Inside Llewyn Davis

Nov 26, 2014

Inside Llewyn Davis

Directors: Ethan Coen, Joel CoenLanguage: English “Inside Llewyn Davis” is neither the best Coen brothers’ film, nor the worst, but it has everything a fan of the Coens could desire: a strong sense of period detail, a choice soundtrack curated by T Bone Burnett, ...

Short Term 12: 'an intense intimacy with the camera'

Nov 19, 2014

Short Term 12: 'an intense intimacy with the camera'

Director Destin Daniel Cretton’s first job out of college was working at a halfway home for troubled teens and, rather like author Ken Kesey’s stint working at a mental institution, he clearly gained some insight and a fistful of vivid characters from the experience. ...

Tatsumi: Godfather of alternative manga is reborn on film

Nov 12, 2014

Tatsumi: Godfather of alternative manga is reborn on film

Manga artist Yoshihiro Tatsumi has always enjoyed a certain level of fame in his home country, where he’s known as the originator of gekiga, a hard-boiled style of manga from the 1960s-’70s. Overseas, however, it’s only since 2009 that his reputation has risen meteorically, ...

Tatsumi: 'Alternative noir histories from Japan's postwar period'

Nov 12, 2014

Tatsumi: 'Alternative noir histories from Japan's postwar period'

The stories of comic-book artist Yoshihiro Tatsumi — an originator of the gekiga (literally, “dramatic pictures”) style — reach the screen in this intriguing compilation film by Singaporean director Eric Khoo. In “Hell,” a photographer finds postwar fame with a poignant shot he took ...

Twin Sisters

Nov 12, 2014

Twin Sisters

Director: Mona Friis Bertheussen Language: English, Norwegian (subtitled in English) A pair of orphaned twins in China are each adopted as infants by separate families, one from Norway and the other from California. Officials deny the girls are twins, but a DNA test proves ...

The Double: 'A doppelganger in a suffocating, Pyongyang-like city'

Nov 5, 2014

The Double: 'A doppelganger in a suffocating, Pyongyang-like city'

The first line of dialogue in Richard Ayoade’s first film as a director, “Submarine,” is “Most people like to think of themselves as individuals.” The last line in his follow-up, “The Double,” is “I like to think I’m unique.” In both cases, these statements ...

The Guest: 'Outlandish plotting and an ever-increasing body count'

Nov 5, 2014

The Guest: 'Outlandish plotting and an ever-increasing body count'

The first half of “The Guest” feels inspired by “The Return of Martin Guerre” (1982) or its Hollywood remake, “Sommersby” (1993), but set in a post-Gulf War milieu. Anna and Spencer Peterson (Sheila Kelley and Leland Orser) have been grieving the death of their ...