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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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    More boardroom advisors named for Trump-less next phase of 'Celebrity Apprentice'

    Just as the nation continues a peaceful transition of power with President-elect Donald Trump taking the reins of the federal government, so too does network television, which played its own role on Trump’s road to the White House. “The Celebrity Apprentice,” the business-tilted unscripted game...

  • Railroaded by an overzealous prosecutor: That's 'Evan's Crime'

    Railroaded by an overzealous prosecutor: That's 'Evan's Crime'

    It’s a bit of a structural and thematic hodgepodge, and a few key moments feel cursorily handled, but “Evan’s Crime” remains an effectively scrappy and involving us-against-them drama. Evan White (Douglas Smith) is a 20-year-old Baton Rouge, La., college student and musician with a pretty girlfriend...

  • 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...

  • In 'SiREN' a bachelor party goes oh, so wrong

    In 'SiREN' a bachelor party goes oh, so wrong

    Based on one of the best segments from the hit horror anthology “V/H/S,” the slick thriller “SiREN” loses the found-footage format of the original but keeps the concept of randy bros getting in over their heads. Director Gregg Bishop re-imagines David Bruckner’s grubby “Amateur Night” into something...

  • Mackenzie Davis brings an edge to the sharp vacation thriller 'Always Shine'

    Mackenzie Davis brings an edge to the sharp vacation thriller 'Always Shine'

    The frenemies at the center of the sleek psychological thriller “Always Shine” are actresses of the same age. That’s where their similarities end — unless you count their mutual envy and the rules of female comportment that neither can escape. Quickly and venomously, a jaunt to Big Sur brings their...

  • Boldly creepy 'Pet' tweaks captive-captor conventions

    Boldly creepy 'Pet' tweaks captive-captor conventions

    The psychological horror thriller “Pet,” directed by Carles Torrens and written by Jeremy Slater, takes a familiar trope and turns it on its head. The caged woman, imprisoned by a male captor, is unfortunately an image seen all too frequently in horror and possibly even more frequently on the news....

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