Tag Archives: Family

Hillbilly Elegy (2020) ☆☆(2/4): Looking back at his messy hillbilly upbringing

Netflix film “Hillbilly Elegy”, which was released on Netflix on this Tuesday after being released in theaters a few weeks ago, is so mild and bland that you may feel sorry for its several main cast members whose efforts are … Continue reading

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Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey (2020) ☆☆☆(3/4): As festive as expected

Netflix film “Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey” is a sweet and cheerful fantasy musical film which is surely ideal for the upcoming holiday season. To be frank with you, I am a dude a little too cranky and melancholic to … Continue reading

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Let Him Go (2020) ☆☆☆(3/4): A western family drama

“Let Him Go” works best whenever it focuses on the strong and loving relationship of its two lead characters. Right from when they appear at the beginning of the story, we instantly come to sense the long history between them, … Continue reading

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Kajillionaire (2020) ☆☆☆(3/4): Stuck with her small-time crook parents

“Kajillionaire” is as quirky and charming as you can expect from Miranda July, who previously delighted us with “Me and You and Everyone We Know” (2005) and “The Future” (2011). Like these two films, the movie often baffles us with … Continue reading

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Tommaso (2019) ☆☆☆(3/4): A little playful piece by Abel Ferrara

Abel Ferrara’s latest film “Tommaso” is alternatively playful and fascinating as probably reflecting many parts of Ferrara’s life and career. Since he reached to the peak of his filmmaking career during the early 1990s with a series of darkly compelling … Continue reading

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Babyteeth (2019) ☆☆☆1/2(3.5/4): Her imperfect romance

As a coming-of-age comedy drama film revolving around a sick young heroine and her unlikely lover, Australian movie “Babyteeth” is much more matured than expected. While it will surely remind you of other similar films such as “The Fault in … Continue reading

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Time (2020) ☆☆☆1/2(3.5/4): Her time without her husband

Documentary film “Time”, which was released on Amazon Prime several days ago, gives us a somber but powerful presentation of the personal reflections from one seemingly ordinary but remarkably resilient American woman. As freely alternating between her past and present, … Continue reading

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American Murder: The Family Next Door (2020) ☆☆1/2(2.5/4): Direct but superficial

I could not help but feel uncomfortable as watching Netflix documentary film “American Murder: The Family Next Door”, which was released on this Wednesday. The people behind the documentary want to present to us a close and direct glimpse into … Continue reading

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An American Pickle (2020) ☆☆1/2(2.5/4): Mildly pickled, so to say

“An American Pickle” is a mildly pickled product which gives some nice laughs occasionally but never fully develops its supposedly rich comic promise. While it is not a total bore at all thanks to its lead actor’s amusing dual performance, … Continue reading

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Moving On (2019) ☆☆☆1/2(3.5/4): Summer days at their grandpa’s house

South Korean independent film “Moving On” often made me smile during my viewing, and that is quite an achievement considering what a grumpy guy I usually am. Slowly and tenderly doling out one precious human moment after another, the movie … Continue reading

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