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'Ao no Ran' is a riproaring rhapsody in blue

May 13, 2015

'Ao no Ran' is a riproaring rhapsody in blue

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“Ao no Ran” is the latest in the popular Geki×Cine series. To cut a long story short, Geki×Cine is a filmed stage production, but one done so meticulously that not a single moment of relevance or emotion is lost in the translating process. What ...

Terry Gilliam back on form with 'The Zero Theorem'

May 13, 2015

Terry Gilliam back on form with 'The Zero Theorem'

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Terry Gilliam’s “The Zero Theorem,” like most of his films, focuses on the all-too-thin line between sanity and insanity, reality and delusion. Its steampunk-meets-cyberpunk visual style is a wonderful jumble that’s reminiscent of his much loved “Brazil,” with touches like a computer mainframe that ...

Acting brings magic to otherwise flat script

May 7, 2015

Acting brings magic to otherwise flat script

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“Horns” is a stewing, blood-infused cauldron of atmospheric horror — and you can expect no less from director Alexandre Aja whose track record so far is frightening (“Piranha 3D,” “High Tension”). With “Horns,” however, Aja has ventured into adaptation territory (up till now, he ...

Takeshi Kitano's gang of nursing-home yakuza

Apr 29, 2015

Takeshi Kitano's gang of nursing-home yakuza

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Takeshi Kitano has had some of his biggest critical and commercial successes with gangster films, beginning with his 1993 international breakthrough “Sonatine” and continuing through to his 2012 hit “Outrage Beyond” (“Beyond Outrage”), which screened in competition at the 2012 Venice Film Festival. But ...

OMG, are GMOs altering our bodies?

Apr 22, 2015

OMG, are GMOs altering our bodies?

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Oh, for the innocent days of old, when one could lick ice cream cones or eat cupcakes with pink icing without thinking anything except “Do I get seconds?” Nowadays, no eating experience can be defined by such blissful ignorance, unless you want to get ...

'The Search' for a reprieve from war in Chechnya

Apr 15, 2015

'The Search' for a reprieve from war in Chechnya

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Prestigious film awards are often a kiss of death. After all the commotion and red-carpet moments of glory, the winners may fade away or become the victims of attacks launched by the media. Such is the case with Michel Hazanavicius, who bagged a totally-out-of-left-field ...

Thomas Pynchon meets The Dude in 'Inherent Vice'

Apr 15, 2015

Thomas Pynchon meets The Dude in 'Inherent Vice'

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“Inherent vice,” a term used in marine insurance law, means anything you can’t avoid: chocolate will melt, glass will shatter and fruit will spoil. For “Inherent Vice” the movie, the thing that can’t be avoided is a comparison to “The Big Lebowski.” Based on ...