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Hell is a claustrophobic submarine in 'Black Sea'

Aug 12, 2015

Hell is a claustrophobic submarine in 'Black Sea'

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Sometimes a bit of breathless claustrophobia is just the thing to combat a scorching-hot summer (you know, fight panic with panic), and what could be better for that than a submarine thriller? “Black Sea” may have a little daylight, but it’s not light fare ...

Bryce Dallas Howard kicks her high heels up in 'Jurassic World'

Aug 6, 2015

Bryce Dallas Howard kicks her high heels up in 'Jurassic World'

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Typical: You spend $150 million on your effects-heavy summer blockbuster, and all people want to talk about is a character’s choice of footwear. When “Jurassic World,” the long-gestating sequel to the original “Jurassic Park” trilogy, opened internationally in June, the film’s producers probably weren’t ...

Japan's reincarnated Godzilla will not be cuddly or kitsch

Aug 6, 2015

Japan's reincarnated Godzilla will not be cuddly or kitsch

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Radiation-breathing Godzilla destroyed so many cities and fought so many monsters, the original Japanese film series outgrew its budget and audience. Shinji Higuchi, the director and special-effects whiz chosen by Toho Co. for the made-in-Japan revival of the series, plans to go back to ...

A more complex portrayal of Emperor Hirohito

Aug 5, 2015

A more complex portrayal of Emperor Hirohito

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Emperor Hirohito, who is posthumously known as Emperor Showa, had a procession of public images during his long reign from 1926 to 1989 — though none were quite accurate. There was the pre-1945 Emperor — stern and remote on his white horse — who ...

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. ...