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Hirokazu Kore-eda

Japan vs. “The Cove”: The battle continues. (photo)

Japan vs. “The Cove”: The battle continues.

“The Cove” is the little documentary that just won’t quit. All along, it’s been clear that “The Cove” is really two separate movies: one of them is an entertaining, “Ocean’s”-style activism-as-heist-film designed for outside-of-Japan viewing. The other is designed to be shown in Japan in order to get a national dialogue going about ending whaling/dolphin […]

“Taking Woodstock” Offers Nothing New (photo)

“Taking Woodstock” Offers Nothing New

Apparently determined to tackle every cinematic genre known to man, Ang Lee has thus far given us his take on the popular-lit adaptation (“Eat Drink Man Woman”), the classic-lit adaptation (“Sense and Sensibility”), the Civil War western (“Ride With the Devil”), the wuxia action flick (“Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon”), the Marvel comic-book summer tentpole (“Hulk”), […]

August Evenings (photo)

August Evenings

This week’s slate reinvents the wheel, so to speak, unveiling a vast array of twists, tweaks, role reversals and reinventions to satisfy all tastes. Download this in audio form (MP3: 12:46 minutes, 11.7 MB) Subscribe to the In Theaters podcast: [XML] [iTunes] “At The Edge of The World” Made famous by the weekly embedded correspondence […]

Rotterdam 2009: The Wrap-Up (photo)

Rotterdam 2009: The Wrap-Up

The Rotterdam Film Festival has had a history of promoting the weird, the obsessive and the cultish in cinema, and there’s been little change as this year’s edition reaches its close. They’ve programmed a survey of recent Asian horror films, complete with a “haunted house” installation, and they’ve maintained their loyalty to unfashionable provocateurs like […]