Monthly Archives: December 2018

Bumblebee (2018) ☆☆☆(3/4): A girl meets Bumblebee

When I heard about “Bumblebee” for the first time early in this year, I did not have much expectation on this prequel/spin-off of the Transformers series. After all, I suffered no less than four sequels after “Transformers” (2007) came out, … Continue reading

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The Guilty (2018) ☆☆☆1/2(3.5/4): A taut, suspenseful thriller on the phone

“The Guilty”, which was selected as the Danish entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 2019 Academy awards and was recently included in the category short-list early in this month, is a taut, suspenseful thriller which is quite … Continue reading

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The Sisters Brothers (2018) ☆☆☆(3/4): Two hitman brothers in the West

Jacques Audiard’s new film “The Sisters Brothers” is an offbeat work which has a small fun with its familiar genre elements. As leisurely rolling its main characters along their long, perilous journey, the movie deftly balances itself between gritty violence, … Continue reading

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When Jeff Tried to Save the World (2018) ☆☆☆(3/4): Meet Jeff the Manager

“When Jeff Tried to Save the World” is about an ordinary guy who tries to save his workplace, and it did its job a little better than expected. Leisurely observing his diligent efforts, the movie often gives us small humorous … Continue reading

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The Party (2017) ☆☆☆(3/4): One eventful evening meeting

Sally Potter’s latest film “The Party”, which received the Guild Film Prize at the Berlin International Film Festival early in last year, is a little enjoyable experience to be savored and appreciated. While it simply puts several various characters into … Continue reading

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Bird Box (2018) ☆☆1/2 (2.5/4): Don’t open your eyes…

“Bird Box”, which was released in US in last week and then became widely available via Netflix this Friday, begins with a chilling premise and then provides a number of good moments to scare and unnerve us. I was entertained … Continue reading

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Swing Kids (2018) ☆☆☆(3/4): Tap dancing at a Korean War prison camp

There are several spirited moments in South Korean film “Swing Kids”, a funny, delightful comedy drama movie about a group of different characters trying to do a tap dance performance at a Korean War prison camp. Although it starts to … Continue reading

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The House That Jack Built (2018) BOMB: A dreary exercise in cruelty and depravity

To be frank with you, I had some serious concern before watching Lars von Trier’s latest film “The House That Jack Built”. I heard that many audiences walked out of the screening room when it was shown at the Cannes … Continue reading

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Aquaman (2018) ☆☆1/2(2.5/4): Aquaman Cometh

If “Aquaman” came 10 years ago, I would probably be more generous to it. Sure, it has several spectacular sequences to be enjoyed on a big screen, and it has more sense of fun and humor compared to that solemn … Continue reading

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The Drug King (2018) ☆☆(2/4): The trite rise and fall of a drug lord

South Korean crime drama “The Drug King” bored me without much interest or excitement. While there is nothing particularly new or fresh here in terms of story, characters, and other genre aspects, the movie does not even have enough distinctive … Continue reading

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