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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 ...

Yamamoto Isoroku (Isoroku)

Jan 7, 2015

Yamamoto Isoroku (Isoroku)

by Mark Schilling

Director: Izuru Narushima Language: Japanese (subtitled in English) Izuru Narushima’s well-crafted drama about the admiral who was the architect of the Pearl Harbor attack, has the look of a flag-waving Japanese war film — Yamamoto’s success meant he was revered as a war hero. ...

Scandal: Season 2

Jan 7, 2015

Scandal: Season 2

by Kaori Shoji

Language: English “Scandal” isn’t a wildly popular show in the U.S. but it’s still pretty good, basically because it stars the always reliable, kick-ass and savvy Kerry Washington as an ex-White House communications officer turned CEO of a crisis management firm. This is your ...

Some Velvet Morning (Labyrinth)

Jan 7, 2015

Some Velvet Morning (Labyrinth)

by Giovanni Fazio

Director: Neil LaBute Language: English Director Neil Labute returns to the misanthropic, edgy territory of the 1990s films that made his rep such as “In the Company of Men.” Stanley Tucci — playing the lead for a change — stars as a slightly desperate ...

High Maintenance

Jan 1, 2015

High Maintenance

by Giovanni Fazio

Directors: Katja Blichfeld, Ben Sinclair Language: English Weed was big in America last year, due to the tidal wave of medical marijuana to the outright legalization of recreational ganja use in several states, and no one nails the zeitgeist better than independent web-comedy “High ...

White Collar

Jan 1, 2015

White Collar

by Kaori Shoji

Language: English Matt Bomer gives new meaning to the word “snide,” or maybe he is better categorized under the dictionary entry for “white supremacy” for his role as a white-collar crime prince in this hit series. It’s a role that fits him like a ...

Nyotaiju Gun Woman (Gun Woman)

Jan 1, 2015

Nyotaiju Gun Woman (Gun Woman)

by Mark Schilling

Director: Mitsutake Kurando Language: Japanese (subtitled in English) Mitsutake Kurando’s cult action film boasts one of the genre’s few semi-original premises: A revenge-bent doctor turns a young woman (former porn star Asami) into the perfect assassin and sends her to invade the lair of ...