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'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 ...

'The Killing of a Chinese Bookie'

May 22, 2014

'The Killing of a Chinese Bookie'

by Giovanni Fazio

Director: John Cassavetes Language: English John Cassavetes is often regarded as the godfather of American indie filmmaking. His stuff can often be as frustrating as it is rewarding, but when it works, it soars. “Faces”, “Shadows”, “A Woman Under the Influence”, “Opening Night” and ...

'Arcana'

May 15, 2014

'Arcana'

by Mark Schilling

Director: Yoshitaka Yamaguchi Language: Japanese (subtitled in English) Yoshitaka Yamaguchi’s directorial debut is a psycho-thriller with a visual kineticism and a push-it-to-the-limit style of storytelling that recalls the work of Takashi Miike. A memory-loss victim (Tao Tsuchiya) who can communicate with the spirits of ...

'Only God Forgives'

May 15, 2014

'Only God Forgives'

by Giovanni Fazio

Director: Nicolas Winding Refn English and Thai Art-directed to within an inch of its life, this neo-noir set in Bangkok involves a boxing gym owner (Ryan Gosling) whose brother is killed after raping a young girl. Their mom (Tilda Swinton) shows up demanding revenge. ...

'Walking With Dinosaurs 3D'

May 15, 2014

'Walking With Dinosaurs 3D'

by Kaori Shoji

Directors: Barry Cook, Neil Nightingale Language: English Scripted by John Collee (a writer for “Happy Feet”), this potentially incredible movie loses much by catering to a kid-centric audience. The dinosaurs look very real and it’s indeed thrilling to walk with them (thank you, 3-D) ...

'The Piano (Piano Lesson)'

May 1, 2014

'The Piano (Piano Lesson)'

by Giovanni Fazio

Director: Jane Campion Language: English Unquestionably one of the masterworks of the 1990s, “The Piano” was released with Japanese subtitles in 2005. Holly Hunter plays a mute widow named Ada who emigrates from Scotland to rugged 1850s New Zealand with her young daughter, played ...

'R.I.P.D. (Ghost Agent)'

May 1, 2014

'R.I.P.D. (Ghost Agent)'

by Kaori Shoji

Director: Robert Schwentke Language: English Everyone deserves a second chance, especially murdered cops. Roy (Jeff Bridges) and Nick (Ryan Reynolds) return to the land of the living to join the R.I.P.D. (Rest in Peace Department) and track down the culprits who killed them. The ...

'Soshite Chichi ni Naru (Like Father, Like Son)'

May 1, 2014

'Soshite Chichi ni Naru (Like Father, Like Son)'

by Mark Schilling

Director: Hirokazu Koreeda Language: Japanese (subtitled in English) Based on a true story, Hirokazu Koreeda’s 2013 drama tells the heart-wrenching story of a well-off couple whose son was switched at birth with another boy and raised by a poor but happy family. The perfectionist ...

'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 ...