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British actress Emilia Clarke wasn’t supposed to be Daenerys Targaryen (you can also call her Mother of Dragons or Khaleesi) on “Game of Thrones.” The part was originally played, on the show’s unaired pilot, by Tamzin Merchant (“Pride & Prejudice,” “Jane Eyre”). But when the show was picked up, Merchant was let go, and a fateful phone call resulted in Clarke, then a budding stage actress, getting to put on the long blonde wig, wear burlap outfits, lead a massive army, and fly around on a...

Updated May 25, 2016 at 4:12 PM

When Stephen Farrelly, under the moniker of Sheamus, the Celtic Warrior, enters a WWE ring these days, ever ready to deliver a vicious Brogue Kick to the face of some unlucky opponent, he’s met by both cheers and jeers from different factions of the...

Updated May 20, 2016 at 1:47 PM

The two takeaways from “Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising” are Zac Efron’s abs never cease to amaze and someone needs to give Rose Byrne the lead in her own comedy. She is no one’s bridesmaid anymore — she’s gold.

Updated May 20, 2016 at 1:33 PM

If you tossed the eccentric imaginations of David Lynch, Charlie Kaufman and Franz Kafka into a boiling pot of water, something like “The Lobster” would emerge. It’s a murky soup of commentary and ideas about modern love and loneliness presented in...

Posted May 20, 2016 at 1:01 AM

If you have any sense or sensibility, you’ll rush to see “Love & Friendship,” the best – and funniest – Jane Austen adaptation in years. Ironic since its source, “Lady Susan,” is considered one of the author’s lesser works. Heck, the novella – begun...

Posted May 20, 2016 at 1:01 AM

You’d almost expect a movie about catalytic converters to be exhausting, but “The Nice Guys” is so over-the-top nuts it leaves you fully spent. For this, we have the EPA (excellent partner amalgamators) to thank for having the foresight to blend...

Posted May 20, 2016 at 1:01 AM

In “Sunset Song,” British actress-model-singer Agyness Deyn portrays a girl enduring life on a Scottish farm in the early 1900s. And, at 135 minutes, the movie is truly a test of endurance.

Posted May 20, 2016 at 1:01 AM

We’ve had films based on novels, plays, poems, television shows, songs, skits, comic books, video games, a theme park ride and a board game (“Clue” anyone?). Now, with “The Angry Birds Movie,” we have a film based on an app.

Posted May 20, 2016 at 1:01 AM

There are occasions when there’s nothing for a film critic to do but blurt out the premise of a movie. No beating around the bush, no worrying about spoilers (relax, there won’t be any blatant ones here). It’s just that sometimes it’s the critic’s...

Posted May 20, 2016 at 1:01 AM

Here’s my film reviewing process: I never watch trailers (in advance), I go to the movie, I take notes, I return home and look at the notes, sometimes visit the Internet Movie Data Base (IMDB.com) for little details, then write it up. During my...

Posted May 20, 2016 at 1:01 AM

The closest writer-director Whit Stillman has come to making a period movie is his 1998 film “The Last Days of Disco,” which was set in early-1980s Manhattan. With “Love & Friendship,” he delivers a real frock flick of a film, using the posthumously...

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