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'Life' tears down the myth of James Dean

Dec 16, 2015

'Life' tears down the myth of James Dean

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If you’re reading this and not some rogue, jump-the-gun review of “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” it means you and I are friends forever. This is the day — 24 hours before the opening of the latest chapter in the “Star Wars” franchise — ...

'Comet' is not your typical feel-good love story

Dec 9, 2015

'Comet' is not your typical feel-good love story

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A personal theory of mine is that all relationships are phases we go through. Though not all phases are equal — some are more memorable than others. To Kimberly (Emmy Rossum) and Dell (Justin Long) in “Comet,” their relationship was a long, incredibly eventful ...

'Spectre' relies on tired Bond film conventions

Dec 2, 2015

'Spectre' relies on tired Bond film conventions

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So this is it. After four outings as the world’s best-dressed sociopath, Daniel Craig has announced that he’s done playing 007. In a recent interview with London’s Time Out, the 47-year-old actor declared with typically British understatement that he’d rather “slash my wrists” than ...

Hideo Nakata's 'Ghost Theater' recalls true horror

Nov 25, 2015

Hideo Nakata's 'Ghost Theater' recalls true horror

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A decade or so ago, J-horror (Japanese horror) was a hot genre worldwide. Thinking they had a sure-fire box-office formula — implacable ghosts scaring the bejesus out of attractive women — filmmakers mass-produced sequels, spinoffs and knock-offs, to mostly diminishing returns. The career of ...

Simon Curtis' 'Woman in Gold' an ode to heritage

Nov 25, 2015

Simon Curtis' 'Woman in Gold' an ode to heritage

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‘Woman in Gold” can perhaps be described as the sister film to “The Monuments Men” (2014). Both are fiction based on hard facts, and both involve the Nazi theft of major artworks during WWII. At their core is a deep love for art, and ...

'Restrepo' and 'Korengal' capture emotions of war

Nov 25, 2015

'Restrepo' and 'Korengal' capture emotions of war

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Filmmakers Tim Hetherington and Sebastian Junger were embedded with U.S. soldiers from the 173rd Airborne Brigade in a firebase in Afghanistan’s remote Korengal Valley throughout 2007 and 2008. Their resulting documentary, “Restrepo,” was released in 2010; only now is it screening in Japan, and ...