Disappointment, delusion and eternal love in 'Cafe de Flore'

Mar 25, 2015

Disappointment, delusion and eternal love in 'Cafe de Flore'

Jean-Marc Vallee, whose “Dallas Buyers Club” bagged three Oscars last year, released a film in 2011 called “Cafe de Flore.” The two works are radically different in style and content but it feels like they share a common thread. In both films, Vallee treats ...

The Expendables 3

Mar 25, 2015

The Expendables 3

Director: Patrick Hughes Language: English Don’t groan — this isn’t as bad as you think. Conrad Stonebanks (Mel Gibson), who co-founded the “Expendables” team many years ago, has turned violent and is neck-deep in arms trading. Now he is all set to wipe out ...

Where did all the Japanese fathers go?

| Mar 23, 2015

Where did all the Japanese fathers go?

Aside from ikumen (イクメン, men who play a role in raising their children), Nihon no otōsan (日本のお父さん, Japanese fathers) are a pretty sad lot. The vast majority of them have been and continue to be kaya no soto (蚊帳の外, literally “outside the mosquito net,” ...

Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb

Mar 18, 2015

Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb

It isn’t the greatest of franchises but that doesn’t make it any easier to say goodbye to “Night at the Museum.” The third and final installment, “Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb,” of the zany, entertainment-for-all vehicle also marks the last screen ...

Blended (Japan title: Kozureja Damekashira)

Mar 18, 2015

Blended (Japan title: Kozureja Damekashira)

Director: Frank Coraci Language: English Just when you think Adam Sandler has hit the very bottom of his career, he resurfaces. If anyone can save Sandler, it’s the adorable Drew Barrymore, but “Blended” suffers from inane jokes, senseless dialogue and bad taste. After a ...

Capturing Raf Simons and the ghost of Christian Dior

Mar 11, 2015

Capturing Raf Simons and the ghost of Christian Dior

You may not “J’adore Dior,” but it’s hard not to be fascinated by the goings on within the French fashion house, which is now one of the fashion industry’s two remaining haute couture maisons. John Galliano, who had helmed the brand for 15 years, ...

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 ...