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First Reformed (2017) ☆☆☆1/2(3.5/4): The Reverend in a Room

Paul Schrader’s new film “First Reformed” is a calm but intense experience you will not forget easily. Intensely driven by its lonely hero’s moral and spiritual conflict, it gives us a number of sobering moments to impress you with their … Continue reading

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Thelma (2017) ☆☆☆(3/4): Her power awakens

“Thelma”, which was chosen as Norway’s official entry for Best Foreign Language Film Oscar in last year, is a calm but unsettling experience. Firmly sticking to its young heroine’s increasingly agitated state of mind, the movie constantly unnerves us throughout … Continue reading

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Romans 8:37 (2017) ☆☆☆(3/4): Inside a Christian community

South Korean film “Romans 8:37” is something we do not encounter everyday: a thought-provoking Christian film which does not give us any easy answer in its gloomy tale of faith and disillusionment. As an agnostic atheist who grew up in … Continue reading

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A Stray Goat (2016) ☆☆☆(3/4): A melancholic wintry tale of two troubled teenagers

I once wondered whether sad, cold independent movies about desperate people were becoming a genre of their own. Usually filled with somber wintry ambience, such movies tend to serve us with the bleak sense of harsh reality via their gloomy … Continue reading

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Silence (2016) ☆☆☆1/2(3.5/4): That deepening silence on human suffering

At the beginning of Martin Scorsese’s “Silence”, we hear the sound of insects on the soundtrack. Recurring throughout the film, that plain sound of nature becomes more chilling as accentuating the deepening silence on human suffering in the film, and … Continue reading

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The Witch (2015) ☆☆☆1/2(3.5/4): An isolated terror in the wood

Shrouded in the gnawing sense of dread and terror, “The Witch” will give you a creepy experience as calmly observing how its characters are slowly crumbled under an unknown influence out there. When it is over, you may wonder about … Continue reading

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Kinyarwanda (2011) ☆☆☆1/2(3.5/4) : The people amidst the Rwanda genocide

Most of you have probably heard about the Rwandan genocide in 1994. When I heard about it for the first time, it seemed to be no more than one of those small, trivial international news I got from TV, but … Continue reading

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