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'Pixels' is more of an insult than ode to Pac-Man

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When you’re a film critic, you are occasionally assailed by one of two overwhelming urges: first, to quit, and second, to punch Adam Sandler in the face. “Pixels” is that rare movie in which both come at once, followed closely by a third urge: to immediately check yourself into a ...

Backpacking women take back the mountains

Aug 26, 2015

Backpacking women take back the mountains

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If you’ve read Cheryl Strayed’s memoir, “Wild: Lost and Found on the Pacific Crest Trail,” you’ll be familiar with her particular tone: a combination of lyrical feminism and gritty self-help manual. Her book chronicles the three months she spent hiking the United States’ Pacific ...

A militaristic turn for the Japanese film industry

Aug 19, 2015

A militaristic turn for the Japanese film industry

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Why have Japanese filmmakers recently been turning out so many films about World War II and its aftermath? The obvious answer is that they’re commemorating the 70th anniversary of that war’s end, which was marked on Aug. 15. But there are far fewer new ...

Norway's 'Ballet Boys' dive deep into the world of dance

Aug 19, 2015

Norway's 'Ballet Boys' dive deep into the world of dance

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The road to becoming a professional athlete is paved with thorns, but there’s more trouble than that awaiting three aspiring male ballet dancers in the Norwegian documentary “Ballet Boys.” Directed by Kenneth Elvebakk, the film examines the lives of teens Lukas, Syvert and Torgeir, ...