Tag Archives: High School

Coin Heist (2017) ☆☆☆(3/4): A small heist for saving their school

“Coin Heist”, which has been available on Netflix since this early January, is a modest but interesting heist film with a touch of “The Breakfast Club” (1985). As a movie about a group of high school kids trying to steal … Continue reading

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Yongsoon (2016) ☆☆☆(3/4): A country girl’s hot, problematic summer

While it is uncomfortable to watch at times for good reasons, South Korean film “Yongsoon” comes to us as an engaging coming-of-age drama about its adolescent heroine’s hot, problematic summer. Although it is inarguable that she clings to a very … Continue reading

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The Edge of Seventeen (2016) ☆☆☆1/2(3.5/4): Edgy, witty, and heartfelt

Edgy, witty, and heartfelt, “The Edge of Seventeen” is a genuine coming-of-age story about that tumultuous life period called adolescence. While it often throws some funny moments of incisive humor via its spunky heroine who tries to deal with her … Continue reading

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A Stray Goat (2016) ☆☆☆(3/4): A melancholic wintry tale of two troubled teenagers

I once wondered whether sad, cold independent movies about desperate people were becoming a genre of their own. Usually filled with somber wintry ambience, such movies tend to serve us with the bleak sense of harsh reality via their gloomy … Continue reading

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Misbehavior (2016) ☆☆☆(3/4): Dangerous misbehaviors

South Korean film “Misbehavior” slowly boils with its dark, nervous tale of desire, jealousy, and manipulation. While it is quite uncomfortable mainly due to a number of serious misbehaviors committed by its main characters, the movie is compelling to watch … Continue reading

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Overman (2015) ☆☆☆(3/4): A genuine feel-good coming-of-age drama with books

South Korean film “Overman” is a rare type which I and other South Korean audiences do not come across often in these gloomy days: a genuine feel-good coming-of-age drama. Sure, there are several gray moments as its two adolescent characters … Continue reading

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Dope (2015) ☆☆1/2(2.5/4) : Three Geeks in the Bottoms

“Dope” wants to do many things. At first, it unfolds a coming-of-age comedy drama about three adolescent kids struggling in their rough neighbourhood, and then it tries to be a crime story accompanied with drug and shooting, and then it … Continue reading

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