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The 47 ronin seek vengeance in medieval Europe

| Aug 5, 2015

The 47 ronin seek vengeance in medieval Europe

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“Chushingura,”the 18th-century tale of the 47 ronin, is one of Japan’s most beloved historical legends. And once again it has become fodder for a flashy Hollywood movie, this time called “Last Knights,” starring Morgan Freeman and Clive Owen, and directed by none other than ...

Struggling with images of the wretched and the Earth

Jul 29, 2015

Struggling with images of the wretched and the Earth

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Enough with the phoniness of so-called globalism — for something truly pro-Earth and pro-humanity, look at a photo by Sebastiao Salgado. He has been a towering giant on the terrain of modern photography during his 40-year career, producing astonishing black-and-white images of incomparable originality. ...

Ratcheting violence on Belfast's streets in '71

Jul 29, 2015

Ratcheting violence on Belfast's streets in '71

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For the last three decades of the 20th century, Northern Ireland was mired in a toxic internecine conflict that came to be known as “the Troubles.” Although bombings, assassinations, street battles and clashes with security forces claimed the lives of more than 3,600 people, ...

War in the jungle and war in Japan

Jul 22, 2015

War in the jungle and war in Japan

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Actor and director Shinya Tsukamoto often takes violence to strange extremes. In his first film, the 1989 horror “Tetsuo” (“Tetsuo: The Iron Man”), a businessman accidentally kills a crazed metal fetishist (played by Tsukamoto himself) with his car and, becoming “infected” by his victim, ...

'Inside Out' shows the emotional confusion of growing up

Jul 22, 2015

'Inside Out' shows the emotional confusion of growing up

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‘Inside Out,” the new Pixar-Disney animation destined to be a classic, charts the emotional journey of 11-year-old Riley (Kaitlyn Dias). It’s not just about how she feels, it’s about how Joy (Amy Poehler), Disgust (Mindy Kaling), Sadness (Phyllis Smith), Anger (Lewis Black) and Fear ...