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Movie review: 'Papa' is a flop

"Papa: Hemingway in Cuba," directed by Bob Yari, trumpets itself as the first Hollywood movie to shoot on location in Cuba since the 1959 revolution. It is not, however, the first good Hollywood movie to shoot in Cuba since the 1959 revolution; apparently we'll have to wait for that.

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Filmmaker Jeremy Saulnier takes a punk-rock approach to thriller 'Green Room'

When most filmmakers look back on their youth, they create stories tinged with a gauzy sense of soft-focus nostalgia. For the new film "Green Room," writer-director Jeremy Saulnier opted to draw from his younger days in the hard-core punk rock scene and create an intense action thriller, a rough-and-tumble siege film that is more in the spirit of punk rock than it is about punk rock itself. Which is, of course, a super punk-rock thing to do.

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Movie review: 'Viva' is authentic depiction of life in Cuba

"Viva" is Rocky in drag and sequins, transplanted to Havana. The movie is pure formula, but it's surprisingly effective anyway, because director Paddy Breathnach and screenwriter Mark O'Halloran don't sugarcoat the reality of life on the island. Instead, they incorporate the hardscrabble nature of their characters' existence into the story: The Irish perspective makes an unexpectedly good fit with Cuba (the movie was Ireland's submission for the 2015 Academy Awards).

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