Monthly Archives: May 2015

Tomorrowland (2015) ☆☆1/2 (2.5/4) : Ambitious, charming, but ultimately flawed

“Tommorowland” can be admired for what it tries hard to reach for. While being an overcrowding mix of a wondrous fantasy tale, intriguing science fiction ideas, and exciting action scenes, the movie is also equipped with innocent charm and earnest … Continue reading

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The Shameless (2015) ☆☆(2/4) : Plodding around gloom and wretchedness

South Korean film “The Shameless” has a few good things to mention amid its many failures. As a gray crime melodrama about two different people who come across each other in their seedy underworld, it is shrouded in dark, moody … Continue reading

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Spy (2015) ☆☆☆(3/4) : An uproarious action comedy fueled by Melissa McCarthy

Let me tell you one thing: “Spy” is an exhilarating hybrid of action and comedy a lot funnier than whatever its very simple title suggests. With its brash, indomitable comic spirit ready for more outrageous things coming along the plot, … Continue reading

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Alive (2014) ☆☆☆1/2 (3.5/4) : Alive in despair and desperation

Life is hard and difficult for the desperate hero of South Korean independent film “Alive”, a gloomy social drama about the endless struggle and frustration in the gray harsh world where people are bound to find themselves against the wall … Continue reading

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Patang (2011) ☆☆☆1/2 (3.5/4) : The Day of the Kites

What a lovely little film “Patang” is. With no need to follow conventions, this small, vibrant independent film freely floats around many wonderful moments closely observed from one Indian city and its people during their joyous festival days. As we … Continue reading

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Trash (2014) ☆☆(2/4) : Brazilian Slumdogs, so to speak

Somewhere between “City of God” (2002) and “Slumdog Millionaire” (2008), “Trash” has right elements required for its story to tell, but it somehow feels flaccid and uneven in its execution. The movie wants to take us to the bottom of … Continue reading

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While We’re Young (2014) ☆☆☆(3/4) : While they are not that young

   Getting older does not always mean getting wiser. I am now over 30, and I got a Ph.D degree at last early in this year with a job ready for me, but I still do not know well which next … Continue reading

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Mad Max: Fury Road (2015) ☆☆☆1/2 (3.5/4) : Mad Max strikes back again

“Mad Max: Fury Road”, indubitably the best work in the Mad Max series, is a superb action film fully charged with enormous vigor and sparky excitement to overwhelm you to the very end. Mixing old and new elements together in … Continue reading

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Coin Locker Girl (2015) ☆☆☆(3/4) : Two tough women in Chinatown

South Korean film “Coin Locker Girl”, which was released in South Korea as “China Town” a couple of weeks ago and will soon be shown at the upcoming Cannes International Film Festival, applies one fresh setting on its genre conventions. … Continue reading

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Headhunters (2011) ☆☆☆1/2(3.5/4) : When a hunter gets himself hunted

Norwegian film “Headhunters” is a tense, exciting thriller movie which will grab you tightly through its many gripping moments of pure fun and suspense. The movie is usually one or two steps ahead of us as relentlessly driven by its … Continue reading

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