Film Reviews

Film Review: ‘Happy Hour’

"Happy Hour," a five-hour movie abut four friends. (Kobe Workshop Cinema Project LLP)
"Happy Hour," a five-hour movie abut four friends. (Kobe Workshop Cinema Project LLP)

People complain with some justification that there are not enough quality film roles for women in their 30s. Ryûsuke Hamaguchi will darn near solve the...

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    Film Review: ‘Einstein’s God Model’

    It turns out mad scientist movies had it all wrong. It is physicists not biologists who will unlock the secrets of the afterlife. Technically, they... Read more

  • (L–R) Chris Pine as Toby Howard and Ben Foster as Tanner Howard in the post-Occupy Wall Street western "Hell or High Water." (CBS Films)

    Movie Review: ‘Hell Or High Water’: A Post-Occupy Western

    R | 1h 42min | Crime, Drama | 12 August 2016 (USA) Americans enjoy the phrase, “Runnin’ from the law.” We like our dangerous bad... Read more

  • Ye Haiyan holds a protest sign in the film “Hooligan Sparrow,” which is also her nickname as a women's rights activist. (Courtesy Hooligan Sparrow)

    Award-Winning Guerilla Documentary Highlights Officials’ Rape of Children in China

    LOS ANGELES—Filmmaker Nanfu Wang, based in New York City, filmed her first feature documentary in China on a trip to visit a provocative women’s rights... Read more

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    Film Review: ‘Operation Chromite’

    We forget how grim the Korean War looked in 1950. Incheon was safely under iron-fisted Communist control and the front line was all the way... Read more

  • Oakes Fegley is Pete in Disney's “Pete’s Dragon,” the story of a boy named Pete and his best friend Elliot, who just happens to be a dragon. (Disney Enterprises inc.)

    Movie Review: ‘Pete’s Dragon’: Do You Believe in Magic?

    PG  |  102 min  |  Adventure, Family, Fantasy  |  12 August 2016 (USA) What’s a real dragon look like? Maybe a mash-up of children’s favorite... Read more

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    Film Review: ‘Citizen Soldier’

    We expect a lot of our regular army. Lately, we have asked even more of our National Guardsmen. Only provided 39 days of training per... Read more

  • (L–R) Kristen Bell as Kiki, Mila Kunis as Amy, Kathryn Hahn as Carla, in “Bad Moms” (STX Productions)

    Movie Review: ‘Bad Moms’: Funniest Summer Movie of 2016

    R | 1h 41min | Comedy | 29 July 2016 (USA) I dragged myself with mild trepidation and anticipated ennui to “Bad Moms,” the latest... Read more

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    Film Review: ‘Can We Take a Joke?’

    In 2010, only 40 percent of incoming college freshmen agreed it was safe to hold unpopular opinions on campuses. When polled again as seniors four... Read more

  • Matt Damon returns to his most iconic role in "Jason Bourne." Paul Greengrass, the director of The Bourne Supremacy and The Bourne Ultimatum, once again joins Damon for the next chapter of Universal Pictures' Bourne franchise, which finds the CIA's most lethal former operative drawn out of the shadows. (Universal Pictures)

    Movie Review: ‘Jason Bourne’: Can’t out-Bourne ‘The Bourne Identity’

    Reverberations of 2002’s “The Bourne Identity” can still be felt throughout the Hollywood film industry. It kicked off a whole new spy movie genre so... Read more

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    Film Review: ‘1000 Hands of the Guru’

    Some royals crafted humanitarian images for themselves simply by attending a few charitable cocktail parties and looking good in Versace. Her Royal Highness Princess Ashi... Read more

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    Review: A Touch of Humor Invades ‘Star Trek Beyond’

    In the previous “Star Trek” installment, Spock cried. In the latest, “Star Trek Beyond,” he laughs. And not just a little snicker, either, but a... Read more

  • The herd makes a shocking discovery. (L–R) Julian (voiced by Adam Devine, Crash and Eddie (voiced by Seann William Scott, Josh Peck), Peaches (voiced by Keke Palmer), Sid (voiced by John Leguizamo), Granny (voiced by Wanda Sykes), Ellie (voiced by Queen Latifah), Diego (voiced by Denis Leary), Manny (voiced by Ray Romano), and Shira (voiced by Jennifer Lopez). (John Russo/Blue Sky Studios/Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation).

    Movie Review: ‘Ice Age: Collision Course’: Take the Scrat and Leave the Rest

    PG | 1h 34min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy | 22 July 2016 (USA) Consider the Scrat. Acorn-addict. So named on account of being a squirrel-rat... Read more

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    Film Review: ‘Phantom Boy’

    Like Jimmy Stewart in “Rear Window,” NYPD beat cop Alex Tanguy will try to crack a case while he is laid-up with a broken leg. However,... Read more

  • (L–R) Bryan Cranston stars as undercover U.S. Customs agent Robert Mazur and John Leguizamo as his partner Emir Abreu in “The Infiltrator.” (Liam Daniel/Broad Green Pictures)

    Movie Review: ‘The Infiltrator’: ‘Breaking Bad’ Lite

    R  |  Biography, Crime, Drama  |  13 July 2016 (USA) Bryan Cranston’s an actor’s actor. Channel-surfing, I once watched a few minutes of him playing... Read more

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    Film Review: ‘Our Little Sister’

    Only Japanese cinema could produce such an effortlessly uplifting film about a fractured family. The three Koda sisters have long been estranged from their prodigal... Read more

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    Film Review: Naomi Kawase’s ‘Sweet Bean’

    Dorayaki is the favorite sweet treat of manga character Doraemon. Consisting of two pancakes stuffed with sweet bean paste (“an”), they resemble large Macarons (which... Read more

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