'San Andreas' struggles to hold water in post-3/11 Japan

Sep 9, 2015

'San Andreas' struggles to hold water in post-3/11 Japan

In the 1970s, Hollywood disaster movies were a lucrative genre. In 1974 “Earthquake” and “The Towering Inferno” were released, and the decade saw the box-office success of multiple “Airport” films. It was an age when the Cold War was in full swing and the ...

'Pixels' is more of an insult than ode to Pac-Man

Sep 2, 2015

'Pixels' is more of an insult than ode to Pac-Man

When you’re a film critic, you are occasionally assailed by one of two overwhelming urges: first, to quit, and second, to punch Adam Sandler in the face. “Pixels” is that rare movie in which both come at once, followed closely by a third urge: ...

Japanese theater group travels to Europe by film

| Sep 2, 2015

Japanese theater group travels to Europe by film

Getting a Japanese film on the international festival circuit isn’t as easy as it sounds — and even more so for “Ao no Ran,” the latest film in the popular Geki×Cine series that fuses stage production with cinema. A major perk of this series ...

Backpacking women take back the mountains

Aug 26, 2015

Backpacking women take back the mountains

If you’ve read Cheryl Strayed’s memoir, “Wild: Lost and Found on the Pacific Crest Trail,” you’ll be familiar with her particular tone: a combination of lyrical feminism and gritty self-help manual. Her book chronicles the three months she spent hiking the United States’ Pacific ...

'The Best of Me' has enough cornball to start a biofuel company

Aug 26, 2015

'The Best of Me' has enough cornball to start a biofuel company

You’ve never known love until you’ve kissed in the pouring rain. I’ve come to believe this is a fact of life after watching one too many movies written by Nicholas Sparks (e.g., “The Notebook” and “Nights in Rodanthe”). Other facts include: You should never ...

Norway's 'Ballet Boys' dive deep into the world of dance

Aug 19, 2015

Norway's 'Ballet Boys' dive deep into the world of dance

The road to becoming a professional athlete is paved with thorns, but there’s more trouble than that awaiting three aspiring male ballet dancers in the Norwegian documentary “Ballet Boys.” Directed by Kenneth Elvebakk, the film examines the lives of teens Lukas, Syvert and Torgeir, ...