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'Snowpiercer'

Jun 26, 2014

'Snowpiercer'

by Kaori Shoji

Director: Bong Joon-ho Language: English, Korean (subtitled in Japanese) Survivors of a future ice age have boarded a train called “Snowpiercer,” which endlessly circles the globe fueled by a permanent engine designed by the train’s owner, Wilford (Ed Harris). A ruthless class system prevails ...

'Petal Dance'

Jun 26, 2014

'Petal Dance'

by Mark Schilling

Director: Hiroshi Ishikawa Language: Japanese (subtitled in English) In this 2013 drama two college friends (Sakura Ando and Aoi Miyazaki) enlist a young stranger (Shiori Kutsuna) to drive them north to visit a former classmate (Kazue Fukiishi) who attempted suicide. The ensuing action feels ...

Jobs (Steve Jobs)

Jun 19, 2014

Jobs (Steve Jobs)

by Kaori Shoji

Director: Joshua Michael Stern Language: English A century from now, people may look back on the first decade of the millennium and describe it with a single word: Apple. The creator/deity behind that company will also be recalled, though not always with fondness. Watch ...

'Gatchaman'

Jun 19, 2014

'Gatchaman'

by Mark Schilling

Director: Toya Sato Language: Japanese (subtitled in English) Toya Sato’s live-action version of the 40-year-old “Gatchaman” anime features plenty of CGI action, as the five suited heros fight to save the earth from an evil organization called Galactor. This is an attempt to compete ...

Amateur (Ai Amateur)

Jun 19, 2014

Amateur (Ai Amateur)

by Giovanni Fazio

Director: Various Language: English When “Pulp Fiction” was released in 1994, Quentin Tarantino overshadowed all other U.S. indie directors at the time. Hal Hartley’s “Amateur” — an offbeat thriller — was released that same year, and it’s an absolute gem. Isabelle Huppert stars as ...

'Last Passenger (Original title: Panic Train)'

Jun 12, 2014

'Last Passenger (Original title: Panic Train)'

by Kaori Shoji

Director: Omid Nooshin Language: English Few things are more groan-inducing than a commuter train that stops at every station, but a train that goes at breakneck speeds and never stops? Now that’s scary. Directed by Omid Nooshin and starring Dougray Scott, this Hitchcockian terror ...

T'ora! Tora! Tora!'

Jun 12, 2014

T'ora! Tora! Tora!'

by Mark Schilling

Director: Richard Fleischer Language: English, Japanese (subtitled in English) Originally a collaboration between 20th Century Fox and Akira Kurosawa, this 1970 film changed drastically when Kurosawa suffered a nervous breakdown on set. Despite Richard Fleischer’s plodding direction the film’s epic set pieces make it ...

'Virginia'

Jun 12, 2014

'Virginia'

by Giovanni Fazio

Director: Dustin Lance Black Language: English “Straight to DVD” is usually a harbinger of doom, but in the case of “Virginia,” it’s gotta be worth a look, based on the people involved — actors Jennifer Connelly and Ed Harris, director Dustin Lance Black and ...

'Jo' (Keiji jo Pari Hanzaisosahan)

May 28, 2014

'Jo' (Keiji jo Pari Hanzaisosahan)

by Kaori Shoji

Director: Rene Balcer Language: English English-language French TV series “Jo” stars Jean Reno as a Parisian cop. The out-of-context English is weird at first but you get used to it, even though almost everyone speaks with American accents. French actors playing Americans pretending to ...

The Wolf of Wall Street

May 28, 2014

The Wolf of Wall Street

by Giovanni Fazio

Director: Martin Scorsese Language: English Leonardo DiCaprio and Jonah Hill star in this true-life tale of corrupt Wall Street. brokers Jordan Belfort and Donnie Green, who breeze through the 1980s on a whirlwind of hookers, blow and insider trading. Director Martin Scorsese does a ...

'Red 2 (Japan title: Red Returns)'

May 22, 2014

'Red 2 (Japan title: Red Returns)'

by Kaori Shoji

Director: Dean Parisot Language: English, Russian, French (subtitles in English) It’s Bruce Willis centerstage-and-won’t-budge, which is great for Willis lovers like myself (don’t judge me, please). Willis is a retired CIA agent who gets his team of old-timers together, including John Malkovich, Helen Mirren ...