Monthly Archives: January 2019

Close (2019) ☆☆1/2 (2.5/4): A passable action thriller from Nexflix

Netflix movie “Close”, which was released on last Friday, is a passable action thriller with some good things to be appreciated. While it does not break any new ground in its genre territory, the movie brings some nice fresh air … Continue reading

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Matangi/Maya/M.I.A. (2018) ☆☆☆(3/4): An intimate and dynamic portrait of M.I.A.

Documentary film “Matangi/Maya/M.I.A.”, which received the World Cinema Documentary Special Jury Award when it was shown at the Sundance Film Festival early in last year, is an intimate and dynamic portrait of one renowned female musician who is not only … Continue reading

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Boy Erased (2018) ☆☆☆(3/4): A restrained drama on gay conversion therapy program

“Boy Erased” intends to give us a close look into the horror of gay conversion therapy program, and it mostly succeeds as sticking to its restrained but sobering storytelling approach. Although I think it could be angrier and edgier on … Continue reading

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Blaze (2018) ☆☆☆(3/4): Inside Blaze Foley

Ethan Hawke’s “Blaze” is as melancholic and poignant as you can expect from a movie based on the life and career of a rather obscure real-life country musician. While thankfully free of genre conventions and clichés, the movie freely rolls … Continue reading

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Brexit (2019) ☆☆☆(3/4): Behind Brexit

When I encountered the trailer of British TV movie “Brexit”, I wondered whether it was too early to make a film about Brexit. After all, Britain and its government and people are still struggling with the ongoing consequence of that … Continue reading

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The Hate U Give (2018) ☆☆☆(3/4): She won’t be quiet at all

“The Hate U Give”, which is based on the novel of the same name by Angie Thomas, handles a timely subject with earnest care and compassion. Through the intimate human story of a young girl who becomes a lot more … Continue reading

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What They Had (2018) ☆☆☆(3/4): As they are losing her

Calmly observing one family struggling with their difficult personal matter, “What They Had” gives us an intimate drama packed with small but effective emotional moments which let us understand and emphasize with its main characters. As one of them is … Continue reading

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The Underdog (2018) ☆☆☆(3/4): Another solid South Korean animation film to watch

South Korean animation feature film “The Underdog” is something to be appreciated for several good reasons. While distinguishing itself as one of few notable South Korean animation feature films during recent years, the film is also equipped with good story … Continue reading

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Mirai (2018) ☆☆1/2(2.5/4): This willful boy may need another lesson

Japanese animation feature film “Mirai” is a passable piece of work a bit too mild and shallow to impress me enough. Although it provides a number of lovely visual moments as we can expect from a well-made cell animation film, … Continue reading

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The Favourite (2018) ☆☆☆1/2(3.5/4): A queen and her two ladies

Yorgos Lanthimos’ latest film “The Favourite”, which received the Grand Jury Prize at the Venice International Film Festival in last year, is a delightfully edgy period comedy drama film to be savored. While it is relatively less dark and bizarre … Continue reading

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