Tag Archives: High School

All the Bright Places (2020) ☆☆1/2(2.5/4): An earnest young adult romance drama

Netflix film “All the Bright Places” is an earnest young adult romance drama about two troubled adolescents with each own issue. While I appreciate its somber and sensitive approach to its dark subjects including grief and mental illness, the movie … Continue reading

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Mickey and the Bear (2019) ☆☆☆(3/4): As she struggles to live with her dad

There is a vivid, palpable sense of frustration and exasperation in “Mickey and the Bear”, a small but intimate drama film about an adolescent girl who has been stuck in a small town in Montana. Through a series of episodic … Continue reading

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To All the Boys: P.S. I Still Love You (2020) ☆☆1/2(2.5/4): A middling second chapter

Netflix film “To All the Boys: P.S. I Still Love You”, which is a sequel to “To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before” (2018), is a middling second chapter which feels rather flat and pedestrian compared to its predecessor. Although … Continue reading

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Dora and the Lost City of Gold (2019) ☆☆☆(3/4): Silly but entertaining nonetheless

“Dora and the Lost City of Gold” is an unabashedly lively entertainment product which provides a fair share of silly fun for its target audiences. While it is as broad and goofy as you can expect from a live action … Continue reading

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Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark (2019) ☆☆☆(3/4): Stories that hurt

“Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark” is a little creepy horror flick which serves us a number of good scary moments within our expectation. As a sort of hybrid between “Final Destination” (2000) and “Goosebumps” (2015), the movie does … Continue reading

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Luce (2019) ☆☆1/2(2.5/4): They need to talk about their adopted son…

“Luce” is supposed to be a complex and compelling drama on race and identity, but it somehow left me with considerable dissatisfaction. While raising several interesting questions to reflect on, the movie often feels contrived and heavy-handed in terms of … Continue reading

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Blinded by the Light (2019) ☆☆☆(3/4): When he discovers Bruce Springsteen

“Blinded by the Light” is a familiar but enjoyable feel-good movie driven by a number of songs from Bruce Springsteen. I must confess that I do not know much about the music of Springsteen besides his haunting Oscar-winning song for … Continue reading

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