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'Beyond the Edge'

Jun 26, 2014

'Beyond the Edge'

by Kaori Shoji

Ah yes, adventure movies. We love the plight of the guy who’s unlikely to make it, just as much as the sight of him defying the odds. Back in the 20th century these movies inspired us to get off our butts and hit a ...

'Transcendence'

Jun 26, 2014

'Transcendence'

by Giovanni Fazio

Has the digital backlash begun? Spike Jonze’s “Her” and Wally Pfister’s “Transcendence” both open this weekend, and while they’re very different films — one with a nerdy guy falling in love with his sultry-voiced operating system, the other a mind-bending thriller about uploading human ...

'Oldboy'

Jun 26, 2014

'Oldboy'

by Kaori Shoji

For an Asian female, watching Park Chan-wook’s “Oldboy” in 2003 was somewhat agonizing, akin to a wisdom tooth extraction by a dentist with a limited supply of painkillers. Now Spike Lee (“Do the Right Thing,” “Miracle at St. Anna”) has made a remake under ...

'Parkland'

Jun 26, 2014

'Parkland'

by Giovanni Fazio

Oliver Stone threw just about every conspiracy theory regarding the 1963 assassination of President John F. Kennedy into his 1991 film “JFK.” Peter Landesman’s “Parkland,” on the other hand, includes none of them. Based on journalist (and former Manson Family prosecutor) Vincent Bugliosi’s eyewitness ...

'Watashi no Otoko (My Man)'

Jun 19, 2014

'Watashi no Otoko (My Man)'

by Mark Schilling

Based on a novel by Kazuki Sakuraba, Kazuyoshi Kumakiri’s “Watashi no Otoko (My Man)” is described as a film about forbidden love, which immediately raises the question of what, if anything, is “forbidden” in this day and age. In Kumakiri’s other films — such ...

'Her'

Jun 19, 2014

'Her'

by Kaori Shoji

The fact that the promotional poster for “Her” features the lone, male, mustachioed face of Joaquin Phoenix tells you most of what you need to know about this gentlyhorrific tale of the nearfuture. This is a world that very much resembles our own, but ...

'Third Person'

Jun 19, 2014

'Third Person'

by Giovanni Fazio

We meet Liam Neeson and Olivia Wilde — the two stars of “Third Person” — inside an upscale hotel in Paris.She knocks on the door to his room, and he seems pleased to see her…Or is he? They tease each other, blowing hot and ...

'3 Days to Kill'

Jun 19, 2014

'3 Days to Kill'

by Kaori Shoji

This is one terrible movie — the equivalent of a date that any sane woman would avoid like bird flu. Now that I’ve stuck on the warning label I can relax, and tell you that I secretly loved “3 Days to Kill.” Directed by ...

'300: Rise of an Empire'

Jun 19, 2014

'300: Rise of an Empire'

by Giovanni Fazio

This may be little more than trashy B-movie material, but at least it’s not the hideous war-on-terror propaganda film that the first “300″ was, which had Spartans — warriors from a fascist state built on the back of mass slavery — yammering on about ...

'Sweet Poolside'

Jun 12, 2014

'Sweet Poolside'

by Mark Schilling

Puberty is a time of physical changes that range from the wondrous to the excruciating, but once accomplished are soon forgotten. The beard that greets you in the mirror, which once seemed miraculous and strange, is now just one more morning chore. As Daigo ...

'Child's Pose'

Jun 12, 2014

'Child's Pose'

by Kaori Shoji

In “King Lear,” Shakespeare wrote that a thankless child is sharper than a serpent’s tooth. In that vein, Cornelia (Luminita Gheorghiu) feels the pain of the serpent’s bite throughout”Child’s Pose,” a film by Romanian director Calin Peter Netzer. As a wealthy architect with connections ...

'Noah'

Jun 12, 2014

'Noah'

by Giovanni Fazio

Darren Aronofsky has been such a challenging, inventive filmmaker for so long that when I saw the trailers for “Noah,” I cringed. It looked like every other formulaic summer blockbuster rather than a film from the guy who brought us sentient refrigerators in “Requiem ...