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'Brooklyn': Romance is not dead, it's just dull

Jul 6, 2016

'Brooklyn': Romance is not dead, it's just dull

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Given its title, you’d be forgiven for thinking that “Brooklyn” was a movie about lumbersexual hipsters, all named Zach, opening a single-origin, gluten-free artisanal mac-and-cheese shop in Fort Point, and the zany complications that arise when they realize two bathrooms are inadequate to serve ...

Acclaimed Iranian filmmaker Kiarostami dies in France at 76

Jul 5, 2016

Acclaimed Iranian filmmaker Kiarostami dies in France at 76

Acclaimed Iranian filmmaker Abbas Kiarostami has died at the age of 76 in France, Iranian media reported on Monday. Kiarostami, who won the coveted Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival in 1997 for “Taste of Cherry,” left Tehran last week to undergo treatment ...

Retreat from the heat to the cinema this summer

Jun 30, 2016

Retreat from the heat to the cinema this summer

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The summer blockbuster is dead — or at least, it has ceased to exist as a distinct entity. Four decades after “Jaws” set the template for mass-market Hollywood spectacle, the so-called event movie has expanded its turf so dramatically that July and August, once ...

Film academy invites 683 new members, including 13 Japanese

Jun 30, 2016

Film academy invites 683 new members, including 13 Japanese

Six months after announcing intentions to double the number of female and minority members in its ranks by 2020, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has invited 683 new members to join the organization. The academy says its invitees are 46 percent ...

Pacquet-Brenner takes us through 'Dark Places'

Jun 29, 2016

Pacquet-Brenner takes us through 'Dark Places'

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Two years after the opening of the pervertedly female-empowering “Gone Girl” (based on Gillian Flynn’s best-selling novel), I’m one of the people who still get chills when remembering Rosamund Pike’s monologue. “Gone Girl” officially put Flynn’s name on the map in more ways than ...

'The Program': Stephen Frears cycles round the edges

Jun 29, 2016

'The Program': Stephen Frears cycles round the edges

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From the NFL’s deflated footballs to the bribery allegations besmirching Tokyo’s Olympic bid, it can feel like the entire apparatus of professional sport has become hopelessly corrupt. But are the fans also complicit? In a memorable scene during “The Program,” a zippy account of ...

Werner Penzel's art therapy for the soul

| Jun 29, 2016

Werner Penzel's art therapy for the soul

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The documentary “While We Kiss the Sky” (Japanese title “Kofuku wa Hibi no Naka Ni”) opens nationwide this weekend, and it proffers a lot of hope and optimism for the future of Japanese society. Directed by German filmmaker Werner Penzel (“Step Across the Border”) ...

Keeping it real: Naomi Kawase on filmmaking

Jun 22, 2016

Keeping it real: Naomi Kawase on filmmaking

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Naomi Kawase has always been an outlier in the Japanese film world, if a very successful one. Born and raised in Nara Prefecture, the site of Japan’s ancient capital, she started making documentaries while a student at the Osaka School of Photography in the ...