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‘Night of the Kings’ Review: Visually Stunning Fantasy, By Way of a Western African Prison

Male hierarchies inside prison walls are well-trod ground, from “Brute Force” and “Birdman of Alcatraz,” to “Papillon,” “Midnight Express,” and “The Shawshank Redemption.” But rarely is an entry as visually rapturous as West African filmmaker Philippe Lacôte’s “Night of the Kings,” which takes place inside the bowels of the infamous La MacA prison in Abidjan, […]

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Maggie Smith, Kathy Bates and Laura Linney Join ‘The Miracle Club’

Maggie Smith (“Downton Abbey”), Kathy Bates (“Richard Jewell”) and Laura Linney (“Ozark”) will headline the cast of “The Miracle Club,” to be directed by Thaddeus O’Sullivan (“Silent Witness”).Based on an original screenplay by Jimmy Smallhorne (“2by4”), Timothy Prager (“Crossing Lines”) and Josh Maurer, the film will follow the journey of a group of riotous working-class […]

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‘Wolf of Wall Street’ Producer Riza Aziz Arrested in Malaysia For Money Laundering

Riza Aziz, a producer on Martin Scorsese’s “The Wolf of Wall Street,” has been arrested in Malaysia on charges of money-laundering. (Via the New York Times.) Aziz faces charges related to the raiding of a massive investment fund set up by his step father, the former Malaysian prime minister Najib Razak.Riza is co-founder, with Joey […]

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John Cho’s ‘Searching’ Grabs Specialty Crowd as ‘Papillon’ and ‘Support the Girls’ Struggle

The dog days of summer are a dropping ground– just before the festival launch of many major award season entries –for weaker commercial entries that need room to breathe. Still, multiple new titles opened this weekend. One, Sundance grad “Searching” (Sony), looks set for wider interest ahead.Remake “Papillon” (Bleecker Street) opened in 544 theaters, neither […]

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