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Chastised director von Trier still deals in outrage

CANNES, France -- Near the end of my interview with Lars von Trier, I asked if he was trolling women in his latest, The House That Jack Built. He said he didn't know what trolling meant, so I explained, even as I wondered if he was feigning ignorance and actually trolling me. It felt fitting. The Danish director -- whose movie, an exercise in the cinema of cruelty and tedium, is screening out of competition at the Cannes Film Festival and has become, unsurprisingly, his newest scandal -- has long relied on provocation to unsettle viewers with movies like Breaking the Waves, Dogville and Nymphomaniac.

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Party pooper

Back to School for a new generation doesn’t generate much excitement

Melissa McCarthy dances with agility and sometimes makes potentially off-putting characters sympathetic. Unfortunately, left to their own devices, she and her director-husband Ben Falcone have difficulty coming up with enough material to fill a feature film.

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Previews

Life of the Party

COMING ATTRACTIONS

Book Club, PG-13 Four women (Diane Keaton, Jane Fonda, Candice Bergen, Mary Steenburgen) coping, more or less, in various manners with late-aged singlehood, have their lives turned upside down after reading 50 Shades of Grey. With Craig T. Nelson, Andy Garcia, Don Johnson, Richard Dreyfuss; directed by Bill Holderman. May 18

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The Organizer

At 2017's Tribeca Film Festival I made a point of seeing ACORN and the Firestorm, a documentary directed by Reuben Atlas and Sam Pollard about the rise and fall of the grassroots community "committed to social and economic justice."

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1968: The year of understanding

My active, intentful movie watching started about 50 years ago.

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Infinity breaks $1B ticket record

What records is Avengers: Infinity War not going to break?

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69-year-old community activist with Arkansas roots is focus of new documentary

At 69, community activist Wade Rathke is the focus of a new documentary by directors Nick Taylor and Joey Carey. But Rathke, the founder of the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN), is quick to point out he’s no movie star.

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Screenwriter uses experience to write Tully

Two years ago, screenwriter Diablo Cody was in the middle of trying to write "a very big, commercial, four-quadrant movie" when she gave birth to her third child. After her first two kids, she had gotten back in the groove of work, but this time, shattered by exhaustion, she felt herself floundering both as a writer and as a parent.

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Home Movies

Phantom Thread

Super Quiz: All about beaches

1. Its hard-packed sand made it a mecca for American motorsports.

Helpful Hints

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Horoscopes by Holiday

Happy birthday. There will be glamour and excitement to boast of, but that's not the good part. Your willingness to offer up compassion, steer clear of gossip, and participate in efforts that focus on the highest and best resonance of humanity will elevate you.

NW COMING ATTRACTIONS

Book Club, PG-13 Four women (Diane Keaton, Jane Fonda, Candice Bergen, Mary Steenburgen) coping, more or less, in various manners with late-aged singlehood, have their lives turned upside down after reading 50 Shades of Grey. With Craig T. Nelson, Andy Garcia, Don Johnson, Richard Dreyfuss; directed by Bill Holderman. May 18