(Japan) A delicate ode to nature and food, “An” is named after the sweet red bean filling of a dorayaki pancake sandwich. Sentaro recruits the eccentric 76-year-old Tokue to help out at his stall, where sales soon begin to skyrocket thanks to Tokue’s careful cooking. Opened Jan 28.
Kill The Messenger
(USA) Michael Cuesta (TV’s “Homeland”) brings the true story of investigative reporter Gary Webb to the big screen. Jeremy Renner plays Webb, who put his life on the line in the 90s when he uncovered the CIA’s involvement in crack cocaine smuggling to fund rebels in Nicaragua. Renner doesn’t disappoint, and the dark story is apt for our times. Opened Jan 28.
The Last Women Standing
(China) Shu Qi is Ruxi, a 35-year-old educated boss bitch who, along with her successful girlfriends (Hao Lei and Xiong Dailin), is suddenly facing the pressure to settle down with a man. In comes the dashing 25-year-old Ma Sai (Eddie Peng), a new assistant at Ruxi’s company, who presumably swoops in and saves her heart. But in what world would these ass-kicking ladies need saving? Opened Jan 28.
Les Aventures d’Anthony
(China) Zhou Xun’s first film from the producer’s seat is a story about a 20-something’s experience of leaving his hometown of Dalian to study in Melbourne, while his soulmate Ying also leaves for Japan. Long distance always sucks! Opened Jan 28.