “Casablanca.” Like many visitors here, Mr. Kelley was surprised to learn that Rick’s Café Américain never existed, except on a Hollywood movie lot, where the classic film starring…

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What’s on TV Sunday: A Baseball Rivalry and ‘Recovery Boys’

The Yankees-Red Sox rivalry is back. And stream a documentary series about opioid addiction recovery on Netflix. What’s on TV MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL 8 p.m. on ESPN. The latest generation of the Yankees-Red Sox rivalry is upon us. These A.L. East teams enter this midseason series in the Bronx possessing two of the best records in baseball. The matchup, already chock-full of superstars like Aaron Judge and Mookie Betts, will be intensified by bad blood lingering from a confrontation at Fenway Park in April. On Sunday, the series rubber match…

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What’s on TV Saturday: ‘It’ and ‘Liquid Science’

Stephen King’s killer clown stalks on HBO. And the rapper GZA’s science show streams on Netflix. What’s on TV IT (2017) 8 p.m. on HBO. “It” opens with a boy in a yellow raincoat floating a paper boat down a flooded suburban street as it rains and ends with an epic battle. Andy Muschietti’s adaptation of Stephen King’s 1986 novel about a group of kids fending off a killer clown layers generous scoops of action atop a base of jump scares — with a sprinkling of late-’80s nostalgia. That mixture…

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The Best Films of 2018, So Far

Advertisement Jeffrey Tambor, left, and Steve Buscemi in “The Death of Stalin.”Creditvia TIFF June 29, 2018 With the long, hot holiday ahead, you may have a chance to catch up on moviegoing. Here are the top films that our chief critics, A.O. Scott and Manohla Dargis, are recommending so far this year: ‘First Reformed’ A preview of the film.Published OnMay 7, 2018 THE STORY This drama, written and directed by Paul Schrader, follows the Rev. Ernst Toller (Ethan Hawke), an upstate New York pastor, as he comes undone after meeting…

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China’s Biggest Movie Stars Get a Pay Cut (From the Government)

HONG KONG — Movie stars in China can make as much as or more than their Hollywood counterparts. The Chinese government is not happy about that. So officials moved this week to cap how much A-listers can make, citing potential damage to a fast-growing movie industry. Movie star pay may seem like an issue for producers and trade magazines rather than for the Chinese Communist Party. But the government hopes to nurture the industry into an economic and cultural force to rival the soft power that Hollywood has long enjoyed…

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Streaming: The Bounty of Netflix International

In most respects, “Us and Them” is an orthodox and respectably effective tear-jerker. But certain touches in the movie, the first feature directed by the Taiwanese actress Rene Liu, provide interesting perspectives on conventional heterosexual romance in China. When they first meet, Jianqing and Xiaoxiao are in an “ant tribe” of young people making a living vending gray-market goods while also hustling for their big breaks. Jianqing meets a fellow with a lot of pinups in his room, and the two enthusiastically trade the names of their favorite Japanese pornography…

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