Himself He Cooks

Sep 24, 2014

Himself He Cooks

‘If we could change ourselves, the tendencies in the world would also change” is one of Mahatma Ghandi’s most famous maxims and in Punjab, India, there’s a temple that’s a living example of those words. A documentary about that temple, titled “Himself He Cooks,” ...

Mindscape

Sep 24, 2014

Mindscape

Watching Mark Strong is always a pleasure: You can fantasize about him being a brother of Jason Statham, with Stanley Tucci as their benevolent uncle. Think of the three of them at a table in an Italian restaurant, all wearing black suits. Any director ...

Person of Interest: Season 3

Sep 24, 2014

Person of Interest: Season 3

Language: English The third season of this megahit series (co-produced by J.J. Abrams) is available for streaming via Rakuten Showtime. Starring Jim Caviezel as former CIA operative John Reese, this is about a software genius (Michael Emerson) with a surveillance system that tracks violent ...

Jersey Boys

Sep 17, 2014

Jersey Boys

Either Clint Eastwood had the flu or he wanted to distance himself from “Jersey Boys” as much as possible while still managing to direct it. Either way, it’s impossible not to sense a certain coldness on the part of Eastwood here — you just ...

Deliver Us From Evil

Sep 17, 2014

Deliver Us From Evil

It used to be that the horrors of the real world marched pretty much in lock step with the horrors being touted by the media — a centuries-old case in point is how the Spanish Inquisition hired professional artists to paint scenes of torture ...

Lost Girl: Season Two

Sep 17, 2014

Lost Girl: Season Two

Language: English Season two of the hit Canadian supernatural series “Lost Girl” is available for streaming on Hulu.jp. If you thought “Sex and the City” was empowering, try this on for size. Weird, hot and sometimes just plain senseless (but in a good way), ...

Frances Ha

Sep 10, 2014

Frances Ha

My mom used to say the trouble with being in your 20′s is not realizing how ridiculous you’re usually behaving. My take on it is that everyone should have periods of ridiculousness as often as possible, or we end up becoming bitter and shriveled ...

Night Train to Lisbon

Sep 10, 2014

Night Train to Lisbon

What does a man do when he wants to make a clean break? Hop on a train to Lisbon. That’s what Swiss professor Raimund Gregorius (Jeremy Irons) does during “Night Train to Lisbon.” One minute he’s walking the chilly streets of Bern, Switzerland, and ...

The Karate Kid (Best Kid)

Sep 10, 2014

The Karate Kid (Best Kid)

Director: Harald Zwart Language: English, Chinese (subtitled in English) This is the 2010 remake of the 1984 mega-hit, now starring Jaden Smith (Will Smith’s son) and Jackie Chan. Dre (Smith) relocates to Beijing with his mom Sherry (Taraji P. Henson). Bullied at his new ...

I, Frankenstein

Sep 3, 2014

I, Frankenstein

Compared with vampires, who always seem to be sleek and sexy, Frankenstein’s monster has had it rough. Those head bolts are one thing, and then there are the leathery scars all over his face and his massive, clunky awkwardness. To make matters worse, while ...