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Kiki Sugino: 'I'm always looking for myself'

Dec 16, 2015

Kiki Sugino: 'I'm always looking for myself'

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Kiki Sugino has a one-of-a-kind resume in the domestic movie business. Many are the young “multi-talents” who act, sing and model, but most are recruited, molded and marketed by an agency. From the start, this 31-year-old actor, director and producer took a more independent ...

'Life' tears down the myth of James Dean

Dec 16, 2015

'Life' tears down the myth of James Dean

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If you’re reading this and not some rogue, jump-the-gun review of “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” it means you and I are friends forever. This is the day — 24 hours before the opening of the latest chapter in the “Star Wars” franchise — ...

Domestic film industry focuses inwards at its own peril

Dec 9, 2015

Domestic film industry focuses inwards at its own peril

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The Japanese film industry released 615 films last year, according to the Motion Picture Producers Association of Japan. That figure may include glorified student productions and dressed-up pornography, but is still substantial by any measure. Relatively few of those films, however, are sold abroad. ...

'Comet' is not your typical feel-good love story

Dec 9, 2015

'Comet' is not your typical feel-good love story

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A personal theory of mine is that all relationships are phases we go through. Though not all phases are equal — some are more memorable than others. To Kimberly (Emmy Rossum) and Dell (Justin Long) in “Comet,” their relationship was a long, incredibly eventful ...

A long time ago, no one believed in 'Star Wars'

Dec 4, 2015

A long time ago, no one believed in 'Star Wars'

It may well be one of Hollywood’s biggest success stories, but when the original “Star Wars” film was released in 1977 many people — including creator George Lucas — believed it would be a flop. “I don’t think anyone could have predicted what a ...

James Bond deals with some old ghosts in 'Spectre'

Dec 3, 2015

James Bond deals with some old ghosts in 'Spectre'

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It has been a long time since the world of “Bond, James Bond” has included global gang of evil-doers SPECTRE (Special Executive for Counter-intelligence, Terrorism, Revenge and Extortion) — an organization that, early on, produced so many formidable foes. Its last appearance was in ...