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'The Lone Ranger'

Jan 30, 2014

'The Lone Ranger'

by Kaori Shoji

Director: Gore Verbinski Language: English Johnny Depp’s Tonto may be the sidekick to Armie Hammer’s daring Lone Ranger, but really it’s the guy with the bird on his head who steals the show. Crammed with overblown action sequences and splendid scarlet-and-orange sunsets over jagged ...

'We Are Legion'

Jan 30, 2014

'We Are Legion'

by Giovanni Fazio

Director: Brian Knappenberger Language: English What do we really know about Anonymous, the activist organization that seemingly springs out of nowhere to attack institutions online? This documentary traces the group’s origins on 4chan, rooted in outrageous humor and trolling, and the sudden shift into ...

2 Days in New York

Jan 23, 2014

2 Days in New York

by Giovanni Fazio

Director: Julie Delpy Language: English Basically the comedy version of the “Before Sunrise” series, “2 Days in New York” — like its predecessor “2 Days in Paris” — has Julie Delpy starring and directing in a relationship crisis from hell. Delpy’s character Marion is ...

Star Trek Into Darkness

Jan 23, 2014

Star Trek Into Darkness

by Kaori Shoji

Director: J.J. Abrams Language: English A dark chapter in the journey of the Enterprise, “Into Darkness” shows Kirk (Chris Pine) at his most vulnerable, while Spock (Zachary Quinto) is distracted by relationship problems with Uhura (Zoe Saldana). Their foe: a one-man weapon of mass ...

'Inside the Fifty Shades: Real Women Confess'

Jan 16, 2014

'Inside the Fifty Shades: Real Women Confess'

by Giovanni Fazio

Director: Tatiana Bascope Language: English “You don’t know what turns you on until it happens,” says a submissive in “Inside the Fifty Shades,” a documentary that explores the BDSM lifestyle sensationalized by the best-selling erotic novels of E.L. James. On the one hand, it’s ...

'A Late Quartet (25-Nen-me no Gengaku Shijuso)'

Jan 16, 2014

'A Late Quartet (25-Nen-me no Gengaku Shijuso)'

by Kaori Shoji

Director: Yaron Zilberman Language: English A lovely film to look at, listen to and contemplate, “A Late Quartet” brings together Christopher Walken, Catherine Keener, Philip Seymour Hoffman and Daniel Lerner as a renowned string quartet in the throes of a mid-life crisis. Against issues ...

'Fune wo Amu (The Great Passage)'

Jan 16, 2014

'Fune wo Amu (The Great Passage)'

by Mark Schilling

Director: Yuya Ishii Language: Japanese (subtitled in English) Yuya Ishii’s drama about a nerdy word maven (Ryuhei Matsuda) who spends decades editing a dictionary may not seem based on the most cinematic of topics, but Matsuda’s solid (if low-key) performance, as well as Ishii’s ...

'Kagi Dorobo no Method (Key of Life)'

Jan 9, 2014

'Kagi Dorobo no Method (Key of Life)'

by Mark Schilling

Director: Kenji Uchida Language: Japanese (subtitled in English) Kenji Uchida is known for his clever scripts, directed with a brisk pace and flawless comic timing, and his latest film, about a failing actor (Masato Sakai) who exchanges identities with a successful hit man (Teruyuki ...

'Clip'

Jan 9, 2014

'Clip'

by Giovanni Fazio

Director: Maja Milos Language: English “Spring Breakers” and “The Bling Ring” tried, but for the real, raw portrait of Generation Miley, check out Serbian indie “Clip.” Isidora Simijonovic plays a 14-year-old growing up in Belgrade; her father’s terminally ill and, retreating from family life, ...

'Yurusarezaru Mono (Unforgiven)'

Jan 9, 2014

'Yurusarezaru Mono (Unforgiven)'

by Kaori Shoji

Director: Lee Sang-il Language: Japanese Clint Eastwood’s 1992 Oscar winner gets a Japanese makeover, courtesy of Zainichi filmmaker Lee Sang-il. In the snow-swept wilds of Meiji Period Hokkaido, Ken Watanabe plays an ex-samurai who has sworn never to kill again — but ends up ...

'Everybody Street'

Dec 26, 2013

'Everybody Street'

by Giovanni Fazio

Director: Cheryl Dunn Language: English With the advent of high-res smartphone cameras, who isn’t a bit of a photo buff these days? “Everybody Street,” directed by Cheryl Dunn, hears from several generations of NYC urban photographers, including Bruce Davidson, Jill Freedman and Rick Powell. ...