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The Platform (2019) ☆☆☆(3/4): Trapped in a big horizontal prison

Spanish film “The Platform”, which won the People’s Choice Award for Midnight Madness at the Toronto International Film Festival, is a small but efficient genre piece trying to push a simple but darkly interesting story idea as much as possible … Continue reading

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I’m No Longer Here (2019) ☆☆☆(3/4): Adrift between Monterrey and NYC

“I’m No Longer Here”, which was released on Netflix in US and several other countries a few months ago, gives us a vivid glimpse into a Mexican subculture probably quite unfamiliar to many of you. Although I must point out … Continue reading

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Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga (2020) ☆☆1/2(2.5/4): Rachel McAdams shines in another usual Will Ferrell movie

Surprise is always important for comedy to work well on audience, and Netflix film “Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga” has two moments which surprised me for making me chuckle a lot. Although I could clearly see in … Continue reading

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Nobody Knows I’m Here (2020) ☆☆☆(3/4): Repressed and detached

Chilean film “Nobody Knows I’m Here”, which was released on Netflix in a number of countries including US in last week, is a somber and detached character drama about one tragically repressed guy who is still reeling from his old … Continue reading

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Invisible Life (2019) ☆☆☆1/2(3.5/4): Two different sisters, Two separate lives

“Invisible Life”, which was selected as Brazil’s official entry for Best International Film Oscar in last year, is a surprisingly absorbing piece of family melodrama. While the story and characters may feel familiar at first, the movie gradually draws us … Continue reading

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Athlete A (2020) ☆☆☆1/2(3.5/4): A shocking sexual abuse case behind USA Gymnastics

It is often difficult to process what is told in Netflix documentary film “Athlete A”, which was released on this Wednesday. Like many other recent documentary films on sexual abuses, the documentary gives us a series of devastating testimonies on … Continue reading

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Disclosure: Trans Lives on Screen (2020) ☆☆☆1/2(3.5/4): Now it is the time for them

Netflix documentary film “Disclosure: Trans Lives on Screen” gives us an enlightening look into how transgender people have been regarded and represented on the media. While never overlooking how unfairly they have been misrepresented in numerous movies and TV shows … Continue reading

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Wasp Network (2019) ☆☆1/2(2.5/4): A sprawling misfire based on one intriguing tale

Olivier Assayas’ new movie “Wasp Network”, which was released on Netflix in last week, is a curious misfire. While it has not only an intriguing story setting but also a bunch of talents assembled together under Assayas’ direction, the overall … Continue reading

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Baseball Girl (2019) ☆☆☆(3/4): You will definitely root for her

I love it when I come to root for a movie character a lot more than expected, and South Korean film “Baseball Girl” is one of such wonderful examples. Like a number of certain unforgettable movie heroines I encountered during … Continue reading

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Onward (2020) ☆☆☆(3/4): A passable work from Pixar Studios

Pixar Studios Animation film “Onward”, which was finally released yesterday in South Korean theaters after several months of delay caused by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, did not surprise me much, and that was a surprise for me. Although the film … Continue reading

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