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Small Axe: Education (2020) ☆☆☆1/2(3.5/4): A kid stuck at the bottom of the system

As your average constant movie reviewer, I was certainly quite interested in watching Steve McQueen’s exceptional movie anthology series “Small Axe”, which happened to be selected as one of the best works of 2020 among many film critics groups in … Continue reading

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Small Axe: Alex Wheatle (2020) ☆☆☆(3/4): How he came to tell his story

Steve McQueen’s movie anthology series “Small Axe” firmly held my attention as I watched its first three movies, which were incidentally shown at a number of major films festivals including the New York Film Festival before all of five films … Continue reading

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Small Axe: Red, White and Blue (2020) ☆☆☆1/2(3.5/4): Against the system he walks into

During last two days, I finally watched Steve McQueen’s movie anthology series “Small Axe”, which generated some hoopla during the recent Oscar season as receiving a bunch of nominations and awards from several major film critics associations including the LA … Continue reading

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Small Axe: Lovers Rock (2020) ☆☆☆1/2(3.5/4): Their one romantic night to remember

Steve McQueen’s remarkable movie anthology series “Small Axe” impressed me a lot for many reasons. Although I have only watched its first two movies at this point, I already marvel at the vivid presentation of Black British people and their … Continue reading

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Small Axe: Mangrove (2020) ☆☆☆1/2(3.5/4): The Trial of the Mangrove Nine

During the latest Oscar season, there was a rather trivial controversy on Steve McQueen’s ambitious film anthology series “Small Axe”. While its first three films were respectively shown at a number of movie festivals including the New York Film Festival … Continue reading

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Falling (2020) ☆☆☆(3/4): An angry bitter old man and his good son

Viggo Mortensen’s directorial debut film “Falling” is a somber and melancholic drama which mainly revolves around a strained relationship between one angry bitter old man and his good son. While often observing how unlikable and unpleasant this old dude really … Continue reading

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Not Out (2021) ☆1/2 (1.5/4): Out, please

South Korean film “Not Out” is the latest example of those drab and miserable movies about angry and disaffected South Korean lads. While there are some recent better cases including Lee Chang-dong’s rather overrated “Burning” (2018), this one is hopelessly … Continue reading

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Caught in the Net (2020) ☆☆☆(3/4): A disturbing and gripping exposé of online sexual predators

Rarely have I felt an urgent need to calm down myself with a glass of drink or anything, but I had such a feeling while watching Czech documentary film “Caught in the Net”, which was released as “#WeWatchYou” in South … Continue reading

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The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It (2021) ☆☆(2/4): A subpar entry in the series

To be frank with you, I am not a big fan of “The Conjuring” (2013) and its several sequels and spin-off flicks. Yes, most of them are competent products while not entirely without entertaining aspects, but I usually observed their … Continue reading

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Riders of Justice (2020) ☆☆☆1/2(3.5/4): A whimsical tale of grief and vengeance

Danish film “Riders of Justice” is an unorthodox mix of drama, comedy, and violence which will catch you off guard more than once during your viewing. As deftly swinging back and forth between dark offbeat comedy and serious revenge drama, … Continue reading

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