'The Rewrite' stars Hugh Grant as himself

Nov 18, 2015

'The Rewrite' stars Hugh Grant as himself

You know when you get that “getting old” feeling — it’s when the film stars you once used to love and revere in sizzling love stories and action-packed melodramas of the late 20th century now appear in stories about aging parents, layoffs, sickness, bankruptcy, ...

Genial comedy 'My Old Lady' exposes darker side

Nov 11, 2015

Genial comedy 'My Old Lady' exposes darker side

‘My Old Lady” will hold an enormous fascination for real-estate agents and homeowners over 40, but a sizable portion of the movie-going populace would perhaps miss the point of the story — and do so willingly. There are three central characters here, played by ...

Director Kazuaki Kiriya struggles to be taken seriously in Japan

Nov 4, 2015

Director Kazuaki Kiriya struggles to be taken seriously in Japan

Forty-seven-year-old filmmaker Kazuaki Kiriya is as famed for being a tall, flamboyant loudmouth — he married Japanese diva Hikaru Utada when she was 16 years old (and he was 35) — as he is for making sleek CG-heavy extravaganzas that never manage to do ...

Sarik Andreasyan's thriller 'American Heist' falls short

Nov 4, 2015

Sarik Andreasyan's thriller 'American Heist' falls short

‘American Heist” is a bad movie with a glorious title. Think of the notables with “American” as a topper: “American Sniper,” “American Beauty,” “American Hustle,” even “American Horror Story” had its merits. But “American Heist” takes a good, functional concept and turns it on ...

Agnes b. moves from fashion to film in 'Je m'appelle Hmmm...'

Oct 28, 2015

Agnes b. moves from fashion to film in 'Je m'appelle Hmmm...'

There is a sizable genre of films about fashion designers — Coco Chanel alone has spawned over a dozen movies, TV episodes and mini-series. But designers who make their own movies are a rarity. Seventy-three-year-old Agnes Trouble owns and runs Agnes b., a clothing ...

Scream queen festival arrives in Tokyo

| Oct 28, 2015

Scream queen festival arrives in Tokyo

The point is to scream — a lot. Whether you’re a closet horror fan or just want to holler your head off before heading off to a Halloween party, Scream Queen Filmfest Tokyo has what you need. SQFFT runs through Oct. 31, before traveling ...

Female fears at the dead center of J-horror

Oct 21, 2015

Female fears at the dead center of J-horror

Japan is a scary place. It has inspired masters of horror over three centuries, from Akinari Ueda in the 1700s (“Ugetsu Monogatari”) to Lafcadio Hearn (“Kwaidan”) in the late 1800s, all the way to the 1990s, when Kiyoshi Kurosawa’s “Cure” and Hideo Nakata’s “Ringu” ...

Women are in trouble at the Tokyo International Film Festival

Oct 21, 2015

Women are in trouble at the Tokyo International Film Festival

Bad things can happen to good women, especially in the movies. For me, the most intriguing films at TIFF this year feature women in trouble. Yes, men may be a lot harder to take down on-screen than women — requiring explosives, monsters and extremely ...