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The gritty side of Polish film

| Nov 23, 2016

The gritty side of Polish film

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European cinema lost one of its greats in October, when Polish director Andrzej Wajda passed away at the age of 90. Wajda, perhaps best known for his 1981 Cannes Palme d’Or winner “Man of Iron,” had a long association with Japan, being awarded both ...

'The Girl on the Train' charts a rough ride

Nov 16, 2016

'The Girl on the Train' charts a rough ride

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Why does modern society assume that all women want the same three things: love, sex and babies? The short answer is, because pop culture has decreed it so. The slightly longer answer is that brilliant female novelists such as Paula Hawkins and Gillian Flynn ...

'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 ...