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Bryce Dallas Howard kicks her high heels up in 'Jurassic World'

Aug 6, 2015

Bryce Dallas Howard kicks her high heels up in 'Jurassic World'

Typical: You spend $150 million on your effects-heavy summer blockbuster, and all people want to talk about is a character’s choice of footwear. When “Jurassic World,” the long-gestating sequel to the original “Jurassic Park” trilogy, opened internationally in June, the film’s producers probably weren’t ...

New theme park, old problems, but 'Jurassic World' is still wild

Aug 6, 2015

New theme park, old problems, but 'Jurassic World' is still wild

Time hasn’t been kind to Steven Spielberg’s “Jurassic Park,” the 1993 blockbuster that paved the way for every CGI-driven popcorn flick of the past two decades. But it isn’t the movie’s visual effects that betray its age: it’s the setting. The film’s titular theme ...

Never mind the lineup: Fuji Rock is more than music

Jul 31, 2015

Never mind the lineup: Fuji Rock is more than music

It has only been three years since Fuji Rock Festival posted its highest-ever attendance figures, with a little help from Radiohead and The Stone Roses, but you wouldn’t have known it from the steady drumbeat of glumness that heralded this year’s edition. Following a ...

Ratcheting violence on Belfast's streets in '71

Jul 29, 2015

Ratcheting violence on Belfast's streets in '71

For the last three decades of the 20th century, Northern Ireland was mired in a toxic internecine conflict that came to be known as “the Troubles.” Although bombings, assassinations, street battles and clashes with security forces claimed the lives of more than 3,600 people, ...

'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 ...