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Film, "Belle": Guess Who's Coming to 18th Century England

"Belle": Guess Who's Coming to 18th Century England

Director Amma Asante's handsome historical drama is a picture of social importance whose simplistic progressivism, however right-on, still unfortunately reads as 20-20 hindsight. The title character (Gugu Mbatha-Raw) is the biracial love child of a slave and a British naval…
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Film, "Stoker": Gothic Teen Meets Creepy Uncle

"Stoker": Gothic Teen Meets Creepy Uncle

In the 19th century, the Romantics changed Gothic fiction, making it palatable to mainstream novel readers by jettisoning the supernatural elements and digging in to the psychology of terror. Two hundred years later, modern embellishments include cell phones and incest…
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Film, <i>Leap Year</i>: No luck among the Irish

Leap Year: No luck among the Irish

Is this a commercial for the National Tourism Council of Ireland or for the conditioner Amy Adams uses in her hair? Either way, both look fabulous. Then there's the movie, a soggy affair directed with no great enthusiasm by Anand…
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Film, Take This Woman

Take This Woman

It happens so often these days. A comedy opens with clever jokes, endearing characters, and an enjoyably brisk pace, all of which put you at ease. This'll be fun, you think, settling into your chair. Someone trustworthy is driving, so…
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