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Wanted: Four women to save the world

Aug 11, 2016

Wanted: Four women to save the world

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In 1989, “Ghostbusters II” was released in theaters where it did well in terms of profit, less so in terms of critical response. Reviews didn’t matter, though — the original 1984 film was so popular that fans couldn’t wait to see a third sequel. ...

These women ain't afraid of the 'Ghost-bros'

Aug 10, 2016

These women ain't afraid of the 'Ghost-bros'

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Excuse the time-honored phrase, but the new “Ghostbusters” is a whole new ball game. The hype surrounding its U.S. release last month was considerable, and not just because it’s a long-overdue followup of a beloved 1984 Hollywood classic: It has also dared to do ...

'Race': Jesse Owens, the winner against all odds

Aug 10, 2016

'Race': Jesse Owens, the winner against all odds

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Now that the Olympic Games are underway, it’s a good time to delve into the history of some of the great athletes of the past — in this case, U.S. track-and-field legend Jesse Owens, who astonished the world by winning four gold medals at ...

'The Jungle Book': Darker yet infinitely more beautiful

Aug 10, 2016

'The Jungle Book': Darker yet infinitely more beautiful

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After decades spent wrestling with the logistics of international shoots, Hollywood seems to be coming full circle. It’s like the early days of cinema again, when exotic locales were evoked within the confines of a movie studio, though today’s filmmakers aren’t so reliant on ...

Momoi is on fire in her new indie film 'Hee'

Aug 3, 2016

Momoi is on fire in her new indie film 'Hee'

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In her four-decade acting career Kaori Momoi has always been a free-spirited stand-out, indifferent to convention. But beneath her easygoing attitude and signature drawling delivery (which used to make me wonder what she had been ingesting before the cameras started rolling) was a thorough ...

'Shin Godzilla': The metaphorical monster returns

Aug 3, 2016

'Shin Godzilla': The metaphorical monster returns

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Watching “Shin Godzilla,” Toho’s reboot of its signature monster series, I couldn’t help feeling sorry for the non-Japanese fans forced to read a blizzard of subtitles for this extremely talky and densely populated film, with a break every 10 minutes or so for Godzilla ...

'Truth': Ask no questions, hear no lies

Aug 3, 2016

'Truth': Ask no questions, hear no lies

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‘The truth is out there” is the tagline from sci-fi thriller TV series “The X-Files,” suggesting that perhaps all we had to do was find it and retrieve it like a lost frisbee. “Truth,” however, reveals that it’s never that simple. Based on the ...

| Aug 3, 2016

Where's the money?

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Hillary Clinton’s long march to the U.S. presidency continues unabated, and many voters are so scared of the idea of President Donald Trump, they’d vote for Clinton even if she sprouted fangs and hissed like a cobra. But anyone who’s all comfy with the ...