Movies Update: The Oscars’ Diversity Rules and More

Plus, the 50 best movies on Netflix right now.

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By Mekado Murphy

Movies Editor

Greetings movie fans! Here’s what’s happening this week.

First, “Tenet” finally opened in North American theaters. It made an estimated $20.2 million over the long weekend, including preview screenings. Brooks Barnes reported on what those numbers may mean for future studio releases trying to open theatrically during the pandemic. (Hint: “Wonder Woman 1984 has been moved to Christmas).

Next, the academy further explained its diversity rules for the best picture Oscar. Kyle Buchanan wrote that those new rules might be a little too safe but may make an impact in an unexpected way.

And more new movies are out this week, available mostly at home. Manohla Dargis recommends “Buoyancy,” about the hardships endured by a Cambodian teenager who runs away from home. And HBO has a couple of comedies on offer: the monologue collection “Coastal Elites” featuring Issa Rae, Bette Midler and others; and “Unpregnant,” with Haley Lu Richardson.

Or if you’re looking for a documentary, you have plenty of topics to choose from this week, with films about Jimmy Carter, dogs in space, Black youth, voter suppression and social media ills among your options.

Enjoy the movies.

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