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Mark Jenkins

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A Hong Kong Film Titan, With A Reach Well Beyond His Roots

Tuesday, January 07, 2014

The Hong Kong entertainment magnate and philanthropist Run Run Shaw, who died today at 106 or 107, isn't that well known in the West. But his fans, from Quentin Tarantino to the Wu-Tang Clan, sure are.

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From 'Cinema Paradiso' Director, An Offbeat 'Offer'

Monday, January 06, 2014

Guiseppe Tornatore (Cinema Paradiso) turns in an English-language romance-cum-mystery about an art auctioneer (Geoffrey Rush) obsessed with a young heiress and collector (Sylvia Hoeks). With Jim Sturgess and Donald Sutherland.

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A Wall Street Predator With An Appetite For Excess

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Leonardo DiCaprio and Martin Scorsese deliver a wicked tour through the life of a high-living bad boy in The Wolf of Wall Street. Awash in sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll, the film is less cautionary tale than exuberant romp.

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After Meltdown, Nine Months Of Drift For Fukushima Survivors

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

The documentary Nuclear Nation follows the lives of displaced evacuees from Futuba, a town no longer habitable after the 2011 disaster at Japan's Fukushima power plant.

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A 'Furnace' Fueled By Manly Malice

Thursday, December 05, 2013

Just out of prison, a Pennsylvania man (Christian Bale) finds that his girlfriend has moved on and his younger brother is mixed up with criminals, in Out of the Furnace. Zoe Saldana, Woody Harrelson and Casey Affleck costar.

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The End Of The World, As She Knows It

Thursday, November 07, 2013

Based on the 2004 novel of the same title, How I Live Now follows a teenager living in the English countryside, trying to survive and find her family after martial law is declared. Directed by Kevin Macdonald (The Last King of Scotland), the film stars Saoirse Ronan.

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'Tai Chi' Master: Keanu Reeves Takes The Director's Chair

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Keanu Reeves directs and stars in the tale of a tai chi master (Tiger Hu Chen) who competes in an underground fight-club ring. Filmed in Hong Kong, Beijing and Macau, Man of Tai Chi is a creditable Asian-style action film from one of the genre's notable Hollywood fans.

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'The Square': Egypt In Crisis, And Its People In Focus

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Documentarian Jehane Noujaim (Control Room) follows a group of young revolutionaries living and protesting in Egypt during the past two tumultuous years in that strife-torn country.

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From A Saudi Director, A Familiar Story Made Fresh Again

Thursday, September 12, 2013

A spirited Saudi Arabian girl (Waad Mohammed) enters a Quran-chanting competition to raise money to buy the bike she craves in Wadjda, from Haifaa Al Mansour, the country's first female director. (Recommended)

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Qwerty Can Be Flirty, If We're In '50s France

Thursday, September 05, 2013

Set in 1958, this French comedy is about a young woman (Deborah Francois) who's average in every way but two: her looks and her typing speed. It's the latter quality that excites her new boss (Romain Duris), who enters her in international competitions.

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Dark Wings Over Tokyo, With A Dash Of Feline Mystery To Finish

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Critic Mark Jenkins reviews a quirky double-bill of animal documentaries. One pairs a visual poem about urban crows in Japan with a travelogue following the daily perambulations of a cat living with a German couple in an American suburb.

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Good Vs. Evil, Once More With (So Much) Feeling

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

When her mother is abducted by a demon, a teen (Lily Collins) learns that she comes from a line of Shadowhunters, who defend the world from supernatural beasties. Directed by Harold Zwart (the latest Karate Kid) it's the first film in a planned franchise based on Cassandra Clare's novels.

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Lives And History, Through The Eyes Of Big And Small

Thursday, August 15, 2013

In their approaches to history, Jobs and Lee Daniels' The Butler could hardly be less similar. Yet the two movies have much in common — just nothing terribly exciting.

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'Deep Throat's' Lovelace, And The Linda She Used To Be

Thursday, August 08, 2013

A film biography of the adult-film star, who personified a new '70s-era sexual ease but later disavowed her career and the husband who engineered it, tries to be fair about its namesake's two lives — and ends up feeling indecisive.

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Washington, Wahlberg Are Bad Boys, And Whatcha Gonna Do?

Thursday, August 01, 2013

The stars pair up for a swaggeringly macho story of undercover agents on the trail of a drug lord and at odds with one another. At its best, the film offers a certain fun-on-the-run energy — but its best ultimately isn't much to speak of.

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Beyond Earth's Gravity, A Space Opera Goes Flat

Thursday, August 01, 2013

Earth-side specialists patch together footage of a failed mission to a Jovian moon to understand what went horribly wrong. Critic Mark Jenkins says Europa Report is commendably committed to technological plausibility — but nonetheless pretty silly in the end.

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Crime And Punishment, Mainland China Style

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Veteran Hong Kong filmmaker Johnnie To dives into a story about a mainland drug war. Using a variety of languages and vantage points, To creates an eye-opening and surprisingly pointed commentary on the Chinese criminal justice system. (Recommended)

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Adam Sandler, Insisting Again That He's A Really Great Guy

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Grown Ups 2, the latest from Hollywood's simmeringly hostile man-child, is a series of riffs, skits and sight gags without much — aside from a low-comedy fascination with excreta and flatulence — to string them together.

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For Power-Pop Fans, The Woeful Ballad Of 'Big Star'

Tuesday, July 02, 2013

For many, the entry point into Big Star's legacy is the opening theme song of That '70s Show. But long before Ashton Kutcher met Mila Kunis, a cult-favorite Memphis band struggled to make it big — and some of its members died trying.

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In Swinging '60s London, A Frisky 'Look Of Love'

Tuesday, July 02, 2013

Michael Winterbottom's newest film may be tamer than his earlier 9 Songs, but there's no shortage of suggestive scenes to go around. It's a biodrama about the onetime richest man in Britain and three women — wife, daughter, lover — who shape his career.

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