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'At the Terrace' offers witty, coarse fun

Nov 9, 2016

'At the Terrace' offers witty, coarse fun

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“I know that many film fans have an allergy to films based on plays,” writes Kenji Yamauchi on the website for his new film, “At the Terrace” (“At the Terrace: Terasu Nite”). “The never-changing setting and the long conversations bore them.” “Boring,” however, was ...

Jack Reacher returns for mindless action

Nov 9, 2016

Jack Reacher returns for mindless action

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Tom Cruise probably needs another franchise like he needs a third foot. Nevertheless, here he is in “Jack Reacher: Never Go Back,” the sequel to the 2012 movie that was so awful it hurt. Now he’s back (even though the second half of the ...

Tokyo Filmex sharpens its focus

| Nov 9, 2016

Tokyo Filmex sharpens its focus

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Is Tokyo Filmex losing its raison d’etre? Opening less than a month after the Tokyo International Film Festival ends, Tokyo Filmex was once the hard-core indie antithesis of the larger, more mainstream TIFF, but the latter is now more welcoming to the kind of ...

The 'uncool' girl can still get the guy, or two

Nov 2, 2016

The 'uncool' girl can still get the guy, or two

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It’s a fantasy that many women like to give into sometimes: That you can be somewhat older, a little disheveled, not exactly fit, but still get the man of your dreams. Or make that two, or even three if you count a perfect baby ...

'Memories': Remembering the Battle of Peleliu

Nov 2, 2016

'Memories': Remembering the Battle of Peleliu

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Japanese films about the war, both fiction and nonfiction, rarely focus on the fighting between Japanese and American forces in the Pacific, though Clint Eastwood’s 2006 hit “Letters from Iwo Jima” proved the subject can make for critically acclaimed and commercially successful drama. Kenichi ...

'Inferno': Tom Hanks can hold up a franchise

Nov 2, 2016

'Inferno': Tom Hanks can hold up a franchise

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Times will change and tides will always turn, but there’s one thing you can count on: movies starring Tom Hanks. No matter what else is happening in the world, Tom Hanks is routinely waiting at the multiplex in yet another mega-budget, blockbuster vehicle that ...

'Embrace of the Serpent': Amid the poisons of colonization

Nov 2, 2016

'Embrace of the Serpent': Amid the poisons of colonization

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While Leonardo DiCaprio’s masochistic lead performance garnered greater acclaim, perhaps the most striking aspect of “The Revenant” was the diligence it showed in telling the Native American side of the story. Yet for all the scenes of authentic Arikara dialogue, the indigenous characters in ...