Tom cruises through 'Mission: Impossible — Rogue Nation'

Aug 5, 2015

Tom cruises through 'Mission: Impossible — Rogue Nation'

Tom Cruise is 53. I repeat: Tom Cruise is 53. In seven years he will officially be eligible for retirement and a cushy 401(k) plan. That will probably be what’s going on in the minds of most people who watch “Mission: Impossible — Rogue ...

The 47 ronin seek vengeance in medieval Europe

| Aug 5, 2015

The 47 ronin seek vengeance in medieval Europe

“Chushingura,”the 18th-century tale of the 47 ronin, is one of Japan’s most beloved historical legends. And once again it has become fodder for a flashy Hollywood movie, this time called “Last Knights,” starring Morgan Freeman and Clive Owen, and directed by none other than ...

Struggling with images of the wretched and the Earth

Jul 29, 2015

Struggling with images of the wretched and the Earth

Enough with the phoniness of so-called globalism — for something truly pro-Earth and pro-humanity, look at a photo by Sebastiao Salgado. He has been a towering giant on the terrain of modern photography during his 40-year career, producing astonishing black-and-white images of incomparable originality. ...

'Inside Out' shows the emotional confusion of growing up

Jul 22, 2015

'Inside Out' shows the emotional confusion of growing up

‘Inside Out,” the new Pixar-Disney animation destined to be a classic, charts the emotional journey of 11-year-old Riley (Kaitlyn Dias). It’s not just about how she feels, it’s about how Joy (Amy Poehler), Disgust (Mindy Kaling), Sadness (Phyllis Smith), Anger (Lewis Black) and Fear ...

| Jul 22, 2015

In search of male 'members' great and small

Iceland has everything that matters. There’s Bjork, of course. There’s Skyr yogurt, widely acknowledged to be the best on the planet. And they’ve got a place called The Icelandic Phallological Museum, the world’s only museum dedicated to the penis, run by Sigurour Hjartarson. For ...

It's time to send 'The Terminator' back to the future

Jul 15, 2015

It's time to send 'The Terminator' back to the future

It’s a sad day when an empire falls, but as history reminds us, often the fall of an empire has been in the works for some time — it’s only the headlines that feel sudden. In this case, the empire is the “Terminator” sci-fi ...

Iranian Kurdish film 'Rhino Season' is a poetic tale of lust and loss

Jul 15, 2015

Iranian Kurdish film 'Rhino Season' is a poetic tale of lust and loss

Unlike Iranian film giants Abbas Kiarostami and Mohsen Makhmalbaf, Iranian-Kurdish filmmaker Bahman Ghobadi is little known outside Iran and the European film-festival circuit. But that’s a huge loss to the movie world, as every single one of his works are unforgettable animals, leaving permanent ...