'While We're Young': Generation X, meet the millennials

Jul 20, 2016

'While We're Young': Generation X, meet the millennials

Noah Baumbach (“Frances Ha,” “Greenberg”) examines the concept of youth in “While We’re Young” with a kind of clinical detachment. There’s no glorifying or romanticizing, and he certainly doesn’t seem too enamored by today’s Bright Young Things. Not that this comes as a surprise ...

'Sing Street': 'I'm in a band' — it works every time

Jul 13, 2016

'Sing Street': 'I'm in a band' — it works every time

Filmmaker and former frontman for the Irish band “The Frames” John Carney completes his ode-to-music trilogy with “Sing Street” — following the star-studded “Begin Again” in 2013 and the excellent but underrated “Once” in 2007. Carney’s stories have sold us the idea that the ...

'Kampai!' raises a glass to sake education

Jul 6, 2016

'Kampai!' raises a glass to sake education

For decades, sake (or nihonshu for the majority of Japanese) didn’t really do it for the citizens of this archipelago. Cheap, ubiquitous and made from rice, it seemed too familiar — tacky even. Older people drank it at weddings, or swilled the stuff when ...

Pacquet-Brenner takes us through 'Dark Places'

Jun 29, 2016

Pacquet-Brenner takes us through 'Dark Places'

Two years after the opening of the pervertedly female-empowering “Gone Girl” (based on Gillian Flynn’s best-selling novel), I’m one of the people who still get chills when remembering Rosamund Pike’s monologue. “Gone Girl” officially put Flynn’s name on the map in more ways than ...

Werner Penzel's art therapy for the soul

| Jun 29, 2016

Werner Penzel's art therapy for the soul

The documentary “While We Kiss the Sky” (Japanese title “Kofuku wa Hibi no Naka Ni”) opens nationwide this weekend, and it proffers a lot of hope and optimism for the future of Japanese society. Directed by German filmmaker Werner Penzel (“Step Across the Border”) ...

Mary Reynolds says gardeners should take a walk on the wild side

Jun 25, 2016

Mary Reynolds says gardeners should take a walk on the wild side

Both horticulturalists and casual gardeners will be enthralled by “Dare to be Wild” (“Flower Show!” in Japan), a film based on the life of landscape designer Mary Reynolds. In 2002, at age 28, Reynolds became the first Irish and then-youngest-ever contestant to win gold ...

'Extraction': Mourning the career of Bruce Willis

Jun 22, 2016

'Extraction': Mourning the career of Bruce Willis

Will Bruce Willis ever make it back to the fold of respected Hollywood action stars? Judging from his antics in his latest outing, “Extraction,” the short answer to that is a huge “No.” The long answer involves a private eulogy to an illustrious action ...