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June 2016 movies

Here are the movie reviews I wrote for the June issue of EL Magazine, which was distributed in Tokyo on May 25. Burnt Bradley Cooper is good at playing assholes, and Adam Jones, the borderline sociopathic chef he portrays in … Continue reading

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May 2016 movies

Here are the movie reviews I wrote for the May issue of EL Magazine, which was distributed in Tokyo on April 25. Captain America: Civil War No, Cap hasn’t been transported back in time to fight the Rebs. The internecine … Continue reading

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March 2016 movies

Here are the movie reviews I wrote for the March-April issue of EL Magazine, which was distributed in Tokyo last week. The Big Short At the moment there is no more timely piece of entertainment than Adam McKay’s black comedy … Continue reading

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Review: Unbroken

As has been well documented, at least by the non-Japanese press, Angelina Jolie’s epic Hollywood retelling of the life of Olympic runner Louie Zamperini was not picked up by the usual Japanese distributor for Universal Studios product due to fears … Continue reading

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Review: The Case Against 8

Ben Cotner and Ryan White’s documentary, produced for HBO, immediately sets its priorities and its outlook. As the title forcefully suggests, the movie is a polemic against Proposition 8, the California state initiative to repeal legal same sex marriages, and … Continue reading

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Inerasable (Zan’e)

In Japan, real estate agents are by law required to inform potential renters or buyers of murders or suicides that occurred in properties under consideration, though if someone died there of natural causes no one has to say anything. In … Continue reading

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Review: 5 Flights Up

It must be contractually mandated that every movie in which Morgan Freeman appears he has to provide folksy voiceover narration. He does it in this bittersweet domestic drama, though there isn’t a whole lot of need for it. The situation … Continue reading

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