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‘Why’d ya spill yer beans?’

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As the story goes, the Greek titan Prometheus so loved man that he stole fire from Mount Olympus and brought it to Earth...

‘The Hateful Eight’ is pointless, stupid garbage

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Say this much for writer/director/foot fetishist/N-word-addict Quentin Tarantino when he finally made his first bad movie: he made one of the worst films ever....

‘A picture with a smile — and perhaps, a tear’

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Like it or not, artists change. Though we wish to preserve them in amber, those we hold near and dear grow into individuals that...

Ghost stories

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According to the new documentary, Chasing the Shadows (chasingtheshadows.com), one-third of Americans believe in ghosts and more people in the United Kingdom believe in ghosts than believe in God. With many ghost-hunting reality shows, like Ghost Hunters on Syfy, ...

The center will not hold

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When Star Wars debuted in 1977, it was an immediate revolution of cinema and culture. Audiences voted with their wallets: This is how we...

Sexy puss

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DreamWork´s cunning casting of the silky Spaniard Antonio Banderas as a swashbuckling Puss in Boots pays off, brilliantly, in Puss in Boots, a star vehicle for the nursery rhyme kitty cat from the Shrek movies...

Majestical or just majestic?

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Family units are fascinating things. Some come ready-made, while others must be forged out of sheer will. That’s what Ricky (Julian Dennison) is hoping...

We will not grow old together

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It all started so well. There was love, and there was kindness. There was understanding, and there was support. And then one day, there...

Just Mercy

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Monroeville, Alabama, 1987: A man is condemned to death for a crime he did not commit. Do you need to know the color of...

‘Red Cliff’ a rare war movie invested in strategy

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Red Cliff is the first Chinese-language film from John Woo in more than a decade, and reportedly the most expensive Chineselanguage movie ever made (though, once you see its Lord of the Rings-like immensity, that “reportedly” becomes “oh, totally”). It is two-and-...

Lust at 6,000 feet

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Movies aren’t reality. They’re visual expressions of an emotional experience. The best filmmakers have known this all along, but it’s worth bringing up, as...

The shame of a nation

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The year was 1978, and China’s future did not look promising. The country had survived wars, depression and famine, plus a cultural revolution was...