Good People: 'really bad money and a really lame script'

Feb 25, 2015

Good People: 'really bad money and a really lame script'

James Franco and Kate Hudson star as Tom and Anna Wright, an American couple trying to start their lives over in London by renovating an old house they inherited. Funds are short, and when their dodgy basement-dwelling tenant dies of an overdose and they ...

Path of Blood

Feb 25, 2015

Path of Blood

Director: Eric Power Language: Japanese (subtitles in English) “South Park” meets “Yojimbo” as directed by “Kill Bill”-era Quentin Tarantino? If that all sounds a bit mad, well, rest assured — it is. “Path of Blood” is an animated film made entirely by director Eric ...

A long, painful look into the whirlpools of World War II

Feb 18, 2015

A long, painful look into the whirlpools of World War II

The 1985 Holocaust documentary “Shoah,” directed by Claude Lanzmann — screening until Mar. 6 at Tokyo’s Theatre Image Forum — feels more like evidence than cinema. At 9½ hours, and filled with straight-to-the-camera testimony from concentration camp survivors, Nazi guards and many other eyewitnesses, ...

Predestination: 'trippy tale of transgender time travel'

Feb 18, 2015

Predestination: 'trippy tale of transgender time travel'

A guy walks into a bar . . . no, seriously, that is the premise for the new sci-fi film “Predestination,” a rather faithful adaptation of Robert A. Heinlein’s 1960 short story “All You Zombies.” The film opens with Ethan Hawke as a cop ...

Fifty Shades: Uncovered

Feb 18, 2015

Fifty Shades: Uncovered

Director: Sonia Anderson Language: English “Fifty Shades: Uncovered” is a documentary that explores the wider cultural impact of the “Fifty Shades of Grey” novels. Not since “Deep Throat” in 1972 has a pornographic work won such widespread popularity. Director Sonia Anderson talks to people ...

Blue Ruin: 'misguided acts of vengeance'

Feb 11, 2015

Blue Ruin: 'misguided acts of vengeance'

“Blue Ruin” is an indie thriller that plays the “Blood Simple” card pretty hard: Like the Coen brothers’ debut, it tries to make up for what it lacks in budget by providing cool and brutal suspense, with a dose of black humor. It mostly ...

Betty Blue

Feb 11, 2015

Betty Blue

Director: Jean-Jacques Beineix Language: English Director Jean-Jacques Beineix’s films continue to appear on Vimeo, and the latest addition is “Betty Blue,” his 1986 masterpiece of doomed romance. Failed writer Zorg (Jean-Hugues Anglade) embarks on a passionate relationship with wannabe muse Betty (Beatrice Dalle), as ...