Will Smith gets under a waterfall of money in 'Focus'

Apr 29, 2015

Will Smith gets under a waterfall of money in 'Focus'

Will Smith rarely smiles when he isn’t running around in a “Men in Black” film. Which is a shame, because comedy and Smith seem like a natural match, especially when he is paired with Tommy Lee Jones, his trusted curmudgeon buddy in the MIB ...

Tiny House documentary makes Tokyo apartments look like palaces

Apr 29, 2015

Tiny House documentary makes Tokyo apartments look like palaces

“Small is Beautiful” is a documentary about the TH (Tiny House) movement, the latest underground trend in housing and real estate in the U.S. In the next few years, though, TH could go mainstream thanks to a growing online community that shares information about ...

Ukraine's young actress in a coded world without sound

Apr 22, 2015

Ukraine's young actress in a coded world without sound

Yana Novikova is a 21-year-old Ukranian actress who was born deaf. She is one of the leads in “The Tribe,” a near-silent film starring a cast of deaf actors who communicate only through sign and body language. There are no subtitles. Helping her communicate ...

OMG, are GMOs altering our bodies?

Apr 22, 2015

OMG, are GMOs altering our bodies?

Oh, for the innocent days of old, when one could lick ice cream cones or eat cupcakes with pink icing without thinking anything except “Do I get seconds?” Nowadays, no eating experience can be defined by such blissful ignorance, unless you want to get ...

The trauma of becoming exceptional

Apr 15, 2015

The trauma of becoming exceptional

Long before it won three Oscars and was nominated for best picture, “Whiplash” — about the mesmerizing and often inexplicable relationship between a music student and his demonically obsessive teacher— had created a big stir in Japan. Media darling and California-based film critic Tomohiro ...

'The Search' for a reprieve from war in Chechnya

Apr 15, 2015

'The Search' for a reprieve from war in Chechnya

Prestigious film awards are often a kiss of death. After all the commotion and red-carpet moments of glory, the winners may fade away or become the victims of attacks launched by the media. Such is the case with Michel Hazanavicius, who bagged a totally-out-of-left-field ...

Woody Allen's sweet tooth, polished till it shines

Apr 8, 2015

Woody Allen's sweet tooth, polished till it shines

In an interview back in the late 1990s Woody Allen described himself as “thin but fun,” and the exact same thing could be said about many of his movies — doubly so for his latest film “Magic in the Moonlight.” This pleasant, diverting film ...

Documentary on Japanese 'war brides' is gaining steam

| Apr 8, 2015

Documentary on Japanese 'war brides' is gaining steam

The documentary-film scene just keeps getting better, and here’s one recent example that strikes a chord. Three women (Kathryn Tolbert, Lucy Craft and Karen Kasmauski) — all first-born daughters of Japanese war brides who immigrated to the U.S. in the 1950s to wed Americans ...