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It's time for us to get to know a 'Bondo-san'

Dec 3, 2015

It's time for us to get to know a 'Bondo-san'

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With industry speculation about the latest 007 vehicle, “Spectre,” being the last round for Daniel Craig, it’s a good time to rethink the whole James Bond persona. Does he have to be white? Does he have to wear those bespoke suits? Does he really ...

'The Peanuts Movie' stays true to its comic strip roots

Dec 2, 2015

'The Peanuts Movie' stays true to its comic strip roots

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There are no grown-ups in “The Peanuts Movie.” More importantly, there are no villains or evil schemes. There’s a gentle, insecure little boy named Charlie Brown, his beagle and a gaggle of friends — that’s about it. Why this micro-universe inhabited by small children ...

'Spectre' relies on tired Bond film conventions

Dec 2, 2015

'Spectre' relies on tired Bond film conventions

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So this is it. After four outings as the world’s best-dressed sociopath, Daniel Craig has announced that he’s done playing 007. In a recent interview with London’s Time Out, the 47-year-old actor declared with typically British understatement that he’d rather “slash my wrists” than ...

Mysterious Japanese screen legend Setsuko Hara dies at 95

Nov 26, 2015

Mysterious Japanese screen legend Setsuko Hara dies at 95

Legendary actress Setsuko Hara, who starred in “Tokyo Story” and other films by Yasujiro Ozu and other prominent Japanese directors, has died. On Wednesday her family announced Hara’s death due to pneumonia at a hospital in Kanagawa Prefecture on Sept. 5. She was 95. ...

Hideo Nakata's 'Ghost Theater' recalls true horror

Nov 25, 2015

Hideo Nakata's 'Ghost Theater' recalls true horror

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A decade or so ago, J-horror (Japanese horror) was a hot genre worldwide. Thinking they had a sure-fire box-office formula — implacable ghosts scaring the bejesus out of attractive women — filmmakers mass-produced sequels, spinoffs and knock-offs, to mostly diminishing returns. The career of ...

Simon Curtis' 'Woman in Gold' an ode to heritage

Nov 25, 2015

Simon Curtis' 'Woman in Gold' an ode to heritage

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‘Woman in Gold” can perhaps be described as the sister film to “The Monuments Men” (2014). Both are fiction based on hard facts, and both involve the Nazi theft of major artworks during WWII. At their core is a deep love for art, and ...

'Restrepo' and 'Korengal' capture emotions of war

Nov 25, 2015

'Restrepo' and 'Korengal' capture emotions of war

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Filmmakers Tim Hetherington and Sebastian Junger were embedded with U.S. soldiers from the 173rd Airborne Brigade in a firebase in Afghanistan’s remote Korengal Valley throughout 2007 and 2008. Their resulting documentary, “Restrepo,” was released in 2010; only now is it screening in Japan, and ...