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'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 ...

'Memories': Remembering the Battle of Peleliu

Nov 2, 2016

'Memories': Remembering the Battle of Peleliu

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Japanese films about the war, both fiction and nonfiction, rarely focus on the fighting between Japanese and American forces in the Pacific, though Clint Eastwood’s 2006 hit “Letters from Iwo Jima” proved the subject can make for critically acclaimed and commercially successful drama. Kenichi ...

'Inferno': Tom Hanks can hold up a franchise

Nov 2, 2016

'Inferno': Tom Hanks can hold up a franchise

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Times will change and tides will always turn, but there’s one thing you can count on: movies starring Tom Hanks. No matter what else is happening in the world, Tom Hanks is routinely waiting at the multiplex in yet another mega-budget, blockbuster vehicle that ...

'Embrace of the Serpent': Amid the poisons of colonization

Nov 2, 2016

'Embrace of the Serpent': Amid the poisons of colonization

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While Leonardo DiCaprio’s masochistic lead performance garnered greater acclaim, perhaps the most striking aspect of “The Revenant” was the diligence it showed in telling the Native American side of the story. Yet for all the scenes of authentic Arikara dialogue, the indigenous characters in ...

'Remember': Some things can never be forgotten

Oct 26, 2016

'Remember': Some things can never be forgotten

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The 2000s have not been kind to filmmaker Atom Egoyan, once hailed as a visionary who could do no wrong (particularly at the Cannes Film Festivals of the mid-1990s). Egoyan’s career took an unexpected downward turn once the millennium kicked it, and from there ...

'The Long Excuse': Can a jerk find redemption?

Oct 12, 2016

'The Long Excuse': Can a jerk find redemption?

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Miwa Nishikawa has made films about various sorts of scapegraces and con artists, but her latest, “The Long Excuse,” may be her first about a certifiable jerk. There’s no other way to describe Sachio Kinugasa (Masahiro Motoki), a middle-aged celebrity novelist who pontificates on ...

'Hungry Hearts' to broken hearts

Oct 12, 2016

'Hungry Hearts' to broken hearts

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For many people, a conversation about what foods are good for you opposed to what isn’t is as familiar as a pair of socks that’s been through the washer too often. By my calculations, a loving couple can argue just as much over food ...

'Jason Bourne': The invincible franchise

Oct 12, 2016

'Jason Bourne': The invincible franchise

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It’s the Bourne revival: Matt Damon is Bourne again. After an unsuccessful attempt to transfer the franchise to Jeremy Renner in 2012’s “The Bourne Legacy,” Damon has returned to his most iconic role as the brainwashed CIA super-soldier. He’s the real deal, the Sean ...