'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 ...

'The World's End'

Apr 10, 2014

'The World's End'

“The World’s End” seems a lot like director Edgar Wright’s attempt to repeat the success of his 2004 cult hit “Shaun of the Dead.” Where “Shaun” was basically a comfortably numb stoner dropped into a very British version of “Night of the Living Dead,” ...

'The Act of Killing'

Apr 10, 2014

'The Act of Killing'

Movies arrive so late here in Japan that they often come burdened with the weight of expectation. In the case of “The Act of Killing,” it comes in the wake of near universal critical acclaim, including a No. 1 spot on Sight & Sound ...

'Hunger'

Apr 10, 2014

'Hunger'

Director: Steve McQueen Language: English Steve McQueen is known to all now that “12 Years a Slave” won this year’s best-picture Oscar, but the director’s first feature film, 2008′s “Hunger,” never even opened in Japan. Perhaps the film’s political content — which looks at ...

'Blue is the Warmest Color'

Apr 3, 2014

'Blue is the Warmest Color'

Remember being a teen. Remember the gossip amongst your friends about who had a thing for you, the awkward dates, the stolen kisses. Remember the crushes that came and went all too easily, and then recall the arrival of something else entirely: first love. ...