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'Here's Harold' sends Ikea flat-packing

| Apr 20, 2016

'Here's Harold' sends Ikea flat-packing

Call me a crank, but I’m not a fan of Ikea — not even of its famed cafeteria. So when I heard “Here is Harold” was a “Down-with-Ikea!” movie, I wanted to fly straight to Norway and shake the director Gunnar Vikene’s hand. Vikene ...

‘Spotlight’: a beacon for investigative journalism

Apr 13, 2016

‘Spotlight’: a beacon for investigative journalism

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In 1976 the film “All the President’s Men” portrayed the true story of Washington Post reporters Carl Bernstein and Bob Woodward (Dustin Hoffman and Robert Redford) uncovering the Watergate Scandal. It wasn’t the first time in cinema that journalists took center stage, but it ...

Okita keeps every hair in place

Apr 13, 2016

Okita keeps every hair in place

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Millions of Japanese have come from the countryside to find their fortunes in Tokyo, with most arriving in the postwar boom when jobs were everywhere and the future looked bright. But many, like the punk rocker hero of Shuichi Okita’s offbeat, warm-hearted family comedy ...

'Youth': Sorrentino gets extra sentimental

Apr 13, 2016

'Youth': Sorrentino gets extra sentimental

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“I don’t want to read any more of it, write any more of it, I don’t even want to talk about it anymore,” said the novelist Philip Roth in 2012, as he announced his retirement from literature. “I’m tired of all that work. I’m ...

'Lowlife Love': The shady love of the film industry

Apr 6, 2016

'Lowlife Love': The shady love of the film industry

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According to Eiren (Motion Picture Producers Association of Japan), 581 Japanese films were released domestically last year, many of which were low-budget productions shown in small numbers of theaters. Beneath these films “officially” recognized by Eiren is a substratum of straight-to-DVD fare. And at ...

'Cop Car': Joy-riding with dire consequences

Apr 6, 2016

'Cop Car': Joy-riding with dire consequences

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Do you smell the Bacon? You should: The smoke from the griddle is all over the place in this sweaty-palm inducing neo-noir by Jon Watts (who is slated to direct the next “Spiderman”). Kevin Bacon stars as a scary mustachioed bad cop who gives new ...

'Room': There is no room for spoilers

Apr 6, 2016

'Room': There is no room for spoilers

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Anyone who’s ever spent some time hanging around hippies has probably heard the expression “You bought the ticket, you take the ride.” Meaning that if you’ve just gone down the psychedelic rabbit hole, there’s no coming back — at least for the next eight ...

Apr 6, 2016

Tokyo Talkies seeks to broaden exposure to Indian films

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Indian cinema is prolific and diverse, with 1,969 feature titles released by 20 regional film industries in 2014, but movie fans in Japan have few chances to see this vast output. (Let’s not count Bollywood musicals playing silently on monitors in Indian restaurants.) A ...