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Daniel Wu

Squash eager to build upon historic last season

It was an overtime finish fit for the lights of Stanford Stadium: after a nail-biting series of tiebreaks, five-game comebacks and squandered match balls, Stanford squash defeated Ivy League powerhouse Princeton 5-4 in the third-place playoffs of last year’s National Championships to finish the season with a program-best No. 3 ranking.

‘Ash is Purest White’ is a masterclass in restraint

For a film so concerned with change and the passage of time, “Ash is Purest White” feels remarkably slow. Scenes linger. The commotion of a city scrolls by in sluggish, wide shots. Conversations stretch on in long, unedited takes. But pictures don’t get selected to compete for Cannes’ vaunted Palme d’Or by playing things by…

‘The Wandering Earth’ makes a small step for Chinese sci-fi

Last week, in between all the “Avengers” and “Game of Thrones” mania, the third-highest grossing film of 2019 quietly dropped on Netflix. Making the top three in a year dominated by Iron Man, Captain Marvel and co. is no small achievement. But Disney’s competition at the top isn’t “Shazam!” or “Us” or “Detective Pikachu” –…

Activism crosses borders in ‘Ai Weiwei: Yours Truly’

No film review should begin with gray cynicism about the value of art. That is, however, the concern that “Ai Weiwei: Yours Truly” appeared to invite on paper. A documentary on the design and inspiration behind an eclectic San Francisco art exhibition didn’t appear to carry much potential for social and political weight, even if…

‘The Lego Movie 2’ is built on heart

Maybe the bricks were stacked against the “Lego Movie 2: The Second Part” from the start. Normally, it’d be odd to doubt the comedy talent of writers Phil Lord and Christopher Miller in the sequel to an award-winning blockbuster. But 2014 was a long time ago. Long enough, perhaps, for people to forget what Lord…
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