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Hollywood takes its wisecracking hero seriously

May 25, 2016

Hollywood takes its wisecracking hero seriously

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The opening credits of “Deadpool” begin with the words “Some Douchebag’s Film.” Maybe it was because of this self-deprecation that overseas audiences found the film refreshing. Especially since in another recent superhero blockbuster, a billionaire vigilante pontificates on morality using the “one percent doctrine” ...

Black Panther, Marvel's African hero, in the spotlight

May 20, 2016

Black Panther, Marvel's African hero, in the spotlight

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Captain America and Iron Man may be the stars of Marvel’s latest comic-book blockbuster, but Black Panther — making his big-screen debut — is most definitely the superhero of the moment. Black Panther, the warrior king of the futuristic fictional African country Wakanda, is ...

Koreeda discusses before and 'After the Storm'

May 18, 2016

Koreeda discusses before and 'After the Storm'

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I’ve interviewed the director Hirokazu Koreeda several times over the years since we first met at a preview screening of his otherworldly drama “After Life” (“Wonderful Life,” 1999). Then and now his answers to even often-asked questions are always thoughtful and considered. Yes, he ...

'Macbeth': What's done is done again

May 18, 2016

'Macbeth': What's done is done again

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Few storytellers can match Shakespeare for his vast range of timeless themes and awesome characters. Imagine what the Bard could have accomplished if he had had a laptop and smartphone. Among his works, “Macbeth” — a compelling study of a husband-wife team whose thirst ...