Monthly Archives: June 2018

Girls Trip (2017) ☆☆☆(3/4): When four African American ladies go wild

Quite willing to be broad and excessive, “Girls Trip” amused and tickled me. While it sometimes goes too far for laughs in my inconsequential opinion, the movie is mostly funny and hilarious as cheerfully rolling with its four African American … Continue reading

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Brawl in Cell Block 99 (2017) ☆☆☆(3/4): Inexorable descent into sheer brutality

While delivering a fair share of remorseless violence to shock you, “Brawl in Cell Block 99” patiently takes its time before delivering that, and I sort of appreciate its slow but inexorable descent into sheer brutality. While some of those … Continue reading

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Beach Rats (2017) ☆☆☆(3/4): Bright summer days of a sexually confused lad

Calmly and closely observing bright summer days of its sexually confused hero, “Becah Rats” gives us a palpable sense of uncertainties surrounding him. While not so sure about his sexuality, he casually lets himself drifted around drug and sex, and … Continue reading

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Super Dark Times (2017) ☆☆☆(3/4): A dark, disturbing coming-of-age drama thriller

“Super Dark Times” is a dark, disturbing coming-of-age drama which turns out to be more unnerving and compelling than expected. Set in a suburban area of New York State, the movie initially presents itself as a calm, realistic depiction of … Continue reading

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Gifted (2017) ☆☆☆(3/4): What is the best for her?

As a conventional family melodrama which clearly wants to pull your heartstrings, “Gifted” does not bring anything new to its genre territory, but it did its job better than expected. While maintaining its balance mostly well between two conflicting opinions … Continue reading

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Kodachrome (2017) ☆☆1/2(2.5/4): A predictable road movie shot on 35mm Kodak film

In short, “Kodachrome” is your average road movie. Thoroughly conventional and predictable at its every key narrative point, the movie did not surprise me or touch me much. While there are several good elements to notice, they are not enough … Continue reading

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In Between Seasons (2016) ☆☆☆(3/4): With her son’s boyfriend

South Korean “In Between Seasons” is a mild but sensitive drama which respects and cares about its two main characters who have been close to each other but then suddenly come to confront an invisible gap between them. As carefully … Continue reading

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Hereditary (2018) ☆☆☆1/2(3.5/4): A creepy and insidious horror masterwork

“Hereditary” is a creepy and insidious horror masterwork you have to see for yourself. Alternatively unsettling and harrowing in its unflinching depiction of an ordinary family under some eerie influence, the movie will disturb and then overwhelm you as pushing … Continue reading

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Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (2018) ☆☆(2/4): The Insipid Return to Jurassic World

25 years ago, there was a film called “Jurassic Park” (1993), and I still remember how much I and other audiences were amazed by its many vivid, awe-inspiring moments of various dinosaurs roaming on the screen. Although it looks a … Continue reading

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Game Night (2018) ☆☆☆(3/4): This is one nutty game night

Surprise is always important in comedy, and “Game Night” surprised me as a good comedy film. Because I saw its trailer a few months ago, I had a pretty good idea on where its story was going, but then it … Continue reading

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