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Clash of modern and tradition in Tibet

DOCUMENTARIES are portraits in the form of film while its subject originates from a real-life character. The theme it delivers often resonates with many universal emotions. The 20th Shanghai International ...

June 25, 2017, Sunday

The Last Knight: Digital mayhem

A concussed serenity sets in somewhere in the middle of the ceaseless ballet of metal and machismo in Michael Bay’s “Transformers: The Last Knight.” Freed of concerns like plausibility or story, you can ...

June 25, 2017, Sunday

Plummer back as uncanny Kaiser

HAS any lion in winter ever roared like Christopher Plummer? In British theater director David Leveaux’s WWII thriller “The Exception,” Plummer plays Wilhelm II, the exiled emperor of Germany and king ...

June 18, 2017, Sunday

‘Hero’ Elliot shines but film disappoints

AT the beginning of “The Hero,” Lee Hayden, the aging Hollywood Western actor played by Sam Elliott, is recording a radio spot for barbecue sauce. And he’s really, really good at it. “Lone Star barbecue ...

June 18, 2017, Sunday

Cruise cajoled his co-stars into doing terrifying death-defying stunts on set

TOM Cruise is known for performing his own death-defying stunts in his action movies — but the cast of horror blockbuster “The Mummy” on Wednesday revealed he’s started roping in his co-stars. Annabelle ...

June 11, 2017, Sunday

Poor fit for Ageless Cruise

OF all the CGI-ed supernatural forces slung in Alex Kurtzman’s “The Mummy” (and, believe me, there are a lot), none can compete with the spectral spectacle of Tom Cruise, at 54. He and his abs are almost ...

June 11, 2017, Sunday

5th chapter of ‘Pirates’ high on CGI tricks

THE opening scene of the new “Pirates of the Caribbean” is a fitting metaphor for where we stand in this long franchise: A creaky old galleon is unceremoniously yanked up from the ocean depths and the ...

June 4, 2017, Sunday

War satire falls short of a classic

HERE’S a general rule of thumb: If you’re going to rely heavily on voiceover to tell your movie’s story, and exclusively so in the first 15 minutes with an assault of colorful character introductions, ...

May 28, 2017, Sunday

‘Baywatch’ remake raunchy, but fails

OF this, dear moviegoer, rest assured: Dwayne Johnson’s biceps still ripple and glisten in the sunlight. So do his triceps, pecs, abs, delts, quads, lats and the other 600 or so muscles of the human body. And ...

May 28, 2017, Sunday

The fantasy of just walking away

HAVE you ever fantasized about one day walking away from your well-ordered life? Just ditching work and the humdrum routine of life? You have? Then, before you go, you need to see the curiously brilliant ...

May 21, 2017, Sunday


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