Monthly Archives: January 2016

Trumbo (2015) ☆☆1/2(2.5/4) : A passable biopic about one legendary Hollywood writer

As a biography film about one legendary Hollywood figure, “Trumbo” looks trivial compared to his larger-than-life status. Here is a man who steadily fought against the injustices inflicted upon himself and his ill-fated colleagues for years while never bending his … Continue reading

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Joy (2015) ☆☆☆(3/4): A messy rags to riches tale supported by Jennifer Lawrence

When I was going through another miserable day of my graduate course during the early 2010s, it happened to be my turn to clean the floor of my laboratory, and I used a newly bought mop for the first time. … Continue reading

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The Danish Girl (2015) ☆☆1/2(2.5/4): Which girl, you mean?

Unlike most of us who are fine with our sexual identity, some people are not comfortable with their body, and many of them are willing to go outside our conventional definition of sexuality. Regardless of whether we approve of this … Continue reading

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Creed (2015) ☆☆☆1/2(3.5/4): Something Old, New, and Unexpected

“Creed” is an underdog movie true to the dogged spirit of its old senior in many ways. Faithfully following its senior’s footsteps with some bittersweet sense of nostalgia, the movie also brings a considerable amount of fresh energy into the … Continue reading

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The Hateful Eight (2015) ☆☆☆1/2 (3.5/4): A snowy and bloody deathtrap a la Tarantino

 Quentin Tarantino’s “The Hateful Eight” is a violent, bloody piece of work drenched in stylish excess and vicious black humor. This aspect will not surprise you if you are familiar with many of Tarantino’s sensational works, but this eighth film … Continue reading

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Room (2015) ☆☆☆1/2(3.5/4): Inside and outside their small room

Beginning with one very grim human condition, “Room” takes us into a small isolated world of its two main characters who have depended only on each other for years. While we are horrified by the darkness of their terrible circumstance, … Continue reading

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The Good Dinosaur (2015) ☆☆1/2(2.5/4) : My Boy Spot

While it is a slick animated feature film on the technical level, “The Good Dinosaur” is not wholly satisfying in terms of story and characters, and that is a surprise considering that it is made by none other than Pixar … Continue reading

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Spotlight (2015) ☆☆☆1/2 (3.5/4): All the Church’s Men

It is always interesting to watch professionals doing their best together. “Spotlight” gives us such an experience like that, and this top-notch journalism drama is calm, concise, comprehensive, and straightforward just like any good investigative article you read from newspapers. … Continue reading

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Brooklyn (2015) ☆☆☆1/2(3.5/4) : A young immigrant between two different worlds

“Brooklyn” is a simple but touching film with lots of heart and mind. This is basically a classic coming-of-age drama with an innocent touch of fairy tale, but it is told so well through exemplary storytelling, commendable period mood, and … Continue reading

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Macadam Stories (2015) ☆☆1/2(2.5/4) : Three stories from a shabby apartment building

In a drab urban neighborhood where everyone looks lonely and isolated, “Macadam Stories” unfolds three different odd stories in parallel. While sharing the common tone and background with each other, these comic tales rarely intersect with each other, and that … Continue reading

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