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Psychomagic, A Healing Art (2019) ☆☆1/2(2.5/4): Psychomagic presented by Jodorowsky

When I heard for the first time about Alejandro Jodorowsky’s unorthodox therapy approach called ‘Psychomagic’, I simply regarded it as a merely interesting artistic element to mention in my reviews on his films. According to Jodorowsky himself, Psychomagic, which is … Continue reading

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Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey (2020) ☆☆☆(3/4): As festive as expected

Netflix film “Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey” is a sweet and cheerful fantasy musical film which is surely ideal for the upcoming holiday season. To be frank with you, I am a dude a little too cranky and melancholic to … Continue reading

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The Life Ahead (2020) ☆☆☆(3/4): Sophia Loren still rules

Italian Netflix film “The Life Ahead” is a sentimental melodrama which is considerably elevated by the indelible screen presence of Sophia Loren, who is one of the legendary movie stars of the 20th Century. Even though the movie does not … Continue reading

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Martin Eden (2019) ☆☆1/2(2.5/4): He wants to be a great writer…

The hero of Italian film “Martin Eden” is probably one of the least interesting writer characters I have ever seen throughout my inconsequential moviegoing experience of around 30 years. While I admire his passion and spirit to some degree, what … Continue reading

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Love and Monsters (2020) ☆☆☆(3/4): Reaching for love across a post-apocalyptic world

“Love and Monsters” is a likable post-apocalyptic movie which often amuses or terrifies us as expected. Although it is more or less than a mere combination of several different genre pieces ranging from “Monsters” (2010) to “Zombieland” (2009), the movie … Continue reading

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The Day I Died: Unclosed Case (2020) ☆☆☆(3/4): She needs to get to the bottom of this case…

South Korean film “The Day I Died: Unclosed Case” is a mystery noir drama which gradually reveals its weary but palpitating heart behind its seemingly detached attitude. Although the mystery of its story is a bit too simple for some … Continue reading

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Let Him Go (2020) ☆☆☆(3/4): A western family drama

“Let Him Go” works best whenever it focuses on the strong and loving relationship of its two lead characters. Right from when they appear at the beginning of the story, we instantly come to sense the long history between them, … Continue reading

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Bad Education (2019) ☆☆☆(3/4): When all begin to fall down for him and his school

HBO TV movie “Bad Education”, which won an Emmy for Outstanding TV Movie a few months ago, is a compelling true crime drama about the largest public school embezzlement in American history. Believe or not, it happened at a school … Continue reading

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The Final Year (2017) ☆☆☆(3/4): The final year of the Obama administration

It is hard for me not to become nostalgic while watching Greg Barker’s documentary film “The Final Year”, which closely looks into the inner workings of the Obama administration during its final year. At that time, many of us were … Continue reading

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Kajillionaire (2020) ☆☆☆(3/4): Stuck with her small-time crook parents

“Kajillionaire” is as quirky and charming as you can expect from Miranda July, who previously delighted us with “Me and You and Everyone We Know” (2005) and “The Future” (2011). Like these two films, the movie often baffles us with … Continue reading

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