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Film


‘Boxtrolls’ animators whip up whimsy

A SPOOKY surrealism has been the specialty of the Oregon-based animation studio Laika, the Pacific Northwest purveyors of 3D stop-motion.The self-...

October 12, 2014, Sunday


Lush, easy-on-eyes adaptation

Who can say no to a good Patricia Highsmith adaptation? Though her 1964 suspense thriller “The Two Faces of January” is not the easiest story to bring to the screen, the production,...

October 12, 2014, Sunday


Damage of ‘cultural revolution’ depicted

THE Chinese film “Red Amnesia,” shown in Venice, is partly a ghost story that may or may not have a ghost, but its portrayal of how the “cultural revolution” (1966-76) left a trail of twisted lives that ...

September 21, 2014, Sunday


Keaton as washed-up superhero

MICHAEL Keaton opened the 71st Venice Film Festival starring in “Birdman” as a washed-up actor of superhero movies trying to make a comeback, a bit like the former “Batman” star himself who gives the ...

September 21, 2014, Sunday


‘Life of Crime’ can’t catch book’s prose

Some may pine for George Clooney’s chin or Scarlett Johansson’s lips, but no body part should be more envied than Elmore Leonard’s ear.Leonard’s dialogue seemed to have walked in off the street....

September 7, 2014, Sunday


New ‘Sin City’ stylish but cliched

AFTER being clonked over the head in 1944’s “Murder, My Sweet,” Raymond Chandler’s immortal private eye Philip Marlowe wryly narrated the experience of being knocked out: “A black pool opened up at my ...

September 7, 2014, Sunday


Tender look at human relationships

A gay couple who have been together for almost four decades are separated, at least physically, by factors beyond their control in “Love Is Strange,...

August 24, 2014, Sunday


Dump 'Expendables' in the bin

Despite some ruthless new tactics, there’s no saving “The Expendables 3,” the overpopulated third outing of Sylvester Stallone’s all-star action ensemble.Perhaps recognizing its own mortality,...

August 24, 2014, Sunday


‘Let’s Be Cops’ is short on laughs

AT one point during “Let’s Be Cops,” actor Damon Wayans Jr has a scene in which a huge naked man’s groin is inches from his face. That’s a good approximation of what filmgoers will experience during this ...

August 17, 2014, Sunday


‘Giver’ takes too many liberties

AN agreeable young adult riff on Orwell, Phillip Noyce’s “The Giver” greets a man-made Utopia with an eternal question: “If you can’t feel, what’s the point?” Lois Lowry’s 1993 Newbery Medal-winning source ...

August 17, 2014, Sunday




 

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