Passion and prejudice in 1930s Ireland

Jan 7, 2015

Passion and prejudice in 1930s Ireland

“Jimmy’s Hall” is a glimpse into Ireland in 1932 when the country was in a relative lull between wars, turmoil and strife. Director Ken Loach has consistently worked to bring the lives of the United Kingdom’s working class to cinema screens. “Jimmy’s Hall” is ...

Trash: 'inside Rio de Janeiro's rotten core'

Jan 7, 2015

Trash: 'inside Rio de Janeiro's rotten core'

‘Trash” takes on greed and garbage — two issues that are linked to crucial global problems of climate change and poverty. These issues are really all part of one big family of troubles, but if one of these factors can be destroyed, chances are ...

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 ...