'3 Days to Kill'

Jun 19, 2014

'3 Days to Kill'

This is one terrible movie — the equivalent of a date that any sane woman would avoid like bird flu. Now that I’ve stuck on the warning label I can relax, and tell you that I secretly loved “3 Days to Kill.” Directed by ...

Jobs (Steve Jobs)

Jun 19, 2014

Jobs (Steve Jobs)

Director: Joshua Michael Stern Language: English A century from now, people may look back on the first decade of the millennium and describe it with a single word: Apple. The creator/deity behind that company will also be recalled, though not always with fondness. Watch ...

True confessions of a <em>bijogā</em> (beautiful jogger)

Jun 15, 2014

True confessions of a bijogā (beautiful jogger)

This is the story of a 39-year-old female runner who works in advertising and runs six times a week. Actually I was flattered when asked to recount my story, because in Japan, no one wants to hear from an obasan (おばさん, middle-aged woman), least ...

'Child's Pose'

Jun 12, 2014

'Child's Pose'

In “King Lear,” Shakespeare wrote that a thankless child is sharper than a serpent’s tooth. In that vein, Cornelia (Luminita Gheorghiu) feels the pain of the serpent’s bite throughout”Child’s Pose,” a film by Romanian director Calin Peter Netzer. As a wealthy architect with connections ...

'The Host'

Jun 12, 2014

'The Host'

At the heart of this sci-fi thriller is a long, probing look at the relationship between a girl and … herself. “The Host” combines real romance with a philosophical approach to the familiar premise of Earth being invaded by aliens. Most of the time, ...

'Last Passenger (Original title: Panic Train)'

Jun 12, 2014

'Last Passenger (Original title: Panic Train)'

Director: Omid Nooshin Language: English Few things are more groan-inducing than a commuter train that stops at every station, but a train that goes at breakneck speeds and never stops? Now that’s scary. Directed by Omid Nooshin and starring Dougray Scott, this Hitchcockian terror ...

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 ...