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Sunday , November 18 2018


Soviet army nearly ‘battled’ US filmmakers in Prague Spring

‘Bridge at Remagen’ a war film DAVLE, Czech Republic, Aug 19, (AFP): Propaganda-fuelled Soviet soldiers were ready to take on American and German armies during the 1968 invasion of former Czechoslovakia – before they realised the “enemies” were filmmakers. “I remember the noise made by a tank unit on Aug …

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‘Club’ smarmy true-crime drama

Film inspired by rise and fall of Hunt Tough break. After 15 years in director’s jail, “Wonderland” helmer James Cox resurfaces with another smarmy true-crime drama, “Billionaire Boys Club”, this one about a bunch of Los Angeles investment scammers who wound up whacking a couple of their associates when their …

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Hollywood summer without bombs

A season of comeback Have you noticed something oddly tranquil about this summer movie season? For the first time in recent memory, there hasn’t been one major bomb. Usually by now, there would be blockbuster-sized craters left on the charred summer-movie battlefield, the inevitable toll of Hollywood’s most high-stakes season. …

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‘Mile 22’ spiky propulsive thriller

Wahlberg entertainingly hostile, wired performance The heroes of explosive action-espionage thrillers tend to be men of few words, but Mark Wahlberg breaks the pattern in “Mile 22”, a broken-limb, flying-glass dirty-ops spectacular. He plays Jimmy Silva, a walking lethal weapon who leads a US intelligence squad so elite and undercover …

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Tributes pour in for Queen of Soul

‘She knew she was blessed’: Robinson DETROIT, Aug 18, (Agencies): The funeral of legendary singer Aretha Franklin will be held in her hometown Detroit on Aug 31, after a two-day public viewing at a city museum to allow fans to mourn, her publicist said Friday. Plans for the final farewell …

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Lazarov’s ‘Aga’ wins top prize at Sarajevo Film Festival

Ceylan gets special Honorary Heart of Sarajevo award LOS ANGELES, Aug 18, (RTRS): The 24th Sarajevo Film Festival has awarded its top prize to Bulgarian director Milko Lazarov’s “Aga”. The Yakut-language movie, which saw its world premiere at the Berlin Film Festival in February, tells the story of a troubled …

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‘Juliet’ a low-key rom-com for Gen-X

Byrne recalls Kylie Minogue obsession ‘Juliet, Naked’ is a charming and smart little film about early middle age, second chances, regrets and the intoxicating freedom of written correspondence that’s nearly impossible to explain without either spoiling something or being willfully misleading. That’s actually one of its attributes: Everything only makes …

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‘Priya’ sparks debate about India textile industry abuses

Canyon music docu ‘Echo in the Canyon’ to open LA film fest DINDIGUL, India, Aug 16, (RTRS): A film about a young textile worker in southern India is sparking debate in rural communities at the heart of an industry that campaigners say is plagued by exploitation and abuse. “Call Me …

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‘Queen of Soul’ Aretha Franklin dies at 76

‘Cultural icon around the globe’ NEW YORK, Aug 16, (Agencies): Aretha Franklin, the undisputed “Queen of Soul” who sang with matchless style on such classics as “Think”, “I Say a Little Prayer” and her signature song, “Respect”, and stood as a cultural icon around the globe, has died at age …

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‘Asians’, delightful new fairy tale

Bell narrates cuddly ‘Pandas’ There are two glittering parades running in tandem through Jon M. Chu’s “Crazy Rich Asians”, a glitzy and delightful adaptation of Kevin Kwan’s 2013 bestseller. One is the blinged-out, designer-label, crazy-rich opulence often characteristic of rom-coms yet extreme enough here to make even Carrie Bradshaw or …

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