Escape From Tomorrow

Jul 16, 2014

Escape From Tomorrow

An audacious kick-in-the-ribs at the Disney kingdom, “Escape From Tomorrow” is cool, cool stuff — albeit in a clunky and kitsch Ed Wood kind of way. Director Randy Moore made his film guerilla style by taking a small camera and stealth sound-recording equipment into ...

Les Reines du Ring

Jul 16, 2014

Les Reines du Ring

French mothers have a reputation for being smoking, skinny bundles of alluring discontent, decked out in black dresses and heels. But now comes “Les Reines du Ring” (“Wrestling Queens”) — a delightful tale about a French mother who only wants her teenage son’s approval ...

Thor: The Dark World

Jul 16, 2014

Thor: The Dark World

Director: Alan Taylor Language: English Space-hottie Thor (Chris Hemsworth) drops in to see how his Earthling girlfriend, Jane Foster (Natalie Portman), is doing and winds up enmeshed in battle to protect her from dark elves who have been reactivated again, after having been dormant ...

In Japan, the 'collapse of the family' is old news

Jul 14, 2014

In Japan, the 'collapse of the family' is old news

One of the things the Japanese media love to discuss is kazoku no hōkai (家族の崩壊, collapse of the family) — an evergreen topic that’s been around since the late 1960s, a time when most urban Japanese families could first afford a television. Academics and ...

'Maleficent'

Jul 10, 2014

'Maleficent'

“Maleficent” takes you on a ride into a non-kiddie realm of betrayal, vengeance and mother-daughter brouhaha. Is that a good thing for a Disney audience? On the other hand, look at “Frozen,” which dealt with some sibling rivalry and female empowerment issues. That worked, ...

Cinema's silent moment with God

Jul 9, 2014

Cinema's silent moment with God

If one word could describe “Into Great Silence,” what would that be? The film’s creator Philip Groning doesn’t hesitate when he says, “Monastery.” Almost a decade years after its European release, “Into Great Silence” will finally open in Japan this month. In an interview ...

'Into Great Silence'

Jul 9, 2014

'Into Great Silence'

Imagine a movie that’s not a movie at all, but an act of contemplation. This is “Into Great Silence.” Sometimes a prayer, more often a rumination, it’s a film that sprung from one man’s urge for silence. Director Philip Groning wanted to make a ...

'The Devil's Violinist'

Jul 9, 2014

'The Devil's Violinist'

This is a tribute to Niccolo Paganini, the 19th-century violinist often resurrected on screen, mainly for his utter, utter hotness — it was said Paganini didn’t make a distinction between the Stradivarius in his hand and whatever lady he happened to fancy at that ...

Gossip Girl

Jul 9, 2014

Gossip Girl

Director: Various Language: English The final season of “Gossip Girl” will be available this summer for fans of that endless loop of teenage romance, sex, intrigue and … Did I mention sex? This is a chance to wear out the pause button in various ...

'Edge of Tomorrow'

Jul 2, 2014

'Edge of Tomorrow'

Some movie stars never let up, and Tom Cruise is a prominent example. In his 50s now, Hollywood’s resident Prince Charming is still making action movies with the same laddish physique and boyish smile showcased in the first “Mission: Impossible.” Cruise is in nitty-gritty ...