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Guardians of the Galaxy

Sep 10, 2014

Guardians of the Galaxy

by Giovanni Fazio

If the poster for “Guardians of the Galaxy” seems a bit like a parody of a space-opera movie — with its ray-gun firing hero, green-skinned Amazon, machine-gun toting space racoon and giant alien plant — well, that’s because it is. Kind of. Director James ...

Frances Ha

Sep 10, 2014

Frances Ha

by Kaori Shoji

My mom used to say the trouble with being in your 20′s is not realizing how ridiculous you’re usually behaving. My take on it is that everyone should have periods of ridiculousness as often as possible, or we end up becoming bitter and shriveled ...

Frankie & Alice

Sep 10, 2014

Frankie & Alice

by Giovanni Fazio

Frankie (Halle Berry) is a go-go dancer in 1970s Los Angeles, who’s raking it in at a nightclub in the Watts district and enjoying a fairly wild lifestyle, but increasing blackouts and psychotic episodes lead to her getting committed to a mental institution. There ...

Night Train to Lisbon

Sep 10, 2014

Night Train to Lisbon

by Kaori Shoji

What does a man do when he wants to make a clean break? Hop on a train to Lisbon. That’s what Swiss professor Raimund Gregorius (Jeremy Irons) does during “Night Train to Lisbon.” One minute he’s walking the chilly streets of Bern, Switzerland, and ...

I, Frankenstein

Sep 3, 2014

I, Frankenstein

by Kaori Shoji

Compared with vampires, who always seem to be sleek and sexy, Frankenstein’s monster has had it rough. Those head bolts are one thing, and then there are the leathery scars all over his face and his massive, clunky awkwardness. To make matters worse, while ...

No

Sep 3, 2014

No

by Giovanni Fazio

In 1988, Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet, who came to power in a bloody coup in 1973, decided to hold a national referendum — a simple yes or no vote — on whether he should extend his rule by eight years. It was supposed to ...

Yves Saint Laurent

Sep 3, 2014

Yves Saint Laurent

by Kaori Shoji

One of the most iconic designers of the 20th century, Yves Saint Laurent made a stunning debut at age 21 and seemingly never stopped enthralling the world with his creations. This movie tells us otherwise: Saint Laurent (played by Pierre Niney) had his share ...

Non-Stop (Flight Game)

Sep 3, 2014

Non-Stop (Flight Game)

by Giovanni Fazio

Add “Non-Stop” to that short list of films that you will never see as in-flight entertainment. Liam Neeson (making 60-something seem like the new 40) plays Federal Air Marshal Bill Marks, who is on a flight from New York to London when he receives ...

Bloody hip-hop war set in technicolored Tokyo

Aug 27, 2014

Bloody hip-hop war set in technicolored Tokyo

by Mark Schilling

A Japanese hip-hop musical? How about a samurai swashbuckler set on the streets of Compton, California? But Sion Sono makes his new film, “Tokyo Tribe,” more than an oddity of cultural appropriation. Truth be told, I felt queasy as the story, based on a ...

Stories We Tell

Aug 27, 2014

Stories We Tell

by Giovanni Fazio

Diane Polley, the mother of Canadian actress and director Sarah Polley, was, by all accounts, a vivacious woman who could light up a room upon her arrival. She was ditzy, impulsive and passionate, with a big horsey laugh. If an actress had played her ...

Lucy

Aug 27, 2014

Lucy

by Kaori Shoji

“Lucy” is a big movie with a narrow mind; it speaks of all that used to work in a Luc Besson film and doesn’t anymore because we’re no longer in 1989. Besson ignores that, but he’s kept up with current times in other ways. ...