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Kinoshita and World War II

Feb 18, 2015

Kinoshita and World War II

by Mark Schilling

Director: Keisuke Kinoshita Language: Japanese (subtitles in English) Criterion’s new box set of five early Keisuke Kinoshita films from the 1940s includes four wartime morale-boosters and the postwar drama “Osone-ke no Ashita (Morning for the Osone Family).” But Kinoshita’s deep humanism made these films ...

Lucy

Feb 18, 2015

Lucy

by Kaori Shoji

Director: Luc Besson Language: English Scarlett Johansson stars in the title role as an American student in South Korea who is tricked into becoming a drug mule by her boyfriend (Pilou Asbaek). The plot thins out when Lucy wakes up in Paris and the ...

Fifty Shades: Uncovered

Feb 18, 2015

Fifty Shades: Uncovered

by Giovanni Fazio

Director: Sonia Anderson Language: English “Fifty Shades: Uncovered” is a documentary that explores the wider cultural impact of the “Fifty Shades of Grey” novels. Not since “Deep Throat” in 1972 has a pornographic work won such widespread popularity. Director Sonia Anderson talks to people ...

Life of Riley: 'death is on everyone's mind'

Feb 11, 2015

Life of Riley: 'death is on everyone's mind'

by Kaori Shoji

France’s Alain Resnais (“Hiroshima mon amour,” “Last Year at Marienbad”) died last year at age 91, with 50 titles to his name and a career that spanned more than six decades. His final film, “Life of Riley,” was completed shortly before he passed away. ...

Blue Ruin: 'misguided acts of vengeance'

Feb 11, 2015

Blue Ruin: 'misguided acts of vengeance'

by Giovanni Fazio

“Blue Ruin” is an indie thriller that plays the “Blood Simple” card pretty hard: Like the Coen brothers’ debut, it tries to make up for what it lacks in budget by providing cool and brutal suspense, with a dose of black humor. It mostly ...

Bokutachi no Kazoku (Our Family)

Feb 11, 2015

Bokutachi no Kazoku (Our Family)

by Mark Schilling

Director: Yuya Ishii Language: Japanese (subtitled in English) Yuya Ishii’s follow-up to his much-lauded 2013 drama “Fune wo Amu (The Great Passage)” is in the same serious humanistic vein — and again contrasts with the 31-year-old director’s raucous, blackly comic earlier work. The story ...