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Anomalisa (Charlie Kaufman, Duke Johnson)
  Anomalous Charlie Kaufman and Duke Johnson's Anomalisa   (2015) was based on his 'sound play'--actors seated on an empty stage, reciting lines, with accompanying sound effects--and judging from what we hear the script is painfully clever, painfully funny....
Anomalous Charlie Kaufman and Duke Johnson's Anomalisa (2015) was based on his 'sound play'--actors seated on an empty stage, reciting lines, with accompanying sound effects--and judging from what we hear the script is pain...
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Heneral Luna (Jerrold Tarog)
Heroic lunacy Jerrold Tarog's Heneral Luna  caps if you like the decades-plus quest of Filipino filmmakers to retell the Philippine Revolution and its direct aftermath the Philippine-American War, told in two distinct styles, from the more traditional Gone ...
Heroic lunacy Jerrold Tarog's Heneral Luna caps if you like the decades-plus quest of Filipino filmmakers to retell the Philippine Revolution and its direct aftermath the Philippine-American War, told in two distinct styles...
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X-Men: Apocalypse (Bryan Singer)
Last hurrah Bryan Singer's X-Men: Apocalypse is easily his worst received superhero film yet, earning  52% on Metacritic and even worse  in Rotten Tomatoes--a considerable comedown from Days of Future Past , which managed to tell a chronologically complicat...
Last hurrahBryan Singer's X-Men: Apocalypse is easily his worst received superhero film yet, earning 52% on Metacritic and even worse in Rotten Tomatoes--a considerable comedown from Days of Future Past, which managed to tell...
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Peppermint Candy (Lee Chang Dong, 1999)
Backed into the future Lee Chang dong's emotional powerhouse of a  sophomore feature  Peppermint Candy  ( 1999 ) is perhaps his most structurally inventive, starting with a man 's suicide going backwards- an idea possibly  borrowed from Har old Pinter's p...
Backed into the future Lee Chang-dong's emotional powerhouse of a sophomore feature Peppermint Candy (1999) is perhaps his most structurally inventive, starting with a man's suicide going backwards--an idea possibly borrowe...
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Captain America: Civil War (Anthony Russo, Joe Russo), The Jungle Book (Jon Favreau)
A f eeble War Calling brothers Anthony and Joe Russo's Captain America: Civil War the best superhero movie to date is I feel a bit much. It limps along
more nimbly than the rest of Marvel's profit-animated undead, is a huge
improvement over such joyless e...
A feeble War Calling brothers Anthony and Joe Russo's Captain America: Civil War the best superhero movie to date is I feel a bit much. It limps along more nimbly than the rest of Marvel's profit-animated undead, is a huge ...
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Paradise Inn (Celso Ad. Castillo)
Two women Call Celso Ad . Castillo's Paradise Inn his inversion ( perversion if you like) of Lino Brocka's classic Insiang --mother and daughter locked in l ife-or -death rivalry, only instead of a Manila slum they live in the eponymously named establishmen...
Two women Call Celso Ad. Castillo's Paradise Inn his inversion (perversion if you like) of Lino Brocka's classic Insiang--mother and daughter locked in life-or-death rivalry, only instead of a Manila slum they live in the epo...
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Finding Dory (Andrew Stanton)
Frying D ory And Pixar's sequeliti s mania con tinues with this latest regurg i tated raid on their back catalog, in a way an attempt to repair their reputation afte r th e deba cle that was The Good Dinosaur . ( Preceding th e feature is the Pixar short Pi...
Frying Dory And Pixar's sequelitis mania continues with this latest regurgitated raid on their back catalog, in a way an attempt to repair their reputation after the debacle that was The Good Dinosaur. (Preceding the feature ...
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The VVitch (Robert Eggers)
Super natural Robert Egger s' debut feature The VVitch is suitably chaste and sensual--chast e in that it uses the absolute minimum in prosthetic (and digital) eff ects (thank god) ; sensual in that the whisper y trees, the velvet night, the cracked bark of...
Super natural Robert Eggers' debut feature The VVitch is suitably chaste and sensual--chaste in that it uses the absolute minimum in prosthetic (and digital) effects (thank god); sensual in that the whispery trees, the velvet...
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Goodnight Mommy (Veronika Franz, Severin Fiala)
Mother lover Severin Fiala and Ver onika Franz's Goodnight Mommy is perfect Mother's Day fare, if your idea of Mother's Day involves packing tape , sharp cuticle scissors, and a ma gnifying glass.  The premise is simplicity itself: identical twins Lukas and...
Mother lover Severin Fiala and Veronika Franz's Goodnight Mommy is perfect Mother's Day fare, if your idea of Mother's Day involves packing tape, sharp cuticle scissors, and a magnifying glass. The premise is simplicity itse...
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India Cafe, Mother's Day buffet
Bombay binge Alas, Bombay Diner opened, closed, opened and closed again before I could write about it. Luckily India Cafe opened in its place (851 Wayne Avenue, near Giant supermarket, (717) 263-2660) only a few months ago an...
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Son of Saul (Laszlo Nemes)
  Saul surfer Lazlo Nemes' extraordinarily shot and executed debut feature Son of Saul ( Saul fia , 2015) answers a question I (and a few other folks) have been wondering about for some time: is there a new, fresh, perhaps even galvanizing way to realize th...
Saul surfer Lazlo Nemes' extraordinarily shot and executed debut feature Son of Saul (Saul fia, 2015) answers a question I (and a few other folks) have been wondering about for some time: is there a new, fresh, perhaps even...
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Shrimp with pasta
Shrimp pasta It's not all eating out; sometimes I manage to put together a dish or two at home. Been doing this one for years--about time I put it on record, or at least online, or at least on this blog. So, preparation: a po...
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From my introduction to Critic After Dark: A Review of Philippine Cinema:
 
Philippine cinema has its share of gold and manure, artists and poseurs; because the average Filipino film costs a little over US$250,000 (in 2004 currency) and is usually shot on a stretch of about twenty shooting days (or less), the manure is often more odious than what passes for commercial filmmaking in Hollywood nowadays; on the other hand, because budget and schedule are often so small and tight, the rare gold nugget found seems all the more impressive, bordering perhaps on the miraculous. Thanks to those nuggets, I still believe in miracles.

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10 great American sci-fi films of the 1950s
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In the 1950s, cold war paranoia and the fear of imminent destruction gave rise to an unparalleled wave of alien invasion movies and apocalyp