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'Gravity (Zero Gravity)'

Apr 24, 2014

'Gravity (Zero Gravity)'

by Giovanni Fazio

Director: Alfonso Cuaron Language: English Thinking of watching “Gravity” as a DVD? Get your head checked. Director Alfonso Cuaron’s space-accident survival thriller with Sandra Bullock and George Clooney is big-screen cinema at its finest, with sweeping cinematography, seat-rumbling sound, and 3-D that immerses you ...

'Prison Break: The Final Break'

Apr 24, 2014

'Prison Break: The Final Break'

by Kaori Shoji

Directors: Brad Turner and Kevin Hooks Language: English Good news for “Prison Break” fans — the last episode of the series is out on Hulu.jp and it’s a gut-wrencher. Sara (Sarah Wayne Callies) is wed to Michael (Wentworth Miller) but she’s yanked out of ...

'47 Ronin'

Apr 17, 2014

'47 Ronin'

by Kaori Shoji

Director: Carl Rinsch Language: English You’ll enjoy this as soon as you stop thinking it has anything to do with the Chushingura episode in Japanese history. This is a visually stunning superhero movie with “oriental” costumes and A-list J-movie stars such as Ko Shibasaki ...

'Hidamari No Kanojo' (Girl in the Sunny Place)

Apr 17, 2014

'Hidamari No Kanojo' (Girl in the Sunny Place)

by Mark Schilling

Director: Takahiro Miki Language: Japanese (subtitled in English) In Takahiro Miki’s romantic drama, a shy salesman (Jun Matsumoto) reconnects with a former junior high classmate (Juri Ueno) who is now a successful businesswoman. He falls for her, but she has a secret that turns ...

'Hunger'

Apr 10, 2014

'Hunger'

by Giovanni Fazio

Director: Steve McQueen Language: English Steve McQueen is known to all now that “12 Years a Slave” won this year’s best-picture Oscar, but the director’s first feature film, 2008′s “Hunger,” never even opened in Japan. Perhaps the film’s political content — which looks at ...

'The Killing'

Apr 10, 2014

'The Killing'

by Kaori Shoji

Language: English “The Killing” is a “Twin Peaks” redux for millenials, but without the weird comedy. This is the tragic story of the corpse of a 17-year-old found in a car registered to a Seattle councilman. The local police investigation is unwillingly headed by ...

'Kirishima, Bukatsu Yamerutteyo' (The Kirishima Thing)

Apr 10, 2014

'Kirishima, Bukatsu Yamerutteyo' (The Kirishima Thing)

by Mark Schilling

Director: Daihachi Yoshida Language: Japanese (subtitled in English) Daihachi Yoshida’s 2012 high-school drama focuses on those impacted by the resignation of star-player Kirishima from the volleyball team, including an enraged best friend (Masahiro Higashide) and a young movie director (Ryunosuke Kamiki). Made with a ...

'The Counselor'

Apr 3, 2014

'The Counselor'

by Kaori Shoji

Director: Ridley Scott Language: English The reptilian charms of Michael Fassbender are in full effect in this dark tale of drugs, sex, betrayal and unspeakable violence. Fassbender plays a brilliant lawyer who gets in over his head with a Mexican drug cartel. Brad Pitt ...

'Barbed Wire Dolls'

Apr 3, 2014

'Barbed Wire Dolls'

by Giovanni Fazio

Director: Jess Franco Language: French (subtitled in English) Grindhouse aficionados will no doubt recognize the name of director Jess Franco, whose trio of 1970s women-in-prison films are being released on DVD this month. “Barbed Wire Dolls” is the nastiest of the lot, with Lena ...