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Hollywood's love storyboard

| May 25, 2017

Hollywood's love storyboard

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If you’re the type who sticks around after a movie to read the credits, you’ll know it takes more than one village to make a feature-length film. Ten or even 20 villages is more like it. Among the villagers are people with the title ...

Roger Moore, star of seven James Bond films, dies at 89

May 23, 2017

Roger Moore, star of seven James Bond films, dies at 89

Roger Moore, the suavely insouciant star of seven James Bond films, has died in Switzerland. He was 89. The British actor died Tuesday after a short battle with cancer, according to a family statement posted on Moore’s official Twitter account. “We know our own ...

Takeda scores a KO in 'Poetry Angel'

/ May 17, 2017

Takeda scores a KO in 'Poetry Angel'

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In last week’s review of Yuya Ishii’s “The Tokyo Night Sky Is Always the Densest Shade of Blue,” I wrote that poetry-based Japanese films are rare — but here seems to be another: Toshimitsu Iizuka’s “Poetry Angel.” One more example and I’ll have a ...

It's all about the humans in 'Arrival'

/ May 17, 2017

It's all about the humans in 'Arrival'

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With “Arrival,” director Denis Villeneuve takes a very familiar alien invasion scenario and tries to put a new twist on it. While everyone from H. G. Wells in “War of the Worlds” to Roland Emmerich in “Independence Day” has envisioned a swarm of spacecraft ...

A love story that's overly dense with prose

/ May 10, 2017

A love story that's overly dense with prose

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These days, Japanese films are based on everything from novels to game apps, but Yuya Ishii’s “The Tokyo Night Sky Is Always the Densest Shade of Blue,” which premiered at the Berlin Film Festival this year, is a rare feature inspired by a book ...

Opinions aren't split on Shyamalan's comeback

/ May 10, 2017

Opinions aren't split on Shyamalan's comeback

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I’ve always had a soft spot for M. Night Shyamalan, even despite the fact that he has made a total of two truly successful films — “The Sixth Sense” (1999) and “Unbreakable” (2000) — over the course of his over-20-year career. The rest of ...