Tag Archives: Crime

The Harder They Fall (2021) ☆☆1/2(2.5/4): A black western gang war

As an experienced moviegoer, I have several valuable standards for deciding whether I am really entertained enough by a movie, and one of these standards is whether my mind gets distracted more than once even while my eyes keep noting … Continue reading

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The Last Duel (2021) ☆☆☆(3/4): He Said – His Opponent Said – and She Said

Ridley Scott’s latest film “The Last Duel” is a gritty period drama film equipped with some modern perspective to be appreciated. Often reminiscent of several notable films ranging from Akira Kurosawa’s Rashomon (1950) to Scott’s debut feature film “The Duelists” … Continue reading

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Stillwater (2021) ☆☆1/2(2.5/4): An American dad stuck in Marseilles

Tom McCarthy’s latest film “Stillwater” is calm and patient in its story and character development, and I admire its thoughtful restraint to some degrees although I felt quite impatient as often noticing its weak aspects during my viewing. While it … Continue reading

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The Guilty (2021) ☆☆☆(3/4): A decent remake starring Jake Gyllenhaal

Netflix film “The Guilty”, which was released yesterday, is a decent American remake which depends a lot on the presence and talent of its lead performer just like its original version. I must tell you that there is not much … Continue reading

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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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The Dry (2020) ☆☆☆(3/4): A dry but compelling outback mystery thriller

Australian film “The Dry” is a dry but compelling outback mystery thriller to be admired for several good reasons. Besides its solid plot which ably handles its two main mysteries, the movie is fully shrouded in the palpable sense of … Continue reading

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No Sudden Move (2021) ☆☆☆(3/4): A solid twisty crime noir by Steven Soderbergh

Steven Soderbergh’s new film “No Sudden Move” is a dry but twisty crime noir film to be savored and appreciated for a number of good reasons. While its plot is surely as amusingly convoluted as you can expect from its … Continue reading

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Gunpodwer Milkshake (2021) ☆☆1/2(2.5/4): It could have more spunk and substance

Netflix film “Gunpowder Milkshake” is drenched in style and mood, but it seriously deficient in terms of spunk and substance to distinguish itself from other similar genre flicks such as “John Wick” (2014) and its recent sequels. While there are … Continue reading

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Summer Is the Coldest Season (2019) ☆☆☆(3/4): That troubled summer of hers

Chinese film “Summer is the Coldest Season” is a dry but interesting coming-of-age drama about one adolescent girl struggling with her anger and grief. As she deliberately gets herself involved with a person responsible for that, the movie calmly and … Continue reading

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Akilla’s Escape (2020) ☆☆1/2(2.5/4): A cycle of violence he wants to escape

“Akilla’s Escape” frustrated me more than once during my viewing. The movie tries to explore the cycle of violence over generations via two connected stories, but it is glaringly deficient in terms of storytelling and characterization in addition to often … Continue reading

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