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Edgy, dark and tolerated: ‘China noir’ seeks to make Cannes Film Festival breakthrough

TALES from the shadowy edges of modern Chinese society aim to turn heads at the Cannes Film Festival, showing the growing scope and sophistication of the world’s second-largest movie market. The Diao ...

May 19, 2019, Sunday

Shanghai-born actor takes on gritty gangster character in latest film

POPULAR Chinese actor Hu Ge, whose suave looks made him the star of small screen imperial dramas, has tapped into a different side of himself for “Wild Goose Lake,” a gritty gangster flick competing for ...

May 19, 2019, Sunday

Det Pikachu’s first (and last) case

IT’S got an adorable hero from an iconic media brand who is voiced by a proven box office master at snark. But, somehow, “Pokémon Detective Pikachu” never really gets arresting. A neutered Ryan Reynolds ...

May 12, 2019, Sunday

Big dreams on the ‘Biggest Little Farm’

JOHN and Molly Chester didn’t, like Matt Damon and Scarlett Johansson, buy a zoo. But they got start-up investors to help them purchase a 213-acre farm just north of Los Angeles. “The Biggest Little Farm” ...

May 12, 2019, Sunday

Slovakia’s Monsieur Tussard relaxes with his wax

THE bald head of Slovak general Milan Rastislav Stefanik is pierced before hairs are inserted into his skull. Stefanik’s face remains motionless, his blue eyes do not even blink. The late founder of ...

May 5, 2019, Sunday

‘Avengers: Endgame’ sparkles in Marvel Land’s fictional cosmos

SATISFACTION is a complicated concept in Marvel Land. On the one hand, every morsel of pre-release information is obsessively pored over in feverish anticipation. But by the time the movie is coming out, ...

April 28, 2019, Sunday

Tripping into the American dream

WE’LL call it the “Garfield Rule” — not the comic, the actor. It holds that any performance by Andrew Garfield, on screen or stage, will be worth seeing, no matter the content. After watching “Under ...

April 21, 2019, Sunday

How Beyoncé made Coachella her home

BEYONCé is extremely private, and only lets you know what she wants you to know, when she wants you to know it — typically through a post on her website or Instagram. But throughout the years, she’s ...

April 21, 2019, Sunday

Wannabe circus runaway Tim Burton hits new heights with classic ‘Dumbo’ remake

HE has never liked the Big Top, mainly due to the caged animals and freaky clowns, but for legendary director Tim Burton, there is no denying the romance of running away to join the circus. And even more ...

March 31, 2019, Sunday

‘Dumbo’ a dark elephant in the room tale

THE original “Dumbo” was released in the summer of 1941 while Germany was spreading across Europe and war was breaking out in the Pacific. Crafted as a simpler Disney fable after “Fantasia” disappointed ...

March 31, 2019, Sunday


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