Monthly Archives: January 2017

Toni Erdmann (2016) ☆☆☆1/2(3.5/4): Along comes her prankster father…

In comedy, timing is always important. Not only you have to find the exact right moment to draw maximum laughs from your audiences, but also you have to make it sure that your audiences never see that coming beforehand. In … Continue reading

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Moana (2016) ☆☆☆(3/4): When she follows the Ocean’s call

“Moana” is a model Disney animation feature film which dutifully follows its familiar storytelling formula with a number of nice changes and variations. Again, we have a spirited young heroine who comes to find her inner strength through one adventurous … Continue reading

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Nocturnal Animals (2016) ☆☆☆(3/4): Deliberate nastiness

“Nocturnal Animals” makes it very clear from the beginning that it will not be a pleasant experience at all. As reflected by the bold, striking opening sequence which shows an intentionally tasteless art exhibition featuring naked overweight women, this is … Continue reading

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Allied (2016) ☆☆1/2(2.5/4): Pitt and Cotillard in old-fashioned World War II movie

“Allied” attempts to be an old-fashioned World War II movie, and I enjoyed it to some degrees. During its first half, it tries a classic wartime romance, and this is mostly successful thanks to its authentic period atmosphere and two … Continue reading

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Your Name (2016) ☆☆1/2(2.5/4): A pretty and sappy body swap romance

Japanese animation film “Your Name” is as pretty and sappy as it can be as a fantasy romance tale. There are a number of beautiful moments to impress you with their colors and details, and then there are also several … Continue reading

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Misbehavior (2016) ☆☆☆(3/4): Dangerous misbehaviors

South Korean film “Misbehavior” slowly boils with its dark, nervous tale of desire, jealousy, and manipulation. While it is quite uncomfortable mainly due to a number of serious misbehaviors committed by its main characters, the movie is compelling to watch … Continue reading

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The BFG (2016) ☆☆☆(3/4): A little girl and her big friendly giant

“The BFG” is a flawed but pleasant fairy tale with a number of good elements to admire. Although you may become impatient with its rather thin plot and loose narrative pace, the movie is not entirely without charm and wonder … Continue reading

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