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'Memories': Remembering the Battle of Peleliu

Nov 2, 2016

'Memories': Remembering the Battle of Peleliu

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Japanese films about the war, both fiction and nonfiction, rarely focus on the fighting between Japanese and American forces in the Pacific, though Clint Eastwood’s 2006 hit “Letters from Iwo Jima” proved the subject can make for critically acclaimed and commercially successful drama. Kenichi ...

'Inferno': Tom Hanks can hold up a franchise

Nov 2, 2016

'Inferno': Tom Hanks can hold up a franchise

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Times will change and tides will always turn, but there’s one thing you can count on: movies starring Tom Hanks. No matter what else is happening in the world, Tom Hanks is routinely waiting at the multiplex in yet another mega-budget, blockbuster vehicle that ...

'Embrace of the Serpent': Amid the poisons of colonization

Nov 2, 2016

'Embrace of the Serpent': Amid the poisons of colonization

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While Leonardo DiCaprio’s masochistic lead performance garnered greater acclaim, perhaps the most striking aspect of “The Revenant” was the diligence it showed in telling the Native American side of the story. Yet for all the scenes of authentic Arikara dialogue, the indigenous characters in ...

'Remember': Some things can never be forgotten

Oct 26, 2016

'Remember': Some things can never be forgotten

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The 2000s have not been kind to filmmaker Atom Egoyan, once hailed as a visionary who could do no wrong (particularly at the Cannes Film Festivals of the mid-1990s). Egoyan’s career took an unexpected downward turn once the millennium kicked it, and from there ...

'The Long Excuse': Can a jerk find redemption?

Oct 12, 2016

'The Long Excuse': Can a jerk find redemption?

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Miwa Nishikawa has made films about various sorts of scapegraces and con artists, but her latest, “The Long Excuse,” may be her first about a certifiable jerk. There’s no other way to describe Sachio Kinugasa (Masahiro Motoki), a middle-aged celebrity novelist who pontificates on ...

'Hungry Hearts' to broken hearts

Oct 12, 2016

'Hungry Hearts' to broken hearts

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For many people, a conversation about what foods are good for you opposed to what isn’t is as familiar as a pair of socks that’s been through the washer too often. By my calculations, a loving couple can argue just as much over food ...

'Jason Bourne': The invincible franchise

Oct 12, 2016

'Jason Bourne': The invincible franchise

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It’s the Bourne revival: Matt Damon is Bourne again. After an unsuccessful attempt to transfer the franchise to Jeremy Renner in 2012’s “The Bourne Legacy,” Damon has returned to his most iconic role as the brainwashed CIA super-soldier. He’s the real deal, the Sean ...

My Dad and Mr. Ito: No one can be daddy's girl forever

Oct 5, 2016

My Dad and Mr. Ito: No one can be daddy's girl forever

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The opening of Yuki Tanada’s new film “My Dad and Mr. Ito” promises a comedy of the quirky family variety. The 34-year-old Aya (Juri Ueno) and her 54-year-old lover (Lily Franky), whom she calls “Ito-san” (Mr. Ito), are living in age-inappropriate, tight-budgeted bliss when ...

'Genius': The wordsmith who shaped Wolfe

Oct 5, 2016

'Genius': The wordsmith who shaped Wolfe

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Once upon a time, the word “genius” made us think not the help counter in an Apple Store but of people of incredible intellect who accomplished amazing things and relied on nothing more than their brains and bare hands. This “Genius” transports us back ...

'Star Trek' lives on and prospers

Oct 5, 2016

'Star Trek' lives on and prospers

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In principle, it’s hard to dislike “Star Trek.” Each time the crew of the USS Enterprise venture into the great beyond, broadcasting their mantra of peace and intergalactic harmony, it’s a riposte to the iffy politics advocated by other movie franchises: they’re the United ...