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Movie: ‘The Big Sick’

Kumail Nanjiani grew up in Pakistan with his family, then moved to the United States as a teenager. They want him to get a respectable, professional job, but he dreams of being a successful comedian. They also want to arrange a marriage between their son and a nice Pakistani girl; he’s not keen on the whole idea of an arranged marriage.

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Conservation Is Key In This Documentary

Movie: ‘Rancher, Farmer, Fisherman’

Farming and conservation are two important topics in the rural towns of the Tri-state area. Both are highlighted in “Rancher, Farmer, Fisherman,” a not-yet-aired Discovery Channel documentary that will be shown during a free advanced screening at The Moviehouse in Millerton on Sunday, July 23, at 11 a.m.

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This Reboot Brings Spidey Home

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Spider-Man has been my favorite superhero ever since my father opened a comic store in Lakeville in the mid-1990s when I was 11 years old. I have fond memories of placing a giant Spider-Man balloon by the door every morning to greet travelers on Main Street.

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Coppola’s Film Is A Visual Treat

Movies: ‘The Beguiled’

Cpl. John McBurney (Colin Farrell) seems like a goner. Huddled against a tree in the dense woods of Virginia, he is bleeding out from a gunshot wound below his left knee while the Civil War rages around him. Then an 11-year-old girl named Amy finds him while she is picking mushrooms — their relatives will eventually play a fatal role in the story — and helps him to her home, Miss Martha Farnsworth’s Seminary for Young Ladies.

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‘Beatriz at Dinner’

Hayek and Lithgow Shine At The Table

Do movie dinner parties ever turn out well? Certainly not in “Beatriz at Dinner,” the compelling — if not entirely successful — new film from director Miguel Arteta and screenwriter Mike White, a pair who can deliver both subtle satire and didactic messages in equal measure.
Beatriz is Salma Hayek in her best role since playing the great Mexican artist and muse Frida Kahlo.

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Did We Really Need A New Mummy Flick?

Movie: ‘The Mummy’

If you dislike Tom Cruise, then make a beeline for the latest reincarnation of “The Mummy.” Cruise’s character, Nick Morton, gets beaten up by a mummy, mummy zombies, mummy zombie paramedics and Mr. Hyde. He is also swarmed by rats, attacked by spiders and ravens, and left in a crashing airplane.
In director Alex Kurtzman’s effects-heavy film, Morton and his buddy Vail (Jake Johnson) are fiddling around in Iraq for reasons that remain murky several hours after seeing the film. 

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Grateful Dead Doc Spans Four Hours

Streaming: ‘Long Strange Trip’

Did you know those twirling people at Grateful Dead shows were called “spinners”?
I just thought they were stoned, and I found them annoying because they waved their arms around when spinning with their eyes closed, which made it difficult to get around them.
But whatever, man.
“Long Strange Trip,” Amir Bar-Lev’s documentary about the Grateful Dead, certainly has the first part pegged.

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A Wonderful Entry In The DC Universe

Movie: ‘Wonder Woman’

Up until now, Marvel has easily dominated DC when it comes to cinematic universes based on beloved comic book characters. Marvel consistently hits home runs with titles like “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2,” which was nonstop fun from the opening credits, and base hits with characters like “Doctor Strange” and “Ant-Man.” (Should I be using sports metaphors in a review of a comic book movie?)

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John Carroll Lynch: From Actor To Director

Movie: ‘Lucky’

Norm Gunderson has spread his wings.
John Carroll Lynch, best known for playing the husband to Frances McDormand’s Marge in the movie “Fargo,” has stepped behind the camera to direct “Lucky,” a feature film that will be shown on the closing night of the Berkshire International Film Festival on Sunday, June 4, at 7 p.m. at the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center in Great Barrington, Mass. (For details on the festival, turn to Page 8.)

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Around The World In 80 Films

Movie: Berkshire International Film Festival

Nowadays, with film festivals sprouting in every town, village and burb like dame’s rocket on our roadsides — and with the mother of them all, Cannes, just winding down in France — it’s nice to know that the Berkshire International Film Festival, or “BIFF,” has established itself as a serious and thoughtful presenter of top-notch work.

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