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'The Counselor'

Apr 3, 2014

'The Counselor'

by Kaori Shoji

Director: Ridley Scott Language: English The reptilian charms of Michael Fassbender are in full effect in this dark tale of drugs, sex, betrayal and unspeakable violence. Fassbender plays a brilliant lawyer who gets in over his head with a Mexican drug cartel. Brad Pitt ...

'Barbed Wire Dolls'

Apr 3, 2014

'Barbed Wire Dolls'

by Giovanni Fazio

Director: Jess Franco Language: French (subtitled in English) Grindhouse aficionados will no doubt recognize the name of director Jess Franco, whose trio of 1970s women-in-prison films are being released on DVD this month. “Barbed Wire Dolls” is the nastiest of the lot, with Lena ...

'Dark Days'

Mar 27, 2014

'Dark Days'

by Giovanni Fazio

One of the last decade's best documentaries never opened in Japan, but now you can catch it on Vimeo.com. "Dark Days," shot in haunting black and white, explores the literally underground homeless community that existed hidden in New York train tunnels, shrouded in perpetual ...

'The Call'

Mar 27, 2014

'The Call'

by Kaori Shoji

Director: Brad Anderson Language: English “The Call” is an engrossing thriller, not least because of its strand of feminist empowerment. Halle Berry plays an LA 911 operator who gets a call from a girl (Abigail Breslin) who has been kidnapped and stashed in the ...

'Upside Down'

Feb 13, 2014

'Upside Down'

by Kaori Shoji

Director: Juan Solanas Language: English Adam (Jim Sturgess) and Eden (Kirsten Dunst) live on two planets suspended one above the other, with opposing gravities. One planet is affluent, thanks to the labor of its exploited twin, and citizens of the two are not allowed ...

'Top of the Lake'

Feb 13, 2014

'Top of the Lake'

by Giovanni Fazio

Director: Jane Campion, Garth Davis Language: English The cinema-to-TV exodus continues with “The Piano” director Jane Campion helming this mini-series, a New Zealand take on the small-town murder mystery milieu of “Twin Peaks” but with David Lynch’s supernatural interests replaced by Campion’s sexual politics. ...

'R100'

Feb 6, 2014

'R100'

by Mark Schilling

Director: Hitoshi Matsumoto Language: Japanese (subtitled in English) The hero of comedian Hitoshi Matsumoto’s fourth feature is a sad-sack furniture salesman (Nao Omori) who engages a dodgy company to supply him with dominatrixes of various bizarre and painful specialties at all times of the ...

'Compliance'

Feb 6, 2014

'Compliance'

by Giovanni Fazio

Director: Craig Zobel Language: English A fast-food franchise manager (Ann Dowd) is having a bad day already when the police call and say that one of her teen employees (Dreama Walker) has stolen a customer’s purse. They ask her to strip-search her employee, which ...

'The Following: The First Season'

Feb 6, 2014

'The Following: The First Season'

by Kaori Shoji

Language: English Kevin Bacon’s first foray into the land of the TV miniseries is a chilling story about the battle between an FBI agent and a charismatic serial killer. The series was based on FBI reports that there are over 300 active serial killers ...

'Kuroyuri Danchi' (The Complex)

Jan 30, 2014

'Kuroyuri Danchi' (The Complex)

by Mark Schilling

Director: Hideo Nakata Language: Japanese (subtitled in English) This 2013 shocker by Hideo Nakata stars former AKB48 singer Atsuko Maeda as a young woman who moves into a creepy old danchi (public housing complex) with her family and discovers that her elderly next-door neighbor ...