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Takeda scores a KO in 'Poetry Angel'

/ May 17, 2017

Takeda scores a KO in 'Poetry Angel'

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In last week's review of Yuya Ishii's "The Tokyo Night Sky Is Always the Densest Shade of Blue," I wrote that poetry-based Japanese films are rare — but here seems to be another: Toshimitsu Iizuka's "Poetry Angel." One more example and I'll have a ...

It's all about the humans in 'Arrival'

/ May 17, 2017

It's all about the humans in 'Arrival'

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With "Arrival," director Denis Villeneuve takes a very familiar alien invasion scenario and tries to put a new twist on it. While everyone from H. G. Wells in "War of the Worlds" to Roland Emmerich in "Independence Day" has envisioned a swarm of spacecraft ...

Japan, take pride in 'Your Name.'

| Apr 20, 2017

Japan, take pride in 'Your Name.'

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Two weeks ago, the United States' box office saw a surprising animated feature take the top spot and generate large amounts of discussion — and memes — on social media. That was Dreamworks' "The Boss Baby," starring Alec Baldwin as a dapper, sassy infant. Further down ...