Monthly Archives: September 2017

Baby Driver (2017) ☆☆☆1/2(3.5/4): A slick, efficient jukebox action movie

“Baby Driver” delighted and excited me. Here is a slick, efficient jukebox action movie which mixes familiar genre elements in a way a lot more refreshing and thrilling than expected, and it is electrifying to watch how it deftly and … Continue reading

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American Made (2017) ☆☆☆(3/4): Cruise back in his element

Based on an absurd real-life story involved with CIA, a drug cartel, and the White House, “American Made” gives us some funny moments to savor as cheerfully flying up and down along with its sleazy opportunistic hero. Although it often … Continue reading

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The Big Sick (2017) ☆☆☆1/2(3.5/4): While she is in coma…

Not only smart and thoughtful but also funny and heartfelt, “The Big Sick” brings some fresh air to its genre. Yes, it is basically another story of two different people getting romantically involved with each other, but this small but … Continue reading

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A Monster Calls (2016) ☆☆☆(3/4): A typical but solid fairy tale of grief and anger

“A Monster Calls” is a fairy tale which knows how to engage and enchant its audiences. While its story may be typical and predictable in terms of narrative and characterization, it impresses us with a number of nice fantasy elements … Continue reading

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The Lost City of Z (2016) ☆☆☆1/2(3.5/4): Searching for a lost civilization in jungle

“The Lost City of Z” is something we rarely see these days: a contemporary epic film brimming with classic filmmaking style. As patiently following its hero’s life as well as his several risky explorations in the Amazonian jungle, the movie … Continue reading

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The Beguiled (2017) ☆☆☆(3/4): A disturbance in their insular world

“The Beguiled”, the latest work from Sofia Coppola, is an atmospheric period piece about one small insular world and the quiet disturbance among its few inhabitants. When an outsider happens to be brought into their world, his presence gradually casts … Continue reading

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It (2017) ☆☆☆(3/4): It finally comes….

Stephen King has been known well for creating compelling horror stories from seemingly ordinary backgrounds, and “It” is surely one of his prime examples. As the story and characters are vividly and realistically established in this big, ambitious modern horror … Continue reading

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Tramps (2016) ☆☆☆(3/4): Looking for a briefcase

As a little film about two young strangers who happen to get involved with each other, “Tramps” seems pretty conventional at first, but then it turns out to be a little more distinctive than expected. Although I must confess that … Continue reading

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Other People (2016) ☆☆☆(3/4): As his mother is dying

If you are a seasoned moviegoer like me, you will instantly see that “Other People” is filled with many typical elements you can expect from a bittersweet family comedy drama involved with terminal illness, but, fortunately, the movie is better … Continue reading

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Blue Jay (2016) ☆☆☆(3/4): When they meet again

The premise of “Blue Jay” is quite simple. Two people happen to meet each other, and their old feelings are gradually revived as they talk more with each other. While the movie mainly consists of their private conversation scenes, its … Continue reading

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