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Tremendously safe 'Lincoln'

For anyone who cringed just a little while watching the trailer for “Lincoln” and worried that it might be a near-parody of a Steven Spielberg film, with its heartfelt proclamations, sentimental tones and inspiring John Williams score, fret not.
2013/2/22
 - Drama
A glorious retreat to victory

Staying incredibly faithful to the real-life story of the Jingmei Girls High School (景美女中) tug-of-war team's arduous journey to success, “Step Back to Glory” (志氣) is Taiwan's own inspirational sports movie.
2013/2/8
 - Drama
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Director, cast take 'Step back to Glory'

A true story of the unrelenting endurance and perseverance of a group of passionate teenage girls, in a film that firmly grasps audiences and tugs at the heartstrings with an emotionally charged story of tug-of-war, “Step Back to Glory” (志氣), stands out from all of the other Cinderella-story movies in its faithful portrayal of a real-life event.
2013/2/8
 - Drama
Hooper's 'Les Miserables' is relentless

Tom Hooper's extravaganza, big-screen telling of the beloved musical “Les Miserables” is as relentlessly driven as the ruthless Inspector Javert himself. It simply will not let up until you've Felt Something — powerfully and repeatedly — until you've touched the grime and smelled the squalor and cried a few tears of your own.
2013/2/8
 - Drama
The making of a grandmaster

“The Grandmaster” (一代宗師), the long anticipated epic martial arts film by Hong Kong director Wong Kar-wai (王家衛) is finally hitting local theaters next week. The film portrays Chinese martial arts culture in Wing Chun master Yip Man's (葉問) era, featuring Wong's frequent cast members Tony Leung Chiu-wai (梁朝偉), Zhang Ziyi (章子怡) and Chang Chen (張震), as martial arts masters of different schools.
2013/2/4
Elegant 'Grandmaster'

In the world of martial arts, what does it take to be a grandmaster? Champion kung fu (功夫) skills, unyielding perseverance to pass on the torch, or relentless efforts to protect the family discipline? The beginning of “The Grandmaster” (一代宗師) says it all, in a philosophical fashion.
2013/2/4
A stationary John Hawkes s moving in 'The Sessions'

They could have called it “The 38-Year-Old Virgin.” In January, when Ben Lewin's beautiful, funny film about the quadriplegic poet and journalist Mark O'Brien premiered at the Sundance Film Festival — winning two big prizes — it was called “The Surrogate.”
2013/2/4
 - Drama
'Grandmaster' full of martial arts philosophy

Some movies take days to make, others take years.Hong Kong film auteur Wong Kar-wai (王家衛) is known for the latter. After years of research and at least three years shooting it, his newest film, “The Grandmaster” (一代宗師), finally had its world premiere in Beijing earlier this month. The movie, which hits local cinemas today, will open the Berlin Film Festival next month.
2013/2/4
An 'Impossible' movie

“The Impossible,” based on the devastating true account of a Spanish family's survival of the 2004 tsunami, is an emotionally draining cinematic onslaught. Director Juan Antonio Bayona, known for his bloodcurdling 2007 physiological thriller “The Orphanage,” grips you by the neck and hurls you right into the midst of the calamity.
2013/2/1
 - Drama
Hansel & Gretel grow up with a grudge in 'Witch Hunters'

An R-rated horror action comedy fairytale — how's that for genre bending? “Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters” is more Gatling guns and grenades than The Brothers Grimm. It takes the kidnapped kiddies into adulthood, where they've parlayed their fame at cooking a witch's goose into a business. Got a witch problem? Call H & G — the extermination experts.
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