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Movie Review: Chinese animated “Big Fish & Begonia” loses something in translation

    Let us now plumb the mysteries and parse the meaning of a Chinese animated film. No, I’m not returning to the subject of “Rock Dog.” But animation can be a fascinating window on a culture. Think of your … Continue reading

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Netflixable? Oscar-winning “Icarus” takes a “Super Size Me” look at sports doping

They gave the Best Documentary Feature Film Oscar to “Icarus,” a film about trying to beat the laughably busted and beatable doping tests used on athletes. Cyclist/filmmaker Bryan Fogel set out to find a drug doc, get a drug regimen, … Continue reading

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Best Moment at the Golden Globes?

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“Suffragette” — a very cool poster.

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Questions for Ken Watanabe? “Godzilla” expert?

It’s a gamble, I know. But I figure, if I’m interviewing somebody from “Godzilla,” I want the guy whose culture gave birth to the Kaiji, the guy who, in the new movie, sympathizes with the monster he identifies by naming … Continue reading

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Fargo Theatre tribute to “Fargo” — as seen at the Fargo Film Festival

I had moved away from North Dakota, but only recently, when “Fargo” came out. And returning here for the Fargo Film Festival, I was reminded of the region’s ambivalent relationship to the movie that made it famous. In Q & … Continue reading

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Vintage behind-the-scenes shots give away sci-fi classics’ secrets

io9.com posted this cool collection of shots from “Metropolis” and “Star Wars” that gives you a new appreciation for “How did they DO that?”

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Next Interview: Questions for Alfonso “Gravity” Cuaron?

He did the best of the Harry Potters, “Children of Men” and “Y Tu Mama Tambien” and “Great Expectations” and “A Little Princess.” One of my favorite directors, and he should be one of yours. So I’m looking for suggestions … Continue reading

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Ocala Drive In gets digital conversion money from Honda’s “Project Drive-In”

Like a lot of drive-ins, this one has slipped in and out of a coma for years. But thanks to Honda’s little project to supply cash to five popular, worthy drive-ins with digital projection, the Ocala Drive-In will survive the … Continue reading

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Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels go “Dumber” for the first time this century

“Dumb and Dumber To,” they’re calling the film. Because nobody involved (save Daniels, an HBO star) had anything better to do. Finally.

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