The film "Apolitical Romance" (對面的女孩殺過來), by first-time director Hsieh Chun-Yi (謝駿毅), is a rom-com crossing stars over the Taiwan Strait. Nerdy, softspoken Taiwanese A-cheng (阿正), played by rising star Bryan Chang Shu-hao (張書豪), is paired with a feisty, loud Qin Lang (秦朗), played by Huang Lu (黃璐).
With a predominantly Asian cast, "Almost Perfect" may at first strike you as an ethnocentric film like the movie director Bertha Bay-sa Pan debuted in her days at Brown University, "Face." However, as you become more and more absorbed in the movie, you realize the conflicts and problems developed in the storyline derive from everyone just being all too human. It's a film where the story told is so incredibly detailed and realistically that nothing is surprising or neverbefore-seen different.
"Daring" isn't a word you would use very much to describe 2011's "The Hangover Part II," the disappointingly lazy, beat-for-beat rehash of the wild and wildly successful original "Hangover" from 2009.
The Norwegian directing team of Joachim Roenning and Espen Sandberg, whose biopic of World War II resistance fighter Max Manus was a huge hit on home turf, have turned to another native hero for "Kon-Tiki." One of the most-vaunted escapades of the 20th century,
An all-star comedy that leans on its stars to conjure laughs out of thin air, "The Incredible Burt Wonderstone" is about veteran magicians who find themselves suddenly less relevant when Mr. New and Edgy shows up and upstages them on the Vegas Strip.
"Oz the Great and Powerful" aims for nostalgia in older viewers who grew up on "The Wizard of Oz" and still hold the classic dear, while simultaneously enchanting a newer, younger audience. It never really accomplishes either successfully.
Michael Haneke takes a subject you don't often see in movies and probably don't even want to see -- the slow, steady deterioration of an elderly woman -- and handles it with great grace in "Amour."
Imagine a "Twilight" where the panting, flirting teens were in on the joke, where the gulf between them was more about communication skills than supernatural schisms.
Zany, rambunctious and visually stunning, "Wreck-It Ralph" plunders the world of arcade video games to create a fantasy / comedy where onscreen avatars party like merry hell after the playland closes. Think "Tron" with belly laughs. Or "Night at the Museum" with any laughs.
Movies often tend to fulfill the destiny of their main characters. Some are made to be loved, others are made to be cursed. With a title that evokes imagery of some rapper's rise to fame rather than a foolish comedy about a cursed dog, director Lee Tian-jue (李天爵) really endeavors to disappoint.