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If I Stay: High school romance with a coma on top

Oct 1, 2014

If I Stay: High school romance with a coma on top

by Giovanni Fazio

This adaptation of Gayle Forman’s best-selling young adult novel from 2009 follows high school teen Mia (Chloe Grace Moretz), who is worrying about her boyfriend, college and stuff like that when an auto accident puts her into a coma. The bulk of the film ...

Himself He Cooks

Sep 24, 2014

Himself He Cooks

by Kaori Shoji

‘If we could change ourselves, the tendencies in the world would also change” is one of Mahatma Ghandi’s most famous maxims and in Punjab, India, there’s a temple that’s a living example of those words. A documentary about that temple, titled “Himself He Cooks,” ...

Red Obsession

Sep 24, 2014

Red Obsession

by Giovanni Fazio

As someone who drinks a fair bit of wine, allow me to make a heretical statement: French wine is overrated. This is not to suggest that the French are not capable of producing some truly fantastic quaffs, but let’s be frank: If money is ...

Mindscape

Sep 24, 2014

Mindscape

by Kaori Shoji

Watching Mark Strong is always a pleasure: You can fantasize about him being a brother of Jason Statham, with Stanley Tucci as their benevolent uncle. Think of the three of them at a table in an Italian restaurant, all wearing black suits. Any director ...

Jealousy

Sep 24, 2014

Jealousy

by Giovanni Fazio

I always take a keen interest in French auteur Philippe Garrel, who has spent an entire career pouring his relationship joys and (mostly) troubles into films such as “Wild Innocence” and “Les Amants Regulars,” but I haven’t found many of his films to be ...

'My Fair Lady' wrapped in a geisha's kimono

Sep 17, 2014

'My Fair Lady' wrapped in a geisha's kimono

by Mark Schilling

The musical used to be among the rarest of Japanese film genres. Plenty of films here — going back to the early talkies — featured singing and dancing, but Broadway-style musicals, which integrate the songs into the story, never really caught on. Is a ...

Le Week-End

Sep 17, 2014

Le Week-End

by Giovanni Fazio

Glancing at the promotional posters for “Le Week-End” — with their romantic shots of the Eiffel Tower and a beaming, laughing couple — you might suspect this is a warm, fuzzy rom-com for the over-50 set. Paris is for lovers, as they say, and ...

Jersey Boys

Sep 17, 2014

Jersey Boys

by Kaori Shoji

Either Clint Eastwood had the flu or he wanted to distance himself from “Jersey Boys” as much as possible while still managing to direct it. Either way, it’s impossible not to sense a certain coldness on the part of Eastwood here — you just ...

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

Sep 17, 2014

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

by Giovanni Fazio

“Rise of the Planet of the Apes” (2011) was the boldest, most inventive series reboot Hollywood has attempted in recent years, and I’m happy to report that its sequel keeps pushing the envelope. “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes” begins a decade after ...

Deliver Us From Evil

Sep 17, 2014

Deliver Us From Evil

by Kaori Shoji

It used to be that the horrors of the real world marched pretty much in lock step with the horrors being touted by the media — a centuries-old case in point is how the Spanish Inquisition hired professional artists to paint scenes of torture ...