Tag Archives: Children

Dear Santa (2020) ☆☆☆(3/4): Operation Santa

Although the holiday season of 2020 is over now, I must confess that I need some extra holiday cheer before officially beginning the first week of 2021, and Dana Nachman’s documentary film “Dear Santa” thankfully provided that to me. While … Continue reading

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We Can Be Heroes (2020) ☆☆☆(3/4): They are surely heroes

Netflix film “We Can Be Heroes”, which was released on this Christmas, often tickled and entertained me more than I expected. While this is basically a kiddie version of “The Avengers” (2012), it did a better job of juggling various … Continue reading

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The Secret Garden (2020) ☆☆1/2(2.5/4): An adaptation without enough magic

Frances Hodgson Burnett’s 1911 novel “The Secret Garden” is one of many memorable books in my childhood years. At that time, I simply absorbed its story and characters without much reflection, but then the novel came to grow on me … Continue reading

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Bori (2018) ☆☆☆(3/4): She wants to be deaf…

South Korean independent film “Bori” is a sensitive and intimate coming-of-age tale about one girl who wants to be deaf just like her dear family. This surely sounds weird to many of you at first, but the movie gradually lets … Continue reading

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Good Boys (2019) ☆☆☆(3/4): Kids say and do darndest things

As far as I can remember, I was a pretty mild child before I officially entered adolescence in 1996. Sure, I was a rather nerdy and quirky boy whose mind was usually occupied with books and movies, but I usually … Continue reading

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Little Monsters (2019) ☆☆1/2(2.5/4): Nyong’o could do it alone, I think

“Little Monsters”, a little zombie comedy film from Australia, works whenever its lead actress appears on the screen, and it is a shame that the movie does not utilize her undeniable talent and presence as much as expected from its … Continue reading

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The House of Us (2019) ☆☆☆1/2(3.5/4): An intimate summer story of three young girls

I could not help but smile as watching South Korean film “The House of Us”, which is another remarkable work from director/writer Yoon Ga-eun. The movie presents its three young main characters and their daily life with considerable intimacy and … Continue reading

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Toy Story 4 (2019) ☆☆☆1/2(3.5/4): Another closure for Woody and his friends

“Toy Story 4”, the latest animation feature film from Pixar Animation Studios, is another entertaining entry of the endearing franchise which has lasted for more than 20 years. While its existence seems rather redundant at first due to that nearly … Continue reading

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Tigers Are Not Afraid (2017) ☆☆☆1/2(3.5/4): A dark fairy tale amidst gangs and ghosts

Mexican film “Tigers Are Not Afraid” is a dark fairy tale set between two different kinds of horror. While it gives us a chillingly realistic glimpse into a harsh and brutal world riddled with crime and violence everyday, it also … Continue reading

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Capernaum (2018) ☆☆☆1/2(3.5/4): A little boy rebelling against his poor life.

Lebanese film “Capernaum”, which received the Jury Prize at the Cannes Film Festival early in last year and was nominated for Best Foreign Language Film Oscar in this week, is an extraordinary drama about a young little boy struggling in … Continue reading

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