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The Swimmers (2022) ☆☆☆(3/4): Swimmer sisters from Syria

“The Swimmers”, which was released on Netflix a few days ago, is a solid drama film which did its job a bit better than expected. Based on a real-life story of two Syrian swimmer sisters who had to leave their … Continue reading

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The Wonder (2022) ☆☆☆(3/4): She cannot just observe….

Sebastián Lelio’s latest film “The Wonder”, which was released on Netflix a few weeks ago, is quietly tense as its heroine struggles to do her best under one situation which turns out to be more complicated than it seems at … Continue reading

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Pinocchio (2022) ☆☆☆1/2(3.5/4): An enchanting animation film from Guillermo del Toro

It is said that great movie directors do not follow rules but illustrate them instead, and “Pinocchio”, an animation feature film directed by Guillermo del Toro and Mark Gustafson, surely exemplifies that. Yes, we are all familiar with that famous … Continue reading

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Armageddon Time (2022) ☆☆1/2(2.5/4): So he grows up…

James Gray’s new film “Armageddon Time” is a somber and melancholic coming-of-age drama which feels rather uneven and superficial despite some good moments to be appreciated. Mainly revolving around a young boy of one stable middle-class Jewish family in New … Continue reading

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Strange World (2022) ☆☆☆(3/4): Into a familiar but fun world

Disney animation feature film “Strange World” is a standard product which turns out to be more spirited and enthusiastic than expected. Sure, this is another familiar family adventure drama besides reminiscent of a number of other adventure films ranging from … Continue reading

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Spirited (2022) ☆☆1/2(2.5/4): A Christmas Carol with song and dance

“Spirited”, which is currently available on Apple TV+, attempts something different with that famous classic short story by Charles Dickens, and the result is mildly engaging on the whole. As frequently serving us song and dance numbers, the movie generates … Continue reading

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Falling for Christmas (2022) ☆☆1/2(2.5/4): An average Christmas product from Netflix

I am old enough to remember how Lindsay Lohan was a promising actress around the early 2000s. After “Mean Girls” (2004), it looked like she was ready to move onto the next step of her burgeoning acting career as shown … Continue reading

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Bantú Mama (2021) ☆☆☆(3/4): A small interesting film from the Dominican Republic

“Bantú Mama”, which was released on Netflix in US a few days ago and also recently selected as the Dominican Republic’s official submission to Best International Film Oscar, is a small film too good to be overlooked in my inconsequential … Continue reading

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Falling for Figaro (2020) ☆☆1/2(2.5/4): Following her dream

“Falling for Figaro” is a mild and pleasant comedy film which will probably not leave much impression on you when it is over. While it is buoyed a lot by the charming natural presence of its lead actress, it is … Continue reading

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Stutz (2022) ☆☆☆(3/4): Meet his therapist

Jonah Hill’s Netflix documentary film “Stutz”, which was released a few days ago, is a modest but interesting work to admire. As Hill and his therapist Dr. Phil Stutz are talking and discussing about many personal things besides Dr. Stutz’s … Continue reading

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