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May, 6, 2016

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The Chinese pursuit of the American Dream
Hong Kong director Peter Ho-Sun Chan's (陳可辛) most Chinese-style film, "American Dreams in China" (海闊天空), centers on the lives of three people; Cheng Dongqing, Meng Xiaojun and Wang Yang, who come from different backgrounds but have one thing in common -- the dream of getting a visa to the U.S. and living out their American dreams.
Not so 'Blind Detective'
Mingling elements of crime, drama, comedy, romance and gastronomy, Hong Kong director Johnnie To's (杜琪峯) new film, "Blind Detective" (盲探), gives away a strong HK flavor with a high dose of slapstick humor. Starring veteran actors and actresses, including Andy Lau (劉德華) and Sammi Cheng (鄭秀文), the mixed-genre movie premiered at the Cannes Film Festival's midnight sidebar last May.
Where romance meets reality
Those who watched Richard Linklater's "Before Sunrise" (1995) and "Before Sunset" (2004) would not want to miss "Before Midnight" to complete the trilogy of romance. However, the charm of romance has transformed to overwhelming reality in the third installment.
When life starts showing side effects
An intriguing movie always gives more than it at first appears to. Steven Soderbergh's latest thriller, "Side Effects," revolves around depression, murder, medical ethics and deception, connecting the dots in ways audiences can hardly foresee. And it is most likely to leave viewers thinking it over after the movie ends, and probably plants some side effects for future reference.
'Christmas Rose' case closed
Charlie Young's (楊采妮) "Christmas Rose" stands before the audience's judgment with her directorial debut in this courtroom drama. Approaching the cinematic front from the director's seat as opposed to her usual role as an actress, Young presents her own script for the movie, which won substantial funding from the Asia Film Financing Forum.
All sparkle, no soul in ' Great Gatsby'
If any piece of classic American literature should be depicted on film with wildly decadent and boldly inventive style, it's "The Great Gatsby." After all, who was the character of Jay Gatsby himself if not a spinner of grandiose tales and a peddler of lavish dreams?
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Lightweight but fun 'Hitchcock'
The man who made "Psycho" was no lightweight, though he kind of comes off that way in "Hitchcock." Starring Anthony Hopkins as Alfred Hitchcock and Helen Mirren as his wife and collaborator, Alma, "Hitchcock" puts a featherlight yet entertaining touch on the behind-the-scenes struggle to make the mother of all slasher films.
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Yes, but 100 times no
To some, marriage is a word; but to others, it is a sentence. That's why, in the newly released movie, "Say Yes" (101次求婚), it takes 101 proposals to get the girl of your dreams.
'Creatures' concocts familiar teen angst
The genders have been reversed but the supernatural, star-crossed teen angst remains firmly intact in "Beautiful Creatures," which clearly aims to pick up where the "Twilight" franchise left off.
'Promised Land,' engaging and entertaining
"Promised Land" is an engaging and entertaining -- if preachy -- look at Big Energy and fracking -- the land-and-water-wrecking practice of drilling and pumping water and chemicals into the ground to extract natural gas from shale.
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