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Catherine Zeta-Jones was obsessed with playing 'Godmother'

There were multiple reasons Academy Award- and Tony Award-winning actress Catherine Zeta-Jones was determined to star in a movie about Griselda Blanco, the woman who became known as the Cocaine Godmother. The actress spent three years trying to get a project off the ground that looked at the life of the female drug lord who pioneer in the Miami-based cocaine trade. There were starts and stops, but Zeta-Jones never wavered in her passion to tell the story.

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Movie review: 'Den of Thieves' is throwback cops and robbers tale, but some of it could have been left out

Cops and robbers, robbers and cops. It's a classic genre, from children's games to cinema. And it's the spine of Christian Gudegast's directorial debut, the LA crime noir flick "Den of Thieves," where "cops and robbers" is writ so large it nearly becomes abstract. It's a film that wears its inspirations openly, with a whole lot of "Training Day," "Rampart," "The Usual Suspects" and "Inside Man" in the mix. With excellent cinematic craftsmanship and some clever twists, "Den of Thieves" just about places itself within that canon, even when it's too enamored of its own tricksiness.

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Capsule reviews of feature films

CALL ME BY YOUR NAME. 3 stars. Handsome production set in 1983 Italy, where a professor (Michael Stuhlbarg) is hosting a handsome student (Armie Hammer) who becomes involved with the professor's son (Timothee Chalamet). Sensitively told, coming-of-age story that is well-acted by Chalamet and Hammer. Written by James Ivory, it recalls some of the quintessential Merchant Ivory movies of the 1990s, though it's directed by Luca Guadagnino. 2 hrs. 11 R (sex) – Gary Thompson

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