Documentary on Japanese 'war brides' is gaining steam

| Apr 8, 2015

Documentary on Japanese 'war brides' is gaining steam

The documentary-film scene just keeps getting better, and here’s one recent example that strikes a chord. Three women (Kathryn Tolbert, Lucy Craft and Karen Kasmauski) — all first-born daughters of Japanese war brides who immigrated to the U.S. in the 1950s to wed Americans ...

Ex-MMA fighter Gina Carano whips 'In the Blood' into submission

Mar 25, 2015

Ex-MMA fighter Gina Carano whips 'In the Blood' into submission

If you like watching strong athletic women in film, look no further than “In the Blood.” Former mixed martial artist Gina Carano not only stars here, she practically whips this movie into weepy submission. Though I wasn’t the one getting beaten up by her ...

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 ...