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Del Toro's 'Crimson Peak' alluring but far from scary

Dec 30, 2015

Del Toro's 'Crimson Peak' alluring but far from scary

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Real estate, sexual passion and family secrets are crammed into the atmospheric thriller “Crimson Peak,” directed by Guillermo del Toro (“Pan’s Labyrinth,” “Pacific Rim”). I have an inkling Del Toro dislikes modern society and abhors modern notions of security. His films always unfold in ...

'Timbuktu' reflects on Malian lives touched by radical Islam

Dec 30, 2015

'Timbuktu' reflects on Malian lives touched by radical Islam

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It’s common for local distributors to resort to some dubious tactics when promoting foreign films in Japan: Worthy arthouse flicks are routinely saddled with tawdry Japanese titles, or slushy trailers more befitting of a Nicholas Sparks adaptation. Yet there’s something particularly unfortunate about the ...

'Star Wars' takes Chinese social media by storm ahead of release

Dec 27, 2015

'Star Wars' takes Chinese social media by storm ahead of release

After a mammoth marketing campaign, the growing online chatter in China around “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” suggests that the latest installment of the hit film franchise has a shot at breaking box-office records in the world’s second-largest movie market. China is crucial if ...

Top 10 films of 2015: War, slackers and a love hotel

Dec 23, 2015

Top 10 films of 2015: War, slackers and a love hotel

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It’s hard to be an optimist about the present state of Japanese cinema. One reason is the decline of the mid-budget film, previously the refuge of much quality work, with many talented directors going either fully commercial or extremely indie. Micro-budget films are not ...