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'Falling apart but we deny it': Is J. Cole talking about Kanye West?

So much for not kicking a man when he’s down. Rapper J. Cole on Thursday night released a new documentary about the making of his upcoming fourth album, and 12 hours later the Internet is convinced that one of the album’s songs is a shot at Kanye West, who spent a portion of last month in the hospital...

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  • Friday's TV Highlights: A new 'I Love Lucy Christmas Special' on CBS

    Friday's TV Highlights: A new 'I Love Lucy Christmas Special' on CBS

    SERIES The Vampire Diaries Stefan (Paul Wesley) tries to protect Caroline’s (Candice King) twins from the Siren on a new episode of the supernatural drama. 8 p.m. KTLA Crazy Ex-Girlfriend Rebecca (Rachel Bloom) plans a gals-only get-together on a new episode of the kooky musical comedy; Donna...

  • Laurie Anderson's 'Heart of a Dog' finds a home at Criterion Collection

    Laurie Anderson's 'Heart of a Dog' finds a home at Criterion Collection

    Laurie Anderson’s “Heart of a Dog,” her first film in nearly three decades, is a wondrously personal and ruminative work — a collage of musings on memory, language, grief and post-9/11 malaise, all refracted through a loving tribute to the director’s dearly departed rat terrier, Lolabelle. It is...

  • On Bette Midler's birthday, 10 songs that remind us why we fell in love with her

    On Bette Midler's birthday, 10 songs that remind us why we fell in love with her

    “Did you ever know that you’re my hero?” “From a distance, there is harmony!” “Some say love, it is a river.” Ask any casual Bette Midler fan (or anyone born beyond 1990) about the diva’s discography, and they’ll likely name that trio of tear-jerking hits: “Wind Beneath My Wings,” “From a Distance”...

  • Isabelle Huppert stuns as the formidable woman at the heart of 'Things to Come'

    Isabelle Huppert stuns as the formidable woman at the heart of 'Things to Come'

    The superb French actress Isabelle Huppert has appeared in more than 100 films in a career that began a decade before writer-director Mia Hansen-Løve, who has made five, was even born. Yet their strong joint commitment to emotional truth above all else has produced the quietly wonderful "Things...

  • 'Pocket Listing' can't make the sale with its strange design and poor taste

    'Pocket Listing' can't make the sale with its strange design and poor taste

    When you peel back the aggressive soundtrack, offensive racial stereotypes, gratuitous nudity, and music-video style editing, one finds that the Los Angeles real estate drama “Pocket Listing” is essentially a bonkers, beefed-up episode of the Bravo reality show “Million Dollar Listing.” The main...

  • New York Film Critics Circle gives best picture to 'La La Land'

    New York Film Critics Circle gives best picture to 'La La Land'

    The New York Film Critics Circle announced its awards on Thursday, giving best picture to “La La Land,” written and directed by Damien Chazelle. The awards were announced in real time on the group’s Twitter feed and took a number of hours to work through the voting process. It was the only prize...

  • 'The Duelist' may miss the mark, but it's dazzling to watch

    'The Duelist' may miss the mark, but it's dazzling to watch

    The sumptuously shot, costumed, designed and scored Russian import “The Duelist” dazzles and provokes as it makes little real sense beyond the confines of its hermetic milieu. Still, patient viewers should find writer-director Alexey Mizgirev’s often bloody, overheated action-drama set in 1860...

  • Robert De Niro amuses, but 'The Comedian' doesn't kill

    Robert De Niro amuses, but 'The Comedian' doesn't kill

    Jackie Burke, the 67-year-old funnyman played with a wink and a scowl by Robert De Niro in “The Comedian,” originally came to fame as the star of a hugely popular, thoroughly dreadful sitcom called “Eddie’s Home.” Everywhere he goes, Jackie is greeted by nostalgic fans (“Eddie! Eddie!”) who demand...

  • 'The Eyes of My Mother' is a lyrical, grisly horror film that upends expectations

    'The Eyes of My Mother' is a lyrical, grisly horror film that upends expectations

    “The Eyes of My Mother,” Nicolas Pesce’s hypnotically eerie debut feature, builds calmly and quietly to one of the most appalling sequences I’ve seen in a film this year. I’ll keep the details vague; anyone inclined to seek out this movie’s dread-soaked pleasures may as well take their poison straight....

  • Hong Kong action auteur Ringo Lam returns to the scene with overblown 'Sky on Fire'

    Hong Kong action auteur Ringo Lam returns to the scene with overblown 'Sky on Fire'

    Hong Kong filmmaker Ringo Lam’s action bona fides are unquestioned, and after a long break out of the director’s chair, he’s thrown himself back into his signature genre with guns blazing and cars careening. Last year’s aptly titled “Wild City” has been followed up with “Sky on Fire,” a title perhaps...

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