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Welcome to another installment of our monthly feature in which a rotating cast of film critics hold forth on the highs and lows of month of moviegoing. 5. The Devil's Candy Sean Byrne’s long-awaited follow-up to his 2009 debut The Loved Ones forsakes the copious bloodletting and pitch-black humor of the earlier film for a haunted-house and devil-possession mash-up that focuses more on psychological terrors than merely physical ones. More than just a clever genre mash-up,...
Ghost in the Shell Directed by Rupert Sanders Opens March 31 Stop me if you’ve heard this one: There’s this semi-robot person in a world of vast and advanced technology, yet she senses a hollowness in her identity. Some of her creators fancy her a weapon, while her flashes of memory indicate that maybe she was once something more, or less. That nagging familiarity isn’t not just that Ghost in the Shell has already been made into...
Ghost in the Shell (1995) Directed by Mamoru Oshii Released on the same day in Japan, the United States and elsewhere, this animated film searches deep for what is common to us all: what it means to be human, to have a conscience, feelings… a soul, if you wish. These questions and philosophical musings are filtered through the non-race-specific female cyborg protagonist, who’s the muscle of a public security agency in charge of catching the hackers...

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