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‘Fifty Shades’ of dissatisfaction

Review by Lindsey Bahr / The Associated Press Curious? One of the posters for Fifty Shades of Grey coyly asks.

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Insanity, trauma of war vividly remembered in fast-paced ‘Manila 1945: The Rest of the Story’

By Alvin I. Dacanay This month marks the 70th anniversary of one of World War II’s most brutal episodes: the Battle for Manila. In this conflict, which lasted from February 3 to March 3, 1945, United States forces shelled the Philippine capital to compel the remaining Japanese troops in the city to come out of hiding. They did, but at …

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‘Jupiter Ascending’ filmmakers remain unfazed by negativity

Derrik J. Lang / The Associated Press Los Angeles—It seems as though nothing can come between the Wachowskis. When the filmmaker-siblings are asked what incites the biggest spats between the duo best known for writing and directing The Matrix trilogy, Andy and Lana Wachowski provide a non-verbal response: The brother and sister sweetly clasp each other’s hands and tap their …

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‘Jupiter Ascending’ is a soupy cosmic fairy tale

Review by Jake Coyle / The Associated Press Within the warped wardrobe of the Wachowskis latest sci-fi extravaganza, Jupiter Ascending, there are some fantastical feasts of intergalactic ridiculousness. Channing Tatum as a combination elf and speed skater. Space dinosaurs in leather jackets. A robed Eddie Redmayne as the universe’s overlord, who so gravely whispers his lines that you fear he …

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Smith predicted to win big at Grammys

Mesfin Fekadu and Nekesa Mumbi Moody / The Associated Press New York—Will Beyoncé reign as queen of the Grammys, or will the pop diva be dethroned by newcomer Sam Smith?

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Love, loss and longing in ‘Songs to Slash Your Wrist By’

Few Filipino albums capture the disorienting intensity of heartache as compellingly as Songs to Slash Your Wrist By (MunkeyMusic), composer/lyricist/musical director/actor/playwright Vincent de Jesus’s terrific, if underheralded, collection of 11 songs written over a 24-year period that were sung by some of the most talented vocalists in the Philippine music industry today.

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Thought-provoking productions set to finish Philippine theater season on high note

By Alvin I. Dacanay This February, several local performing-arts companies will present their final productions for the 2014–2015 season. By many accounts, this season has been a strong one that featured entertaining, yet thought-provoking works and improved ticket sales, despite the government’s continued neglect of artists, performing and otherwise. If the productions set to open this month are any indication, …

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Modesto’s ‘Rewind: Drawings, Lithographs & Paintings 1983–2008’ at MO_Space

Fernando Modesto’s latest solo exhibition at MO_Space, titled Rewind: Drawings, Lithographs & Paintings 1983–2008, is a partial survey of the widely acclaimed artist’s drawings, lithographs and paintings that were created within a 25-year period.

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Dylan sings Sinatra in ‘Shadows in the Night’

Review by David Bauder / The Associated Press Bob Dylan has never called Shadows in the Night (Columbia) a Frank Sinatra tribute album. The idea seems nuts: One of the last century’s greatest songwriters challenging, perhaps, its greatest voice, on Sinatra’s turf. No wonder it was the butt of jokes before anyone heard a note.

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Stars sympathize with loved ones of ‘executed’ SAF commandos

By Alvin I. Dacanay Like many Filipinos, the Philippine entertainment community shared in the sorrow of the families and friends of the 44 men of the Philippine National Police-Special Action Force (PNP-SAF) who were killed in a clash with members of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front in Mampasano town, Maguindanao province, on January 25, and several from the community expressed …

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