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I Don’t Feel at Home in This World Anymore (2017) ☆☆☆(3/4): What happens to Ruth

Netflix film “I Don’t Feel at Home This World Anymore” is a little dark comedy which becomes more absurd and violent than expected as bouncing from one point to another along with its two main characters. We are tickled at … Continue reading

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Little Boxes (2016) ☆☆1/2(2.5/4): As they are trying to settle in a suburb

“Little Boxes” is a mild comedy about one family trying to settle in their new neighborhood. Although the result is less edgy and satiric than it could be while not showing anything particularly new about its familiar main subjects, we … Continue reading

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Malignant (2021) ☆☆1/2(2.5/4): A nutty outrageous horror thriller film by James Wan

James Wan’s new film “Malignant” is so relentlessly nutty and outrageous that I am still scratching my head on how to evaluate whether it works. While I did get a fair share of laughs and thrills from this rather deranged … Continue reading

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The Best Years of a Life (2019) ☆☆☆(3/4): Still Living (and Loving)

Claude Lelouch’s latest film “The Best Years of a Life” is a sentimental epilogue which frequently takes us back to the nostalgic memories of its two main characters, who passionately fell in love in Lelouch’s Oscar-winning film “A Man and … Continue reading

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Worth (2020) ☆☆☆(3/4): What Is Life Worth?

“Worth”, which was released in South Korean theaters several months ago while released on Netflix in US a few weeks ago, attempts to examine what is really fair and just in evaluating the individual worth of many different human lives … Continue reading

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Respect (2021) ☆☆1/2(2.5/4): A conventional biopic starring Jennifer Hudson

“Respect” is a thoroughly conventional musician biopic whose glaring flaws are occasionally compensated by the strong performance from its lead actress. Whenever the movie lets us down during its rather long running time (145 minutes), she always lifts it up … Continue reading

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In the Same Breath (2021) ☆☆☆1/2(3.5/4): Another important documentary of the COVID-19 pandemic era

HBO documentary film “In the Same Breath” is another important record of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic era. Mostly sticking to personal stories to show and tell, the documentary calmly and harrowingly observes how things went wrong in China and then … Continue reading

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Dreaming Cat (2020) ☆☆☆(3/4): Save those stray cats

To be frank with you, I cannot possibly be objective about South Korean documentary film “Dreaming Cats”, which is about many different cats living in abandoned neighborhoods to be demolished sooner or later. As a guy who does not have … Continue reading

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Good Person (2020) ☆☆☆(3/4): A teacher oscillating between faith and doubt

South Korean film “Good Person” is a calm but tense drama mainly revolving around the gloomy plight of one man oscillating between faith and doubt after one devastating incident. Struggling with the resulting grief and anger, he simply tries to … Continue reading

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Beyond You (2020) ☆☆☆(3/4): Beyond Him

To be frank with you, I was rather bored during the first 30 minutes of South Korean independent film “Beyond You” because I did not know much about what and how it was going to be about. On the surface, … Continue reading

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