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'Sanbun no Ichi (One Third)'

Apr 3, 2014

'Sanbun no Ichi (One Third)'

by Mark Schilling

Caper movies have their conventions, one being that the crook anti-heroes may get to run their fingers through their loot, but they hardly ever get to keep it. The prototype is Stanley Kubrick’s “The Killing” (1956), in which elaborate planning and clockwork execution pay ...

'Blue is the Warmest Color'

Apr 3, 2014

'Blue is the Warmest Color'

by Giovanni Fazio

Remember being a teen. Remember the gossip amongst your friends about who had a thing for you, the awkward dates, the stolen kisses. Remember the crushes that came and went all too easily, and then recall the arrival of something else entirely: first love. ...

'Wałesa: Man of Hope'

Apr 3, 2014

'Wałesa: Man of Hope'

by Kaori Shoji

Poland’s legendary filmmaker Andrzej Wajda takes on Lech Wałesa, Poland’s man of the people, in this fictional documentary “Wałesa: Man of Hope,” and it comes as somewhat of a surprise. At 88 years old, Wajda’s insular and experimental artistic approach has shifted to a ...

'Brian Wilson: Songwriter 1962-1969'

Apr 3, 2014

'Brian Wilson: Songwriter 1962-1969'

by Giovanni Fazio

The 1960s were full of tormented musical geniuses, but The Beach Boys’ singer/songwriter Brian Wilson is hardly the most glorified. I guess quietly going nuts and surviving until a late-life comeback just isn’t as cinematic as going out in a young and beautiful blaze ...

'Enough Said'

Apr 3, 2014

'Enough Said'

by Kaori Shoji

Julia Louis-Dreyfus has been a comedic icon on American TV for two decades or so — her presence on “Seinfeld” no doubt kept several thousand people from slitting their wrists. She is the other half of why “Enough Said” works, and the question is, ...

'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 ...

Trial by media, conviction by word of mouth

Mar 27, 2014

Trial by media, conviction by word of mouth

by Mark Schilling

Yoshihiro Nakamura makes movies that puzzle, surprise and illuminate their themes both cleverly and literally (the fireworks of “Golden Slumber,” the comet of “Fish Story”). Everyone’s heard of the “butterfly effect” — how a small action in one place (a butterfly flapping its wings ...

'The Secret Life of Walter Mitty'

Mar 27, 2014

'The Secret Life of Walter Mitty'

by Giovanni Fazio

Ah, Hollywood — who else could take a lean, two-page short story and turn it into a bloated $90-million mega-production? Author James Thurber’s short about a timid, henpecked husband who escapes into adventure-packed daydreams first appeared in a 1939 issue of The New Yorker ...

'Parked'

Mar 27, 2014

'Parked'

by Kaori Shoji

They say people can endure having nowhere to live, but having nothing to drive is licking the very bottom of the barrel. That fate hasn’t come to “Parked” protagonist Fred Daly (Colm Meaney), at least not yet. But he’s inching closer, as he eases ...