Tag: The Farewell (Movie)

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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‘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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‘Lion King’ Remake Becomes Disney’s Latest Box-Office Smash

LOS ANGELES — Another weekend at the multiplex, another monster hit from Walt Disney Studios. “The trail of tears,” as an executive at a rival movie studio recently put it. Jon Favreau’s hyperrealistic remake of “The Lion King” sold an estimated $185 million in tickets at theaters in the United States and Canada between Thursday […]

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How to Create a Chinese Feast, Inspired by Lulu Wang’s ‘The Farewell’

“Dad! You have to say he did a good job,” said the filmmaker Lulu Wang. She was addressing her father, Haiyan Wang, who was sitting next to me at dinner. It was a beautiful recent evening at the West Hollywood restaurant Auburn. A bottle of Maotai, the fiery Chinese liquor, was open, a feast of […]

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Review: In ‘The Farewell,’ a Sham Wedding Is Really a Premature Funeral

“The Farewell,” Lulu Wang’s second feature, conjures a premise so rich with potential comedy, heartbreak and family weirdness that it can only have come from real life. Which it did, via an episode of “This American Life” that first aired in 2016. The film version, which announces itself as “based on an actual lie,” has […]

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