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Homeland

Dec 3, 2014

Homeland

by Giovanni Fazio

Language: English Hulu.jp strengthens its roster with the welcome addition of Showtime series “Homeland,” now in its fourth season. “Homeland” focuses less on clock-ticking cliffhangers and more on psychologically complex characters and deep layers of paranoia and suspicion. Claire Danes, in the best performance ...

Kuroshitsuji (Black Butler)

Dec 3, 2014

Kuroshitsuji (Black Butler)

by Mark Schilling

Directors: Kentaro Otani, Keiichi Sato Language: Japanese (subtitled in English) Based on Yana Toboso’s best-selling manga, this Kentaro Otani fantasy/action film stars Hiro Mizushima as a demon who becomes a butler to the cheeky teenage heir (Ayame Goriki) to a toy-company fortune. Suave, but ...

Modern Family

Dec 3, 2014

Modern Family

by Kaori Shoji

Language: English This Emmy Award-winning TV series, now in its sixth season, is available for viewing on hulu.jp. Ed O’Neill stars as Jay Pritchett, the head of a diverse and sprawling family whose members have minds of their own and attitudes to match. It’s ...

Edge of Tomorrow (All You Need is Kill)

Nov 26, 2014

Edge of Tomorrow (All You Need is Kill)

by Kaori Shoji

Director: Doug Liman Language: English Just when you think you take can’t any more Tom Cruise, here’s a movie that shows him as something new — weak, sly and ingratiating. Cage (Cruise) is forced into combat in a futuristic society threatened by aliens and ...

Inside Llewyn Davis

Nov 26, 2014

Inside Llewyn Davis

by Giovanni Fazio

Directors: Ethan Coen, Joel CoenLanguage: English “Inside Llewyn Davis” is neither the best Coen brothers’ film, nor the worst, but it has everything a fan of the Coens could desire: a strong sense of period detail, a choice soundtrack curated by T Bone Burnett, ...

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 ...