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Standing Up, Falling Down (2019) ☆☆☆(3/4): Billy Crystal still has it

I could not help but become a bit nostalgic as watching Billy Crystal in “Standing Up, Falling Down”. While considerably dialing down his distinctive comic persona here in this small comedy film, he still knows how to engage and then … Continue reading

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The Cave (2019) ☆☆☆1/2(3.5/4): A doctor’s struggle in the Syrian Civil War

Documentary film “The Cave”, which won the People’s Choice Award for Documentaries at the Toronto International Film Festival in last year and recently received an Oscar nomination a few weeks ago, is often difficult to watch to say the least. … Continue reading

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The Unknown Girl (2016) ☆☆☆(3/4): Who was that girl?

In their new film “The Unknown Girl”, the Dardenne brothers tries a more conventional plot than usual while maintaining their typical dry realistic approach, but this mix is not entirely successful on the whole. While we get the vivid, authentic … Continue reading

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Concussion (2015) ☆☆1/2(2.5/4): An inconvenient medical truth

Around late 2011, I read a series of disturbing articles from New York Times. The articles were about a young professional hockey player named Derek Boogaard, and that was the first time I heard about chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE). While … Continue reading

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Trainwreck (2015) ☆☆☆(3/4): Please welcome Ms. Amy Schumer

I heard about Amy Schumer for the first time through an online article on her TV show “Inside Amy Schumer”. At that time, she was merely another new comedy actress to notice, but I have kept hearing about her since … Continue reading

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My Brilliant Life (2014) ☆☆1/2(2.5/4) : An aging kid with young parents

 The young hero of “My Brilliant Life” is an ideal son any parents want to have. Ah-reum is a smart boy who has lots of interest in astronomy, and he also shows his potential as a writer. When we meet … Continue reading

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The Attack (2012) ☆☆☆1/2(3.5/4) : She suddenly looks different to him

  With its thought-provoking subject, “The Attack” hits its hero hard while giving no easy answer to his devastated personal circumstance or the political situation surrounding him and his world. After his life is suddenly turned upside down by a … Continue reading

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Dallas Buyers Club (2013) ☆☆☆(3/4) : A small fight against AIDS

 Sometimes people are changed through sudden incidents in their lives, and the life of Ron Woodroof, the real-life hero of “Dallas Buyers Club”, was particularly dramatic. After finding that he became an AIDS patient, his life was turned upside down … Continue reading

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Gravity (2013) ☆☆☆☆(4/4) : It’s really terrifying to be floated alone in the space

 One of the sweet memories during my trip to Chicago in 2010 was watching movies with my friend and mentor Roger Ebert during one sunny Thursday afternoon. We watched three movies together along with his lovely wife Chaz and his … Continue reading

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The Flu (2013) ☆☆(2/4) : Its symptoms are depressing rather than alarming

 The symptoms shown at the beginning of South Korean action thriller film “The Flu” are depressing rather than alarming. The symptoms are 1) flat characterization full of bland or annoying characters we do not give a damn about, and 2) … Continue reading

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