'Mia Madre' unpacks the burdens that women carry

Mar 16, 2016

'Mia Madre' unpacks the burdens that women carry

Why does the burden of balancing work, family and sanity almost always ends up on the shoulders of women? Hints can be gathered in “Mia Madre,” winner of the Prize of the Ecumenical Jury at the Cannes Film Festival last year. The film’s female ...

'The Lobster' offers a sci-fi solution for 'sexless Japan'

Mar 2, 2016

'The Lobster' offers a sci-fi solution for 'sexless Japan'

Back in the 1990s, an unmarried woman in Japan who was 25 or older might have been called a “Christmas cake.” The term equated them with the seasonal cakes that were sold for half price after Dec. 24, and it contained an explicit warning ...

Takeshi Kitano and the men who watch women sleeping

Feb 24, 2016

Takeshi Kitano and the men who watch women sleeping

An older man, a much younger woman and a mystery that surrounds their relationship — for the Japanese, it’s a familiar story. The woman doesn’t say much, letting her youthful allure and beauty do most of the talking. The man doesn’t say much either; ...

Meryl Streep as a runaway rocker in 'Ricki and the Flash'

Feb 24, 2016

Meryl Streep as a runaway rocker in 'Ricki and the Flash'

It has been seven long years since Jonathan Demme came out with what is popularly known as a “woman’s movie” (don’t say “chick flick” — there’s a difference) with “Rachel Getting Married.” In many ways, “Ricki and the Flash” feels like the sequel to ...