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    First Love (2019)

    Japanese filmmaker Takashi Miike is prolific, and fast. He is said to have directed more than 100 films, videos, shorts, TV shows, and various other things since his debut in the early 1990s. By the time you see his latest, he probably has two or three others on the horizon. I've only managed to see about ten titles in his entire output, but I have to say that First Love is one of my favorites, worthy of his classics Dead or Alive, Audition, and Ichi the Killer. It features an insane pulp fiction-type plot, with many characters and situations, but it's all so kinetic and explosive that it's fun to just buckle up and go along for the ride. (The distributor, Well Go USA, describes it as Action, Drama, Horror, Romance, Sci-Fi, Thriller, Adventure, and Fantasy, and damned if there isn't an animated sequence as well.) The main character is perhaps Leo (Masataka Kubota) a stoic boxer whose calm nonchalance in the ring irritates his trainer (who wants him to get more excited after a victory). After an easy and unexpected defeat, Leo goes to the doctor and discovers that he has a tumor in his head, and only weeks to live. While out walking, he spots Monica (Sakurako Konishi), a call girl and drug addict, being chased by a man. He clotheslines the man, discovers that he's a cop, and takes his badge. Thus begins a long night, involving a shipment of drugs, a dangerous yakuza, an angry female contract killer, and a stool pigeon, as well as the cop, who may or may not be crooked. First Love is crazy fun, and a sure antidote to all those serious movies that are soon going to be filling up movie houses. read more...
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      • Boldness ▶ Bold, aggressive, unrepressed, cathartic or expressive actions

    First Love (2019)

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    • With: Masataka Kubota, Nao Ōmori, Shōta Sometani, Sakurako Konishi, Becky, Jun Murakami, Sansei Shiomi, Seiyō Uchino
    • Written by: Masa Nakamura
    • Directed by: Takashi Miike
    • MPAA Rating: NR
    • Language: Japanese, with English subtitles
    • Running Time: 108 minutes
    • Release Date: 10/11/2019
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    Warm Water Under a Red Bridge (2001)

    It was rumored after the 1999 release of Shohei Imamura's wonderful Dr. Akagi that the 75 year-old master Japanese director -- the maker of Vengeance is Mine, Ballad of Narayama and Black Rain -- was retiring. read more...
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    Warm Water Under a Red Bridge (2001)

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    • With: Koji Yakusho, Misa Shimizu, Kazuo Kitamura, Mitsuko Baisho
    • Written by: Shohei Imamura, Daisuke Tengan and Motofumi Tomikawa, based on the novel by Henmi Yo
    • Directed by: Shohei Imamura
    • MPAA Rating: NR
    • Language: Japanese with English subtitles
    • Running Time: 122 minutes
    • Release Date: 05/02/2002
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    Family Plot (1976)

    Hitchcock's final film boasts the oddly beautiful and always weird Karen Black as a kidnapper/thief in a blonde wig. But the film also suffers from a shrill, overcooked performance by Barbara Harris as a phony medium. An old woman hires her to find her only heir so that he can inherit her fortune. Bruce Dern shines as a cab driver posing as a rumpled detective, puffing on a pipe and not fooling anyone. It's not exactly top-tier Hitchcock, but it features enough good stuff to make it at least worth one viewing. Screenwriter Ernest Lehman had previously worked with Hitchcock on North by Northwest. read more...
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      Family Plot (1976)

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      • With: Karen Black, Bruce Dern, Barbara Harris, William Devane, Ed Lauter, Cathleen Nesbitt, Katherine Helmond, Warren J. Kemmerling, Edith Atwater, William Prince, Nicholas Colasanto, Marge Redmond, John Lehne, Charles Tyner, Alexander Lockwood
      • Written by: Ernest Lehman, based on a novel by Victor Canning
      • Directed by: Alfred Hitchcock
      • MPAA Rating: PG
      • Running Time: 120 minutes
      • Release Date: 04/09/1976
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      Miss Sloane (2016)

      Jessica Chastain plays a fascinating role, an unapologetically powerful woman, capable of ugly behavior as well as kindness, and refreshingly unexplained; no flashbacks or psychological origin stories are provided. Her Miss Slaone is a lobbyist, who takes a big demotion in order to fight the gun lobby on a new gun control bill. Her sneaky tactics are the only thing that can take on the enormous budgets and influence of the powerful right-wing group. The screenplay by first-timer Jonathan Perera sounds well-researched, and characters spout interesting political rhetoric back and forth to each other, but the downside is that it doesn't often sound like people speaking; it sounds like dialogue. However, Chastain and the talented cast frequently manage to smooth this out, and eventually generate a decent amount of anticipation. Things come tumbling down during a fairly cliché denouncement, however. Gugu Mbatha-Raw, John Lithgow, Michael Stuhlbarg, Mark Strong, Alison Pill, Jake Lacy, Sam Waterston, and Dylan Baker are among Chastain's worthy colleagues and combatants. Former Weinstein man John Madden directs competently, forgoing much of the shaky-cam and ill pacing he showed on earlier, middlebrow award contenders. read more...
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        • Moralistic ▶ Yes please
        • Innocence ▶ Seasoned, Savvy, Streetwise
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      Miss Sloane (2016)

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      • With: Jessica Chastain, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, John Lithgow, Michael Stuhlbarg, Mark Strong, Alison Pill, Jake Lacy, Sam Waterston, Dylan Baker
      • Written by: Jonathan Perera
      • Directed by: John Madden
      • MPAA Rating: R for language and some sexuality
      • Running Time: 132 minutes
      • Release Date: 12/08/2016
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      Criminal (2016)

      Trying to explain what happens in this movie is bad enough — you begin to trip all the things that make no sense — but then you're left with the clumsy, jumbled, thoughtless way it's all put together. Stories of characters receiving body parts or organs from mysterious donors have been done, but they are usually told as second-tier chillers, with a measure of fun. Criminal is told seriously, without ever really considering the emotional ramifications of what would happen if a man had another man's thoughts and feelings inside his head. read more...
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        Criminal (2016)

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        • With: Kevin Costner, Gary Oldman, Tommy Lee Jones, Ryan Reynolds, Alice Eve, Gal Gadot, Michael Pitt, Jordi Molla, Antje Traue, Scott Adkins, Amaury Nolasco, Danny Webb, Colin Salmon, Lara DeCaro
        • Written by: Douglas Cook, David Weisberg
        • Directed by: Ariel Vromen
        • MPAA Rating: R for strong violence and language throughout
        • Running Time: 113 minutes
        • Release Date: 04/14/2016
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