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Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb

Mar 18, 2015

Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb

by Kaori Shoji

It isn’t the greatest of franchises but that doesn’t make it any easier to say goodbye to “Night at the Museum.” The third and final installment, “Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb,” of the zany, entertainment-for-all vehicle also marks the last screen ...

Omoide no Marnie (When Marnie Was There)

Mar 18, 2015

Omoide no Marnie (When Marnie Was There)

by Mark Schilling

Director: Hiromasa Yonebayashi Language: Japanese (subtitled in English) Based on Joan G. Robinson’s beloved fantasy novel “When Marnie Was There,” director Hiromasa Yonebayashi and his Studio Ghibli animators have made a delightful film about a budding friendship between two girls in the Hokkaido countryside, ...

Blended (Japan title: Kozureja Damekashira)

Mar 18, 2015

Blended (Japan title: Kozureja Damekashira)

by Kaori Shoji

Director: Frank Coraci Language: English Just when you think Adam Sandler has hit the very bottom of his career, he resurfaces. If anyone can save Sandler, it’s the adorable Drew Barrymore, but “Blended” suffers from inane jokes, senseless dialogue and bad taste. After a ...

Fury

Mar 18, 2015

Fury

Director: David Ayer Language: English “Training Day” director David Ayer’s tale of a tank crew on the Western front in the fading days of World War II falls squarely between Sam Peckinpah’s “Cross of Iron” and Stephen Spielberg’s “Saving Private Ryan” — it’s got ...

Capturing Raf Simons and the ghost of Christian Dior

Mar 11, 2015

Capturing Raf Simons and the ghost of Christian Dior

by Kaori Shoji

You may not “J’adore Dior,” but it’s hard not to be fascinated by the goings on within the French fashion house, which is now one of the fashion industry’s two remaining haute couture maisons. John Galliano, who had helmed the brand for 15 years, ...

Can idol group Momoiro Clover Z learn to act?

Mar 11, 2015

Can idol group Momoiro Clover Z learn to act?

by Mark Schilling

The typical Japanese movie about the travails and triumphs of a high school club follows an upward arc, as the audience cheers on the heroes to their foregone triumph over setbacks and defeats. The actualities of how they become more accomplished swing musicians, as ...