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Masterful 'Shoplifters' is Better Than Comparable Critical Darlings

Masterful 'Shoplifters' is Better Than Comparable Critical Darlings

Shoplifters, from Japanese auteur Hirokazu Koreeda (Our Little Sister, After the Storm), is a captivating domestic drama with salient moral themes. It's about a ragtag family of small-time crooks making ends meet in Tokyo.

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British Dramedy 'Adult Life Skills' Offers Quirky Charm, Despite Lack of Compelling Plot

Coping with the death of a family member can be difficult. Dealing with the death of a twin can be an even more emotional ordeal....

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The Tangier to Host a Benefit Screening and Concert for Local Pianist Kofi R. Boakye

In a short amount of time, 19-year-old pianist Kofi R. Boakye has put together a pretty impressive resume. The Akron musician has toured Germany...

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Movie Theater at Shaker Square to Change Hands from Cleveland Cinemas to Atlas Cinemas

At the end of its lease this month, Cleveland Cinemas will step away from the movie theater at Shaker Square after failing to come...

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Scene's Extremely Authoritative Top 10 Movie List for 2018

As I do every year, I've assembled my ten favorite films, a task that's extremely labor-intensive, but which I nevertheless enjoy. For whatever reason,...

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Director Barry Jenkins Proves His Oscar Win Was No Fluke With Followup 'If Beale Street Could Talk'

Writer-director Barry Jenkins virtually came out of nowhere to win an Oscar for 2016's Moonlight, a beautiful coming-of-age and coming-out film about a young black...

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The Cleveland Institute of Art Cinematheque Hosts a Series Featuring Luchino Visconti's Films

During November and December of 2017, the Cleveland Institute of Art Cinematheque presented digital restorations or 35-mm prints of five films by the late Italian...

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The Fresh Cheney Biopic Fails to Condemn

VICE, a political biopic starring Christian Bale as Dick Cheney, opened Christmas Day in wide release and enjoys the distinction of being the 2018 film...

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Hunky Jason Momoa Can't Save Waterlogged 'Aquaman,' DC Extended Universe Still Trash

Aquaman, the latest and brightest detritus leaking from the DC Extended Universe's garbage can, stars Jason Momoa as a half-man, half-Atlantan meta-human who can...

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Cinematheque to Host a Special Poverty Row Film Series in Early 2019

Back in the 1930s and 1940s, independent productions flourished on Hollywood’s Poverty Row, a strip of Gower Street between Sunset Boulevard and the Paramount...

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The Sequel to the 1964 Musical, 'Mary Poppins Returns' Lacks a Purpose

Mary Poppins Returns, the sequel to the 1964 classic film that starred Julie Andrews in the title role, has plenty going for it. For one,...

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Watch a Masterclass in Acting With Ronan vs. Robbie in 'Mary, Queen of Scots'

A historical drama based on the John Guy book Queen of Scots: The True Life of Mary Stuart, the new film, Mary Queen of Scots,...

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Cinematheque to Screen the Operatic Films of Luchino Visconti Next Year

During November and December of last year, the Cleveland Institute of Art Cinematheque presented digital restorations or 35mm prints of five films by the...

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Yorgos Lanthimos' 'The Favourite' is Among 2018's Weirdest, Best

Yorgos Lanthimos, in only three short years, has become one of the most potent creative forces in Hollywood. On the heels of The Lobster (2015)...

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The Uneven 'Vox Lux' Explores the Trappings of Pop Stardom

At one point in Vox Lux, which opens on Friday at the Cedar Lee Theatre, Celeste (Natalie Portman) gives her daughter a bit of advice....

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Jim Henson's Holiday Special Double Feature Comes to Cleveland Cinemas This Week

Christmas is always better with puppets, as Jim Henson and team were/are well aware. Now two of the outfit's more under-the-radar (but quite beloved)...

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'Burning' is a Mysterious Slow Burn, Basically the Korean Gatsby

Burning, a Korean mystery, opens Friday at the Capitol Theatre. It was up for the Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival this summer and...

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Dance Documentary 'Hot to Trot' Gets Cleveland Film Screening Next Week

When Gail Freedman came to Cleveland three years ago to film scenes at the Gay Games for her documentary movie Hot to Trot, which provides...

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The Cleveland Orchestra Plans to Reel You In With Harry Potter and Star Wars Next Summer

It's hard to think about sitting outside at Blossom Music Center this time of year, but next summer, when the weather is outdoor-sitting-worthy, the Cleveland...

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Capitol Theatre to Host Two Special Screenings of the Cult Action Flick ‘Deadbeat at Dawn’

A low-budget/DIY film even by low-budget/DIY film standards, the 1988 action movie Deadbeat at Dawn centers on a group of street gang members who...

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John Cusack Heads to Akron For a Special Screening of 'High Fidelity'

Actor John Cusack — brother of Joan, holder of boomboxes and potentially your mom's bigscreen crush — is headed to the Akron Civic Theatre for...

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Hometown Director Steven Caple Jr. on Taking the Rocky Reins

The one film that Clevelanders should take special interest in during Thanksgiving weekend is Creed II, the sequel to 2015's Creed, which starred Michael B....

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