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SHE’S JUST A SHADOW (Japanese manga meets grindhouse? Yes, please)

"An orgy of sex and drugs and extreme violence"
Tao Okamoto and Haruka Abe
Directed by Adam Sherman

“Women. No matter how human they seem... they’re just shadows. But on the other hand, aren’t we all?” From the edges of the bizarre and the extremely weird, “She’s Just A Shadow” is truly something else. The matriarch of a Tokyo prostitution empire, married to a vicious and violent pimp, leads her own gang against rival yakuza. All the while, a serial killer prey on her girls and one of her ... more >

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“Dolemite” is his name. Get used to it.

Film includes some Oscar-worthy performances
Eddie Murphy, Keegan-Michael Key and Mike Epps

“Dolemite is My Name”, the new film from the immensely-talented Craig Brewer, is a pleasant surprise and certainly one of the most entertaining and emotionally satisfying films I have seen this year. The wildly-vulgar character of Dolemite was the brainchild of struggling seventies comedian Rudy Ray Moore. Moore's material was too raw for the major record labels of those days, but the success ... more >

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“The Lighthouse,” a mind-bending, psychologically-intense thriller

Two men's descent into madness
Willem Defoe, Robert Pattinson and Valeriia Karaman
Directed by Robert Eggers

A devious and creepy psychological film in the horror/thriller genre has made its way into cinemas in the form of Robert Eggers’s second feature, “The Lighthouse.” His first film “The Witch” was a masterpiece of tone and tension and staked its claim as one of the finest horror films of the past twenty-five years. Now comes Eggers’s latest film, one that is sure to shock, enthrall, and ... more >

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“FIRST LOVE” (this is why I go to the movies!)

映画ニュース Crazy, fun and gorey 初恋
Becky, Sakurako Konishi, Masataka Kubota and Sakurako Konishi
Directed by Takashi Miike 三池 崇史

A Takashi Miike film. Don’t be afraid. Jump into his cinematic world. While he isn’t always perfect, good or bad, his films hold unique and fascinating wonders for cinephiles. “First Love” ("Hatsukoi" in the original Japanese, is Miike’s best film since 2010’s “13 Assassins.” This is a wild ride but just wild enough. Being a Miike film, we are treated to scenes of the bizarre and macabre, but ... more >

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“Joker,” a morality-defying, two-hour drop down a man’s impaired psyche

This is Joaquin Phoenix and Todd Phillips's first collaboration together
Joaquin Phoenix, Robert De Niro, Zazie Beetz and Frances Conroy
Directed by Todd Phillips

I’m always skeptical when a film receives too much hype. With the on-again, off-again quality of American fare, I try not to set my hopes too high, especially when it comes to a film about the D.C. Comics's The Joker, by the director of “The Hangover” series. It is with great pleasure that I report that, while the film itself isn’t the cinematic masterpiece that some have christened it, Todd ... more >

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“3 From Hell” : The Satans are coming

Rob Zombie dishes out one awesome killing joy ride
Sheri Moon Zombie, Sid Haig and Bill Moseley
Directed by Rob Zombie

Rob Zombie’s latest film “3 From Hell” is the third film in his Firefly Clan trilogy and quite simply one of his best ones. This is a blood-soaked homage to the seventies grindhouse films that Zombie grew up admiring and the kind of wild genre craziness that became a major influence on both his music and directorial style. This is intense genre filmmaking on high levels. Zombie has been ... more >

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“Tattoo of revenge,” tipping the scales of justice down in Murderville

"Rencor tatuado" in the original Spanish
Diana Lein, Irving Peña and César Romero Medrano
Directed by Julián Hernández

Mexico City in the nineties was a place where the harshest crimes went unpunished due to money and a corrupt police force. Aida (an excellent and tortured performance from Diana Lein, an actress to watch!) serves up revenge for young women who have been raped and maltreated and weren’t able to find resolution on their own. Working out of the back of a nightclub, the women come to her with ... more >