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Cross Harry Potter with Mean Girls and stir in selected elements of sanitized vampire mythology, and you’ll get an idea of what to expect of this lazy adaptation of Richelle Mead’s popular YA books. To humans, it’s all pretty lame and derivative, but ‘tweeners will find it sporadically clever in a female-centric high-school sort of way. And it has a breezy irreverence that Twilight never...

Jul 24, 2014 | No Comments | 83 views
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More artifice than intelligence

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Sweet coming-of-age films from Japan tend to be saccharine and unbearable, but this Taiwanese-Japanese co-production strikes a nice balance. Shot primarily in the former nation, this bicycle road trip movie offers idyllic scenery, a charming, leisurely pace and enough realism to be convincing (which is rare in this genre). One could quibble with some of the set-ups, but the flow does carry you along. It...

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Cinematic Underground
Celebrate one of the world’s most cinematic cities with the program “Encountering Paris Through Film,” running July 25-31 at Bunkamura’s Le Cinema (2-24-1 Dogenzaka, Shibuya-ku; The lineup includes the film school standard Breathless (À bout de soufflé; pictured), Renoir’s French Cancan and Catherine Deneuve in Belle de Jour. C'est magnifique!... To make a direct-to-video quickie called Titanic II that has nothing to do with...

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“There have been a lot of Japanese zombie movies, but they have all been comedies or parodies,” director Norio Tsuruta tells Metropolis. “I wanted to make Japan’s first proper zombie film.” That’s a tall order, but Tsuruta was the right person for the job, having cut his teeth on the TV series Scary True Stories and installments of the Ring franchise. The result of his...

By: Kevin Mcgue | Jul 25, 2014 | No Comments | 36 views

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