The Social Network, reviewed by George Wu

The Social Network (2010), reviewed by George Wu Directed by: David FincherStarring: Jesse Eisenberg, Andrew Garfield, Justin TimberlakeMPAA rating: PG-13Run Time: minuteshttp://www.thesocialnetwork-movie.com/The Social Network is the New York Film Festival's opening night movie, and it's easy to see why  ...

Red Cliff

Red Cliff (2009)Directed by: John Woo Starring: Tony Leung, Takeshi Kaneshiro, Zhang Fengyi, Zhao WeiMPAA rating: RRun Time: 148 minutesAfter Hong Kong martial arts and wushu ("sword") films became big in the 1990s, filmmakers who were not known whatsoever  ...

Still Walking (2009)

Still Walking (2009)Directed by: Hirokazu Kore-edaStarring: Hiroshi Abe, Yui Natsukawa, Kirin Kiki, Yoshio HaradaMPAA rating: Not ratedRun Time: 114 minuteshttp://www.aruitemo.com/index.htmlThe writer, director, and editor of Still Walking, Hirokazu Kore-eda, has stated that the death of both of his parents  ...

Azumi

In medieval Japan, a lone figure stands defiantly in front of a procession of several dozen swordsmen accompanying a wicked head of state. The scene is emblematic in hundreds of jidaigeki (Japanese period pictures).In Ryuhei Kitamura’s Azumi, the only  ...

Russian Dolls (Les Poupees russes)

Russian Dolls is Cedric Klapisch’s sequel to his joyful 2002 European melting pot romp, L’Auberge Espagnol. Five years later, Xavier (Romain Duris, The Beat That My Heart Skipped) is a freelance writer forced to take on odd jobs like  ...

13 (Tzameti)

First time writer-director Gela Babluani certainly does one thing right with his feature, 13, if he ever wants to make another film, and that is get noticed. As first films go, it’s not a terribly well-written film like Whit  ...

Battle in Heaven

Cotton and Lycra Cami with contrasting black trim and black straps on either a pink or heather gray body As Michelangelo Antonioni’s L’Avventura was in 1960, Carlos Reygadas’ Battle in Heaven was the enfant terrible at the 2005  ...

King Kong

Few movies really cry out to be remade. If they were done well enough the first time, then why bother? If they weren’t, they usually don’t provide the inspiration for a do over. After all, few turn out as  ...

Three Times (Zui hao de shi guang)

Hou Hsiao-Hsien’s triptych of love through the ages, Three Times, falls prey to the unevenness of all omnibus films, but its first story, “A Time for Love,” is his strongest work since his peak in the 1980s (The Time  ...

Manderlay

Lars Von Trier could almost get a trademark on provocation by now. He heatedly divides many film critics over his works as to whether they are substantive social critiques or hermetically-sealed worlds of contrived manipulation. Either way, his handling  ...