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Lew Wallace’s 1880 book, Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ, had a revolutionary idea in a spiritual setting. The story of a minor, fictional character at the time of the crucifixion was the first to try to illuminate epic themes […]

LAIKA Studios fourth film, “Kubo and the Two Strings,” is a fable of exquisite beauty and meaning, gorgeously produced in the most painstaking of all forms of filmmaking, stop-motion animation. This is the modern-day equivalent of the monks who labored […]

For a remake of the Helen Reddy musical with live-action boy befriended by a cartoon dragon, Disney has wisely jettisoned the songs, the plot and the cartoon and produced an entirely new story that is genuinely enchanting. This seems to […]

I always say that the success of a superhero movies depends on the bad guy. So, shouldn’t a movie that is all bad guys be really great? That’s the idea behind “Suicide Squad,” a sort of “Avengers” (all-star hotshots who […]

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