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Roman J. Israel, Esq. (2017) ☆☆(2/4): An insipid turkey by Gilroy and Washington

From time to time during Oscar season, we come across films quite disappointing despite talented people behind them, and “Roman J. Israel, Esq.” is one of such dismal examples. Although looking promising to some degrees at first, the movie eventually … Continue reading

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The Third Murder (2017) ☆☆1/2(2.5/4): A frustrating exercise in ambiguity

Hirokazu Kore-eda’s new film “The Third Murder” is a frustrating exercise in ambiguity. At first, everything seems pretty simple in a murder case at the center of the story, but then it turns out that the case may be a … Continue reading

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The Sweet Hereafter (1997) ☆☆☆1/2(3.5/4): A cold but harrowing tale of loss and grief

There is one haunting monologue scene in Atom Egoyan’s “The Sweet Hereafter”, one of the saddest films I have ever seen. One of its main characters recollects one eventful summer day he experienced a long time ago, and he vividly … Continue reading

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Certain Women (2016) ☆☆☆(3/4): A trio of haunting human dramas set in Montana

Looking over a train passing by a vast, remote landscape, the main title sequence of “Certain Women” hauntingly sets the tone for three stories to be unfolded one by one in a rural area of Montana. While not all of … Continue reading

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Bridge of Spies (2015) ☆☆☆1/2(3.5/4) : The Lawyer Who Came into the Cold

Steven Spielberg’s new film “Bridge of Spies” is a compelling Cold War story deftly balancing itself between several different factors just like its no-nonsense lawyer hero who came into the Cold. Although it can be said that the movie is … Continue reading

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The Advocate : A missing body (2015) ☆☆☆(3/4): A trouble with his case

South Korean film “The Advocate: A Missing Body”, which is released as “Angry Lawyer” in South Korea, feels like an expensive TV pilot episode right from its opening title scene. First, we are introduced to a hero with considerable reputation … Continue reading

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Woman in Gold (2015) ☆☆1/2(2.5/4) : A family history behind one famous painting

“Woman in Gold” tells us a story behind one of the most famous artworks from the 20th century. Painted by Gustav Klimt, “Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer I”, which is also known as “Woman in Gold”, was one of the most … Continue reading

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Minority Opinion (2013) ☆☆☆(3/4) : It’s a fiction indeed – but it reflects the reality

At the beginning, South Korean courtroom drama “Minority Opinion” emphasizes that it is entirely fictional, but I and others in the screening room knew well that its angry story reflects the reality we all are very familiar with. After all, … Continue reading

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The Judge (2014) ☆☆1/2(2.5/4) : A prodigal lawyer son returning to his hometown

  Some movies are so predictable and transparent in their handling of story and characters that I sometimes shake my head as observing their glaring clumsiness on the screen. Although it is not a lousy film, I shook my head … Continue reading

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The Attorney (2013) ☆☆☆(3/4) :He just can’t stop once he opens his eyes

 South Korean movie “The Attorney” has its heart at the right place inside its generic mix of gentle comedy and angry courtroom drama, and its big heart sometimes beats powerfully to resonate with my own heart. The story is riddled … Continue reading

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