'Ender's Game'

Jun 5, 2014

'Ender's Game'

Director: Gavin Hood Language: English Ender Wiggin (Asa Butterfield) is all of 13 years old, but he’s being groomed to battle the genocidal aliens known as Formics, which pose a threat to Earth. Ender is smart but soon all the training and subsequent killing ...

'Adore'

May 28, 2014

'Adore'

Sometimes the Japanese title for a foreign film manages to grasp the very essence of the story and display it with the deft, loving care of a jeweler placing a necklace in a glass case. The Japanese title for “Adore” (previously known as “Two ...

'One Minute More'

May 28, 2014

'One Minute More'

Taiwan has a thriving movie industry that often tips its hat to Japanese culture. For Japanese viewers, the references to AKB48, Tokyo and Japanese food make us feel that much closer to Taiwanese cinema. And now there’s “One Minute More,” based on “Ippunkan Dake,” a best-selling ...

'Jo' (Keiji jo Pari Hanzaisosahan)

May 28, 2014

'Jo' (Keiji jo Pari Hanzaisosahan)

Director: Rene Balcer Language: English English-language French TV series “Jo” stars Jean Reno as a Parisian cop. The out-of-context English is weird at first but you get used to it, even though almost everyone speaks with American accents. French actors playing Americans pretending to ...

'Sake Bomb'

May 22, 2014

'Sake Bomb'

On the one hand, I’m prepared to love this movie. Junya Sakino, director of “Sake Bomb,” gets it, as they say. He is one of a growing breed of Japanese filmmakers who studied in the U.S. and are now working there. “Sake Bomb” — ...

'The Bay'

May 22, 2014

'The Bay'

Found footage becomes a different animal under the direction of a major-league director like Barry Levinson (“Rain Man” and “Diner”). “The Bay” is plenty scary but this isn’t your usual found footage horror fare; it’s a faux documentary carrying a very real eco-message. Released ...

'Red 2 (Japan title: Red Returns)'

May 22, 2014

'Red 2 (Japan title: Red Returns)'

Director: Dean Parisot Language: English, Russian, French (subtitles in English) It’s Bruce Willis centerstage-and-won’t-budge, which is great for Willis lovers like myself (don’t judge me, please). Willis is a retired CIA agent who gets his team of old-timers together, including John Malkovich, Helen Mirren ...

Time to get over the 'shock' of aging actresses

May 15, 2014

Time to get over the 'shock' of aging actresses

“Americans can be strange about aging,” said French actress Jeanne Moreau, in a brief interview she gave me back in 2005. She was then at the tail end of her 70s and had just co-starred with French heartthrob Melvil Poupaud in “Le Temps Qui ...

'Winter's Tale'

May 15, 2014

'Winter's Tale'

There’s something Shakespearean about “Winter’s Tale.” Perhaps it’s the way everyone talks in British or Irish accents, faked or genuine; or how the emotions seem to fester in the depths of a hot caldron; or the grandiose gestures and sweeping statements that are often ...

'After the Dark'

May 15, 2014

'After the Dark'

Rather than a gem, John Huddles’ “After the Dark” (original titled “The Philosophers”) is a diamond in the rough — but there’s more rough here than diamond. Still, the premise is intriguing, and so is the setting: an international school in Jakarta on the ...