The unspoken disease that can destroy families

Jun 6, 2014

The unspoken disease that can destroy families

Of the 17,500 cases of uterine cancer reported yearly in Japan, nearly half are cervical cancer, usually triggered by a virus spread by sexual intercourse. Because of this, sufferers often conceal the fact from friends and families and continue working at their jobs as ...

The pleasures of driving like an absolute maniac

Jun 5, 2014

The pleasures of driving like an absolute maniac

“Need for Speed” is an ode to the automobile and not the green, hybrid kind either. The vehicles in this movie are sleek, sexy, gas-guzzling, carbon-spewing planet-destroyers, and director Scott Waugh revels in shooting them from every conceivable angle (plus a few you never ...

'Balancing Act'

Jun 5, 2014

'Balancing Act'

It’s a sad, anxious world when a hard-working dad has no choice but to sleep in his car and eat at a soup kitchen. Such is the fate of 40-year-old Giulio (Valerio Mastandrea), whose act of infidelity (sex with a colleague in the archives ...

'Redemption'

Jun 5, 2014

'Redemption'

What would British action movies be without Jason Statham? As quiet as a wake for an old man with no friends. Thankfully, Statham is still at the top of his game, even if his new movie, “Redemption,” is a bit of a muddle. Strutting ...

'Ender's Game'

Jun 5, 2014

'Ender's Game'

Director: Gavin Hood Language: English Ender Wiggin (Asa Butterfield) is all of 13 years old, but he’s being groomed to battle the genocidal aliens known as Formics, which pose a threat to Earth. Ender is smart but soon all the training and subsequent killing ...

'Adore'

May 28, 2014

'Adore'

Sometimes the Japanese title for a foreign film manages to grasp the very essence of the story and display it with the deft, loving care of a jeweler placing a necklace in a glass case. The Japanese title for “Adore” (previously known as “Two ...

'One Minute More'

May 28, 2014

'One Minute More'

Taiwan has a thriving movie industry that often tips its hat to Japanese culture. For Japanese viewers, the references to AKB48, Tokyo and Japanese food make us feel that much closer to Taiwanese cinema. And now there’s “One Minute More,” based on “Ippunkan Dake,” a best-selling ...

'Jo' (Keiji jo Pari Hanzaisosahan)

May 28, 2014

'Jo' (Keiji jo Pari Hanzaisosahan)

Director: Rene Balcer Language: English English-language French TV series “Jo” stars Jean Reno as a Parisian cop. The out-of-context English is weird at first but you get used to it, even though almost everyone speaks with American accents. French actors playing Americans pretending to ...

'Sake Bomb'

May 22, 2014

'Sake Bomb'

On the one hand, I’m prepared to love this movie. Junya Sakino, director of “Sake Bomb,” gets it, as they say. He is one of a growing breed of Japanese filmmakers who studied in the U.S. and are now working there. “Sake Bomb” — ...

'The Bay'

May 22, 2014

'The Bay'

Found footage becomes a different animal under the direction of a major-league director like Barry Levinson (“Rain Man” and “Diner”). “The Bay” is plenty scary but this isn’t your usual found footage horror fare; it’s a faux documentary carrying a very real eco-message. Released ...