Taxidermia

| Apr 4, 2008

Taxidermia

by Mizuho Aoki

Director: Gyorgy Palfi Language: Hungarian Director Gyorgy Palfi’s followup to his quirky debut film, “Hukkle,” challenges the stomachs of viewers with an avalanche of bizarre images as three men obsess about their bodies in extreme ways. They’re all from different generations in a Hungarian ...

Bura Bura Ban Ban

| Mar 21, 2008

Bura Bura Ban Ban

by Mizuho Aoki

Director: Yohka Kusano Language: Japanese Based on Haruko Kashiwagi’s popular comic, the film traces a group of high-school kids as they try to revive the school’s shabby brass band, and also attempt to discover the reasons behind one of the members’ weird habit: Yuriko ...

Enchanted

| Mar 14, 2008

Enchanted

by Mizuho Aoki

Director: Kevin Lima Language: English Disney’s fairy-tale princess is banished from the 2-D animation world to modern-day New York by a wicked witch. Prince Edward (James Marsden) pursues her there, but before he finds her, the princess (Amy Adams) is given shelter by a ...

'Penelope'

| Mar 7, 2008

"Penelope"

by Mizuho Aoki

Director: Mark Palansky Language: English Christina Ricci is Penelope, a rich girl born with a pig’s snout from a curse placed on an ancestor. Her overly protective mother (Catherine O’Hara) locks her in their mansion where potential blue-blooded suitors — whose love can lift ...

Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium

| Feb 22, 2008

Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium

by Mizuho Aoki

Director: Zach Helm Language: English The debut feature by Zach Helm (who penned “Stranger Than Fiction”) is about a magical toy store where all those paper planes and Lego blocks act like they’re alive, and its proprietor, 243-year-old Mr. Magorium (Dustin Hoffman). The toys ...

'Kanki no Uta'

| Feb 15, 2008

"Kanki no Uta"

by Mizuho Aoki

Director: Joji Matsuoka Language: Japanese Based on a new story by veteran rakugoka (comic storyteller) Shinosuke Tatekawa, “Kanki no Uta (Ode to Joy)” is set in a small town somewhere in Japan. Trouble begins when Iizuka (Kaoru Kobayashi), a manager of a local cultural ...

O Ceu de Suely

| Feb 8, 2008

O Ceu de Suely

by Mizuho Aoki

Director: Karim Ainouz Language: Portuguese A portrait of 21-year-old Hermila (Hermila Guedes), who returns with her infant son to her hometown in northeast Brazil from Sao Paulo. Her boyfriend, the father of her son, has promised to join them but fails to show. Though ...

'Bridge to Terabithia'

| Feb 1, 2008

"Bridge to Terabithia"

by Mizuho Aoki

Director: Gabor Csupo Language: English Jess (Josh Hutcherson), an introverted boy with a talent for drawing, bonds with Leslie (Anna Sophia Robb), a free-spirited girl who has just moved in next door. They imagine that a nearby forest is a magical realm and, dubbing ...

'Callas e Onassis'

| Jan 25, 2008

"Callas e Onassis"

by Mizuho Aoki

Director: Giorgio Capitani Language: Italian This made-for-TV movie traces the love affair between opera diva Maria Callas and Greek shipping tycoon Aristotle Onassis. It’s packed with stale dialogue and charts their 9-year romance — from their encounter at a posh party to his passionate ...

28 Weeks Later

| Jan 18, 2008

28 Weeks Later

by Mizuho Aoki

Director: Juan Carlos Fresnadillo Language: English A sequel to director Danny Boyle’s 2002 hit “28 Days Later,” this film follows a group of survivors six months after the “Rage” virus has annihilated Britain. Under the guidance of the U.S. Army, survivors come back to ...

'Gypsy Caravan: When the Road Bends'

| Jan 11, 2008

"Gypsy Caravan: When the Road Bends"

by Mizuho Aoki

Director: Jasmine Dellal Language: Various This documentary chronicles five Romani bands from four countries — Spain, Romania, Macedonia and India — touring North America for six weeks in 2001. The passionate performances of Antonio El Pipa’s flamenco ensemble, Indian folk troupe Maharaja, Romanian brass ...