Monthly Archives: August 2017

Lady Macbeth (2016) ☆☆☆(3/4): A chilly period drama about one wicked lady

Although it is not based on that Scottish play by William Shakespeare, “Lady Macbeth” is as mean, dark, chilly, and vicious as you can expect from its title. Based on Russian writer Nikolai Leskov’s 1865 novella “Lady Macbeth of the … Continue reading

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The Sense of an Ending (2017) ☆☆1/2(2.5/4): How he remembers – and what really happened

“The Sense of an Ending” curiously feels lukewarm and distant. Although this is a technically well-made drama film equipped with a handful of good performances, the movie simply moves from one narrative point to another while not generating enough emotional … Continue reading

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Annabelle: Creation (2017) ☆☆☆(3/4): That damn possessed doll

“Annabelle: Creation” is as scary as predicted while a bit better than expected. While we are surely served with many things you can expect from a horror flick featuring a malicious possessed doll and a creaky old house, the movie … Continue reading

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Graduation (2016) ☆☆☆1/2(3.5/4): For his daughter’s future

Romanian film “Graduation” is a brilliant moral drama which calmly and incisively delves into not only its ordinary hero’s complex moral circumstance but also a glum, corrupt society surrounding him and others. He simply wants to do what he thinks … Continue reading

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Burning Sands (2017) ☆☆☆(3/4): A hellish pledge week in one black campus

As far I as I can remember, my campus years in Korean Advanced Institute of Science and Technology were mostly uneventful. Unless I watched movies or read books, my mind was usually occupied with getting good grades by any means … Continue reading

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Coin Heist (2017) ☆☆☆(3/4): A small heist for saving their school

“Coin Heist”, which has been available on Netflix since this early January, is a modest but interesting heist film with a touch of “The Breakfast Club” (1985). As a movie about a group of high school kids trying to steal … Continue reading

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The Autopsy of Jane Doe (2016) ☆☆☆(3/4): The autopsy of one spooky corpse

“The Autopsy of Jane Doe” is as spooky as its very title suggests. Its story premise is pretty simple to say the least, but it is enjoyable to watch how the movie carefully accumulates the sense of dread around the … Continue reading

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Raw (2016) ☆☆☆1/2(3.5/4): When she awakens to her carnal craving

Utterly disturbing and gruesome, French horror film “Raw” is definitely not for everyone. Since it was shown at the Cannes Film Festival early in last year, I have heard about how some audiences were quite disturbed or repulsed during its … Continue reading

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The Girl with All the Gifts (2016) ☆☆☆(3/4): The girl with special hunger

Zombie apocalypse flicks are dime a dozen these days, but “The Girl with All the Gifts” injects some fresh new elements into its genre. While we get heaps of rotting zombies as usual, the movie intrigues and engages us via … Continue reading

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I Am the Pretty Thing That Lives in the House (2016) ☆☆☆(3/4): Steady creepiness

“I Am the Pretty Thing That Lives in the House” is a steady exercise in creepiness. After establishing its small, sparse setting, the movie patiently dials up the level of tension bit by bit as its ill-fated heroine is slowly … Continue reading

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