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Set in the Bronx in 1964, Doubt centers on the battle between a nun (Meryl Streep) and a charismatic priest (Philip Seymour Hoffman) who she believes is abusing a black student. The performances by the two protagonists are stunning. A spellbinding movie.

A touching movie with intense scenes and superb acting that is highly recommended for lovers of drama and intrigue. The performances of Anne Hathaway and Patrick Wilson, together with the rest of the fabulous cast, make this not completely original story a gem to watch.

A young therapist (Anne Hathaway) is assigned to work with a group of survivors of a plane crash. But after her clients begin to disappear one at a time, she finds herself embroiled in a mystery to which one of the survivors may hold the key. The ending reminds me of The Sixth Sense.

As a devoted fan of the “Dragonball” series of comics and cartoons, I am truly disappointed that the film doesn’t stick to the original story. While it does reproduce some of the more clichéd elements of the original, they are done poorly. A huge disappointment.

This unappealing version of the popular Japanese manga by Akira Toriyama follows young warrior Son Goku (Justin Chatwin) as he sets out to collect a set of seven magical orbs and do battle with the evil King Piccolo.

This is an exceptional film (even knowing how it ends) about a plot by senior German officers to assassinate Hitler. The first-class acting of the star cast, led by Tom Cruise as Colonel Claus von Stauffenberg, and the direction of Bryan Singer make this film a must-see.

Based on the true story of a group of disillusioned Nazi officers that hatches a plan to kill Hitler during the height of World War II, this politically charged war film features a star-studded cast. Tom Cruise produces a compelling performance as Colonel Claus von Stauffenberg.


smokin' give it a go abort

She is Yuko Akisato, manager of the Video Library.


With a seriously outstanding cast, director John Patrick Shanley delivers an excellent film that keeps your mind engaged and eyes glued to the screen. The film will have you thinking and rethinking the layers of the storyline and profound theme. Definitely worth watching.


He is Club President Lance Lee.



new titles Drama

Enchanted April Four London women explore romance and reexamine life’s possibilities during a month-long holiday in a seaside Italian villa in this beautiful, sleepy 1992 film. Brideshead Revisited A moving tale of forbidden love and the loss of innocence set in pre-World War II England, based on Evelyn Waugh’s classic 1945 novel. Starring Emma Thompson.

Action Taken A retired CIA officer (Liam Neeson) heads on a fastpaced quest for his abducted teenage daughter and her underworld captors in this adrenaline-injected thriller. Underworld: Rise of the Lycans The third installment of the shadowy vampire flick franchise, this prequel shines a light on the origins of the feud between the Death Dealer bloodsuckers and werewolf Lycans.

Comedy Paul Blart: Mall Cop Rotund-bellied comic Kevin James (TV’s “The King of Queens”) is a single dad forced to relinquish his dream of donning a New Jersey state trooper badge and earn a paycheck instead as a shopping mall security guard.

Documentary NBC News Presents Yes We Can! The Barack Obama Story A look back at US President Barack Obama’s life and the unprecedented 2008 election, narrated by “NBC Nightly News” anchor Brian Williams.

Family A Plumm Summer The most popular resident of one small American town in the 1960s, a beloved TV puppet named Froggy Doo, goes missing and two young brothers, Elliott and Rocky Plumm, take on the FBI in trying to crack the case. Based on a true story.

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iNTOUCH June 2009  

Tokyo American Club’s monthly magazine, iNTOUCH

iNTOUCH June 2009  

Tokyo American Club’s monthly magazine, iNTOUCH