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Short Term 12: 'an intense intimacy with the camera'

Nov 19, 2014

Short Term 12: 'an intense intimacy with the camera'

by Giovanni Fazio

Director Destin Daniel Cretton’s first job out of college was working at a halfway home for troubled teens and, rather like author Ken Kesey’s stint working at a mental institution, he clearly gained some insight and a fistful of vivid characters from the experience. ...

Open Windows: 'sliding into the creep zone'

Nov 19, 2014

Open Windows: 'sliding into the creep zone'

by Kaori Saito

What has happened to Elijah Wood? The former child star whose career out-survived most of his contemporaries is slipping further and further into the creep zone. In the decade since his signature role as Frodo in the “Lord of the Rings” trilogy, his roles ...

Withnail & I

Nov 19, 2014

Withnail & I

Director: Bruce Robinson Language: English “Withnail & I” is one of the cult classics of U.K. cinema. The film follows two unemployed actors who are plumbing the depths of thespian excess in a squalid London flat. Richard E. Grant turns in a corrosively funny ...

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, ...