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Even the movie itself is having a bad hair day in 'Permanent'

The bad perm, an unfortunate rite of passage for a generation of girls, is the mildly diverting starting point for “Permanent,” which teases, sprays and irons the concept to painfully diminishing returns.

Written and directed by Colette Burson, co-creator of the HBO series “Hung,” the wan comedy is set in nondescript small-town Virginia in 1982.

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What's the state of this year's wide-open Oscar race? Let's examine further.

At this point in December — after the first wave of film critics’ groups have named their winners and the voting members of the Hollywood Foreign Press Assn. and the Screen Actors Guild have announced their nominations — those of us who follow such things have usually been granted a measure of clarity about the state of the Academy Awards race.

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'Twin Peaks' and the best new video and streaming picks of 2017

If you’re someone who likes watching movies at home, here’s some good news: It’s never been easier to find something you want to see from the comfort of your own couch.

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Kenneth Turan's best films of 2017 include 'The Shape of Water' and 'The Post'
How woke was 2017 at the movies?

Two years after #OscarsSoWhite propelled representation front and center at the Academy Awards, how much progress did Hollywood really make at the movies in 2017 — a banner year for conversations around social change that pushed the culture forward? Times reporters Tre’vell Anderson and Jen Yamato revisit the year in review and discuss how far the film industry still has to go.

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The Moviegoer, Dec. 17-23

It’s a Wonderful Life Director Frank Capra’s bittersweet 1946 classic about a suicidal small-town banker, family man and all-around good guy, George Bailey (James Stewart) and the wingless angel Clarence (Henry Travers) sent to give him hope, is perhaps America’s favorite Christmas movie and, upon re-watching, always a wee bit darker than we remember. With Lionel Barrymore as the conniving Mr.

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