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A longer look at the problems of 'Unbroken'

Jan 14, 2015

A longer look at the problems of 'Unbroken'

by Mark Schilling

Why can’t “Unbroken” — Angelina Jolie’s hit World War II drama — catch a break in Japan? There are presently no plans to release the film here in theaters, on DVD or online, even though it has a strong Japan focus as well as ...

Thermae Romae 2

Jan 14, 2015

Thermae Romae 2

by Mark Schilling

Director: Hideki Takeuchi Language: Japanese (subtitled in English) The sequel to the hit 2012 time-traveling comedy “Thermae Romae” again features bathhouse architect Lucius Modestus (Hiroshi Abe) from ancient Rome, who finds fresh inspiration in the mysterious Land of the Flat-Faced Slaves (i.e., present-day Japan). ...

The Love Punch

Jan 14, 2015

The Love Punch

by Kaori Shoji

Director: Joel Hopkins Language: English Released just over a month ago, “The Love Punch” has already gone from theater to DVD shelves. Still, this is a good movie and it confirms that veteran British performers are always a pleasure to watch. Pierce Brosnan is ...

Third Person

Jan 14, 2015

Third Person

by Giovanni Fazio

Director: Paul Haggis Language: English, Italian Paul Haggis’ “Third Person” intercuts between connected stories. There’s an alcoholic novelist (Liam Neeson) and his tempestuous younger lover (Olivia Wilde), a gullible American businessmen and the beautiful gypsy who may be conning him, among others. The tales ...

Passion and prejudice in 1930s Ireland

Jan 7, 2015

Passion and prejudice in 1930s Ireland

by Kaori Shoji

“Jimmy’s Hall” is a glimpse into Ireland in 1932 when the country was in a relative lull between wars, turmoil and strife. Director Ken Loach has consistently worked to bring the lives of the United Kingdom’s working class to cinema screens. “Jimmy’s Hall” is ...

Trash: 'inside Rio de Janeiro's rotten core'

Jan 7, 2015

Trash: 'inside Rio de Janeiro's rotten core'

by Kaori Shoji

‘Trash” takes on greed and garbage — two issues that are linked to crucial global problems of climate change and poverty. These issues are really all part of one big family of troubles, but if one of these factors can be destroyed, chances are ...