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  • Film Review: 'Hail, Caesar!' delivers laughs, even if it still underwhelms

    Film Review: 'Hail, Caesar!' delivers laughs, even if it still underwhelms

    Ethan and Joel Coen are as film-history literate as any current director not named Quentin. "Hail, Caesar!", their latest, is their second film to explicitly tackle Hollywood, following the 1991 "Barton Fink," their fourth film and first masterpiece. While that film had a lot of humor, it was basically...

  • DVD Review: Strong cast makes 'Shanghai' worth the wait

    DVD Review: Strong cast makes 'Shanghai' worth the wait

    Few recent films have been delayed as long as this one. In 2008, The Weinstein Company built millions of dollars of sets in China, only to start over elsewhere when China decided not to let them shoot after all. The company took operations to Thailand. The movie debuted in the titular city in 2010,...

  • Film Review: #OscarsSoWhite precipitates Academy vote for change

    Film Review: #OscarsSoWhite precipitates Academy vote for change

    There's a bit of controversy over the Oscars this year. (You may have heard.) The 20 nominees in the acting category are disproportionately white ... well, actually, all white. Spike Lee and Jada Pinkett Smith have called for a boycott of the ceremony. A whole lot of people — black, white and other...

  • DVD Review: Criterion takes a closer look at 'Gilda'

    DVD Review: Criterion takes a closer look at 'Gilda'

    Rita Hayworth was a star before "Gilda" (1946), but "Gilda" solidified her on-screen image. ("Every man I have ever known has fallen in love with Gilda and awakened with me," she allegedly said.) The film's sexual iconography stayed with her through the rest of her career. In subject matter and...

  • Film Review: Fight scenes add punch to 'Ip Man' sequel

    Film Review: Fight scenes add punch to 'Ip Man' sequel

    "Ip Man 3" is the latest in Donnie Yen's series of films about the real-life martial arts master who is best known in the West for having been Bruce Lee's teacher. Yen previously appeared in "Ip Man" (2008) and "Ip Man 2: Legend of the Grandmaster" (2010). On the release of the latter, Yen insisted...

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