Into the Woods (Marshall, 2014)

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The cow as white as milk, the cape as red as blood, the hair as yellow as corn, and the slipper as pure as gold. [Read more...]

The Kingdom of Dreams and Madness (Sunada, 2013)

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An animator and director (Miyazaki), a second director (Isao Takahata), and a producer (Toshio Suzuki) met over thirty-five years ago and after a few collaborations which reached their apex in 1984 with Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind, they formed Studio Ghibli in 1985. [Read more...]

Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events — 10 Years Later (Silberling, 2004)

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If the upcoming Netflix series fails to do justice to the books, it will be sadly missed opportunity, but we’ll still have this film which is a worthwhile version of a children’s story about encountering tragedy which elucidates the nature of evil. (Elucidate is a big word meaning “to make clear.”) [Read more...]

Still the Water (Kawase, 2014)

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In a film filled with contrasts, finding quiet by traveling into the eye of the storm is a central paradox. [Read more...]

A Walk Among the Tombstones (Frank, 2014)

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Frank has scripted another solid screenplay for a tense thriller with good pacing, a high level of suspense, and a decent mystery. [Read more...]

Mudbloods (Nikbakht, 2014)

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Credit needs to be given to director Farzad Nikbakht for presenting the sport, which the players describe as a cross between rugby and dodgeball, as if there were nothing unnatural about it. [Read more...]


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