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Movie News & Reviews

Kimmel leads the Oscars into uncharted territory

He has hosted the Emmy Awards, the ESPY Awards, the American Music Awards, the “Comedy Central Roast of Pamela Anderson” and, for 14 years, his ABC late-night show, “Jimmy Kimmel Live!,” so it’s only fair that Jimmy Kimmel should at last be allowed to host the Academy Awards. He’ll finally get his chance Sunday, the first time in nearly a decade that a working late-night star will be master of ceremonies of the Oscars.

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Provocative, funny ‘Get Out’ is a horror film with a serious message about race

Genre films — horror, comedy, fantasy, Westerns — have always been great vessels for social commentary. The pleasures of genre conventions allow such messaging to go down easy. Actor-comedian Jordan Peele’s directorial debut, “Get Out,” is an expert example of the way this works, although it’s far more than just a trenchant cultural critique wrapped in an appealing package. In this horror film, the horror is us, our history, our own troubled relationship with race. It’s bold, provocative, funny, and an overdue tonic for a society and media saturated with archaic norms and images.

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Oscar-nominated shorts unsung but worth your time

If you need a distraction from fighting over “La La Land,” cheering at “Hidden Figures” or weeping about “Moonlight,” there are 15 Oscar-nominated movies quietly soliciting your attention, along with that of the voters of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. The short-film nominees are often unsung awards-season highlights, easily overlooked except for office-pool balloting purposes.

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Movie review: Jordan Peele's clever horror-satire 'Get Out' is an overdue Hollywood response to our racial anxiety

The opening scene of "Get Out," a satirical horror-thriller perfectly tailored to our post-postracial moment, is so cleverly composed and effortlessly subversive that writer-director Jordan Peele never quite manages to top it. Filmed in a single take with an elegantly swiveling camera, it shows a young black man (Lakeith Stanfield) walking through an affluent neighborhood at night, nervously reassuring himself and trying not to freak out when he realizes he's being followed.

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Capsule reviews of feature films

THE COMEDIAN. 2 stars. Robert De Niro hams it up as a self-hating has-been comic Jackie Burke in this sometimes droll misfire from Taylor Hackford. A rom-com of sorts, the film has some charm in its first act thanks to costar Leslie Mann, who plays a scatterbrained heiress with a father complex. The film becomes monotonous and unfunny when it shifts focus from the romance to Jackie's career. Costars Danny DeVito, Patti Lupone, Charles Grodin, Edie Falco. 1 hr. 59 R (crude sexual references and profanity throughout) - Tirdad Derakhshani

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Film composer AJ Hochhalter

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