Jessabelle: 'she doesn't have a whole lot going for her'

Mar 11, 2015

Jessabelle: 'she doesn't have a whole lot going for her'

Although “Jessabelle” was all set for a nationwide release in the U.S. in 2014, the powers that be decided to shelve her. There she was, gathering dust, when Blumhouse Productions (known for its low-budget films) picked it up for a VOD release two months ...

Sabotage

Mar 11, 2015

Sabotage

Director: David Ayer Language: English “Sabotage” is the film Arnold Schwarzenegger should’ve avoided. The story stacks up the gore, venom and brute violence, and the overall effect is slaughterhouse trauma. Schwarzenegger plays the leader of an elite DEA task force whose members are murdered ...

Hercules

Mar 4, 2015

Hercules

Director: Brett Ratner Language: English My mom told me never to trust guys named Dwayne, but we’re going to have to make an exception in the case of “Hercules”: The titular hero is played by none other than muscle man Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. ...

Chef: 'battle cry of an artist who dreams of being his own master'

Feb 25, 2015

Chef: 'battle cry of an artist who dreams of being his own master'

Heads up to “Iron Man” fans, “Chef” is director Jon Favreau’s fabulous stress-vanquishing vehicle after all his superhero ventures, and it lets off more steam than all the potholes in New York City. There is not one superhero sighting here. Although “Iron Man” himself, ...

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 ...