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Documentary Scours Our Noisy Globe 'In Search Of Silence' Director Patrick Shen features plenty of talking heads opining about our essential need for quiet and solitude, but this film works best when he captures moments of pristine, meditative stillness. A Wounded Union Soldier In A House Of Southern Women: 'The Beguiled' Sofia Coppola's lush visual aesthetic infuses this study in sublimated lust with just enough sly, Southern-Gothic bodice-ripping to intrigue and satisfy. 'The Big Sick' Is A Tonic For What Ails You Critic Andrew Lapin praises the "unique, understated comic irony" of this largely autobiographical rom-com about a couple whose young relationship gets tested by matters cultural — and medical. 'From The Ashes' Documents Rise And Fall Of Coal In America After President Trump pulled out of the Paris Climate Agreement, former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg pledged to lead a group of mayors, governors and CEOs in cutting emissions according to the Paris framework. And now Bloomberg also has a film out documenting coal's rise and fall in America, From the Ashes. 'The Big Sick' Is A Wonderful Movie And An Imperfect Milestone Comedian Kumail Nanjiani steps into the leading role in a semi-autobiographical love story. It's a quietly groundbreaking crowd-pleaser, though some characters aren't as fully dimensional as others.
Only One Bank Faced Criminal Charges For The Mortgage Crisis. Bet You've Never Heard Of It. The documentary, "Abacus: Small Enough To Jail," tells the story of a family-owned bank in New York's Chinatown — the only U.S. institution to face criminal fraud charges in the wake of the subprime mortgage crisis. Disney Is Taking Stereotypes And Diversity Seriously, Or Is It? From "Moana" to "Beauty and the Beast" and "Zootopia," new Disney films for children are becoming more inclusive and questioning of racial and gender stereotypes. A look at new Disney films, stereotypes, representation and diversity. 'Maudie' Paints Intimate Portrait Of Canadian Painter Maud Lewis The new film Maudie is an intimate drama about self-taught Canadian painter Maud Lewis. The film also takes a deep dive into her paintings and legacy. Home Is Where The Art Is: The Unlikely Story Of Folk Artist Maud Lewis Lewis sold paintings to passing tourists for $2. Now, they go for as much as $20,000 and her entire house is on view in a museum. Maudie tells the true story of the untrained artist from Nova Scotia. 'Maudie' Made Such Joyful Art, You'd Never Guess How Tough She Had It The film tells the true story of Maud Lewis, a woman from a small town in Nova Scotia, who, with no formal training, became one of Canada's most celebrated folk artists.
Gallery Gives Movie Star Marlene Dietrich The Big-Picture Treatment A photography exhibition in Washington, D.C., shows the journey from Berlin schoolgirl to glamorous actress. Julius Caesar Production Closes, But Debate Over Art And Politics Likely to Rage On A production of Shakespeare's Julius Caesar has drawn the ire of conservatives for its depiction of President Trump as the ill-fated Roman politician. John Avildsen, Oscar-Winning Director Of 'Rocky' And 'Karate Kid,' Dies At 81 Avildsen won his Oscar in 1977 for Rocky, which was also named best picture. The director, who delivered a string of inspirational and enduring box-office successes, died Friday of pancreatic cancer. Sleep Apnea Factored In Carrie Fisher's Death, Coroner Reports Los Angeles County report leaves the cause of death undetermined, but also points to heart disease and Fisher's drug use as contributing to her death in December. Why 'The Mummy' Is The Most Important Bad Movie Of The Year The lousiness of The Mummy isn't the stars' fault — it's the storytelling. Universal has announced plans to make more like it, which is scarier than anything in the movie itself.