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Anime adaptation a generic ‘Ghost’ in a switched-up ‘Shell’

5/10 Boring. Risk-free. Done to death. White-washed, and not just in the controversial casting decisions. Ghost in the Shell is a uniquely Japanese property, and much needed to be changed for it to translate from late ’80s Japanese audiences to … Continue reading

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On whitewashing and the death of movie stars

The Great Wall came out in American theaters last weekend, beating industry expectations with a $21.7 million take. It’s a good result of a movie that was primarily met with claims of whitewashing and racism for starring Cambridge-born Matt Damon … Continue reading

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Captain America: Actually, Quite Civil

Captain America: Civil War isn’t officially an Avengers movie, but I already wish they’d kept Joss Whedon to direct it. In many ways, Civil War is The Avengers: Age of Ultron Part 2. In the direct aftermath of that movie and the disaster in Sokovia, the New … Continue reading

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Beautiful Jungle Book movie can’t handle its meaty themes

The Jungle Book follows Mowgli, a man-cub raised by the ruling pack of the jungle. But when Shere Khan, a giant antagonist cat with a scarred left eye, discovers his presence, Mowgli is driven away. After a scene involving a stampede … Continue reading

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Coen brothers find Christ, communism in new period piece

Every great filmmaker eventually makes a movie about moviemaking, and that movie is always kind of weird. The Coen brothers are kind of weird anyway, so it follows that Hail, Caesar! would be a doubly weird movie. It’s not a doubly weird movie. … Continue reading

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