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The Killing of Two Lovers (2020) ☆☆☆(3/4): What may happen next among them

“The Killing of Two Lovers” starts with the striking opening scene as disturbing as its very title suggests. While the movie subsequently maintains its calm and detached attitude throughout the film, we come to observe its story and main characters … Continue reading

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Petite Maman (2021) ☆☆☆1/2(3.5/4): A little fantasy from Céline Sciamma

Céline Sciamma’s latest film “Petite Maman” is so simple and modest in terms of story and characters that I was surprised by how effortlessly it engaged and then touched me a lot in the end. Yes, her movie is just … Continue reading

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Beyond Silence (1996) ☆☆☆1/2(3.5/4): As she grows up apart from her deaf parents

Before “CODA” (2021) and its 2014 French original version, there was the 1996 German film “Beyond Silence”, an extraordinary drama about a CODA (Child of Deaf Adult) girl who tries to live her own life while growing up on that … Continue reading

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Father (2020) ☆☆☆(3/4): A father’s way

Serbian film “Father”, which won the Audience Award and the Prize of the Ecumenical Jury when it was shown at the Berlin International Film Festival early in last year, is a dry but haunting observation of one long, grueling personal … Continue reading

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Little Boxes (2016) ☆☆1/2(2.5/4): As they are trying to settle in a suburb

“Little Boxes” is a mild comedy about one family trying to settle in their new neighborhood. Although the result is less edgy and satiric than it could be while not showing anything particularly new about its familiar main subjects, we … Continue reading

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Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings (2021) ☆☆☆(3/4): Hail to Tony Leung

Superhero movie can only be as good as its villain character, and “Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings”, the latest product from the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), is often elevated by the very compelling presence of its villain … Continue reading

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CODA (2021) ☆☆☆(3/4): A bit better remake on the whole

“CODA” is a solid crowd-pleaser which has its big heart in the right place. Based on French film “La Famille Bélier” (2014), the movie gives us a sensitive and heartwarming tale of one musically talented girl and her culturally deaf … Continue reading

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John and the Hole (2021) ☆☆(2/4): A boy who traps his family in the hole

“John and the Hole” begins with a very twisted story promise to grab your attention, but it is unfortunately not developed into something really interesting or compelling as humorlessly trudging along its increasingly flat storyline. While this is not a … Continue reading

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Old (2021) ☆☆1/2(2.5/4): Stuck in aging faster

M. Night Shyamalan’s latest film “Old” starts well with an intriguing and frightening story promise, but then it only ends up being quite rote and contrived instead. Sure, the movie did a fairly competent job of presenting and then developing … Continue reading

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My Heart Can’t Beat Unless You Tell It To (2020) ☆☆☆(3/4): For their younger brother

“My Heart Can’t Beat Unless You Tell It Too” is a moody but interesting horror drama film about two sibling toiling on taking care of a sick family member with unspeakable need. While calmly and slowly observing their respective human … Continue reading

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