Movie Reviews

JFF – Ancien and the Magic Tablet

Director Kenji Kamiyama Staring Mitsuki Takahata, Shinnosuke Mitsushima, Yôsuke Eguchi Rated Recommended for all ages Score 6/6 Kokone has university exams to prepare for, but instead she dozes off. Even when her father is unceremoniously arrested prior to the Tokyo Olympics and the family is hiding away a mystery or two she finds herself taking…

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JFF – Flower and Sword

Director Tetsuo Shinohara Starring Ennosuke Ichikawa IV, Kiichi Nakai, Mansai Nomura Rated Recommended for ages 15 and over (contains moderate themes and mild violence.) Score 6/6 In the late 16th century, after the death of Nobunaga Oda, Hideyoshi Toyotomi takes power. The age of war is about to end, but Hideyoshi Toyotomi’s rule makes life…

JFF – Tori Girl!

Director Tsutomu Hanabusa Starring Elaiza Ikeda, Tao Tsuchiya, Mahiro Takasugi, Shotaro Mamiya Recommended for ages 12 and over. Rated 6/6 Yukina has always been the go-with-the-flow type. Unknowingly—and rather frustratingly—she drifts into a second-rate university where everybody looks like a bespectacled geek. During O-Week, she meets Kei, a cute upperclassman who recruits her into the…

JFF – My Uncle

Director Nobuhiro Yamashita Starring Ryuhei Matsuda, Riku Onishi & Yoko Maki Recommended for ages 12 and over. Score 6/6 Primary school student Yukio is faced with writing a class assignment about a family member. After a few false starts, he settles on his uncle, his father’s colourful but freeloading younger brother, who lives with the…

Flatliners (2017)

Director Niels Arden Oplev Starring Ellen Page, Diego Luna, Nina Dobrev Rated M Score 1/6 Five medical students, obsessed by what lies beyond the confines of life, embark on a daring experiment: by stopping their hearts for short periods, each triggers a near-death experience – giving them a firsthand account of the afterlife. There is…

JFF – Birds without Names – The Movie Boards

Director Kazuya Shiraishi Starring Yu Aoi and Sadao Abe Rated Recommended for ages 15 and over. Score 5/6 Tawako’s boyfriend is not her kind, but she puts up with it in exchange for shelter. Her old boyfriend of almost a decade ago is long gone, and was also not nice, but like most girls she…

Kingsman: The Golden Circle

Director Matthew Vaughn Starring Taron Egerton, Colin Firth, Mark Strong Rated MA Score 5/6 When their headquarters are destroyed and the world is held hostage, the Kingsman’s journey leads them to the discovery of an allied spy organization in the US. These two elite secret organizations must band together to defeat a common enemy. Before…

One Last Heist

Director Ronnie Thompson Starring Matthew Goode, Stephen Moyer, Joely Richardson Rated M Score 4/6 In April 2015, the Hatton Garden Safe Deposit Company, an underground safe deposit facility in London’s Hatton Garden area, was burgled by 4 elderly men. The total stolen may have a value of up to £200 million, the incident has been…

Ratchet & Clank

Director Kevin Munroe, Jericca Cleland Starring James Arnold Taylor, David Kaye, Jim Ward Rated PG Score 3/6 When the galaxy comes under the threat of a nefarious space captain, a mechanic and his newfound robot ally join an elite squad of combatants to save the universe. I’ve been putting off watching this one for the…

Alien: Covenant

Director Ridley Scott Starring Michael Fassbender, Katherine Waterston, Billy Crudup Rated MA Score 2/6 The crew of a colony ship, bound for a remote planet, discover an uncharted paradise with a threat beyond their imagination, and must attempt a harrowing escape. I would like to express my sincerest congratulations to Mr. Ridley Scott for his…