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  • Film review: Brad Bird adds wit to 'Mission: Impossible'

    Film review: Brad Bird adds wit to 'Mission: Impossible'
    “Mission: Impossible — Ghost Protocol” gallops into theaters almost exactly on schedule — its predecessors came out in 1996, 2000 and 2006 — and (more importantly) just in time to rescue Tom Cruise's flagging box-office numbers. Outside of his funny, if bizarre, guest spot in “Tropic Thunder,” his films since the last entry (“Lions for Lambs,” “Valkyrie” and the underrated “Knight and Day”) have all underperformed. The utterly enjoyable “M:I — GP” should fix all that.
  • Reel China: Political maneuvers drive 'Beginning of the Great Revival's' success

    Reel China: Political maneuvers drive 'Beginning of the Great Revival's' success
    — Political films can be a tough sell in many countries, to say the least. But director Huang Jianxin is confident that he's sitting on a blockbuster with "Beginning of the Great Revival," a historical epic detailing the founding of China's...

    Reel China: It's rough out West for Chinese films

    Reel China: It's rough out West for Chinese films
    When the Chow Yun-fat action-comedy epic "Let the Bullets Fly" opened in China last year, it quickly became a phenomenon. Lured by its splashy fight scenes and whip-snap dialogue, filmgoers swarmed theaters. The movie wound up taking in more than $100...

    Reel China: Will it play in Peoria and Shanghai?

    Reel China: Will it play in Peoria and Shanghai?
    Moviegoers in China enthusiastically see American films, yet the reverse is almost never true. But you'd think if there would be someone who might bridge the divide — someone whose personal background, connections and professional expertise could...

    Struggles of 'City of Life and Death'

    Struggles of 'City of Life and Death'
    Among the most painful chapters in modern Chinese history is Japan's 1937 invasion of Nanjing. Hundreds of thousands were killed, countless women were raped, and soldiers and civilians alike suffered unspeakable brutalities. So when Chinese writer-...