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Dear Etranger: When the family drama gets real

/ Aug 30, 2017

Dear Etranger: When the family drama gets real

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Despite a career spanning nearly three decades, Yukiko Mishima hasn't appeared on many lists of up-and-coming Japanese female directors, mine included. One reason: She had a relatively late start, not releasing her first feature, a drama based on the Junichiro Tanizaki story "The Tatooer," ...

Netflix's 'Death Note' may be dumber, but is it really evil?

Aug 25, 2017

Netflix's 'Death Note' may be dumber, but is it really evil?

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After the furor over the recent "Ghost in the Shell" adaptation, moviegoers should be familiar with the concept of "whitewashing," the insidious Hollywood practice of casting Caucasian actors in roles that originated as non-white characters. But when Lakeith Stanfield, who is African-American, was picked ...