'Hunted Vol. 2 (Tsutaya exclusive)'

Nov 14, 2013

'Hunted Vol. 2 (Tsutaya exclusive)'

Language: English Scary in a way of which George Orwell may have approved, this 2012 British TV series follows spy Sam Hunter (Melissa George) in a no-exit dystopia populated almost exclusively by spies. Sam is a loner and a hunter (two excellent spy qualities) ...

'Everyday'

Nov 7, 2013

'Everyday'

Michael Winterbottom doesn’t have a signature style, nor even a favorite topic. His films can range from a close observation of a lesbian relationship in “Butterfly Kiss” to a slice off the Bosnian War in “Welcome to Sarajevo” to the sublime sci-fi antics of ...

'The Iceman'

Nov 7, 2013

'The Iceman'

Michael Shannon plays real-life contract killer Richard Kuklinski in this crime drama/thriller. Known as “Iceman” or “Ice,” Kuklinski allegedly committed hundreds of murders from the late 1940s until he was caught in 1986, many of them for the Mafia. Kuklinski gave numerous interviews out ...

'Los Ultimos Dias (The Last Days)'

Nov 7, 2013

'Los Ultimos Dias (The Last Days)'

Directors: David and Alex Pastor Language: Spanish (subtitled in Japanese) In this meticulously crafted sci-fi, a mysterious virus has spread throughout the globe, forcing people to hole up in their homes. In Barcelona, Marc (Quim Gutierrez) digs a tunnel under his office building in ...

The blessing and the curse of being Steve Jobs

Oct 31, 2013

The blessing and the curse of being Steve Jobs

Filmmaker Joshua Michael Stern has the distinction of directing “Jobs,” the first big-budget movie biopic on one of the world’s most important entrepreneurs: Steve Jobs. The film was bound to come under extreme scrutiny from avid Apple fans, of whom there are many, and ...

'Jobs'

Oct 31, 2013

'Jobs'

The centerpiece of “Jobs” isn’t really Steve Jobs but the portrayal of Steve Jobs by Ashton Kutcher — whose fame heretofore had rested largely on the fact that he was married to Demi Moore. Who would have thought the guy who oozes Hollywood charm ...

'42'

Oct 31, 2013

'42'

In America today, black players can be found in every sport. But back in 1946 there were no black athletes, especially not in baseball, the “white man’s sport.” Director Brian Helgeland (“A Knight’s Tale”) zeroes in on the African-American player who kicked down the ...

'The Big Bang Theory Season 1'

Oct 31, 2013

'The Big Bang Theory Season 1'

Director: Various Language: English Welcome to the TV series that made it official: Geeks are cool. And given the opportunity, they can get the pretty blonde who’s moved in across the hall. Watch Caltech physicists Leonard and Sheldon (Johnny Galecki and Jim Parsons) imbibe ...

Trading identity for compassion in the Middle East

Oct 24, 2013

Trading identity for compassion in the Middle East

Filmmaker Lorraine Lévy likes to tread lightly wherever she goes. Her aversion to intrusiveness affects the way she looks at the world, and defines her approach to filmmaking. It’s certainly a significant part of “Le Fils de l’Autre (The Other Son),” Lévy’s latest film ...

'Le Fils de l'Autre'

Oct 24, 2013

'Le Fils de l'Autre'

You’d think it would be impossible to make a movie about Israeli-Palestinian issues that was not mired in political arguments. But filmmaker Lorraine Levy (“London Mon Amour”) has done just that. In a simple, lovingly shot film about two families, Levy gently takes the ...