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Mother Land (2023) ☆☆☆(3/4): A modest South Korean stop-motion animation film

South Korean animation film “Mother Land” is a precious work to be cherished. As a stop-motion animation film, it is rather modest compared to, say, “Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio” (2022) or many of the recent acclaimed works from Laika Studios, … Continue reading

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Pearl (2022) ☆☆☆(3/4): Her colorfully disturbing origin story

Ti West’s “Pearl”, which came out not long after his previous film “X” (2022) in last year, presents the colorfully disturbing origin story of the villain character in “X”. In contrast to the dryly creepy atmosphere of “X”, “Pearl” cheerfully … Continue reading

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Lyle, Lyle, Crocodile (2022) ☆☆1/2(2.5/4): A singing crocodile in the attic

“Lyle, Lyle, Crocodile” did not click that well with me somehow despite a number of nice things to enjoy. As a matter of fact, I got actually more interested when its end credits showed a series of drawings probably influenced … Continue reading

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Girl Who Dreams About Time (2022) ☆☆☆(3/4): Dealing with her fateful vocation

South Korean documentary film “Girl Who Dreams About Time” follows the life story of one young female shaman who simply tries to live her own life. Although she was expected to follow the footsteps of her grandmother due to her … Continue reading

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The Fabelmans (2022) ☆☆☆1/2 (3.5/4): So he goes for filmmaking…

Steven Spielberg’s latest film “The Fabelmans” is a gentle and intimate drama which is incidentally inspired by the early years of his life. While you may wonder how much the movie is overlapped with Spielberg’s childhood and adolescent years, the … Continue reading

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Hit the Road (2021) ☆☆☆1/2(3.5/4): A family on the road

Iranian film “Hit the Road” simply follows and observes one private journey, but it will surprise you more than once. As closely and intimately focusing on the emotional undercurrents among its four principal characters going through a certain important moment … Continue reading

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White Noise (2022) ☆☆(2/4): A whimsical misfire from Noah Baumbach

Noah Baumbach’s latest film “White Noise”, which is released in South Korean theaters in this week and then will be on Netflix around the end of this month, does not click that well with me. The movie, which is based … Continue reading

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The Swimmers (2022) ☆☆☆(3/4): Swimmer sisters from Syria

“The Swimmers”, which was released on Netflix a few days ago, is a solid drama film which did its job a bit better than expected. Based on a real-life story of two Syrian swimmer sisters who had to leave their … Continue reading

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Armageddon Time (2022) ☆☆1/2(2.5/4): So he grows up…

James Gray’s new film “Armageddon Time” is a somber and melancholic coming-of-age drama which feels rather uneven and superficial despite some good moments to be appreciated. Mainly revolving around a young boy of one stable middle-class Jewish family in New … Continue reading

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Strange World (2022) ☆☆☆(3/4): Into a familiar but fun world

Disney animation feature film “Strange World” is a standard product which turns out to be more spirited and enthusiastic than expected. Sure, this is another familiar family adventure drama besides reminiscent of a number of other adventure films ranging from … Continue reading

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