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Resident Evil: Afterlife
Because as everyone knows, the only thing better than zombie-fighting, is zombie-fighting in 3D. Director Paul WS Anderson returns for another entry into super-powered head-buster Alice (Milla Jovovich)’s campaign against the undead. Picking up where Resident Evil: Extinction left off, part four of the series (who says movie franchises based off of video games can’t be successful?) sees Alice assisting the obligatory plucky team of survivors, gathering the rather creepy clones of herself discovered in the last movie and finally — finally!— confronting Wesker (Shawn Roberts), the evil corporate boss behind it all.

• Action, horror • US • English (Japanese subtitles) • 110mins • Starring: Milla Jovovich, Ali Larter • Director: Paul WS Anderson • Sony Pictures


FEATURED DVD REVIEW
Nine
Troubled Italian auteur Guido Contini (Daniel Day-Lewis) opines on the death and rebirth of the ‘dream’ of a film in the opening scenes of the old-fashioned musical Nine, the film version of the hit Broadway 8 ½ remake of the same name. Stuffed with pedigree (Sophia Loren! Judi Dench!), glorious Italian coastlines and strangely unaffecting songs, Nine is a reminder of just how hard it is to make an entertaining film about filmmaking (something that hasn’t been done since, well, probably 8 ½), and how ‘old fashioned’ doesn’t always equal ‘good’.

Burdened with a miserable case of writers’ block, Guido has no idea what to do for his next film. Keeping the Italian press — and his filmmaking staff — at bay has taken its toll, and Guido is left to turn to the various women in life to help sort things out. Does his mistress (Penelope Cruz) have the answers? His dead mother (Loren)? His wife (Marion Cotillard)? Guido mopes.

The viewers discover just how unexciting angst and navel-gazing can be, even when it zips around in a groovy Alfa Romeo. Director Rob Marshall (Chicago) is no stranger to cinematic adaptations of musicals, which is why it’s strange to behold just how cold and impersonal Nine is. Managing the neat trick of making some of the most talented actresses working seem lifeless, Marshall strands Cruz and company onscreen with very little to do, and — as there are lot of women to shuffle through the story — very little time to do it. The film momentarily pops to life with ‘Cinema Italiano’, a dazzling Kate Hudson number, but soon retreats back into misery, along with Guido. As the man said, sometimes the dream comes back to life, and sometimes ...

• Musical • US • English (Japanese subtitles) • 118mins • Starring: Daniel Day-Lewis, Judi Dench, Penelope Cruz • Director: Rob Marshall • The Weinstein Company


Kansai Cinema Listings

OSAKA

TOHO CINEMAS UMEDA

(HEP NAVIO 7~9F) Tel: 06-6316-1312
Wed for women ¥1,000, Fri.
1st & 14th of the months ¥1,000
after 8pm ¥1,200
http://www.toho.co.jp

www.tohotheater.jp

Now showing: Tokyojima, The A-Team

From Sep 10: Biohazard IV – Resident Evil: Afterlife

From Sep 11: The Last Staion

From Sep 17: Eat Pray Love

From Sep 18: Umizaru — The Last Message

From Sep 25: Jyusanninno Shikaku

UMEDA PICCADILLY

(Above Izumi-no Hiroba)
Tel: 06-6315-1414
Wed for women ¥1,000
after 8pm ¥1,200.
www.shochiku-eigakan.com/

From Sep 4: Beck

From Sep 10: Biohazard IV – Resident Evil: Afterlife


UMEDA BURG7

(South From Hansin Dep. Store, E-MA Build. 7~13F)
06-4795-7602
Wed for women ¥1,000, after 8pm ¥1,200
except Sat every first of the month ¥1,000
www.t-joy.net

Now showing: Cats and Dogs 2, Tokyojima

From Sep 4: Beck

From Sep 10: Biohazard IV – Resident Evil: Afterlife

From Sep 25: Tsunami


UMEDA GARDEN CINEMA

(Umeda Sky Build. Tower East 4F)
06-6440-5977
Wed for women ¥1,000
Every first of the month ¥1,000
www.kadokawa-gardencinema.jp

Now showing: Le Consert, Toilet

From Sep 4: Winter Soldier


CINE LIEBRE UMEDA

(Umeda Sky Build. Tower East 3F)
Tel: 06-6440-5930
Wed for women ¥1,000
1st & 15th of the month ¥1,000
www.cinelibre.jp

Now showing: Frozen

From Sep 4: Mao’s Last Dancer

From Sep 25: Afterwards


THEATER UMEDA

(Umeda Loft B1F) 06-6359-1080
on Wed for women ¥1,000
on Tue for men ¥1,000
first of the month ¥1,000

Now showing: Abschiedswalzer Zwei Frauen um Chopin, Let the Light One In

From Sep 11: L’affaire Farewell

From Sep 18: About Elly

From Sep 18: Gaspard et Lisa


CINE POP

(1-2-3 Sennichimae 2-11-5 Shikishima Build.)
Tel: 06-6641-3719
Wed for women ¥1,000
1st & 14th of the month ¥1,000
after 8pm ¥1,200

Now showing: Tokyo Jima

From Sep 11: The Last Staion, The Girl Who Played With Fire


TOHO CINEMAS NAMBA

(8F, 3-8-9, Chuo-ku, Osaka) Tel: 06-6633-1040
Wed for women ¥1,000
1st & 14th of the month ¥1,000
after 8pm ¥1,200
www.tohotheater.jp/theater/namba

Now showing: Cats and Dogs 2,

From Sep 10: Biohazard IV – Resident Evil: Afterlife

From Sep 17: Eat Pray Love

From Sep 18: The Last Message Umizaru

From Sep 25: Jyusanninno Shikaku


NAMBA PARKS CINEMA

Inside Namba Park 6F, 8F, 9F
Tel: 06-6643-3215.
Wed for women ¥1,000
1st of the month ¥1,000
after 8pm ¥1,200

Now showing: Toilet

From Sep 4: Beck

From Sep 10: Biohazard IV – Resident Evil: Afterlife

From Sep 25: Tsunami


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Inside Big Step 4F
Tel: 06-6282-0815.
Wed for women ¥1,000
Mon for men ¥1,000 1st of the month ¥1,000

From Sep 18: Secret, Kamisama Help!
From Sep 25: Broken Blade, Onichanno Hanabi


KYOTO

MOVIX KYOTO

(Nakagyo-ku, Shinkyogoku, Sanjyo-sagaru, Sakuranomachi 400banchi) Tel: 075(254)3215
Wed for women ¥1,000
1st&20th of the month ¥1,000
after 8pm ¥1,200
http://www.movix.jp

Now showing: Cats and Dogs 2, The A-Team

From Sep 4: Beck

From Sep 10: Biohazard IV – Resident Evil: Afterlife

From Sep 18: Umizaru — The Last Message

From Sep 25: Tsunami


KYOTO CINEMA

(Cocon Torimaru Bldg. 3F, Shijo-Kudaru, Torimaru-dori.)
Tel: 075(353)4723
Wed ¥1,300
every first of the month ¥1000

Now showing: Toilet, Zombieland, Je t’aime moi non plus, Entre les murs

From Sep18: Mother Teresa, Micmacs A Tire-Larigotf, Good Morning President

From Sep 25: Gaspard et Lisa, IVAW, The Men Who Stare at Goats


TOHO CINEMAS NIJO

(Inside BiVi Nijo 4F) Tel: 075(813)2410
Wed for women ¥1,000
1st&14th of the month ¥1,000
after 8pm ¥1,200

Now Showing: The A-Team, Cats and Dogs 2

From Sep 10: Biohazard IV – Resident Evil: Afterlife

From Sep 11: The Last Staion

From Sep 17: Eat Pray Love

From Sep 18: Umizaru — The Last Message

From Sep 25: Jyusanninno Shikaku


KOBE

OS CINE MINT KOBE

(Inside MINT Kobe 9-12F) Tel: 078-291-5330
Tue. for women ¥1,000
1st of the month ¥1,000
after 8pm ¥1,200

Now showing: Cats and Dogs 2

From Sep 18: The Last Meessage Umizaru

From Sep 10: Biohazard IV – Resident Evil: Afterlife

From Sep 17: Eat Pray Love

From Sep 25: Jyusanninno Shikaku


KOBE KOKUSAI SHOCHIKU

(Chuo-ku, Goko-dori 8-1-6 Kobe Kokusai Kaikan, 11F)
Tel: 078-230-3580
Tue for women ¥1,000
1st of the month ¥1,000.
after 8pm ¥1,200

www.shochiku.co.jp/cinema/theaters

Now showing: Tokyo Jima, Jennifer’s Body

From Sep 3: Beck

From Sep 10: Biohazard IV – Resident Evil: Afterlife


SANNOMIYA CINE PHONEIX

(Harborland Mosaic 3F) TEL: 078-360-7000
Tue for women ¥1,000
1st of the month ¥1,000.

From Sep 11: Good Morning President, Kimiga Odoru, Natsu

From Sep 25: Tsunami


CINE MOSAIC

(Harborland Mosaic 3f) TEL: 078-360-7000
Tue for women ¥1,000
1st&16th of the month ¥1,000
after 8pm ¥1,200

Now showing: Hanamizuki

From Sep 18: Umizaru — The Last Message


CINE LIBRE KOBE

(Chou-ku, Namihana-cho 59) Tel: 078-334-2126
Tue for women ¥1,000
1st&15th of the month ¥1,000
http://www.nikkatsu.com

Now showing: Zombieland, Il Papa Di Giovanna, Toilet

From Sep 11: The Last Station

From Sep 18: Micmacs

From Sep 25: The Secret In Their Eyes


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