'Walking With Dinosaurs 3D'

May 15, 2014

'Walking With Dinosaurs 3D'

Directors: Barry Cook, Neil Nightingale Language: English Scripted by John Collee (a writer for “Happy Feet”), this potentially incredible movie loses much by catering to a kid-centric audience. The dinosaurs look very real and it’s indeed thrilling to walk with them (thank you, 3-D) ...

On drinking, May and battling the blues

| May 11, 2014

On drinking, May and battling the blues

According to T.S. Eliot, April is the cruelest month. But in Japan May ushers in some pretty heavy blues, too. The dual combination of haru no megumi (春の恵み, spring blessings) and haru no utsu (春の鬱, spring depression) makes for a challenging 31 days. That ...

'Blue Jasmine'

May 8, 2014

'Blue Jasmine'

We love watching rich people be rich and happy, but maybe we love it more when the cash stops flowing. There’s a Japanese phrase for that, and roughly translated, it goes like this: “The unhappiness of others tastes of honey.” In that vein, Woody ...

'The Secret Children'

May 8, 2014

'The Secret Children'

Hiroshi Nakajima is one of the few Japan-born directors working in Hollywood, and his second feature, “The Secret Children,” opens tomorrow. Exploring the issue of human clones with an all-American cast, “Children” has the uminstakable sheen of a made-in-the-USA sci-fi thriller. That said, Nakajima’s ...

'The Hunger Games: Catching Fire'

May 8, 2014

'The Hunger Games: Catching Fire'

Director: Francis Lawrence Language: English Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) is back for another round of the Hunger Games in a futuristic world controled by dictator President Snow (Donald Sutherland). Once again, a group of teenagers from different “districts” are ordered to fight each other ...

This tale of brutal vengeance is no fantasy

May 1, 2014

This tale of brutal vengeance is no fantasy

A thousand things can go wrong in a kidnapping investigation, and “Prisoners” goes through about 100 of them before you lose count. After that it’s easy to blackout under the chokehold of desperation that defines both the film and its protagonist, Keller Dover (Hugh ...

'Prisoners'

May 1, 2014

'Prisoners'

Cinematically speaking, Thanksgiving is beginning to have the same connotations as the white picket fences and manicured lawns of suburban America: symbols of disaster or tragedy. In “The Company Men” (2010), Ben Affleck feels his jobless life unravelling at the Thanksgiving table. In “Four ...

'Labor Day'

May 1, 2014

'Labor Day'

There’s nothing like an extremely stressful situation to bring people together. Keanu Reeves said something like that in “Speed,” and by the end of the movie he had a relationship in the works with Sandra Bullock. By the sequel, though, they had already broken ...

'R.I.P.D. (Ghost Agent)'

May 1, 2014

'R.I.P.D. (Ghost Agent)'

Director: Robert Schwentke Language: English Everyone deserves a second chance, especially murdered cops. Roy (Jeff Bridges) and Nick (Ryan Reynolds) return to the land of the living to join the R.I.P.D. (Rest in Peace Department) and track down the culprits who killed them. The ...

'The Amazing Spider-Man 2'

Apr 24, 2014

'The Amazing Spider-Man 2'

Spider-Man returns once again — something other superheroes also have a tendency of doing. Marvel Comics’ entomological superhero, aka Peter Parker (Andrew Garfield), is up to his web-spinning ways again in “The Amazing Spider-Man 2″ — the second in the rebooted “Spider-Man” movie series ...