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'The Trust': Cage makes a creepy comeback

Aug 17, 2016

'The Trust': Cage makes a creepy comeback

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These days, two things practically never happen with a movie starring Nicolas Cage: 1) we see his real hairline; 2) it’s actually a good film. Online movie gossip claims Cage is knee-deep in financial trouble, which is why he’s been working like a slave, ...

'Race': Jesse Owens, the winner against all odds

Aug 10, 2016

'Race': Jesse Owens, the winner against all odds

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Now that the Olympic Games are underway, it’s a good time to delve into the history of some of the great athletes of the past — in this case, U.S. track-and-field legend Jesse Owens, who astonished the world by winning four gold medals at ...

'The Jungle Book': Darker yet infinitely more beautiful

Aug 10, 2016

'The Jungle Book': Darker yet infinitely more beautiful

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After decades spent wrestling with the logistics of international shoots, Hollywood seems to be coming full circle. It’s like the early days of cinema again, when exotic locales were evoked within the confines of a movie studio, though today’s filmmakers aren’t so reliant on ...

'Shin Godzilla': The metaphorical monster returns

Aug 3, 2016

'Shin Godzilla': The metaphorical monster returns

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Watching “Shin Godzilla,” Toho’s reboot of its signature monster series, I couldn’t help feeling sorry for the non-Japanese fans forced to read a blizzard of subtitles for this extremely talky and densely populated film, with a break every 10 minutes or so for Godzilla ...

'Truth': Ask no questions, hear no lies

Aug 3, 2016

'Truth': Ask no questions, hear no lies

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‘The truth is out there” is the tagline from sci-fi thriller TV series “The X-Files,” suggesting that perhaps all we had to do was find it and retrieve it like a lost frisbee. “Truth,” however, reveals that it’s never that simple. Based on the ...

'Dope': It's hard to kick the stereotyping habit

Jul 27, 2016

'Dope': It's hard to kick the stereotyping habit

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Growing up black in America inevitably means dealing with the stereotypes that the majority (white) culture places on you, and more than a few films have explored those tensions. With “Dope,” Nigerian-American writer-director Rick Famuyiwa takes it a step further and asks: What does ...