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Gook review – Justin Chon’s fierce and forthright take on the La riots

Comic vignettes lead to tragedy in the Korean-American actor/director’s fictional reworking of a real 1991 shootingJustin Chon is the Korean-American actor and comic who had a returning role in the Twilight franchise; he here directs and stars in a punchy, freewheeling movie set around the La riots, shot in black-and-white, with something of Spike Lee’s […]

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‘Mary Magdalene’ Review: Joaquin Phoenix and Rooney Mara Drama is the Definition of a Mixed Blessing

For 14 years, the heathens of Hollywood have struggled to build on the lightning-strike success of Mel Gibson’s “The Passion of the Christ,” with its bizarre combination of torturous piety and throat-grabbing showmanship. Gibson infamously became persona non grata shortly after submitting his softer 2005 recut; the studios’ initial response – 2006’s “The Nativity Story,” […]

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