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'Wild Tales' and black comedy from the dark heart of Argentina

Jul 22, 2015

'Wild Tales' and black comedy from the dark heart of Argentina

Forget about all the brassy, effects-laden blockbusters crowding the multiplexes this summer: For sheer entertainment value, none are likely to top this Argentine-Spanish anthology of comic shorts. Rich in black humor and satirical invective, “Wild Tales” became the most successful Argentinian movie of all ...

Modernity and magical realism in rural Japan

Jul 11, 2015

Modernity and magical realism in rural Japan

Tokyo may still be thriving, but in Japan’s rural hinterlands, the country has already plunged into a state of advanced senescence. At the start of Kazuki Sakuraba’s “Red Girls: The Legend of the Akakuchibas,” the book’s narrator surveys her hometown and struggles to reconcile ...

The avalanche of cringe in 'Force Majeur'

Jul 8, 2015

The avalanche of cringe in 'Force Majeur'

When a crisis hits, it’s hard to say how any of us will react. Tomas (Johannes Bah Kuhnke), a handsome alpha-male type, has managed to drag himself away from work to join his family on a skiing trip in the French Alps. The first ...

'Avengers: Age of Ultron' didn't need a director

Jul 1, 2015

'Avengers: Age of Ultron' didn't need a director

How many superheroes does it take to make a movie? At this point, Marvel Studio’s cinematic empire is getting so overpopulated that you’d need a spreadsheet to keep track of who everyone is. There are over a dozen comic-book characters vying for attention in ...