See the article in its original context from April 21, 1995 Section Page Buy Reprints View on timesmachine TimesMachine is an exclusive benefit for home delivery and digital subscribers. About the Archive This is a digitized version of an article from The Times’s print archive, before the start of online publication in 1996. To preserve these articles as they originally appeared, The Times does not alter, edit or update them. Occasionally the digitization process introduces transcription errors or other problems; we are continuing to work to improve these archived versions. Feel-good romantic comedies don't feel good when they deliver an empty, saccharine view of the world. On the other hand, when they're as breezy and adorable as "While You Were Sleeping," it's time to fall in love. This is a formula film, but it has the kind of good cheer and fine tuning that occasionally give slickness a good name. The year may be young, but the first hit of the summer … [Read more...] about FILM REVIEW; The Blossoming of a Wallflower
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Good evening. This is your Russia-Ukraine War Briefing, a weeknight guide to the latest news and analysis about the conflict. More than 200 Ukrainian soldiers in the Azovstal steel plant in Mariupol surrendered and were taken into custody by Russian forces . A retired colonel stunned a talk show on Russian state TV by saying the invasion isn’t going well. The Senate voted to advance a $40 billion Ukraine aid package , with a final vote expected as early as tomorrow. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey reiterated his opposition to Sweden and Finland joining NATO , saying that they have refused to extradite Kurdish separatist “terrorists.” Follow our live updates . Surrender at Mariupol The Ukrainian military has ordered hundreds of its soldiers to surrender in the underground bunkers of the Azovstal steel plant in Mariupol, where one of the war’s longest and bloodiest battles has been fought. The soldiers — part of a die-hard unit … [Read more...] about Surrender at Mariupol
A CERTAIN HUNGER Chelsea G. Summers’s debut, “A Certain Hunger,” opens in a hotel bar not unlike other hotel bars. “They all look the same,” Dorothy, a middle-aged food critic and our antiheroine, tells us. “Hotel bars smell like class privilege, desperation and hope.” “Anti” might be too weak of a prefix to describe this heroine: She’s more of an outright villain, a red-haired seductress in leagues — culinary, homicidal — traditionally dominated by men. “As a woman psychopath, the white tiger of human psychological deviance,” Dorothy says, “I am a wonder, and I relish your awe.” The man who approaches Dorothy in this particular hotel bar meets a violent — and frankly grotesque — end, and what follows is one of the most uniquely fun and campily gory books in my recent memory. It’s apt that Dorothy once worked at a magazine called Noir, because “A Certain Hunger” has the voice of a hard-boiled detective novel, as if metaphor-happy Raymond Chandler handed the reins over to the … [Read more...] about Why Can’t Women Be Serial Killers, Too?
Click here to read the full article. ‘The Woman King’ headlines the African American Film Critics Association’s annual list of the top 10 films of the year. The film, directed by Gina Prince-Bythewood, has ensemble cast led by Viola Davis which includes Lashana Lynch, Sheila Atim and Thuso Mbedu as the Agojie, an all-female army of fierce warriors. John Boyega also stars as King Ghezo. “The best films of this year prove that diverse stories – the true and the fantastical – are not only important to the culture but are equally important to the movie-making business,” said AAFCA president and co-founder Gil Robertson. “Black films which make an impact on our minds and hearts are also making a sizable impact at the box office. Our top film, ‘The Woman King’, bridges the gap between telling important, heartfelt stories, and providing an entertaining experience for movie-going audiences. These true tales of black empowerment and accomplishment, such as ‘Emancipation,’ ‘Devotion’ and … [Read more...] about ‘The Woman King’ Tops AAFCA’s Ten Best Films of 2022 – Film News in Brief
To hear more audio stories from publishers like The New York Times, download Audm for iPhone or Android . S ix years ago, after I contacted David Fincher and told him I wanted to write an article about how he makes movies, he invited me to his office to present my case in person and, while I was there, watch him get some work done. On an April afternoon, I arrived at the Hollywood Art Deco building that has long served as Fincher’s base of operations, where he was about to look at footage from his 10th feature film, “Gone Girl,” then in postproduction. We headed upstairs and found the editor Kirk Baxter assembling a scene. Fincher watched it once through, then asked Baxter to replay a five-second stretch. It was a seemingly simple tracking shot, the camera traveling alongside Ben Affleck as he entered a living room in violent disarray: overturned ottoman, shattered glass. The camera moved at the same speed as Affleck, gliding with unvarying smoothness, which is exactly how … [Read more...] about David Fincher’s Impossible Eye