September 3, 2010
'A Woman, a Gun and a Noodle Shop' MPAA rating: R for some violence Running time: 1 hour, 35 minutes; Chinese (Mandarin) with English subtitles Playing: In selected theaters
October 7, 2011
'The Women on the 6th Floor' No MPAA rating; In French with English subtitles Running time: 1 hour, 44 minutes Playing: At Laemmle's Royal Theatre, West Los Angeles; Laemmle's Playhouse 7, Pasadena; Laemmle's Town Center 5, Encino; Edwards Westpark 8, Irvine
January 20, 2012
'Miss Bala' MPAA rating: R for language, some brutal violence and sexuality Running time: 1 hour, 53 minutes; Spanish with English subtitles Playing: Chinese 6 Theatre, Hollywood; Landmark Regent Theatre, Westwood; Laemmle Playhouse 7, Pasadena
April 6, 2012
'Once Upon a Time in Anatolia' No MPAA rating; in Turkish with English subtitles Running time: 2 hours, 37 minutes Playing: ATtLaemmle's Music Hall 3, Beverly Hills; Laemmle's Playhouse 7, Pasadena; Laemmle's Town Center 5, Encino
January 31, 2014
'Stranger by the Lake' MPAA rating: Not rated. Running time: 1 hour, 37 minutes, French with English subtitles. Playing: Sundance Sunset Cinemas West Hollywood; Laemmle's Playhouse 7, Pasadena; Monica 4-Plex, Santa Monica.
August 10, 2012
'The Green Wave' No MPAA rating; in English and Farsi with English subtitles Running time: 1 hour, 20 minutes Playing: At Laemmle's Music Hall 3, Beverly Hills; Laemmle's Town Center 5, Encino
August 23, 2012 |
At any other time, the storyline of a film like "R2B: Return to Base" - a reckless young fighter pilot (Korean superstar Rain) is taken down a few pegs by a more experienced and disciplined rival (Yu Jun-sang) and learns the value of teamwork - would likely earn references to "Top Gun. " With the film by chance seeing release so closely after the recent death of "Top Gun" director Tony Scott, one almost feels sorry for "R2B" director Kim Dong-won for how inescapable the comparisons will be. They are not unfounded, of course, as Kim's film looks to get premium mileage from the thrill of a slo-mo formation walk across a tarmac or the whooshing rush of the horizon line slipping by the cockpit.
February 27, 2014 |
The Korean import "Venus Talk" starts off as a light and lively look at the sex lives of 40ish female friends before eventually giving way to something deeper and more thoughtful. It's an enjoyable, often amusing, occasionally touching ride that may not break much new ground but still satisfies its modest goals. The three "Venusians" here each find themselves at a romantic crossroads early in the film. Hae-Young (Jo Min-soo), a single mother and cafe owner, wants the security of marriage from her wedding-averse carpenter boyfriend (Lee Geung-young)