'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, ...

Side Effects

Mar 13, 2014

Side Effects

Director: Steven Soderbergh Language: English “Side Effects” is a psychological thriller worthy of Alfred Hitchcock, with Rooney Mara playing a troubled young woman whose husband (Channing Tatum) has just finished prison time for insider trading. He’s eager to put their lives back on the ...

'Gloria'

Mar 6, 2014

'Gloria'

All the lonely people, where do they all come from?” Lennon and McCartney posed the question, and “Gloria” provides an answer. Gloria, played by Paulina Garcia, is a 50-something divorcee whose children have grown up and moved out; she lives by herself in Santiago, ...

'Indignados'

Mar 6, 2014

'Indignados'

Tony Gatlif’s movies have always been about music, rhythm, movement and the rush of travel as much as any particular story, and his latest, “Indignados,” takes that to an extreme. Inspired by the best-selling screed of former French resistance fighter and concentration-camp survivor Stephane ...

The truth, like porn, can be seen from many angles

Feb 27, 2014

The truth, like porn, can be seen from many angles

“Lovelace” is a biopic on the 1970s porn superstar Linda Lovelace (real name: Linda Boreman), who rose to fame in “Deep Throat,” the low-budget hardcore sex comedy that went on to gross something like $600 million. Its story is based almost entirely on “Ordeal,” ...

'Lovelace'

Feb 27, 2014

'Lovelace'

“Lovelace” is a film that comes bifurcated, with a big red line down the middle separating its two acts into “The Dream” and “The Bummer.” In the first act we get the breezy story of Linda Lovelace, star of the 1972 mainstream porn blockbuster ...