Monthly Archives: January 2018

Roman J. Israel, Esq. (2017) ☆☆(2/4): An insipid turkey by Gilroy and Washington

From time to time during Oscar season, we come across films quite disappointing despite talented people behind them, and “Roman J. Israel, Esq.” is one of such dismal examples. Although looking promising to some degrees at first, the movie eventually … Continue reading

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Loveless (2017) ☆☆☆1/2(3.5/4): Gone from a loveless world

Quite moody and chilly right from its opening scene, Russian film “Loveless” calmly observes the end of one bitter marital relationship. Here are two people who probably should not have been together from the very beginning, and the anger and … Continue reading

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The Post (2017) ☆☆☆1/2(3.5/4): Standing up for free press

Steven Spielberg’s new film “The Post” looks at one important moment in the American journalism history, which is all the more relevant at present for good reasons. While it is often a little too blatant in delivering its timely social … Continue reading

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Wonder Wheel (2017) ☆☆(2/4): A colorful misfire from Woody Allen

Woody Allen’s new film “Wonder Wheel” is one of his most visually gorgeous works during recent years. Filled with colorful period atmosphere right from its very first shot, the movie provides a number of beautiful visual moments, and its first-rate … Continue reading

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The Square (2017) ☆☆1/2(2.5/4): Challenging, baffling, and annoying

Swedish comedy film “The Square” challenged me, baffled me, and annoyed me. I sort of understood its points as occasionally amused by some of its satiric moments, and I actually admire its several challenging moments, but I also felt impatient … Continue reading

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The Commuter (2018) ☆☆☆(3/4): Liam Neeson on train (you guess it)

“The Commuter” will be a definite guilty pleasure for you if you have enjoyed a bunch of recent action thriller flicks starring Liam Neeson. Again, he plays a tough guy suddenly thrown into a very urgent circumstance, and you will … Continue reading

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Molly’s Game (2017) ☆☆☆(3/4): A crackling drama from Sorkin and Chastain

“Molly’s Game” is as talky and snappy as you can expect from a work written by Aaron Sorkin, who makes a directorial debut here in this film. While it surely has numerous lengthy dialogue scenes where its characters talk quite … Continue reading

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