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Almost Human

Aug 13, 2014

Almost Human

by Kaori Shoji

Language: English I have a thing for dudes and a thing for cops, and “Almost Human” combines the two like mint leaves and white rum in a tall glass. Created by J. H. Wyman, “Star Trek” director J.J. Abrams is the executive producer behind ...

Grudge Match

Aug 13, 2014

Grudge Match

by Giovanni Fazio

Director: Peter Segal Language: English “Grudge Match” isn’t a movie, it’s a travesty. Sylvester Stallone’s greatest moment was clearly his performance as an underdog boxer in the Oscar-winning “Rocky” (1976), and a few years later, Robert De Niro took home an Oscar as a ...

The Amazing Spider-Man 2

Aug 6, 2014

The Amazing Spider-Man 2

by Kaori Shoji

Director: Marc Webb Language: English Skinny, geeky, sweet Andrew Garfield returns as Peter Parker, aka Spider-Man in this second installment of “The Amazing Spider-Man” franchise. After finishing high school, Peter and girlfriend Gwen (Emma Stone) go their separate ways — but just when the ...

The Lego Movie

Aug 6, 2014

The Lego Movie

by Giovanni Fazio

Directors: Chris Miller, Phil Lord Language: English “The Lego Movie,”was one of the zaniest, sharpest animated comedies of recent years, but the shrill dubbed version that was released in Japan in 2013 missed a lot of the jokes. The DVD, I’m happy to report, ...

Yurusarezarumono (Unforgiven)

Jul 30, 2014

Yurusarezarumono (Unforgiven)

by Mark Schilling

Director: Lee Sang-il Language: Japanese (subtitled in English) When Lee Sang-il, responsible for the critically acclaimed hit “Akunin (Villian)” in 2010, remade the 1992 Clint Eastwood Western “Unforgiven” I was expecting a fresh interpretation from this talented director. Instead this drama about a former ...

Rush (Rush: Pride to Yujo)

Jul 30, 2014

Rush (Rush: Pride to Yujo)

by Kaori Shoji

Director: Ron Howard Language: English Based on the legendary 1970s rivalry between Formula One drivers Niki Lauda and James Hunt, this is a hell of a ride, in a glitzy, glamorous vehicle. Chris Hemsworth has the role of English playboy Hunt and Daniel Bruhl ...

Palestine Stereo

Jul 30, 2014

Palestine Stereo

by Giovanni Fazio

Director: Rashid Masharawi Language: Arabic (subtitled in English) Sami and Stereo (Salah Hannoun, Mahmoud Abu-Jazi) are brothers trying to leave Gaza for Canada after an Israeli bombing. Stereo runs a rental sound system to save the $10,000 needed to get them into Canada. Gaza-born, ...

New Directors From Japan

Jul 23, 2014

New Directors From Japan

by Mark Schilling

Directors: Nagisa Isogai, Hirobumi Watanabe, Kosuke Takaya Language: Japanese (subtitled in English) This innovative project from Third Window Films has been successfully crowd-funded through Kickstarter. The DVD/Blu-ray package will include four films by three new Japanese directors and having seen films by Nagisa Isogai ...

Frozen (Ana to Yuki no Jo)

Jul 23, 2014

Frozen (Ana to Yuki no Jo)

by Kaori Shoji

Directors: Chris Buck, Jennifer Lee Language: English, Icelandic If you’re a parent who took your kid to see “Frozen” about 15 times, here’s a chance to see it again — at home! This film shows Disney in a somewhat subversive mood. Princess Anna seeks ...

Robbery

Jul 23, 2014

Robbery

by Giovanni Fazio

Director: Peter Yates Language: English Director Peter Yates’ 1967 heist flick, “Robbery,” appears on DVD this week and it’s well worth a look. Set in 1963, it’s a hard-edged account of the so-called Great Train Robbery in which a 15-man South London gang rousted ...

Judge!

Jul 16, 2014

Judge!

by Mark Schilling

Director: Akira Nagai Language: Japanese (subtitled in English) Scripted by Yoshimitsu Sawamoto and directed by Akira Nagai — both insiders in Japan’s advertising business — “Judge!” stars Satoshi Tsumabuki as an entry-level adman drafted to impersonate his boss on a TV CM awards jury ...