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So far Christopher Bourne has created 40 blog entries.

12 Years a Slave

Directed by Steve McQueen
Written by John Ridley, based on the book by Solomon Northup
Produced by Brad Pitt, Dede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner, Bill Pohlad, McQueen, Arnon Milchan & Anthony Katagas
Released by Fox Searchlight Pictures
USA. 134 min. Rated R
With Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Fassbender, Benedict Cumberbatch, Paul Dano, Garret Dillahunt, Paul Giamatti, Scoot McNairy, Lupita Nyong’o, Adepero Oduye, […]

By |October 24th, 2013|Book adaptation, Drama, Top Picks|0 Comments

A Touch of Sin

Written & Directed by Jia Zhang-ke
Produced by Shozo Ichiyama
Released by Kino Lorber
Mandarin with English subtitles.
China. 125 min. Not rated
With Zhao Tao, Jiang Wu, Wang Baoqiang & Luo Lanshan
One of the greatest filmmakers currently working, Jia Zhangke has become one of the most vital and poetic chroniclers of modern day China. From his early independent […]

By |October 3rd, 2013|Asian, Crime, Top Picks|0 Comments

From Up on Poppy Hill

Directed by Goro Miyazaki, English-language production directed by Gary Rydstrom
Produced by Toshio Suzuki
Written by Hayao Miyazaki, based on the serialized manga by Chizuru Takahashi & Tetsuro Sayama
Released by GKIDS
Japan. 91 min. Rated PG
With the voices of Gillian Anderson, Sarah Bolger, Beau Bridges, Jamie Lee Curtis, Bruce Dern, Isabelle Fuhrman, Christina Hendricks, Ron Howard, Chris Noth, Emily […]

By |September 3rd, 2013|Animated, DVD/Streaming/On Demand, Japanese|0 Comments

Drinking Buddies

Edited, Written & Directed by Joe Swanberg
Produced by Paul Bernon, Sam Slater, Andrea Roa, Swanberg & Alicia Van Couvering
Released by Magnolia Pictures
USA. 90 min. Rated R
With Olivia Wilde, Jake Johnson, Anna Kendrick & Ron Livingston

Joe Swanberg, besides being one of the most prominent directors of the micro-budgeted independent films known as mumblecore, is also notable […]

By |August 24th, 2013|Indie, Top Picks|0 Comments

Lee Daniels’ The Butler

Directed by Lee Daniels
Produced by Pamela Oas Williams, Laura Ziskin, Mr. Daniels, Buddy Patrick & Cassian Elwes
Written by Danny Strong, inspired by the article “A Butler Well Served by This Election,” by Wil Haygood
Released by the Weinstein Company
USA. 130 min. Rated PG-13
With Forest Whitaker, Oprah Winfrey, Mariah Carey, John Cusack, Jane Fonda, Cuba Gooding Jr., […]

By |August 15th, 2013|American, Costume Drama, Melodrama|0 Comments

Fruitvale Station

Written & Directed by Ryan Coogler
Produced by Nina Yang Bongiovi & Forest Whitaker
Released by the Weinstein Company
USA. 85 min. Rated R
With Michael B. Jordan, Melonie Diaz, Octavia Spencer, Kevin Durand, Chad Michael Murray & Ahna O’Reilly
In the early morning hours of New Year’s Day 2009, 22-year-old Oscar Julius Grant III, a black man and […]

By |July 18th, 2013|Drama, Festivals, Top Picks|0 Comments

A Hijacking

Written & Directed by Tobias Lindholm
Produced by Tomas Radoor & René Ezra
Released by Magnolia Pictures
English, Somali & Danish with English subtitles
Denmark. 99 min. Not rated
With Pilou Asbaek, Soren Malling, Dar Salim, Roland Moller, Gary Skjoldmose Porter & Abdihakin Asgar
Tobias Lindholm’s tense, compelling drama A Hijacking is often as stark and brutally matter-of-fact as its […]

The Guillotines

Directed by Andrew Lau
Produced by Peter Ho-Sun Chan & Jojo Hui Yuet-chun
Written by Aubrey Lam & Joyce Chan;
Released by Well Go USA
Mandarin with English subtitles.
China/Hong Kong. 113. Rated R
With Huang Xiaoming, Ethan Juan, Shawn Yue & Li Yuchun
The latest film from director Andrew Lau (Infernal Affairs) kicks off with a promising and strong opening sequence, […]

By |June 18th, 2013|Action, Asian, Martial arts|0 Comments


Written & Directed by Kim Ki-duk
Produced by Kim Soon-mo
Released by Drafthouse Films
Korean with English subtitles
South Korea. 104 min. Not rated
With Cho Min-soo & Lee Jung-jin
Over the course of a 17-year career, in which he has made 18 films, Korean auteur Kim Ki-duk has often shocked and divided audiences with his singularly uncompromising visions of […]

By |June 13th, 2013|Asian, Crime, Top Picks|0 Comments