Divergent

Oct 29, 2014

Divergent

Director: Neil Burger Language: English If you’re a teenager in this film’s futuristic society and you don’t fit into one of the five factions (each representing a different human virtue) that divide up the population, then you’re a “divergent” and potentially harmful to everyone ...

In the long shadow of an aged and enraged population

| Oct 27, 2014

In the long shadow of an aged and enraged population

Here’s an astonishing fact: the crime rate among Japan’s elderly is on the rise. And among an rapidly aging population with long life expectancy, that’s a problem. The island nation is famed for its nagaiki (長生き, longevity) with, as of 2013, a life expectancy ...

Winter's Tale (New York Fuyu Monogatari)

Oct 22, 2014

Winter's Tale (New York Fuyu Monogatari)

Director: Akiva Goldsman Language: English Fairy tales set in New York City are almost always dicey, but this one is particularly so. Colin Farrell plays 19th-century burglar Peter, who falls in love with the ailing heiress (Jessica Brown Findlay) in the mansion he is ...

Tale of panic and pain strikes an operatic chord

Oct 15, 2014

Tale of panic and pain strikes an operatic chord

At a time when Japan is being rapped over the knuckles by the U.N. for hate-speech rallies against ethnic Koreans, a movie like “The Tenor: Lirico Spinto” takes on special significance. Directed by Kim Sang-man, “The Tenor” (released here as “The Tenor: Shinjitsuno Monogatari”) ...