'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 ...

'Safe Haven'

Oct 24, 2013

'Safe Haven'

You know that when you get sweeping-romance novelist Nicholas Sparks (“The Notebook”) teaming up with sweeping-romance filmmaker Lasse Hallstrom (“Cider House Rules”) you’re in for some major sweeping, on par with the Sunday morning cleanup volunteers in Roppongi. The poster for “Safe Haven” promises ...

'The Great Gatsby (Karei Naru Gatsby)'

Oct 24, 2013

'The Great Gatsby (Karei Naru Gatsby)'

Director: Baz Luhrmann Language: English Leonardo DiCaprio and director Baz Luhrmann nail this adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s classic novel, despite a reliance on CG. The only downer is Carey Mulligan, who plays Gatsby’s love obsession Daisy. In the book, her main allure is ...

Mike Mills looks at depression in Japan

Oct 22, 2013

Mike Mills looks at depression in Japan

Among all the many trips American film director Mike Mills has made to Japan since he first started coming here in the mid 1990s, one incident in particular has remained with him. “One time, I was having coffee with a friend,” he told The ...

Terajima brings legacy to TIFF

Oct 17, 2013

Terajima brings legacy to TIFF

The 40-year-old is a dramatic force, with undiluted acting DNA coursing through her veins. Her father is kabuki actor Onoe Kikugoro VII, whose family lineage can be traced back seven centuries. Her mother is treasured actress Sumiko Fuji, whose own father was a famed ...

'Does Your Soul Have a Cold?'

Oct 17, 2013

'Does Your Soul Have a Cold?'

Getting the Japanese to talk about their emotions is said to be like pulling teeth, but getting depressed Japanese to bare their souls is like unlocking the mysteries of quantum physics. And yet in the documentary “Does Your Soul Have a Cold?,” “Thumbsucker” director ...

'Diana'

Oct 17, 2013

'Diana'

Among the crimes committed against Britain’s Princess Diana by her husband Charles was his letting slip in the royal circle that she was boring. Unfortunately, the movie “Diana” confirms his accusation. Directed by Oliver Hirschbiegel (best known for his Hitler movie “Downfall”), “Diana” is ...