Monthly Archives: November 2022

Tár (2022) ☆☆☆1/2(3.5/4): A dry but complex character study from Field and Blanchett

Todd Field’s latest film “Tár” fascinated me a lot for how it is about. While this is basically another familiar tale about art, fame, and personality, the movie is deliberately dry and restrained as patiently doling out a number of … Continue reading

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The Night Owl (2021) ☆☆☆(3/4): He saw what he was not supposed to see…

South Korean film “The Night Owl” is a well-made period drama thriller which mixes fact and fiction a bit better than I expected. While its story and characters are inherently limited by the story from the beginning, the movie still … Continue reading

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Seire (2021) ☆☆☆(3/4): Haunted by his ex-girlfriend

South Korean film “Seire” is a little disturbing psychological drama mainly driven by its flawed ordinary hero’s increasingly unstable mind. As his mind is burdened by more anxiety and guilty along the story, you may often wonder how reliable his … Continue reading

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The Swimmers (2022) ☆☆☆(3/4): Swimmer sisters from Syria

“The Swimmers”, which was released on Netflix a few days ago, is a solid drama film which did its job a bit better than expected. Based on a real-life story of two Syrian swimmer sisters who had to leave their … Continue reading

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The Wonder (2022) ☆☆☆(3/4): She cannot just observe….

Sebastián Lelio’s latest film “The Wonder”, which was released on Netflix a few weeks ago, is quietly tense as its heroine struggles to do her best under one situation which turns out to be more complicated than it seems at … Continue reading

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Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio (2022) ☆☆☆1/2(3.5/4): An enchanting animation film from Guillermo del Toro

It is said that great movie directors do not follow rules but illustrate them instead, and “Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio”, an animation feature film directed by Guillermo del Toro and Mark Gustafson, surely exemplifies that. Yes, we are all familiar … Continue reading

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Armageddon Time (2022) ☆☆1/2(2.5/4): So he grows up…

James Gray’s new film “Armageddon Time” is a somber and melancholic coming-of-age drama which feels rather uneven and superficial despite some good moments to be appreciated. Mainly revolving around a young boy of one stable middle-class Jewish family in New … Continue reading

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Strange World (2022) ☆☆☆(3/4): Into a familiar but fun world

Disney animation feature film “Strange World” is a standard product which turns out to be more spirited and enthusiastic than expected. Sure, this is another familiar family adventure drama besides reminiscent of a number of other adventure films ranging from … Continue reading

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Spirited (2022) ☆☆1/2(2.5/4): A Christmas Carol with song and dance

“Spirited”, which is currently available on Apple TV+, attempts something different with that famous classic short story by Charles Dickens, and the result is mildly engaging on the whole. As frequently serving us song and dance numbers, the movie generates … Continue reading

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Falling for Christmas (2022) ☆☆1/2(2.5/4): An average Christmas product from Netflix

I am old enough to remember how Lindsay Lohan was a promising actress around the early 2000s. After “Mean Girls” (2004), it looked like she was ready to move onto the next step of her burgeoning acting career as shown … Continue reading

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