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'Passengers': Futuristic, but the same old fairy tale

/ Mar 22, 2017

'Passengers': Futuristic, but the same old fairy tale

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A lot of feminists hate Morten Tyldum’s “Passengers,” and for good reasons. Though it’s set in a bright, high-tech future where luxury space travel is the norm, where women are concerned the story’s underlying sentiments hail straight from the Middle Ages. On the other ...

'Sing': Pigs can't fly but they sure can sing

/ Mar 15, 2017

'Sing': Pigs can't fly but they sure can sing

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‘Sing” is brought to us by Illumination Entertainment — the animation studio that brought the “Despicable Me” series and last year’s sleeper hit “The Secret Life of Pets.” In many ways it’s “La-La Land” with animals. In a color-filled, LA-like town inhabited by non-Homo ...

'River': sink, swim or keep running

/ Mar 8, 2017

'River': sink, swim or keep running

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Up until about 10 years ago, being a white man in Southeast Asia meant you did pretty much what you pleased and damn the consequences, at least in the realm of fictional cinema. (See Leonardo DiCaprio in “The Beach.”) Often, the characters are thrown ...

'Snow Woman': chillingly modern

/ Mar 1, 2017

'Snow Woman': chillingly modern

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The Japanese folklore story of the “Snow Woman” has been told in many places, in many ways, and in many versions, but best-known is that of Lafcadio Hearn, the Greek-Irish writer who published it in his 1904 collection, “Kwaidan: Stories and Studies of Strange ...

'Man Down': War injuries go beyond the battlefield

/ Feb 22, 2017

'Man Down': War injuries go beyond the battlefield

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‘Man Down” is an indictment of war, and its message is one that focuses on its terrible lingering consequences — specifically, veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). With many ending up homeless, suffering mental difficulties or becoming suicidal, PTSD is a real issue. ...