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  • TV This Week, July 23-29: '50 Years of Hitchcock' and more

    TV This Week, July 23-29: '50 Years of Hitchcock' and more

    SUNDAY A new installment of “The Nineties” revisits such decade-defining events as the 1992 L.A. riots and the O.J. Simpson murder trial. 6 p.m. CNN Discovery Channel launches its annual “Shark Week” with the special “Great White Serial Killer,” then immediately proceeds to jump said shark with...

  • Classic Hollywood: George Romero, Mr. Rogers and the Pittsburgh connection

    Classic Hollywood: George Romero, Mr. Rogers and the Pittsburgh connection

    It came from Pittsburgh. The modern-day zombie movie wasn’t a creature spawned in Hollywood. Instead, we have the Steel City to thank for giving us George Romero, who was proudly Pennsylvanian and filmed near his hometown with unknown actors and a bare-bones budget. Welcome to another edition of...

  • Reinventing the machine that let America hear itself on the PBS-BBC doc 'American Epic'

    Reinventing the machine that let America hear itself on the PBS-BBC doc 'American Epic'

    It's a tangential moment in the Emmy Award-nominated documentary “American Epic,” but one that grabs viewers' attention. Recording engineer Nicholas Bergh cranks the handle on a 90-year-old recording device — one he spent more than a decade on during a detective-like quest to painstakingly restore...

  • With the return of 'Insecure,' Issa Rae looks to loosen her character's inhibitions for a bolder Season 2

    With the return of 'Insecure,' Issa Rae looks to loosen her character's inhibitions for a bolder Season 2

    It wasn’t that long ago that Issa Rae couldn’t afford HBO. Now she’s about to launch the second season of her critically acclaimed series “Insecure” on the premium cable network.   The L.A. native, who bypassed the conventional Hollywood system in launching her career, is part of a generation that’s...

  • The Moviegoer, July 23-29

    The Moviegoer, July 23-29

    Dolly Parton Double Feature In the 1980s country music superstar and American treasure Dolly Parton was a bona-fide movie star. In her first big movie role, the 1980 revenge-comedy 9 to 5, Parton proved that she could hold her own with seasoned acting talents Jane Fonda, Lily Tomlin and Dabney...

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  • 'Dunkirk,' 'Girls Trip,' 'Il Boom' and more movie picks for July 21

    'Dunkirk,' 'Girls Trip,' 'Il Boom' and more movie picks for July 21

    Movie recommendations from critics Kenneth Turan, Justin Chang and other reviewers. Baby Driver Edgar Wright’s exuberant, one-of-a-kind vehicular-action-thriller-musical-romance stars Ansel Elgort as a tinnitus-afflicted, music-loving getaway driver alongside a superb supporting cast that includes...

  • Gone for 20 years, Slowdive is back — and worth the wait

    Gone for 20 years, Slowdive is back — and worth the wait

    The members of Slowdive never foresaw this twist in their story. Well on their way to becoming a revered footnote in the history of 1990s rock, the seminal English shoegazers are reunited, and even relevant again. After a decades-long hiatus that most everyone figured was forever, the original...

  • Chester Bennington of Linkin Park dies at 41

    Chester Bennington of Linkin Park dies at 41

    Chester Bennington, the lead singer of the Los Angeles hard rock band Linkin Park, led the sextet to become one of the biggest acts of the 2000s, its mix of guitars and hip-hop defining the ensuing years in rock. The act’s debut, “Hybrid Theory,” reportedly sold more than 10 million copies in the...

  • Two great Catherines find the drama in Martin Provost's 'The Midwife'

    Two great Catherines find the drama in Martin Provost's 'The Midwife'

    The midwife of the title is Claire Breton (Catherine Frot), a Parisian woman in her 50s who, after years of bringing new life into the world, suddenly finds herself in the position of escorting someone toward death. It’s been several decades since Claire last saw Béatrice (Catherine Deneuve), her...

  • Jaunty 1963 Vittorio De Sica comedy 'Il Boom' is full of delightful suprises

    Jaunty 1963 Vittorio De Sica comedy 'Il Boom' is full of delightful suprises

    Imagine Buster Keaton crossed with David Lynch, with a bit of Billy Wilder satire tossed into the mix, and you'll have a rough idea of the wild and crazy tightrope 1963's absurdist "Il Boom" manages to walk. A comic yet corrosive dissection of how soulless a consumption-obsessed society can become,...

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