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High Maintenance

Jan 1, 2015

High Maintenance

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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

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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)

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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 ...

Ieji (Homeland)

Dec 24, 2014

Ieji (Homeland)

Director: Nao Kubota Language: Japanese (subtitled in English) Nao Kubota’s drama about a Fukushima family’s struggles in the aftermath of the 3/11 disaster stars Kenichi Matsuyama as a son who returns to farm the family land that is poisoned by radiation. Despite its elegiac, ...

Broken

Dec 24, 2014

Broken

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Director: Rufus Norris Language: English This straight-to-DVD release is better than expected. Theater director Rufus Norris makes his cinematic debut with “Broken,” which — unsurprisingly for a British film — takes a social-realist look at the lives of three very different families living around ...

Ju-on: Owari no Hajimari (Ju-on: The Beginning of the End)

Dec 17, 2014

Ju-on: Owari no Hajimari (Ju-on: The Beginning of the End)

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Director: Masayuki Ochiai Language: Japanese (subtitled in English) Horror veteran Masayuki Ochiai attempts to revive the moribund “Ju-on” (The Grudge) series with that genre flick perennial: the origin story. Model/actress Nozomi Sasaki gives good scream as the elementary school teacher investigating the mysterious absence ...

3 Days to Kill (Last Mission)

Dec 17, 2014

3 Days to Kill (Last Mission)

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Director: McG Language: English, French, German (subtitled in English) Renner (Kevin Costner) is a CIA agent with cancer, desperate to reconnect with his estranged family (living in Paris) but equally hankering for a miracle drug that would extend his life. The deal is that ...

The Moon in the Gutter (Mizo no Naka no Tsuki)

Dec 17, 2014

The Moon in the Gutter (Mizo no Naka no Tsuki)

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Director: Jean-Jacques Beineix Language: French (subtitled in English) Jean-Jacques Beineix wowed the world with his 1981 debut “Diva,” but his 1983 follow-up, “The Moon in the Gutter,” bombed — rare was the review that didn’t use the word “pretentious.” Three decades on, it stands ...

Beautiful Noise

Dec 10, 2014

Beautiful Noise

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Director: Eric Green Language: English Shoegaze, that once-maligned genre of effects-laden wall-of-guitar music, finally gets its own documentary. “Beautiful Noise” focuses on three seminal 1980s bands — Cocteau Twins, The Jesus and Mary Chain and My Bloody Valentine — while tracing their influence down ...

Ai no Uzu (Love's Whirlpool)

Dec 10, 2014

Ai no Uzu (Love's Whirlpool)

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Director: Daisuke Miura Language: Japanese (subtitled in English) Daisuke Miura’s adaptation of his stage play about eight strangers who sign up for a sex party in Roppongi was rightly tagged with an R-18 rating e_SEmD there’s plenty of explicit sex — but the film, ...

Maleficent

Dec 10, 2014

Maleficent

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Director: Robert Stromberg Language: English Angelina Jolie stars in the title role of this Disney makeover of “Sleeping Beauty.” Maleficent is a nice fairy goddess, but she is betrayed and doomed to a life of darkness. Seeking vengeance, she puts a curse on the ...