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Tampopo

Tampopo

Savor the delectable comedy Tampopo on a full stomach. Juzo Itami’s 1985 paean to the fastidious preparation and blissful consumption of food can still be enjoyed solely as a satisfying feast, but it’s also a biting satire of Japanese culture and its uneasy incorporation of Western influences.

R100

R100

Watching R100, you may begin to feel like the beleaguered movie executives who occasionally appear onscreen to comment on the increasingly bizarre action. Hitoshi Matasumoto straddles arthouse and grindhouse with this pitch black comedy, which follows a Japanese salesman and single father (Nao Ohmori) who’s

Delusions of Guinevere

Delusions of Guinevere

Beneath the rom-com pacing and peppy underscoring of a Lifetime movie, Delusions of Guinevere is a surprisingly dark satire of modern celebrity. Ariana Bernstein, who co-wrote and co-produced with director Joanna Bowzer, casts herself as former child star Guinevere James, who has not transitioned to

The Congress

The Congress

In the strangest case of actors playing a version of themselves since Being John Malkovich, Robin Wright mines her cinematic history for The Congress. Part Hollywood satire, part trippy animation (inspired by Stanislaw Lem’s The Futurological Congress), Ari Folman’s head-spinning rumination questions the hidden cost

You Don't Mess with the Zohan

You Don’t Mess with the Zohan

Adam Sandler may not actually wear a costume in You Don’t Mess with the Zohan, but his Israeli commando is a superhero nonetheless, albeit a comic one. Gifted with superhuman speed, agility, and strength – the ability to leap down small buildings and stop a