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, ...

Frida Kahlo and the secret life of women's objects

Aug 12, 2015

Frida Kahlo and the secret life of women's objects

Miyako Ishiuchi is one of Japan’s most formidable photographers — a woman who has been passionately interested in women and their bodies for the whole of her 50-year career. At 68 years old, her fascination with the female physique remains intact, but over the ...

Hell is a claustrophobic submarine in 'Black Sea'

Aug 12, 2015

Hell is a claustrophobic submarine in 'Black Sea'

Sometimes a bit of breathless claustrophobia is just the thing to combat a scorching-hot summer (you know, fight panic with panic), and what could be better for that than a submarine thriller? “Black Sea” may have a little daylight, but it’s not light fare ...

Tom cruises through 'Mission: Impossible — Rogue Nation'

Aug 5, 2015

Tom cruises through 'Mission: Impossible — Rogue Nation'

Tom Cruise is 53. I repeat: Tom Cruise is 53. In seven years he will officially be eligible for retirement and a cushy 401(k) plan. That will probably be what’s going on in the minds of most people who watch “Mission: Impossible — Rogue ...

The 47 ronin seek vengeance in medieval Europe

| Aug 5, 2015

The 47 ronin seek vengeance in medieval Europe

“Chushingura,”the 18th-century tale of the 47 ronin, is one of Japan’s most beloved historical legends. And once again it has become fodder for a flashy Hollywood movie, this time called “Last Knights,” starring Morgan Freeman and Clive Owen, and directed by none other than ...