Arts & Entertainment

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“Batman v Superman”: It’s hero vs. hero, but the audience loses

This film is the cinematic equivalent of a child slamming two plastic toy dinosaurs into one another.

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Last tango in Kabul? “Whiskey Tango Foxtrot” and the embedded reporter

"Tango" perpetuates that age-old Hollywood tradition of setting stories in the "exotic" Third World.

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“Race” and “Risen”: Two films, two very different kinds of hero

What does it mean to be a hero? What can we learn from our heroes? How shall we treat them? 

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Progressive cinema: “Angel of Nanjing”

The film shows how love for life and people can drive a person in a country of over a billion to exercise compassion for his fellow humans.

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"Requiem for the American Dream": Wake-up call!

Noam Chomsky's new film is a clear-eyed, easily accessible outline of how and why American idealism has been sabotaged. 

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Inextricable bond between shepherd and flock: A modern Icelandic tragicomic film

Icelandic director Grímur Hákonarson has a small hit on his hands in his new film "Rams," starring two of his country's leading stage actors.

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“Hail, Caesar!” A specter haunts Hollywood in new goofball comedy

Hot on the heels of the Oscar-nominated Trumbo, another 1950s-set movie about Hollywood Reds has been released.

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"Pride + Prejudice + Zombies": The undead wear petticoats

Suited for anyone who enjoys well developed characters, strong female leads, and a fun time at the movies that includes flesh-eating undead humanoids.

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“Aferim!”: The wild, wild East in film

It has a number of genre conventions of the Western, though one could argue that the Romanian-set film should be called an "Eastern."

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"The Big Short” in review: The fire next time

The film version of Michael Lewis' non-fiction book "The Big Short" is a high percentage earner in the Great Recession sweepstakes. 

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