'The Notorious Bettie Page'

| Jan 11, 2008

"The Notorious Bettie Page"

by Giovanni Fazio

Director: Mary Harron Language: English Fairly standard biopic on 1950s pinup Bettie Page, who was the underground version of Marilyn Monroe and marketed to people who preferred their cheesecake in six-inch heels, corsets and wielding a whip. Caught up in a congressional investigation into ...

Home of the Brave

| Jan 4, 2008

Home of the Brave

by Mizuho Aoki

Director: Irwin Winkler Language: English A formulaic drama about four American soldiers returning from the Iraq War: medic Will (Samuel L. Jackson), single mother Vanessa (Jessica Biel), Jamal (Curtis Jackson) and Tommy (Brian Presley). On their last mission in Iraq, they are ambushed — ...

Ballet Russes

| Jan 4, 2008

Ballet Russes

by Mizuho Aoki

Directors: Daniel Geller and Dayna Goldfine Language: English A documentary tracing the rise and fall of the fabled dance company originally made up of Russian refugees in Europe, “Ballet Russes” mixes 1930s footage with still photos and interviews with surviving performers (many still dancing ...

I Am Legend

| Dec 28, 2007

I Am Legend

by Mizuho Aoki

Director: Francis Lawrence Language: English Three years after a virus has wiped out possibly the world’s entire population, scientist Robert Neville (Will Smith) is the only man alive in Manhattan. He hunts deer on the post-apocalyptic streets, smacks golf balls from the deck of ...

'The Band's Visit'

| Dec 21, 2007

"The Band's Visit"

by Mizuho Aoki

Director: Eran Kolirin Languages: English, Arabic and Hebrew Winner of the grand prize at this year’s Tokyo International Film Festival, “The Band’s Visit” tells about an Egyptian police orchestra who travel to Israel to perform, only to find themselves stranded in the desert in ...

'Estrellas de la Linea'

| Dec 21, 2007

"Estrellas de la Linea"

by Mizuho Aoki

Director: Chema Rodriguez Language: Spanish In which a group of Guatemalan prostitutes who form a soccer team in an attempt to draw public attention to their plight — you know, abuses, murders, etc. The 12 members work in the capital’s ghetto area beside a ...

'The President's Last Bang'

| Dec 14, 2007

"The President's Last Bang"

by Mizuho Aoki

Director: Im Sang Soo Language: Korean A wry look at the 1979 assassination of South Korea’s dictatorial President Park Chung Hee. Frustrated with Park’s corrupt regime, KCIA (South Korea’s CIA) Director Kim Jae Kyu (Baek Yoon Shik) is depicted here as deciding, almost impulsively, ...

'Surf's Up'

| Dec 14, 2007

"Surf's Up"

by Mizuho Aoki

Directors: Chris Buck and Ash Brannon Language: English Yet another animated- penguin movie — except this time the cute critters are on surfboards. Cody (voiced by Shia LaBeouf), a young surfer penguin, heads to tropical Pen Gu Island to compete in the surfing world ...

'Irina Palm'

| Dec 7, 2007

"Irina Palm"

by Kaori Shoji

Director: Sam Garbarski Language: English How young does one have to be to work in a “massage parlor” in London’s Soho? As 60-something Maggie (Marianne Faithful) discovers, all one needs are a pair of soft and compliant hands, never mind the age. She takes ...

'Avril'

| Dec 7, 2007

"Avril"

by Mizuho Aoki

Director: Gerald Hustache-Mathieu Language: French A novice nun ventures outside a convent for the first time in her life before taking her permanent vows. Avril (Sophie Quinton), an abandoned child who grew up in the convent, learns that she has a twin brother and ...

'The Go Master' Director: Tian Zhuangzhuang

| Dec 7, 2007

"The Go Master" Director: Tian Zhuangzhuang

by Mizuho Aoki

Director: Tian Zhuangzhuang Language: Japanese and Mandarin A contemplative look at the life of Wu Quingyuan, a famed go player who moved to Japan from China as a 14-year-old in the 1920s. Based on Wu’s autobiography, the film explores the man’s inner state as ...

December Boys

| Nov 30, 2007

December Boys

Director: Rod Hardy Language: English Daniel Radcliffe plays an Australian orphan in his first non-”Harry Potter” film. During a Christmas vacation on the southern coast of Australia, four kids who have been brought up in a Catholic orphanage — Radcliffe, Misty (Lee Cormie), Spark ...