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It's all about the humans in 'Arrival'

/ May 17, 2017

It's all about the humans in 'Arrival'

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With “Arrival,” director Denis Villeneuve takes a very familiar alien invasion scenario and tries to put a new twist on it. While everyone from H. G. Wells in “War of the Worlds” to Roland Emmerich in “Independence Day” has envisioned a swarm of spacecraft ...

A love story that's overly dense with prose

/ May 10, 2017

A love story that's overly dense with prose

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These days, Japanese films are based on everything from novels to game apps, but Yuya Ishii’s “The Tokyo Night Sky Is Always the Densest Shade of Blue,” which premiered at the Berlin Film Festival this year, is a rare feature inspired by a book ...

Opinions aren't split on Shyamalan's comeback

/ May 10, 2017

Opinions aren't split on Shyamalan's comeback

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I’ve always had a soft spot for M. Night Shyamalan, even despite the fact that he has made a total of two truly successful films — “The Sixth Sense” (1999) and “Unbreakable” (2000) — over the course of his over-20-year career. The rest of ...

Japan, take pride in 'Your Name.'

| Apr 20, 2017

Japan, take pride in 'Your Name.'

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Two weeks ago, the United States’ box office saw a surprising animated feature take the top spot and generate large amounts of discussion — and memes — on social media. That was Dreamworks’ “The Boss Baby,” starring Alec Baldwin as a dapper, sassy infant. ...