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'Last Passenger (Original title: Panic Train)'

Jun 12, 2014

'Last Passenger (Original title: Panic Train)'

by Kaori Shoji

Director: Omid Nooshin Language: English Few things are more groan-inducing than a commuter train that stops at every station, but a train that goes at breakneck speeds and never stops? Now that’s scary. Directed by Omid Nooshin and starring Dougray Scott, this Hitchcockian terror ...

T'ora! Tora! Tora!'

Jun 12, 2014

T'ora! Tora! Tora!'

by Mark Schilling

Director: Richard Fleischer Language: English, Japanese (subtitled in English) Originally a collaboration between 20th Century Fox and Akira Kurosawa, this 1970 film changed drastically when Kurosawa suffered a nervous breakdown on set. Despite Richard Fleischer’s plodding direction the film’s epic set pieces make it ...

'Virginia'

Jun 12, 2014

'Virginia'

by Giovanni Fazio

Director: Dustin Lance Black Language: English “Straight to DVD” is usually a harbinger of doom, but in the case of “Virginia,” it’s gotta be worth a look, based on the people involved — actors Jennifer Connelly and Ed Harris, director Dustin Lance Black and ...

'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) ...