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Ratcheting violence on Belfast's streets in '71

Jul 29, 2015

Ratcheting violence on Belfast's streets in '71

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For the last three decades of the 20th century, Northern Ireland was mired in a toxic internecine conflict that came to be known as “the Troubles.” Although bombings, assassinations, street battles and clashes with security forces claimed the lives of more than 3,600 people, ...

War in the jungle and war in Japan

Jul 22, 2015

War in the jungle and war in Japan

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Actor and director Shinya Tsukamoto often takes violence to strange extremes. In his first film, the 1989 horror “Tetsuo” (“Tetsuo: The Iron Man”), a businessman accidentally kills a crazed metal fetishist (played by Tsukamoto himself) with his car and, becoming “infected” by his victim, ...

'Inside Out' shows the emotional confusion of growing up

Jul 22, 2015

'Inside Out' shows the emotional confusion of growing up

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‘Inside Out,” the new Pixar-Disney animation destined to be a classic, charts the emotional journey of 11-year-old Riley (Kaitlyn Dias). It’s not just about how she feels, it’s about how Joy (Amy Poehler), Disgust (Mindy Kaling), Sadness (Phyllis Smith), Anger (Lewis Black) and Fear ...

'Wild Tales' and black comedy from the dark heart of Argentina

Jul 22, 2015

'Wild Tales' and black comedy from the dark heart of Argentina

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Forget about all the brassy, effects-laden blockbusters crowding the multiplexes this summer: For sheer entertainment value, none are likely to top this Argentine-Spanish anthology of comic shorts. Rich in black humor and satirical invective, “Wild Tales” became the most successful Argentinian movie of all ...

| Jul 22, 2015

In search of male 'members' great and small

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Iceland has everything that matters. There’s Bjork, of course. There’s Skyr yogurt, widely acknowledged to be the best on the planet. And they’ve got a place called The Icelandic Phallological Museum, the world’s only museum dedicated to the penis, run by Sigurour Hjartarson. For ...

Hayao Miyazaki cleans up Japan

| Jul 15, 2015

Hayao Miyazaki cleans up Japan

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Rich, famous, semi-retired people commonly take up good causes (based on whatever they define as “good”), but animation maestro Hayao Miyazaki does things differently. Instead of penning an op-ed or speaking at a rally, he recently invited members of the The Foreign Correspondents’ Club ...