Tag: Once Upon a Time in Hollywood (Movie)

They’re Actual Supporting Actors, and Oscar Should Take a Look

Memo to Brad Pitt, Anthony Hopkins and Willem Dafoe: We love you, but you’re kind of getting in the way. All three men are considered strong contenders for a supporting-actor nomination at the Oscars in February, and they certainly do memorable work: Pitt is superb opposite Leonardo DiCaprio in “Once Upon a Time … in […]

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The Best-Picture Race Has Begun. Could One of These Films Win?

Have you heard the one about Pope Francis, Megyn Kelly and Adolf Hitler all walking into a bar? Welcome to this year’s Oscar race, a contest that is crowded with eccentric characters and no shortage of hot-button issues. Movies vying for a spot on the best-picture list include male-dominated dramas like Quentin Tarantino’s “Once Upon […]

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After Toronto, Is Tarantino Still the Oscar Favorite?

For the last seven years, you could count on the eventual winner of the best picture Oscar to emerge from the three big film festivals that unofficially mark the start of award season. And to be sure, the crop of movies that premiered over the last two and a half weeks in Venice, Telluride and […]

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The Planets, the Stars and Brad Pitt

LOS ANGELES — “Faster alone, further together,” Brad Pitt murmured. Over his left shoulder hung Mars, reddish-brown and heartbreakingly small, while to his right, the much grander Jupiter was lit up like a disco ball. We were seated opposite each other on the lowest level of the Griffith Observatory in Los Angeles, inhabiting a closed-off […]

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The Summer of Platonic Love at the Movies

When “Unchained Melody,” also known as the music from the pottery wheel scene in “Ghost,” shows up in a movie, it’s clearly meant to evoke romance. In the teen high school comedy “Booksmart,” a bubblegum-pop cover plays when Molly takes her bestie, Amy, to the airport to leave for a gap year. Having a crush […]

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What to Read About ‘Once Upon a Time … in Hollywood’

Quentin Tarantino crammed so much stuff into his polarizing meta-movie “Once Upon a Time … in Hollywood” that nearly a month after its release, fans and critics are still trying to unpack it. How much of the film is historically accurate? How much is revisionist? Is the film a work of genius, an exercise in […]

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Tarantino’s Los Angeles in Six Key Locations

Whether he’s speeding down Cielo Drive, skipping across lanes on the 101, or rambling along Hollywood Boulevard in a sun-kissed haze, Brad Pitt’s irresistible, gold aviator-glasses-wearing stuntman serves many roles in “Once Upon a Time … in Hollywood.” But perhaps his most unexpected is as guide to Los Angeles. Much has been written about how […]

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Sharon Tate Is a Woman in a Tarantino Movie. It’s Complicated.

This article contains spoilers for “Once Upon a Time … in Hollywood.” With the arrival of each new Quentin Tarantino film, the mix of collective excitement and dread is palpable. There’s the feel-good anticipation of a guaranteed visual feast, quick-witted exchanges of dialogue, standout performances. And then there’s the concern about which explosive subject he’s […]

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‘Hobbs & Shaw’ Leads at the Box Office

So much for any puns about spinning out. Universal’s gas-guzzling action spinoff, “Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw,” debuted in theaters this weekend to about $60.8 million in domestic ticket sales, easily taking first position as it opened in a period of summer where it is likely to encounter little rival competition. The movie […]

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Requiem for White Men

WASHINGTON — Once upon a time … in America, it looked as if white men were at long last losing their tenacious grip on power. A black man had made it into the White House. A woman in hot pink claimed the gavel in the House. A Latina congresswoman with a Bronx swagger emerged as […]

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A Pop-Culture Glossary for ‘Once Upon a Time … in Hollywood’

It’s no coincidence that the title “Once Upon a Time … in Hollywood” evokes, as A.O. Scott pointed out in his New York Times review, “bedtime stories as well as a pair of Sergio Leone masterpieces.” Quentin Tarantino’s latest movie, set in 1969 Los Angeles, mixes fictitious characters with actual celebrities, TV series, films and […]

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Sharon Tate and ‘Once Upon a Time … In Hollywood’: What Actually Happened?

The Sharon Tate we see in “Once Upon a Time … in Hollywood,” played by Margot Robbie, leads a perfectly average life — as average as you can get, at least, for a rising movie star living with her director husband high in the hills of Los Angeles. It feels rare to glimpse a human […]

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The Ending of ‘Once Upon a Time … in Hollywood’ Is Wild. Let’s Talk.

The following article contains spoilers for “Once Upon a Time … in Hollywood.” At the Cannes Film Festival in May, on the night before Quentin Tarantino premiered his new film “Once Upon a Time … in Hollywood,” I ran into the Sony Pictures chairman Tom Rothman. Tarantino had already asked the press not to spoil […]

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‘Once Upon a Time … in Hollywood’ Is a Box-Office Hit for Tarantino

In “Once Upon a Time … in Hollywood,” the new ’60s Los Angeles pastiche from Quentin Tarantino, Leonardo DiCaprio plays an actor whose stardom is in steady decline. This weekend demonstrated just how different DiCaprio’s career is from his character’s. “Once Upon a Time … in Hollywood” sold about $40.4 million in tickets at theaters […]

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The Manson Murders: What to Read, Watch and Listen To

Quentin Tarantino’s new film, “Once Upon a Time … in Hollywood,” is far from the first piece of popular culture since 1969 to draw inspiration from the Manson family murders. For 50 years, that story has offered up a seemingly irresistible mix of star power, sex, gore and sociology, spawning countless films, books and other […]

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Why Pop Culture Still Can’t Get Enough of Charles Manson

The Manson case had a touch of evil to it — in fact, more than a touch; it was, in many minds, a post-apocalyptic deluge. It exposed how defenseless the folk-rock stars, the movie stars, the producer stars, the drug stars, the limo driver stars and thousands of would-be and wannabe stars were in their […]

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‘Once Upon a Time … in Hollywood’ Review: We Lost It at the Movies

There is a lot of love in “Once Upon a Time … in Hollywood,” and quite a bit to enjoy. The screen is crowded with signs of Quentin Tarantino’s well-established ardor — for the movies and television shows of the decades after World War II; for the vernacular architecture, commercial signage and famous restaurants of […]

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Which Cannes Films Will Factor Into the Oscar Race?

Though most Oscar contenders don’t debut until the fall, last year’s Cannes Film Festival launched several films that became awards-season players, including Spike Lee’s “BlacKkKlansman” and Pawel Pawlikowski’s “Cold War.” With this year’s edition of Cannes all sewn up this weekend, which films should Oscar-watchers look out for? The biggest contender from the festival has […]

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