Up the Yangtze

Yung Chang, writer, director and occasional narrator of the fascinating and moving documentary, Up the Yangtze, is a first generation Canadian of Chinese descent. Like many children of immigrants, Yung Chang has spent extended periods in the “old country.” In  ...

The Counterfeiters

Starring: Karl Markovics, August Diehl, Devid Striesow, Martin Brambach Written and Directed by: Stefan Ruzowitzky MPAA Rating: Rated R Run Time: 1 hour 38 minutes German with subtitles http://www.sonyclassics.com/thecounterfeiters/ The Counterfeiters is the dramatic depiction  ...

Dan in Real Life

It's hard not to enjoy a heartwarming movie, such as Dan in Real Life, in which Dan, a cheerless widower with three children (Alison Pill, Brittany Robertson and Marlene Lawston) finds love and happiness. It's also hard not to  ...

Things We Lost in the Fire

Watching a widow grieve her loss and a user recover from his heroin addiction is not the usual Hollywood fare. But Things We Lost in the Fire explores these gut-wrenching struggles with candor and maturity and without a clichéd happy  ...

Burn After Reading

When talking about a movie, usually we refer to the characters by their names in the film, although sometimes we refer to the characters by the actors who played the roles. In the case of Burn After Reading,  ...

Tears of the Black Tiger

Stella Malucchi in Tears of the Black Tiger. Photo courtesy of Magnolia Pictures. Tears of the Black Tiger (Fah Talai Jone) Starring: Chartchai Ngam-San, Suwinit Panjamawat, Stella Malucchi, Supakorn Kitsuwan, Arawat Ruangvuth, Sombat Metanee Director/Screenplay: Wisit Sasanatieng  ...

Israel – Not Like the Sound Bites

I admit it: I was apprehensive about going to Israel. First it was the Intefada that kept me away. Then I spent the better part of two days at Heathrow when all planes were grounded there because of the terrorist  ...

Re-visiting New York City

Re-visiting New York City: the past is present I grew up in New York City, although by now I've lived in the San Francisco Bay Area almost as long as I did in New York. My  ...