Marcus Luttrell: a 21st-century war hero

Mar 29, 2014

Marcus Luttrell: a 21st-century war hero

Shake the hand of Marcus Luttrell, and there’s no mistaking the grip of someone who spent many a year holding a weapon. A former U.S. Navy SEAL, Luttrell is your 21st-century war hero, with a book and movie deal relating his near-fatal experiences in ...

'The Secret Life of Walter Mitty'

Mar 27, 2014

'The Secret Life of Walter Mitty'

Ah, Hollywood — who else could take a lean, two-page short story and turn it into a bloated $90-million mega-production? Author James Thurber’s short about a timid, henpecked husband who escapes into adventure-packed daydreams first appeared in a 1939 issue of The New Yorker ...

'Ain't Them Bodies Saints'

Mar 27, 2014

'Ain't Them Bodies Saints'

Comparisons to Terrence Malick are unavoidable with “Ain’t Them Bodies Saints,” which takes its Southwestern milieu and feckless outlaw couple from “Badlands” but filters it through the more mystical lensing and languid pacing of “Tree of Life.” And just like Malick, director David Lowery’s ...

'Dark Days'

Mar 27, 2014

'Dark Days'

One of the last decade's best documentaries never opened in Japan, but now you can catch it on Vimeo.com. "Dark Days," shot in haunting black and white, explores the literally underground homeless community that existed hidden in New York train tunnels, shrouded in perpetual ...

When fictional bands move from screen to stage

Mar 20, 2014

When fictional bands move from screen to stage

“The Broken Circle Breakdown” is undoubtedly one of the best films you’ll see this or any year — passionate, joyous and heartbreakingly sad — but it’s also remarkable for being one of those rare music films where a fictional on-screen band goes on to ...

'The Lego Movie'

Mar 20, 2014

'The Lego Movie'

Read almost any overseas review of “The Lego Movie” and it will say what a clever, riotous laugh-fest it is. So why, then, at a recent Tokyo screening, was not one giggle heard over the course of 100 minutes? Why did it feel like ...

'Lone Survivor'

Mar 20, 2014

'Lone Survivor'

The French have Camerone, the British Isandlwana, the Greeks Thermopylae, but Americans seem particularly enamored of heroic last stands, from the Alamo and Custer’s Last Stand through the “Black Hawk Down” debacle in Somalia. Add a new name to that list: Operation Red Wings, ...

Twice Born (Aru Ai e to Tsudzuku Tabi)

Mar 20, 2014

Twice Born (Aru Ai e to Tsudzuku Tabi)

Director: Sergio Castellitto Language: English, Italian, Bosnian (subtitled in Japanese) Based on the novel by Margaret Mazzantini, “Twice Born” follows middle-aged Gemma (Penelope Cruz) as she travels to Bosnia with her teenage son, where memories of her late husband (Emile Hirsch) come bubbling back ...

'Don Jon'

Mar 13, 2014

'Don Jon'

The elephant in the room of almost any relationship in the age of Web 2.0 is, undoubtedly, Internet porn. Guys watch it, and their women either know or suspect they do, but nobody really wants to talk about it because, yo, it’s nasty! “Don ...

'The Motel Life'

Mar 13, 2014

'The Motel Life'

Emile Hirsch and Stephen Dorff play brothers Frank and Jerry Lee, who live on the margins in low-rent, dead-end Nevada carrying the weight of childhood trauma well into dysfunctional middle age. So far, so typically U.S.-indie. Their mother died when they were still kids, ...