'Withnail & I'

May 1, 2014

'Withnail & I'

Kichijoji’s storied Baus Theater will be closing its doors on June 10, but it is going out with a bang, reviving a bunch of its most popular hits from the past three decades, including “El Topo,” “Sid & Nancy,” “Picnic” and “Dark Star.” The ...

'A2-B-C'

May 1, 2014

'A2-B-C'

Too much of the conversation on the Fukushima No.1 nuclear accident is driven by ideologues — sensationalist bloggers predicting the extermination of mankind on the one hand and, on the other, nuclear industry shills insisting plutonium inhalation is just like eating bananas — when ...

'The Piano (Piano Lesson)'

May 1, 2014

'The Piano (Piano Lesson)'

Director: Jane Campion Language: English Unquestionably one of the masterworks of the 1990s, “The Piano” was released with Japanese subtitles in 2005. Holly Hunter plays a mute widow named Ada who emigrates from Scotland to rugged 1850s New Zealand with her young daughter, played ...

'The Day of the Siege: September Eleven 1683'

Apr 24, 2014

'The Day of the Siege: September Eleven 1683'

Putting “September Eleven” in the title of your film pretty much assures that viewers are going to be thinking of one thing. Yet director Renzo Martinelli’s historical epic is not about the al-Qaida terror attacks of 2001, but the siege of Vienna in 1683, ...

'Dark Blood'

Apr 24, 2014

'Dark Blood'

River Phoenix could be called the Heath Ledger of his generation: young, blonde, handsome, intense; both rose to fame as straight actors in gay roles (Phoenix in “My Own Private Idaho,” Ledger in “Brokeback Mountain”) and both died from accidental overdoses, just as their ...

'Gravity (Zero Gravity)'

Apr 24, 2014

'Gravity (Zero Gravity)'

Director: Alfonso Cuaron Language: English Thinking of watching “Gravity” as a DVD? Get your head checked. Director Alfonso Cuaron’s space-accident survival thriller with Sandra Bullock and George Clooney is big-screen cinema at its finest, with sweeping cinematography, seat-rumbling sound, and 3-D that immerses you ...

'Captain America: The Winter Soldier'

Apr 17, 2014

'Captain America: The Winter Soldier'

Captain America was a comic-book superhero inherently tied to old-school American nationalism. Born as an anti-Nazi symbol in the unified America of the 1940s he was literally clad in the Stars and Stripes. For a time it seemed he wouldn’t survive the post-Watergate cynicism ...

'The Past'

Apr 17, 2014

'The Past'

Ahmad (Ali Mosaffa) is returning from Tehran to Paris after an absence of four years to meet his estranged wife, Marie (Berenice Bejo, from “The Artist”), who has asked to finalize a divorce. He stays at her home, but any thought of patching things ...

'Who Pays the Price? The Human Cost of Electronics'

Apr 17, 2014

'Who Pays the Price? The Human Cost of Electronics'

Director: Heather White, Lynn Zhang Language: Chinese, English We’d like to think slavery is in the past but this short (10 min.) and to-the-point documentary asks you to consider that the cellphone you’re holding in your hand may have involved something equally terrible: young ...

Flamboyant descent into the heart of darkness

Apr 10, 2014

Flamboyant descent into the heart of darkness

He’s been on the road promoting his film for about a year now, but that doesn’t mean Joshua Oppenheimer is any less passionate about his Oscar-nominated documentary, “The Act of Killing.” Ask the Texas-born, Denmark-residing director a question about his work and it may ...