'The Counselor'

Nov 14, 2013

'The Counselor'

Alfred Hitchcock once noted that if you show a gun in the first act, it will have to be fired in the third. Thus when “The Counselor” has Javier Bardem’s sleazy, mob-connected nightclub owner explain to his lawyer what a bolito is — a ...

The Hangover Part III

Nov 14, 2013

The Hangover Part III

Director: Todd Phillips Language: English You will find yourself in the DVD shop with “The Hangover Part III” in your hand. The first one was funny, and the second one was a retread, but it had some laughs. How bad can the third one ...

Money, censorship and the future of Asian cinema

Nov 7, 2013

Money, censorship and the future of Asian cinema

Flitting around Roppongi Hills during the week of the Tokyo International Film Festival, you get to meet and chat with any number of interesting people, but one of the better conversations I had was sitting down for coffee with Jacob Wong, curator of the ...

'Seven Psychopaths'

Nov 7, 2013

'Seven Psychopaths'

If you think the post-Tarantino hardboiled gangster movie has been done to death, well, wait till you see “Seven Psychopaths.” This does to the gangster flick what Dali did to clocks. Anglo-Irish playwright-turned-director Martin McDonagh’s sophomore film — after the inventive hit-man comedy “In ...

'Carrie'

Nov 7, 2013

'Carrie'

When Brian De Palma dropped the original “Carrie” back in 1976, it was a groundbreaking movie for many reasons: De Palma cannily wed the high school bully flick with the horror genre, pretty much invented the heart-stopping shock ending (which “Paranormal Activity” has taken ...

'Gambit (Monet Game)'

Nov 7, 2013

'Gambit (Monet Game)'

Director: Michael Hoffman Language: English “Gambit” is the sort of mildly engaging movie that’s tough to recommend on the big screen but perfectly acceptable for a night in. If you’re a fan of any of the stars — Colin Firth, Cameron Diaz, Alan Rickman ...

'Venuto al Mondo'

Oct 31, 2013

'Venuto al Mondo'

So many films these days seem to be trying their hardest to be the same, their connect-the-dots three-act narratives all carved from the same stone. Then there’s “Venuto al Mondo” (released in English as “Twice Born”), which features a story that flows like a ...

'Behind the Candelabra'

Oct 31, 2013

'Behind the Candelabra'

When Steven Soderbergh shopped around his Liberace biopic project, practically every studio in Hollywood took a pass on it, causing the director to publicly renounce the movie biz and say he was moving to TV, where he made the film for cable network HBO. ...

'Lawless (Yokubo no Virginia)'

Oct 31, 2013

'Lawless (Yokubo no Virginia)'

Director: John Hillcoat Language: English Set in Prohibition-era Virginia, “Lawless” is a hillbilly gangster flick following three bootlegger brothers who run home-brewed moonshine to big-city speakeasies. Tom Hardy plays the menacing eldest brother, while Jason Clark is his equally bad-ass sibling, leaving Shia LaBeouf ...

'Now You See Me'

Oct 24, 2013

'Now You See Me'

So many directors these days seem to want to be Christopher Nolan: There’s Zack Snyder aiming for “Dark Knight” portentousness with “Man of Steel” and Danny Boyle aping the false-reality trickiness of “Inception” with “Trance” to name but two. The latest wannabe is French ...