Japanese couple's canvas alive with the art of love

Dec 19, 2013

Japanese couple's canvas alive with the art of love

Being an artist can be hard enough — but being part of an artist couple comes with a truckload of angst, as director Zachary Heinzerling demonstrates in his debut documentary feature “Cutie and the Boxer.” This is about the life and times of artists ...

'Cutie and the Boxer'

Dec 19, 2013

'Cutie and the Boxer'

When 59-year old Noriko Shinohara calls herself “Cutie,” you’ll want to take her word for it. She grabs the viewer at the opening scene of the documentary “Cutie and the Boxer,” which plays out like something from an early Jean-Luc Godard movie: It’s early ...

'Assault on Wall Street (Japan title: Wall Street Down'

Dec 19, 2013

'Assault on Wall Street (Japan title: Wall Street Down'

If you’ve never had the chance to sample the work of Uwe Boll (“Blubberella,” “Auschwitz”), this is an opportunity to tap into the “so-bad-it’s-god-awful” genre of which Boll is king. His latest, “Assault on Wall Street,” makes the Occupy guys look tame to the ...

'Chronicle'

Dec 19, 2013

'Chronicle'

Director: Josh Trank Language: English This sleeper hit traces the ups and downs (mostly the latter) of three high school kids who are turned into superhero types with telekinetic powers. Written by John Landis’ son Max and directed by newbie Josh Trank, “Chronicle” is ...

December: A last tango with soba

| Dec 15, 2013

December: A last tango with soba

Some men go out to buy that flaming red sportscar. Others embark on a messy but absorbing divorce process. Then there is of course, nirvana: the gorufujō (ゴルフ場, golf course). But in Japan, when men hit a certain age they have another option to ...

'20 Feet From Stardom'

Dec 12, 2013

'20 Feet From Stardom'

There’s something incredibly tonic about listening to music with backup singers: doo-wop groups, girl groups, gospel choirs — the list goes on. The other thing about backup singing: You want to do it too. Consider that when Paul McCartney sang “Hey Jude” at the ...

'La Migliore Offerta'

Dec 12, 2013

'La Migliore Offerta'

“La Migliore Offerta” (“The Best Offer”) was a showcase piece at Tokyo International Film Festival, and as such it’s a bit showy. But with Giuseppe Tornatore (of “Cinema Paradiso”) at the helm and starring Geoffrey Rush (whose roles include the Marquis de Sade and ...

'Man of Steel'

Dec 12, 2013

'Man of Steel'

Director: Zack Snyder Language: English The latest Superman (Henry Cavill) is a superhero with personal issues. He’s unsure of himself. He longs for identity. He goes on a journey of self-discovery. He’s so preoccupied, in fact, that he neglects to forge a real relationship ...

'Good Ol' Freda'

Dec 5, 2013

'Good Ol' Freda'

In 1961 Freda Kelly was 16, working in an office in downtown Liverpool. One day, her boss invited her to lunch at The Cavern Club, a venue famed for showcasing local talent, and among them was an enormously popular young band called The Beatles. ...

'Xue Di Zi'

Dec 5, 2013

'Xue Di Zi'

During the Qing Dynasty, the Yongzheng Emperor was so suspicious of his courtiers and paranoid about dissenters that he established a secret squad that went about with portable guillotines — bladed wheels that could decapitate an opponent instantly. “Xue Di Zi” (released in the ...