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'Silence': A test of faith — and of patience

Jan 18, 2017

'Silence': A test of faith — and of patience

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After spending nearly 30 years shepherding his adaptation of Shusaku Endo’s “Silence” to the screen, Martin Scorsese may be starting to feel as forsaken as the book’s Jesuit protagonist, abandoned by an uncommunicative and apparently uncaring God. The movie has been roundly ignored by ...

'Dirty Grandpa' is quite a stinker

Jan 11, 2017

'Dirty Grandpa' is quite a stinker

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‘Dirty Grandpa.” The un-ironic title is like a spray-painted graffiti sign warning everyone to stay away from this sewage-swilling clogged cesspit masquerading as a movie. Woe betide anyone who catches this on an airplane, they may wind up using all the airsick bags in ...

'Nerve': For the watchers

Jan 4, 2017

'Nerve': For the watchers

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Japanese millennials aren’t interested in cars, sex or marriage according to economists and business magazines such as Toyo Keizai. Yawn — so, what else is new? Every night I go to sleep hoping to wake up to a world where people go on proper ...

'Our Meal for Tomorrow': Changing roles in romantic drama

Jan 4, 2017

'Our Meal for Tomorrow': Changing roles in romantic drama

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Gender-bending comedy certainly exists in Japanese films, though it may not be mainstream. In Yosuke Fujita’s “Fuku-chan of FukuFuku Flats” (“Fukufukuso no Fukuchan,” 2014), popular female TV comedian Miyuki Oshima starred as a male house painter who becomes allergic to the opposite sex after ...

'Rogue One': On the Dark Side of reanimation

Dec 28, 2016

'Rogue One': On the Dark Side of reanimation

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How much do you want a new “Star Wars”? When J.J. Abrams’ “The Force Awakens” opened to enormous fanfare last December, it felt like watching a beloved rock band making its comeback tour after a long hiatus. Sure, the original members couldn’t quite muster ...

'Stonewall': We need to talk about Danny

Dec 28, 2016

'Stonewall': We need to talk about Danny

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“Stonewall” is a bit of a head-scratcher. A fictional account of the 1969 Stonewall riots — a series of events that subsequently triggered the gay rights movement in America — it’s directed by Hollywood’s resident disaster-movie specialist, Roland Emmerich (“Independence Day,” “The Day After ...