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Hayao Miyazaki Collection

Oct 29, 2014

Hayao Miyazaki Collection

by Mark Schilling

Director: Hayao Miyazaki Language: Japanese (subtitled in English) Now that 73-year-old Hayao Miyazaki has retired from directing feature animations (die-hard fans still hope that his “never” means “maybe”), the time has come for career summations. One comes in the form of the Hayao Miyazaki ...

Divergent

Oct 29, 2014

Divergent

by Kaori Shoji

Director: Neil Burger Language: English If you’re a teenager in this film’s futuristic society and you don’t fit into one of the five factions (each representing a different human virtue) that divide up the population, then you’re a “divergent” and potentially harmful to everyone ...

Return to Homs

Oct 29, 2014

Return to Homs

by Giovanni Fazio

Director: Talal Derki Language: Arabic (subtitled in English) It’s easy to forget that the war in Syria began when peaceful protests against the Assad dictatorship were met by a harsh military crackdown. This harrowing and unforgettable documentary follows 18-year-old Basset, a goalkeeper for the ...

Takeshi Kitano blasts domestic film industry

Oct 29, 2014

Takeshi Kitano blasts domestic film industry

by Daisuke Kikuchi

Rather than seeking bloody vengeance, Takeshi Kitano, director of yakuza films “Violent Cop,” “Outrage” and “Beyond Outrage,” expressed his frustrations with the domestic film industry with pointed comments at a recent talk event in Tokyo. One of Japan’s foremost filmmakers and TV personalities, Kitano ...

Marvel unveils huge slate of new superhero films

Oct 29, 2014

Marvel unveils huge slate of new superhero films

by Michael Thurston

Marvel unveiled plans Tuesday for a slate of new superhero films, expanding its already wildly successful comic book universe — and breaking ground with its first solo black and female hero movies. In a surprise announcement, the studio revealed there will be a new ...

Scenes from Tokyo International Film Festival 2014

Oct 27, 2014

Scenes from Tokyo International Film Festival 2014

The made-in-Japan anime moves into the spotlight for the 27th Tokyo International Film Festival. Accordingly Ultraman and Doraeman and other less famous characters dropped by the festival on opening day to take part in the red carpet event.