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Norway's 'Ballet Boys' dive deep into the world of dance

Aug 19, 2015

Norway's 'Ballet Boys' dive deep into the world of dance

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The road to becoming a professional athlete is paved with thorns, but there’s more trouble than that awaiting three aspiring male ballet dancers in the Norwegian documentary “Ballet Boys.” Directed by Kenneth Elvebakk, the film examines the lives of teens Lukas, Syvert and Torgeir, ...

Animated antidotes to Pixar-Disney eye candy

Aug 19, 2015

Animated antidotes to Pixar-Disney eye candy

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Children’s animated films, like just about everything else these days, are mostly created by a couple of mega-corporations. Some days it seems like the only animations out there are digitally rendered, hyperactive “Pix-ney” flicks filled with pop-culture wisecracks and supported by a $100 million ...

Frida Kahlo and the secret life of women's objects

Aug 12, 2015

Frida Kahlo and the secret life of women's objects

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Miyako Ishiuchi is one of Japan’s most formidable photographers — a woman who has been passionately interested in women and their bodies for the whole of her 50-year career. At 68 years old, her fascination with the female physique remains intact, but over the ...

Hell is a claustrophobic submarine in 'Black Sea'

Aug 12, 2015

Hell is a claustrophobic submarine in 'Black Sea'

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Sometimes a bit of breathless claustrophobia is just the thing to combat a scorching-hot summer (you know, fight panic with panic), and what could be better for that than a submarine thriller? “Black Sea” may have a little daylight, but it’s not light fare ...

Bryce Dallas Howard kicks her high heels up in 'Jurassic World'

Aug 6, 2015

Bryce Dallas Howard kicks her high heels up in 'Jurassic World'

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Typical: You spend $150 million on your effects-heavy summer blockbuster, and all people want to talk about is a character’s choice of footwear. When “Jurassic World,” the long-gestating sequel to the original “Jurassic Park” trilogy, opened internationally in June, the film’s producers probably weren’t ...

Japan's reincarnated Godzilla will not be cuddly or kitsch

Aug 6, 2015

Japan's reincarnated Godzilla will not be cuddly or kitsch

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Radiation-breathing Godzilla destroyed so many cities and fought so many monsters, the original Japanese film series outgrew its budget and audience. Shinji Higuchi, the director and special-effects whiz chosen by Toho Co. for the made-in-Japan revival of the series, plans to go back to ...

A more complex portrayal of Emperor Hirohito

Aug 5, 2015

A more complex portrayal of Emperor Hirohito

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Emperor Hirohito, who is posthumously known as Emperor Showa, had a procession of public images during his long reign from 1926 to 1989 — though none were quite accurate. There was the pre-1945 Emperor — stern and remote on his white horse — who ...