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Barb and Star Go to Vista Del Mar (2021) ☆☆☆(3/4): Wacky, wacky, wacky!

There are lots of silly and wacky moments in “Barb and Star Go to Vista Del Mar”, a decidedly absurd comedy film which is surprisingly funny and likable even when it goes all the way for surreal outrageousness and sheer … Continue reading

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Judas and the Black Messiah (2021) ☆☆☆(3/4): A revolutionary and his traitor

I must confess that I had some prejudice on the Black Panther Party when I was young and wild many years ago. Probably because of that brief comical moment in “Forrest Gump” (1994), I once regarded the Black Panther Party … Continue reading

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Finding ‘Ohana (2021) ☆☆☆(3/4): A goofy but sincere Hawaiian family adventure flick

“Finding ‘Ohana”, which was released on Netflix in last week, is a goofy but sincere family adventure flick packed with enough fun and entertainment to hold our attention. While apparently wearing the influences from “Raiders of the Lost Ark” (1981) … Continue reading

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To All the Boys: Always and Forever (2021) ☆☆1/2 (2.5/4): Between her love and future

Netflix film “To All the Boys: Always and Forever”, which was released on Netflix yesterday, is the final chapter of the trilogy which began with “To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before” (2018) and then moved onto “To All the … Continue reading

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The Map of Tiny Perfect Things (2021) ☆☆1/2(2.5/4): An adolescent version of Groundhog Day

When I happened to watch the trailer of “The Map of Tiny Perfect Things” a few weeks ago, I could easily discern what I was going to get from it. The movie, which was released on Amazon Prime a few … Continue reading

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News of the World (2020) ☆☆☆(3/4): A conventional western starring Tom Hanks

Paul Greengrass’s latest film “News of the World”, which was released theatrically in US around the end of last year and then released on Netflix on other countries including South Korea yesterday, is a conventional western movie which takes a … Continue reading

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Malcolm and Marie (2021) ☆☆1/2(2.5/4): One bad night between them

“Malcolm and Marie”, which was released on Netflix shortly after having a limited theatrical release in US around the end of last month, trusts its two main performers but only ends up having them stuck in its frustratingly repetitive narrative. … Continue reading

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Palmer (2021) ☆☆1/2(2.5/4): His new beginning with a queer kid

“Palmer”, which was released on Apple+ around the end of last month, could look refreshing if it came out, say, around 10 years ago. As a low-key drama about an ex-con who struggles to start his life again, it often … Continue reading

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Dreamland (2019) ☆☆(2/4): And then he meets this dangerous woman…

“Dreamland”, which had a premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival in April 2019 but only got released in US around the end of last year, is a lackadaisical crime period drama which does not break no particular ground in its … Continue reading

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Fireball: Visitors from Darker Worlds (2020) ☆☆☆1/2(3.5/4): Of meteors and men

Documentary film “Fireball: Visitors from Darker Worlds”, which was released on Apple+ in last November, is alternatively sublime and amusing with its genuine interest and fascination in meteors. As hopping from one interesting place to another around the world, the … Continue reading

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