Annabelle: 'a low-budget porcelain Satan from doll hell'

Feb 25, 2015

Annabelle: 'a low-budget porcelain Satan from doll hell'

Now that “Ted” has made it OK for stuffed animals to have a life and hang out with Mark Wahlberg, you’d think cinema would open that door to dolls as well. No such luck: Annabelle, a creepy girl doll resembling Chucky from “Child’s Play,” ...

Lupin III (Japan title: Rupan Sansei)

Feb 25, 2015

Lupin III (Japan title: Rupan Sansei)

Director: Ryuhei Kitamura Language: Japanese and English Originally a manga series penned by Monkey Punch, “Lupin III” has made it to the big screen. Shun Oguri plays Lupin III, who alongside on-off girlfriend Fujiko Mine (Meisa Kuroki) and buddies Jigen (Tetsuji Tamayama) and Goemon ...

French artiste par excellence hails noh highs

Feb 25, 2015

French artiste par excellence hails noh highs

French comedian extraordinaire Guillaume Gallienne has a sizeable Japanese fan base, which gratifies him most heartily. “I feel like the Japanese get me and vice versa — and at one time, I thought I’d even make my home here,” the 42-year-old performer/filmmaker said in ...

Lucy

Feb 18, 2015

Lucy

Director: Luc Besson Language: English Scarlett Johansson stars in the title role as an American student in South Korea who is tricked into becoming a drug mule by her boyfriend (Pilou Asbaek). The plot thins out when Lucy wakes up in Paris and the ...

Life of Riley: 'death is on everyone's mind'

Feb 11, 2015

Life of Riley: 'death is on everyone's mind'

France’s Alain Resnais (“Hiroshima mon amour,” “Last Year at Marienbad”) died last year at age 91, with 50 titles to his name and a career that spanned more than six decades. His final film, “Life of Riley,” was completed shortly before he passed away. ...

Utopia

Feb 11, 2015

Utopia

Language: English A familiar dystopian tale unfolds in this U.K. TV series, which is available for streaming online. “Utopia” doesn’t burst with originality but there’s an intriguing Orwellian flavor to it that’s hard to resist. A group of people discover the sequel to a ...

Plumbing the delicious depths of February with ume

| Feb 9, 2015

Plumbing the delicious depths of February with ume

Traditionally, Kisaragi (如月, the old name for February) was considered a month of hope — a chance to wipe the slate clean and start over. Before the nation switched to the Western calendar, it was the month for ushering in Oshōgatsu (お正月, New Year) ...