Animal Kingdom

| Jan 20, 2012

Animal Kingdom

by Daniel Robson

Director: David Michôd Language: English Running time: 113 In the darkly immersive directorial debut from Australian screenwriter David Michôd (“Hesher”), freshly orphaned teen Josh (James Frecheville) must choose between loyalty to his family of bank-robbing, drug-dealing uncles, headed by matriarch (Jacki Weaver), and, well, ...

Anpo: Art X War

| Sep 17, 2010

Anpo: Art X War

by Edan Corkill

Director: Linda Hoaglund Language: Japanese Linda Hoaglund’s documentary deftly conveys the mood of the 1960 protests against the Japan-U.S. security treaty (anpo). But for a subject that remains controversial, mood is hardly enough. Consider this: Hiroshi Nakamura, an artist present in 1960 and who ...

Sex and the City 2

| Jun 18, 2010

Sex and the City 2

by Lauren Furniss

Director: Michael Patrick King Language: English “Sex and the City 2″ departs from New York as well as from the TV series’ witty dialogue and colorful characters. The glamour girls we used to love are struggling with middle-age, marriage and motherhood. To escape their ...

The Seaside Mote

| Jun 4, 2010

The Seaside Mote

by Jae Lee

Director: Kentaro Moriya Language: Japanese The Seaside Motel is a shabby, four-room motel perched on a mountain — with no view of the sea at all. Colorful cinematography and eye-catching, candy-storelike set designs contrast with a story of betrayal, murder, prostitution and adultery. Four ...

Burma VJ

| May 14, 2010

Burma VJ

by Jae Lee

Director: Anders Ostergaard Language: English, Burmese A documentary shot on handheld cameras and smuggled out of Myanmar during the 2007 riots, this film was honored with a 2010 Oscar nomination and won the Documentary Film Editing Award at the Sundance Film Festival. The editing ...

Righteous Kill

| May 7, 2010

Righteous Kill

by Jae Lee

Director: Jon Avnet Language: English Al Pacino and Robert De Niro — widely regarded as two of the greatest actors the United States has produced — play veteran New York Police Department detectives. But don’t expect a 2010 version of their hit 1995 cop ...

Crossing

| Apr 23, 2010

Crossing

by Jae Lee

Director: Kim Tae Gyoon Language: Korean Based on a true-story, this South Korean film follows a North Korean man who goes to China to bring back medicine for his wife. It is depressing to see concentration camps, people swimming across the border between North ...

Koshonin the Movie

| Feb 19, 2010

Koshonin the Movie

by Mizuho Aoki

Director: Hidetomo Matsuda Language: Japanese An adaptation of TV Asahi’s hit drama series about a police negotiator (Ryoko Yonekura) is, like many other based-on-TV-series films, simply a longer television episode but made with a lot more money. The film revolves around negotiator Reiko trying ...

Invictus

| Feb 12, 2010

Invictus

by Mizuho Aoki

Director: Clint Eastwood Language: English Clint Eastwood’s latest film is an uplifting tale about Nelson Mandela’s (Morgan Freeman) early days as a newly elected president of South Africa and his attempt to help unite the racially torn postapartheid country by supporting the national rugby ...

Nodame Cantabile Saishu Gakusho: Part 1

| Jan 22, 2010

Nodame Cantabile Saishu Gakusho: Part 1

by Mizuho Aoki

Based on Tomoko Ninomiya’s popular manga about aspiring classical musicians, this comedy-drama takes off from where the Fuji TV series left off: Two gifted protagonists — piano student Nodame (Juri Ueno) and young conductor Chiaki (Hiroshi Tamaki) — head off to Paris to pursue ...

Non-chan Noriben

| Oct 23, 2009

Non-chan Noriben

by Mizuho Aoki

Director: Akira Ogata Language: Japanese Akira Ogata’s latest feature is a bland comedy based on Kiwa Irie’s serialized manga about a perky divorcee who pursues a dream of opening a bento (boxed lunches) shop. Disgusted with her idle husband, Komaki (Manami Konishi) quits home ...