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Atom Egoyan raises demons in 'Devil's Knot'

Nov 13, 2014

Atom Egoyan raises demons in 'Devil's Knot'

by Kaori Shoji

When three children were murdered in West Memphis, Arkansas, in 1993, the case quickly developed into a massive media spectacle. After just a month of investigating, police arrested three teenagers, and the case was quickly taken to trial. Known as the “West Memphis Three,” ...

Film fest fans can get a fix at any number of events this month

Nov 13, 2014

Film fest fans can get a fix at any number of events this month

by Emi Ando

The Tokyo International Film Festival may be finished, but movie buffs still have a lot of choices for festivals this month. Yamagata International Movie Festival 2014 (through Nov. 16): This festival will feature different types of activities, including a reception party at Movie On ...

Devil's Knot

Nov 13, 2014

Devil's Knot

by Kaori Shoji

One summer afternoon in 1993, three young boys named Stevie, Christopher and Michael went to play at a local nature spot called Robin Hood Hills in West Memphis, Arkansas. Stevie’s mom, Pam (Reese Witherspoon), told him to be home by 4:30 p.m., but the ...

Tatsumi: Godfather of alternative manga is reborn on film

Nov 12, 2014

Tatsumi: Godfather of alternative manga is reborn on film

by Giovanni Fazio

Manga artist Yoshihiro Tatsumi has always enjoyed a certain level of fame in his home country, where he’s known as the originator of gekiga, a hard-boiled style of manga from the 1960s-’70s. Overseas, however, it’s only since 2009 that his reputation has risen meteorically, ...

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 ...