Scandal: Season 2

Jan 7, 2015

Scandal: Season 2

Language: English “Scandal” isn’t a wildly popular show in the U.S. but it’s still pretty good, basically because it stars the always reliable, kick-ass and savvy Kerry Washington as an ex-White House communications officer turned CEO of a crisis management firm. This is your ...

Samba: 'chemistry between an immigrant and his caseworker'

Jan 1, 2015

Samba: 'chemistry between an immigrant and his caseworker'

In “Samba” the French writer-director duo of Olivier Nakache and Eric Toledano try to rekindle the magic and phenomenal box-office success of their 2011 film “The Intouchables,” with the same leading man burdened by the same kind of problems against the same backdrop of ...

White Collar

Jan 1, 2015

White Collar

Language: English Matt Bomer gives new meaning to the word “snide,” or maybe he is better categorized under the dictionary entry for “white supremacy” for his role as a white-collar crime prince in this hit series. It’s a role that fits him like a ...

Our critics in the crossfire

Dec 24, 2014

Our critics in the crossfire

The Japan Times’ three film writers got together before Christmas to discuss their top picks of movies released this year. Unusually, this year both Giovanni Fazio and Kaori Shoji agreed on their No. 1, choosing “The Broken Circle Breakdown.” Mark Schilling picked Mipo Oh’s ...

Top 10 films of 2014: the year of the brilliant bad girls

Dec 24, 2014

Top 10 films of 2014: the year of the brilliant bad girls

This was the year of the bad girl, in a manner of speaking. The best movies featured women who went outside the cinematic box of how women should behave and did all sorts of interesting and/or inexplicable things. As for men, their stories were ...

Maps to the Stars: 'Paranoia born of colossal self-obsession'

Dec 17, 2014

Maps to the Stars: 'Paranoia born of colossal self-obsession'

Can celebrities be numbingly boring? As far as “Maps to the Stars” is concerned the answer is a big fat “Yes,” but in the hands of David Cronenberg (“A Dangerous Method,” “Eastern Promises”) you hardly notice. Ennui and varying degrees of hysteria define this ...

Elena: 'A face permanently set in lines of disappointment'

Dec 17, 2014

Elena: 'A face permanently set in lines of disappointment'

A Russian friend once defined the Russian temperament with one word: “heavy.” That certainly holds for the characters in “Elena,” an excellent tale of a Russian family struggling to navigate a world defined by Western capitalism and the supposed magical powers afforded by digital ...

3 Days to Kill (Last Mission)

Dec 17, 2014

3 Days to Kill (Last Mission)

Director: McG Language: English, French, German (subtitled in English) Renner (Kevin Costner) is a CIA agent with cancer, desperate to reconnect with his estranged family (living in Paris) but equally hankering for a miracle drug that would extend his life. The deal is that ...