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Many skins of Britain's cinematic chameleon

by Giovanni Fazio

Jim Broadbent is one of those ubiquitous British actors whose face you’d recognize long before you knew his name. I first spotted him as Dr. Jaffe, the quack plastic surgeon in Terry Gilliam’s “Brazil” (1985), but others will recall the small parts he played in cult TV show “Blackadder,” and ...

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, ...

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 ...

HK Hentai Kamen (HK: Forbidden  Super Hero)

Sep 17, 2014

HK Hentai Kamen (HK: Forbidden Super Hero)

by Mark Schilling

Director: Yuichi Fukuda Language: Japanese (subtitled in English) Yuichi Fukuda’s adaptation of a 1992-93 Keishu Ando manga is a goofy comedy/action film with a sense of humor that comes straight from the ickier corners of the adolescent male mind. A high school boy (Ryohei ...

Lost Girl: Season Two

Sep 17, 2014

Lost Girl: Season Two

by Kaori Shoji

Language: English Season two of the hit Canadian supernatural series “Lost Girl” is available for streaming on Hulu.jp. If you thought “Sex and the City” was empowering, try this on for size. Weird, hot and sometimes just plain senseless (but in a good way), ...

Noah

Sep 17, 2014

Noah

by Giovanni Fazio

Director: Darren Aronofsky Language: English Darren Aronofsky has been one of the more adventurous filmmakers of the past two decades and, in a sense, “Noah” is his riskiest film yet. Is it possible to take a Bible story and turn it into a Hollywood ...

Dreams made in a galaxy far, far away

Sep 11, 2014

Dreams made in a galaxy far, far away

by George Hadley-Garcia

Is Chris Pratt on his way to becoming Hollywood’s next big action hero? The guy whose face you may recognize from various romcoms, but more likely know as Andy Dwyer from the U.S. sitcom “Parks and Recreation,” has been raking in the praise for ...

Dawn of the motion-capture renaissance

Sep 10, 2014

Dawn of the motion-capture renaissance

by Giovanni Fazio

If “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes,” the second chapter in the reboot of the much-loved sci-fi franchise, feels like a different sort of blockbuster sequel — deeper, richer, more involving — that may be because director Matt Reeves is not your typical ...

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 ...