Before We Vanish (Sanpo suru shinryakusha) (2017)

KIYOSHI KUROSAWA Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.5.  Japan, 2017.  Django Film, Nikkatsu.  Screenplay by Kiyoshi Kurosawa, Sachiko Tanaka, based on the play by Tomohiro Maekawa.  Cinematography by Akiko Ashizawa.  Music by Yûsuke Hayashi.  Film Editing by Kôichi Takahashi.  Cannes Film Festival 2017.   Three aliens come to Earth and take over human bodies, sent here on a scouting mission to get to…

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The Pillow Book

BBB (out of 5) Interesting subject doesn’t play out as well as it should in Peter Greenaway’s playfully erotic tale of Japanese Body Art, but it is worth checking out. Vivian Wu plays a Japanese woman who as a child was taught the ancient art of body calligraphy by her father, and now as an…

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The Thin Red Line

BBBB (out of 5) Poetic, haunting war movie by Terrence Malick (returning to the screen after twenty years) makes a perfect companion piece to Spielberg’s Saving Private Ryan: whatever you don’t like about one you’ll love in the other and vice versa. Jim Caviezel ably leads a huge cast as a meditative, melancholy soldier who, while…

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