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'Florence Foster Jenkins': Not quite a nightingale

Nov 30, 2016

'Florence Foster Jenkins': Not quite a nightingale

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‘Florence Foster Jenkins” is a fairy tale of glorious optimism and unclouded love. The titular lady (a real-life New York heiress and socialite during the 1940s) goes chasing after her dream of becoming an opera singer with a mountain of passion but zero talent. ...

'Tale of Tales': Do we need fables for adults?

Nov 30, 2016

'Tale of Tales': Do we need fables for adults?

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The current ideological system that governs our lives — call it late capitalism, the spectacle, or just Babylon — is most devious in its ability to take any and all resistance, any deviance from the hamster wheel of consumerism, and repackage it as just ...

'The Girl on the Train' charts a rough ride

Nov 16, 2016

'The Girl on the Train' charts a rough ride

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Why does modern society assume that all women want the same three things: love, sex and babies? The short answer is, because pop culture has decreed it so. The slightly longer answer is that brilliant female novelists such as Paula Hawkins and Gillian Flynn ...

'At the Terrace' offers witty, coarse fun

Nov 9, 2016

'At the Terrace' offers witty, coarse fun

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“I know that many film fans have an allergy to films based on plays,” writes Kenji Yamauchi on the website for his new film, “At the Terrace” (“At the Terrace: Terasu Nite”). “The never-changing setting and the long conversations bore them.” “Boring,” however, was ...

Jack Reacher returns for mindless action

Nov 9, 2016

Jack Reacher returns for mindless action

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Tom Cruise probably needs another franchise like he needs a third foot. Nevertheless, here he is in “Jack Reacher: Never Go Back,” the sequel to the 2012 movie that was so awful it hurt. Now he’s back (even though the second half of the ...