Comedy 23/6

The biggest surprise of ‘Solo’? How well it works.

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The biggest surprise of ‘Solo’? How well it works.
“Solo” is not the “Star Wars” movie you’re looking for. If you’re expecting the unwatchable aftermath of the preproduction drama that has become the standard for Star Wars stand-alone films, you’ll be shockingly disappointed. “Solo” works. Very well, actually. And it serves as a testament to the risk that Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy made with a very late-in-the-game director switch from […]

How a pioneering stuntwoman’s memory looms over ‘Deadpool 2’

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How a pioneering stuntwoman’s memory looms over ‘Deadpool 2’
AS ONE watches the high-speed chase scenes in the new “Deadpool 2,” in which the character Domino (played by Zazie Beetz) relies on her super-powered luck to navigate the violent mayhem all around her, the memory of Sequana “S.J.” Harris looms over the action. Harris, a professional road racer-turned-stuntwoman, was dressed as Domino in August when […]

Donald Glover confirms Lando Calrissian is pansexual. But does this count as representation?

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Donald Glover confirms Lando Calrissian is pansexual. But does this count as representation?
When “Solo: A Star Wars Story” hits theaters on Friday, moviegoers will finally be able to ascertain whether Alden Ehrenreich’s Han lives up to Harrison Ford’s portrayal, or if the infamous director switcheroo affected the quality of the film. But viewers will have to look off-screen for the answer to another burning question: Is Lando […]

How the world’s cartoonists are skewering Trump’s global diplomacy

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How the world’s cartoonists are skewering Trump’s global diplomacy
FROM LAMBASTING the Obama-era nuclear deal with Iran to embracing the opening of a U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem — while also racing to tweet-announce a now-imperiled nuclear summit with North Korea — President Trump’s brand of showmanship as global diplomacy (a.k.a. “diplotainment”) has been on full-plumage display. And behind such a parade of loudly touted […]

‘Deadpool 2’ opens to $301 million worldwide, with a huge assist from overseas audiences

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‘Deadpool 2’ opens to $301 million worldwide, with a huge assist from overseas audiences
“DEADPOOL 2” opened big worldwide over the weekend, though not as massively on its home shores as the franchise’s first film — a foreign-market twist that, it turns out, is precisely on trend. “Deadpool 2” won the weekend with a domestic debut of $125 million, according to box-office estimates Sunday — slightly off “Deadpool’s” surprise […]

From Deadpool to Thor: The 5 movie superheroes we can’t imagine being played by another actor

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From Deadpool to Thor: The 5 movie superheroes we can’t imagine being played by another actor
AS “DEADPOOL 2” officially opens Friday, cutting a swath of three-dimensional violence and broken-fourth-wall humor, the motor-mouthed Ryan Reynolds reminds us why this is the superhero he was born to play. In an era when many big-screen superheroes seem interchangeable — we’ve had three Spider-Men, three Hulks and four Batmen (five if you count the […]