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Byrne-backed concert doc dazzles

IN 2015, former Talking Heads front man David Byrne staged an unconventional show in which he paired up 10 contemporary musicians and performers with color guard teams — those baton and saber twirling ...

February 26, 2017, Sunday


Violence galore in ‘John Wick 2’

BEFORE you buy a ticket to see “John Wick: Chapter 2 ,” the improbably fun sequel to the implausibly good “John Wick,” you might want to ask yourself how much tolerance you have for gun shots to the head, ...

February 12, 2017, Sunday


‘The Comedian’ a love letter to comics

WHILE there are a few good laughs to be had in “The Comedian,” Taylor Hackford’s film isn’t exactly a comedy. It’s a portrait of an aging entertainer, unfortunately hampered by the tired trope of a May-December ...

February 5, 2017, Sunday


‘Red Turtle’ bathed in calm beauty

In its typical Hollywood form, an animated feature is usually the cinematic equivalent of a sugar rush — a frantic barrage of colors and movement and jokes and sounds....

February 5, 2017, Sunday


Superheroes, Western to dominate screen

JOHN Wick: Chapter 2 (Feburary 10), The Fate of The Furious (April 14) Two franchises, both unlikely, both silly and both endlessly watchable get new installments this year. Keanu Reeves is back as the ...

January 15, 2017, Sunday


‘Live By Night’ is Affleck’s most ambitious film yet

WHEN Ben Affleck’s “Argo” won best picture four years ago, it was an unquestionable high point in a career that has seesawed with ups and downs. As he, clutching the Oscar, spoke emotionally of “getting ...

January 15, 2017, Sunday


Exploring odd family relationships

TONI Erdmann” is a hard film to love, but that might be the point. The German movie from the clearly talented and incisive writer/director Maren Ade seems like it should be a comedy — the lightly plotted ...

January 8, 2017, Sunday


A searing call for humanity, decency

JUST like a Michael Moore documentary, there’s nothing subtle about a Ken Loach drama. The 80-year-old British director and social critic has long been an ardent, insistent, eloquent champion of the ...

January 8, 2017, Sunday


Budapest woos big Hollywood productions

Ryan Gosling, Harrison Ford, Hugh Jackman. Spotting hunky Hollywood actors is no big deal any more in Budapest, now one of Europe’s top hubs for foreign film productions thanks to attractive tax breaks...

January 1, 2017, Sunday


Doc remembers Tokyo war crimes trials

ON the occasion of the National Memorial Day for the Nanjing Massacre Victims, International Channel Shanghai (ICS) released its newly produced historical documentary series “The Tokyo Trials.” Based ...

December 25, 2016, Sunday


 

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