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Movie review: 'Kings' is a baffling miss

The French-Turkish director Deniz Gamze Erguven stunned with her first film, "Mustang," the Academy Award nominated portrait of an unbridled Turkish girlhood straining at the strictures of patriarchy. Her follow-up film, "Kings," was originally intended to be her directorial debut, but the more ambitious project was sidelined for the intimate "Mustang." She's finally brought her vision to the screen, but the hard truth is the screenplay should have stayed on the shelf, as there's only one word for Erguven's sophomore effort: baffling.

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Does Bill Mechanic's angry resignation reflect a deeper schism in the film academy?

When producer and former studio executive Bill Mechanic resigned last week from the motion picture academy's board of governors, issuing a scorched-earth laundry list of gripes about its handling of some of the most thorny and sensitive issues it faces, it confirmed one of Hollywood's worst-kept secrets: Behind the gilded facade of Hollywood's most venerable organization lies a range of grudges and grievances.

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