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The topic of AI always raises HAL and more

Jun 8, 2016

The topic of AI always raises HAL and more

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An astronaut in deep space finishes up some repairs to the parabolic antenna on his spacecraft’s exterior. Through his helmet’s microphone, he commands the ship’s controlling supercomputer, HAL 9000, “Open the pod bay doors, HAL.” A second later he gets a calm, cold response ...

'Money Monster': Jodie Foster's thrilling investment

Jun 8, 2016

'Money Monster': Jodie Foster's thrilling investment

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Money is the new sex at the movies. Actually, if we’re honest, maybe it was also the old sex. Whatever — in our overly consumerist society, money is on everyone’s mind and more filmmakers are discovering the excitement that a stock chart can generate. ...

'Girls' just wanna have fun in Japan

| Jun 8, 2016

'Girls' just wanna have fun in Japan

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“Girls,” an Emmy award-winning HBO series, focuses on a quartet of women in their early 20s who are trying to — surprise, surprise — figure out what they want to do with their lives. Like its outspoken creator — the intellectual “It Girl” Lena ...

'Danchi': The extraordinary everywoman

Jun 1, 2016

'Danchi': The extraordinary everywoman

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“Danchi” doesn’t translate easily into English. “Apartment complex” or “housing estate” are only rough equivalents for the thousands of public-housing units thrown up in the postwar boom years to cope with Tokyo’s exploding population. Equipped with running water, flush toilets and other amenities, with ...

'Southpaw': Boxing that lacks punching power

Jun 1, 2016

'Southpaw': Boxing that lacks punching power

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Just because you’ve seen this story before doesn’t mean you shouldn’t see it again … I think. “Southpaw” is an excessive, some may even say maniacal, retread of boxing movie classics such as the “Rocky” franchise, “The Fighter” and “Raging Bull. But it’s so ...