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Wasting Time: Scarlett Johansson, Nanette, and Representation in Media
             It
is the first and greatest Law of the Celebrity Jungle; every big star, no
matter how universally regarded, will have at least one utter bomb attached to
their name.   One terrible, self-afflicted
wound that can be neither excused nor forgott...
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Nippon Review: Sandome No Satsujin (The Third Murder)
The
Third Murder (2017): Written and directed by Hirokazu
Koreeda.  Starring: Masaharu Fukuyama, Koji Yakusho, Suzu Hirose, Isao Hashizume,
and Mikako Ichikawa.  Running Time: 124 minutes.  Rating: 3/4             Hirokazu
Koreeda has an established reputat...
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Nippon Review: Of Love and Law
Of Love and Law (2017): Directed by Hikaru Toda.  Running
Time: 94 minutes.  Rating: 4/4             These are trying times for
humanity.  Faced with societal regression and environmental catastrophe,
it is all too easy for those with heart and compassion t...
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Nippon Review: Oyogisugita Yoru (The Night I Swam)
The
Night I Swam (2017): Written and directed by Damien Manivel
and Kohei Igarashi.  Starring: Takara Kogawa.  Running Time: 78 minutes.  Rating: 3/4             This
is one of those particularly challenging films that demands full and undivided
attention f...
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Nippon Reviews: Yoru Wa Mijikashi Arukeyo Otome (The Night Is Short, Walk On Girl)
The
Night Is Short, Walk On Girl (2017): Written by Makoto
Ueda, directed by Masaaki Yuasa.  Starring: Gen Hoshino, Kana Hanazawa,
Hiroshi Kamiya, Ryuji Akiyama, and Mugihito.  Running Time: 93
minutes.  Based on a novel of the same
name by Tomihiko Morimi....
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Nippon Review: Boku No Kaeru Basho (Passage of Life)
Passage
of Life (2017): Written and directed by Akio
Fujimoto.  Starring: Kaung Myat Thu, Khin Myat Thu, Issace, Htet Myat Naing,
and Yuki Kitagawa.  Running Time: 98 minutes.  Rating: 4/4             As
justified as much of the attention has been in recent...
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Nippon Review: Meari To Majo No Hana (Mary and the Witch’s Flower)
Mary
and the Witch’s Flower (2017): Written by Riko
Sakaguchi and Hiromasa Yonebayashi, directed by Hiromasa Yonebayashi.  Starring: Hana Sugisaki, Ryunosuke Kamiki, Yuki Amami, Fumiyo Kohinata, and Hikari
Mitsushima.  Running Time: 102 minutes. 
Based on t...
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Nippon Review: Oh Lucy!
Oh
Lucy! (2017): Written by Atsuko Hirayanagi and Boris
Frumin, directed by Atsuko Hirayanagi.  Starring: Shinobu Terajima, Josh
Hartnett, Kaho Minami, Koji Yakusho, Shiori Kutsuna.  Running
Time: 95 minutes.  Rating: 3/4             There
is a deep melanch...
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Nippon Review: Yoake Tsugeru Ru No Uta (Lu Over The Wall)
Lu
Over The Wall (2017): Written by Masaaki Yuasa and Reiko
Yoshida, directed by Masaaki Yuasa.  Starring: Kanon Tani, Shota Shimoda,
Minako Kotobuki, Soma Saito, and Shinichi Shinohara.  Running
Time: 107 minutes.  Rating: 2.5/4             Lu Over The Wal...
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Nippon Review: Bamy
Bamy
(2017): Written and directed by Jun Tanaka.  Starring: Hironobu Yukinaga, Hiromi Nakazato, Misaki Tsuge, Toshi Yanagi, Yuki
Katsuragi.  Running Time: 100 minutes.  Rating: 1/4 (if it really is a horror film)             It’s
been a week, and I still ca...
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