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There are some very big issues with 'Little Boy'

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Seventy-one years after Japan surrendered in World War II, a taboo in Japan has been broken, or, more precisely, ripped apart. A movie specifically about the U.S-Japan conflict that more than mentions the atomic bombs, directed by Mexico’s Alejandro Monteverde, is opening this weekend. For many Japanese, “Little Boy” could ...

'Black Widow Business': Never too old for the marriage con

Aug 24, 2016

'Black Widow Business': Never too old for the marriage con

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“There’s no fool like an old fool.” Yasuo Tsuruhashi’s comedy “Black Widow Business” is a feature-length illustration of this venerable saying, though it also reflects present-day trends in an aging Japan. The “fools” in question are the graying Lotharios who fall for the middle-aged ...

'Lights Out': A cliched glow in the dark

Aug 24, 2016

'Lights Out': A cliched glow in the dark

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Being afraid of the dark is a familiar childhood anxiety that has exploited in terrifying proportions in the horror genre. “Lights Out” knows how to cash in on the panic that can assail the mind when the lights go out. Bad things happen in ...

Revisit the Showa Era at Jinbocho Theater

| Aug 24, 2016

Revisit the Showa Era at Jinbocho Theater

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Jinbocho is one of the last remaining districts in Tokyo that retains a neighborhood feel. Dedicated to books, it has a large cluster of second-hand bookshops and is dotted with ancient coffee shops, including Saboru and Milonga. It’s also known for showing wildly difficult ...

Superhero films need to reach beyond the geeks

Aug 17, 2016

Superhero films need to reach beyond the geeks

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Where superhero movies are concerned, you should never trust a critic. When David Ayer’s “Suicide Squad” opened to a barrage of negative press in the U.S. earlier this month, some fans responded by lashing out at film journalists online. One even launched a petition ...

'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, ...

'Star Wars' R2-D2 performer Kenny Baker dies at 81

Aug 14, 2016

'Star Wars' R2-D2 performer Kenny Baker dies at 81

Kenny Baker played the lovable droid R2-D2 in the “Star Wars” films, achieving cult status and fans’ adulation without showing his face or speaking any lines. The 3-foot 8-inch (112-cm) performer — a word he preferred to actor — inside the waste-bin-shaped costume has ...

Wanted: Four women to save the world

Aug 11, 2016

Wanted: Four women to save the world

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In 1989, “Ghostbusters II” was released in theaters where it did well in terms of profit, less so in terms of critical response. Reviews didn’t matter, though — the original 1984 film was so popular that fans couldn’t wait to see a third sequel. ...