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Kiyoshi Kurosawa's cinematic apparitions

Oct 12, 2016

Kiyoshi Kurosawa's cinematic apparitions

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Directors who become known as horror specialists often end up making little else, whether by choice or not. Labeled a “horrormeister” for such supremely creepy films as “Cure” (1997) and “Pulse” (Kairo, 2001), Kiyoshi Kurosawa is one director who has successfully expanded beyond the ...

'The Long Excuse': Can a jerk find redemption?

Oct 12, 2016

'The Long Excuse': Can a jerk find redemption?

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Miwa Nishikawa has made films about various sorts of scapegraces and con artists, but her latest, “The Long Excuse,” may be her first about a certifiable jerk. There’s no other way to describe Sachio Kinugasa (Masahiro Motoki), a middle-aged celebrity novelist who pontificates on ...

'Hungry Hearts' to broken hearts

Oct 12, 2016

'Hungry Hearts' to broken hearts

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For many people, a conversation about what foods are good for you opposed to what isn’t is as familiar as a pair of socks that’s been through the washer too often. By my calculations, a loving couple can argue just as much over food ...

'Jason Bourne': The invincible franchise

Oct 12, 2016

'Jason Bourne': The invincible franchise

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It’s the Bourne revival: Matt Damon is Bourne again. After an unsuccessful attempt to transfer the franchise to Jeremy Renner in 2012’s “The Bourne Legacy,” Damon has returned to his most iconic role as the brainwashed CIA super-soldier. He’s the real deal, the Sean ...

Feel the Latin film beat

| Oct 12, 2016

Feel the Latin film beat

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The Latin Beat Film Festival enters its 13th year, offering cinephiles in Tokyo, Osaka and Yokohama a chance to check out the latest in Spanish-language cinema with a dozen new films. For a glimpse of life in Cuba away from the tourist tropes, try ...

Tsukiji: Still a fish in troubled waters

Oct 5, 2016

Tsukiji: Still a fish in troubled waters

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Director Naotaro Endo first started filming “Tsukiji Wonderland” in 2014, and it had been partly intended as a farewell to Tokyo’s Tsukiji fish market, which faces a makeover and move after serving sellers and buyers for 80 years. When the film was made, the market ...

My Dad and Mr. Ito: No one can be daddy's girl forever

Oct 5, 2016

My Dad and Mr. Ito: No one can be daddy's girl forever

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The opening of Yuki Tanada’s new film “My Dad and Mr. Ito” promises a comedy of the quirky family variety. The 34-year-old Aya (Juri Ueno) and her 54-year-old lover (Lily Franky), whom she calls “Ito-san” (Mr. Ito), are living in age-inappropriate, tight-budgeted bliss when ...

'Genius': The wordsmith who shaped Wolfe

Oct 5, 2016

'Genius': The wordsmith who shaped Wolfe

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Once upon a time, the word “genius” made us think not the help counter in an Apple Store but of people of incredible intellect who accomplished amazing things and relied on nothing more than their brains and bare hands. This “Genius” transports us back ...

'Star Trek' lives on and prospers

Oct 5, 2016

'Star Trek' lives on and prospers

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In principle, it’s hard to dislike “Star Trek.” Each time the crew of the USS Enterprise venture into the great beyond, broadcasting their mantra of peace and intergalactic harmony, it’s a riposte to the iffy politics advocated by other movie franchises: they’re the United ...

Swedish silent movies worth talking about

| Oct 5, 2016

Swedish silent movies worth talking about

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The National Film Center has collaborated with the Swedish Film Institute to put together a silent-film festival, which kicks off on Oct. 11 and runs until Oct. 16. Screening seven re-mastered classics, “Silent Film Renaissance 2016: Treasures From the Archive of the Swedish Film ...