'Oh Boy'

Feb 27, 2014

'Oh Boy'

They say that the EU in its current state of capitalism is a mirror of America in the 1990s. (Remember what that was like? It wasn’t all bad, really.) This certainly applies to the Berlin-set micro universe of “Oh Boy,” whose very title smells ...

'Do You Know What My Name is?'

Feb 27, 2014

'Do You Know What My Name is?'

There’s no getting away from the fact that Japan is a super-senior society. Age is on our minds, so it’s surprising how Japanese films dealing with old age are rarely upbeat, especially those tackling dementia and other mental illnesses that come with growing old. ...

'2 Guns'

Feb 27, 2014

'2 Guns'

Director: Baltasar Kormakur Language: English “2 Guns” resides in the purgatory of big-budget, stellar-cast productions that somehow get passed over. Denzel Washington stars as an undercover drug agent, Mark Wahlberg as a hit man. Together they pull off a bank heist, each with a ...

'Dallas Buyers Club'

Feb 20, 2014

'Dallas Buyers Club'

Who would have thought Matthew McConaughey was capable of being despicable? The actor formerly mostly noted for turning in performances of unreliable but easy-on-the-eyes boyfriend material (“Contact,” “Wedding Planner,” “Ghosts of Girlfriends Past,” etc) could be about to bag his first Oscar with his ...

'The Trials of Cate McCall'

Feb 20, 2014

'The Trials of Cate McCall'

“The Trials of Cate McCall” takes you back to the days of courtroom dramas when cool female legal eagles were played by the likes of Glenn Close and Greta Scacchi, not to mention the original Legal Eagle herself, Debra Winger. Edgy and suggestive, the ...

'Odd Thomas'

Feb 20, 2014

'Odd Thomas'

Director: Stephen Sommers Language: English Odd Thomas (Anton Yelchin) is clairvoyant, and can see death before it strikes. This makes his life pretty complicated, despite the best efforts of his adorable girlfriend Stormy (Addison Timlin). Their relationship and Odd’s love for his town and ...

A butler who brought color to the White House

Feb 13, 2014

A butler who brought color to the White House

“The Butler” director Lee Daniels didn’t start out as a filmmaker but as an owner of a nursing agency in Los Angeles. “So I know how to gather funds, get the people, and treat filmmaking like a business,” he tells The Japan Times. “At ...

'The Butler'

Feb 13, 2014

'The Butler'

Back in 1997, when Steven Spielberg released “Amistad,” it was a pretty huge deal for a big-name Hollywood filmmaker to tackle slavery. Now the deal is a lot bigger for Lee Daniels, the second African-American filmmaker in United States history to be nominated for ...

'The Immigrant'

Feb 13, 2014

'The Immigrant'

Inspired by his research of white slavery in the early 20th century, James Gray’s film focuses on destitute Polish woman Ewa (wrenchingly portrayed by Marion Cotillard), who migrates to the United States in 1921 and is forcibly separated from her sick sister upon arrival. ...

'Upside Down'

Feb 13, 2014

'Upside Down'

Director: Juan Solanas Language: English Adam (Jim Sturgess) and Eden (Kirsten Dunst) live on two planets suspended one above the other, with opposing gravities. One planet is affluent, thanks to the labor of its exploited twin, and citizens of the two are not allowed ...