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‘Daughter of Mine’ shows every mother is a person first – Film explores oppositional ideas of motherhood

It has been a little while since the heyday of the Italian island melodrama, since Anna Magnani shaded her eyes from the glare over a darkly sparkling sea, or Ingrid Bergman staggered her stony way up Stromboli. But even back then it would have been rare to come across such …

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Russian film set in Soviet era highlights continuing tensions – Bac Films nabs Turkish drama ‘Passed by Censor’

BERLIN, Feb 18, (RTRS): Russia always seems to be on the brink of war and conditions there now are much like they were in the 1970s, when people worried that an international conflict would break out and largely sided with the government, the director of a new movie set in …

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‘Waldheim Waltz’ a dry history lesson – Magnolia acquires rights to ‘Alain Ducasse’ docu

With Austria currently the only West European nation since World War II governed by the far right, it’s time (heck, it’s long past time) that someone of Ruth Beckermann’s intelligence made a film investigating the country’s odious collective whitewashing of its Nazi-era past. In her incisive documentary “The Waldheim Waltz,” …

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‘Red Sparrow’ elegantly tense thriller – Lawrence portrays Russian spy

In pumped-up espionage potboilers like “Salt” or “Atomic Blonde,” Angelina Jolie and Charlize Theron have gone through the motions of imitating male action stars at their most kick-ass grandiose. They’re slickly “empowered” women, yet it’s hard to distinguish that power from the thriller-video decadence of 21st-century action filmmaking. In the …

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‘Damsel’ stars say movies ready for new gender roles – Wasikowska’s character represents new take on old-fashioned Western heroine

BERLIN, Feb 17, (AFP): Hollywood stars Robert Pattinson and Mia Wasikowska said the current reckoning with power abuses in the entertainment industry has opened a door to new movies that subvert traditional gender roles, as they presented the feminist Western “Damsel” Friday at the Berlin film festival. Pattinson, the “Twilight” …

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Restored ‘Porgy’ gets key test – Met Opera brings in new director early

ANN ARBOR, Mich, Feb 17, (AP): A restored edition of a pioneering, enduring American opera emerges at a time its racial and social themes are as relevant as the era in which it premiered. The long-in-the-works “The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess” gets a test-drive Saturday in Michigan en route to …

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‘Black Panther’ more than superhero movie – Breaking down barriers

LOS ANGELES, Feb 14, (Agencies): “Black Panther” is expected to be a major box office smash, but it has also taken on the mantle of cultural talisman, a touchstone on which moviegoers of color worldwide are pinning their hopes. The 18th entry in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, opening Friday in …

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‘Nostalgia’ is an unrushed poem – ‘America’s Musical Journey’ stars Aloe Blacc

One of the first images in the film “Nostalgia” is of an heirloom necklace dangling on the neck of a diner waitress. One of the last images is of a massive puffy cloud, ever shifting in the wide sky. Between these symbols of permanence and flux is a deeply meditative …

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‘Black Kite’ spotlights political turmoil in Afghanistan – Qayumi’s film provides useful context and historical background

The low-budget, indie drama “Black Kite” charts five decades of political turmoil in Afghanistan through the eyes of a hapless kite maker, the middle generation of a sadly doomed dynasty. More well-intentioned than accomplished, this second feature from Kabul-born, Canadian helmer Tarique Qayumi suffers in comparison to “The Kite Runner,” …

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Esports officially arrives in Japan – Digital tech to bring down borders

CHIBA, Japan, Feb 11, (AP): A crowd cheers, banging on balloons, in front of glitzy stages, each with a giant screen. The rising stars at the sprawling Makuhari Messe hall are the quietly seated men in hoodies and T-shirts, with names like Noppi and Refresh, jiggling on buttons and grimacing …

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