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Japan Cuts 2017 Interview: IN THIS CORNER OF THE WORLD Producer Maki Taro on Its Risks and Meaning

In This Corner of the World is already a blockbuster hit in its native Japan.  Japan Cuts hosted the US premiere of the film and I had a chance to chat with its producer, Maki Taro, about the risks and...

Review: ALLIED, In the Territory Between Tribute and Parody

A ripe potboiler, Allied resembles countless World War II motion pictures, yet its intended tone is difficult to discern. Is it meant as a tribute? Or a parody? The answer lies somewhere between the two, obviously, for a movie that...

Christopher Nolan's DUNKIRK Teaser: Wow, That's a Lot of Soldiers

The first teaser for Christopher Nolan's Dunkirk is not about the stars of the movie (including Tom Hardy, Cillian Murphy, Mark Rylance, and Kenneth Branagh) nor about the external forces that left Allied soldiers from Belgium, Britain and France surrounded...

Ryoo Seung-wan Plots WWII Escape Drama In SKYFALL Lair

Now that Veteran is firmly planted in the record books, with the third best haul for a Korean film of all time (13.4 million admissions), director Ryoo Seung-wan is ready to get going on his next feature. There's been talk...

Japan Cuts 2015 Interview: THIS COUNTRY'S SKY Director Arai Haruhiko Talks His Life During Wartime Drama

Screenwriter turned director Arai Haruhiko visits Japan Cuts with his life-during-wartime drama, This Country's Sky. Starring Kudoh Youki and festival favorite Nikaido Fumi as a mother and daughter surviving in the last days of World War II, Director Arai, along...

Review: UNBROKEN Takes The Human Spirit To War, Prison

With Unbroken, Angelina Jolie has once again thwarted many expectations of her own career. She's stepped behind the camera to direct what is not just the most un-ironic "triumph of the human spirit" God/country/apple pie film in a long time,...

Review: THE MONUMENTS MEN, Wartime Patriotism Done Right (Or Left)

"That belongs in a museum!!" "So do you!" That, of course, is an early stretch of dialogue from 1989's Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade. In it, Dr. Jones is battling a posh and jerky villain who's apparently pretty quick with...