Astro Boy

| Oct 23, 2009

Astro Boy

by Simon Bartz

Director: David Bowers Language: English Is a quake hitting Tokyo’s manga mecca Akihabara? No, it’s the collective groan of thousands of Atom fans as the manga legend suffers Hollywoodization. And in “Astro Boy” (as Atom is known abroad) the voices (including Nicolas Cage and ...

Doomsday

| Oct 2, 2009

Doomsday

by Mizuho Aoki

Director: Neil Marshall Language: English The only challenge this visceral postapocalyptic thriller/horror offers is to the viewer’s stomach, packed as it is with scenes of decapitation and cannibalism. Set in 2035, decades after the British government quarantined Scotland when a deadly virus decimated its ...

'Taken'

| Aug 28, 2009

"Taken"

by Mizuho Aoki

Director: Pierre Morel Language: English “Taken” is an another Luc Besson written/produced dumb non-stop action thriller. Liam Neeson plays an ex-CIA operative who flies from L.A. to Paris to rescue his 17-year-old daughter who is kidnapped by Albanian gangsters and is about to be ...

Hachiko: A Dog's Story

| Aug 14, 2009

Hachiko: A Dog's Story

by Mizuho Aoki

Director: Lasse Hallstrom Language: English Japan’s famous true story of a loyal Akita dog goes Hollywood. Richard Gere, who said he cried when he read the script, plays a college professor who adopts an abandoned Akita puppy named Hachi. The two develop a strong ...

Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen

| Jul 10, 2009

Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen

by Mizuho Aoki

Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen Director: Michael Bay Language: English A loud-and-dumb blockbuster about cars from another planet that morph into robots. The good Autobots and the bad Decepticons, involving some humans, battle over some metallic object in Egypt that can destroy the Sun. ...

Chikujo Seyo!

| Jul 3, 2009

Chikujo Seyo!

by Mizuho Aoki

Director: Yo Kohatsu Language: Japanese A feudal warrior (Kataoka Ainosuke) from the 17th century rises from the dead in a depopulated town in Aichi Prefecture to build a castle that he failed to complete about 400 years ago. Since he has only been allowed ...

Duplicity

| May 15, 2009

Duplicity

by Mizuho Aoki

Duplicity Director: Tony Gilroy Language: English Director Tony Gilroy’s second feature is a convoluted romantic caper where nothing seems as it is. Julia Roberts and Clive Owen star as ex-government operatives who worked for the CIA and MI6 amd now work as corporate spies ...

| May 15, 2009

Duplicity

by Mizuho Aoki

Director: Tony Gilroy Language: English Director Tony Gilroy’s second feature is a convoluted romantic caper where nothing seems as it is. Julia Roberts and Clive Owen star as ex-government operatives who worked for the CIA and MI6 amd now work as corporate spies for ...

'Oppai Volley' ('Breast Volleyball')

| May 1, 2009

"Oppai Volley" ("Breast Volleyball")

by Mizuho Aoki

Director: Eiichiro Hasumi Language: Japanese A film titled “Oppai Volley” (“Breast Volleyball”) may give some the wrong idea, but this comedy is a bland movie about members of a junior high school boys’ volleyball team who learn about the importance of friendship, making an ...

| Apr 17, 2009

24 City

by Mizuho Aoki

Director: Jia Zhangke Language: Mandarin Director Jia Zhangke’s latest film examines the 50-year history of a gigantic state-owned munitions factory complex in the city of Chengdu, southwest China, which is being demolished and replaced with a luxurious condo complex called 24 City. Interweaving interviews ...

Underworld: Rise of the Lycans

| Mar 20, 2009

Underworld: Rise of the Lycans

by Mizuho Aoki

Director: Patrick Tatopoulos Language: English This third installment of the “Underworld” franchise is a prequel, telling how the feud between werewolves and vampires began. Michael Sheen (“Frost/Nixon”) displays his muscular body as the leader of the werewolves, who have been enslaved by the vampires, ...

D-War

| Dec 12, 2008

D-War

by Mizuho Aoki

Director: Shim Hyung Rae Language: English and Korean Written and directed by Korean filmmaker Shim Hyung Rae, this English language film set in Los Angeles boasts stilted dialogue, wooden acting and an incoherent plot. A giant serpent awakes from 500 years of sleep and ...