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Netflix's 'Lupin' Is a Riff on a Classic Character, Not a Breakthrough Adaptation

Netflix's 'Lupin' Is a Riff on a Classic Character, Not a Breakthrough Adaptation

Connoisseurs of classic detectives took notice when debuted the first five episodes of its new French series “” last month. And those familiar with the dynamic, charismatic actor — best known as the lead in the international smash-hit film “Intouchables” — imagined exciting possibilities.The French actor has crossed over into studio films like “X-Men: Days of Future Past” and “Jurassic World.” He is a leading man, and his role as the title character in this contemporary, Paris-set series promised not only to spotlight that, but to serve as another successful instance of colorblind casting....

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Feb 2
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Robinhood Goes to the Movies as 'The Big Short' and 'Wolf of Wall Street' Soar on Apple TV

Robinhood Goes to the Movies as 'The Big Short' and 'Wolf of Wall Street' Soar on Apple TV

The Robinhood effect has now extended to the movies. Days after the Reddit-led consumer buys of struggling GameStop, , and other stocks, two of the most successful recent films about Wall Street manipulation are soaring high in home rentals.Apple TV, usually the quickest to detect trends and spot immediate response, currently has Adam McKay’s 2015 “” at #3 and Martin Scorsese’s 2013 “” at #4. That places them ahead of all but two current releases (“Tenet” and “Greenland”) as the most-ordered titles.This rapid response parallels what happened last February when Steven Soderbergh’s 2011...

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Netflix Has One of the Year's Best Films With Taiwan's 'A Sun' — Here's Why You Didn’t Know About It

Netflix Has One of the Year's Best Films With Taiwan's 'A Sun' — Here's Why You Didn’t Know About It

You may not have heard of the 2019 crime drama “,” the fifth fiction feature from acclaimed Taiwanese director and cinematographer Chung Mong-hong. (His 2008 debut, “Parking,” premiered at Cannes in Un Certain Regard.) You almost certainly haven’t seen it; after screening at festivals including Toronto 2019 and Palm Springs 2020, it arrived on in January without fanfare. After Variety named it the best film of 2020, it’s getting a lot more attention — but this film’s happy ending is also a cautionary tale.This is what really sets “A Sun” apart: Not only had this film escaped the public’s...

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Dec 18
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Disney's Investor Day Spent 4 Hours Telling Theaters That They Are Mere Middle Men

Disney's Investor Day Spent 4 Hours Telling Theaters That They Are Mere Middle Men

Domestic movie theaters are under siege from COVID-19 and from their studio suppliers, not necessarily in that order. On a marathon December 10 Investor Day produced by , the company that provided nearly 40 percent of the 2019 domestic , it delivered what passes for upbeat news in the year 2020: Disney’s biggest titles will go to theaters.Here’s what Disney didn’t say: It didn’t say theaters were the premiere outlet for Disney content. In fact, the presentations made almost no effort to differentiate theatrical releases from those movies and series that will premiere on Disney+. That’s...

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Dec 12
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