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Withnail & I

Nov 19, 2014

Withnail & I

Director: Bruce Robinson Language: English “Withnail & I” is one of the cult classics of U.K. cinema. The film follows two unemployed actors who are plumbing the depths of thespian excess in a squalid London flat. Richard E. Grant turns in a corrosively funny ...

Daijobu 3 Kumi (Nobody's Perfect)

Nov 12, 2014

Daijobu 3 Kumi (Nobody's Perfect)

by Mark Schilling

Director: Ryuichi Hiroki Language: Japanese (subtitled in English) Based on Hirotada Ototake’s autobiographical novel about teaching in a primary school despite being born without arms and legs, Ryuichi Hiroki’s classroom drama was obviously made to educate and inspire. The film does not gloss over ...

Twin Sisters

Nov 12, 2014

Twin Sisters

by Giovanni Fazio

Director: Mona Friis Bertheussen Language: English, Norwegian (subtitled in English) A pair of orphaned twins in China are each adopted as infants by separate families, one from Norway and the other from California. Officials deny the girls are twins, but a DNA test proves ...

Eien no 0 (The Eternal Zero)

Nov 5, 2014

Eien no 0 (The Eternal Zero)

by Mark Schilling

Director: Takashi Yamazaki Language: Japanese (subtitled in English) Takashi Yamazaki’s 2013 film about World War II kamikaze pilots generated both big box-office receipts and major controversy. Boiled down, it’s about one pilot’s wish to return home alive, despite being branded a coward by his ...

Blue Jasmine

Nov 5, 2014

Blue Jasmine

by Kaori Shoji

Director: Woody Allen Language: English A woman who has it all is not often a happy creature, but a woman who once had it all and lost everything can be dangerous to mankind. Cate Blanchett won an Oscar for her role as Jasmine, an ...

The Queen of Versailles

Nov 5, 2014

The Queen of Versailles

by Giovanni Fazio

Director: Lauren Greenfield Language: English Lauren Greenfield sought to make a documentary on real-estate mogul David Siegel and his trophy wife, Jackie — a couple whose lifestyle defines “filthy rich.” Halfway through shooting, the 2008 financial meltdown occurs, and the Siegels find themselves at ...

Hayao Miyazaki Collection

Oct 29, 2014

Hayao Miyazaki Collection

by Mark Schilling

Director: Hayao Miyazaki Language: Japanese (subtitled in English) Now that 73-year-old Hayao Miyazaki has retired from directing feature animations (die-hard fans still hope that his “never” means “maybe”), the time has come for career summations. One comes in the form of the Hayao Miyazaki ...

Divergent

Oct 29, 2014

Divergent

by Kaori Shoji

Director: Neil Burger Language: English If you’re a teenager in this film’s futuristic society and you don’t fit into one of the five factions (each representing a different human virtue) that divide up the population, then you’re a “divergent” and potentially harmful to everyone ...

Return to Homs

Oct 29, 2014

Return to Homs

by Giovanni Fazio

Director: Talal Derki Language: Arabic (subtitled in English) It’s easy to forget that the war in Syria began when peaceful protests against the Assad dictatorship were met by a harsh military crackdown. This harrowing and unforgettable documentary follows 18-year-old Basset, a goalkeeper for the ...