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Chiwetel Ejiofor picks at Scar from ‘The Lion King’

“When you are looking at a character, you are looking to empathize and not necessarily sympathize and I think in that sense you are looking with Scar at someone who is envious but he’s also corrupted by this idea of power and status – and many of us are,” Ejiofor says. “He takes it to a very exaggerated place.”
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‘Fall of the American Empire’ review: a Montreal caper, with a little philosophy on the side

UPDATED: Thu., July 18, 2019, 1:26 p.m.

Was there a time, not long ago, when a smoothly operating hypocrite of a movie such as “The Fall of the American Empire” might’ve stolen the hearts of art-house audiences worldwide, even – or especially – in America? You don’t have to look this far back, but the commercial American cinema of the 1970s in particular couldn’t get enough of caper and heist movies steeped in post-Watergate institutional loathing, paying lip service to social injustice while treating everyone pretty shabbily (“Fun with Dick and Jane,” et al.). Not a lot has changed. We love to imagine tremendous wealth obtained the easy way. We relish the narrative payback of seeing rich weasels get theirs, now more than ever, probably.

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‘Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am’ review: Irresistible voice of beloved writer shines through

Much of the film’s pleasure is in hearing Morrison speak – about racism (“If you can only be tall if someone is on their knees, then you have a problem”), about controlling the characters she creates in her books (one particularly troublesome one was told to “shut up. This is my book, not yours”), about the everyday effort of writing (“Sometimes you’re nudged, and sometimes you’re just searching”).
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Review: ‘The Art of Self-Defense’ is a sour, fitfully funny comedy about toxic masculinity

The Art of Self-Defense,” a black comedy about a milquetoast accountant (Jesse Eisenberg) who, after a mugging, signs up for karate lessons from a charismatic, hyper-macho nut-job (Alessandro Nivola), is meant to hold up its portrayal of toxic masculinity to ridicule. But at times, the movie struggles to maintain the critical balance between detachment from and engagement with the thing it’s making fun of.
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All eight Spider-Man movies, ranked from worst to best

With Marvel Studios and Sony cruising along and sharing Spider-Man in the Marvel Cinematic Universe; more sequels with star Tom Holland likely, and the animated, Oscar-winning “Spider-Verse” just getting started, this list is likely to change again soon.
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Review: ‘Spider-Man: Far From Home’ is a home run

UPDATED: Wed., July 3, 2019, 10:46 a.m.

This is a journey about Peter surrendering to his destiny, leaning in to what it means to be a “superhero” in the wake of the Avengers. If “Into the Spider-Verse” explored all the different ways to be Spider-Man, “Far From Home” dives into the heart of what it means to be hero, a responsibility that isn’t always easy. Good thing Spidey is one of the best.