Tag Archives: Mother and Son

James White (2015) ☆☆☆1/2(3.5/4): He is a mess – and his mother is sick

Patiently following and observing its flawed young hero, “James White” shows us a painful but inevitable process of late maturation. He has looked away from what he does not want to deal with for years, but then something happens to … Continue reading

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A Monster Calls (2016) ☆☆☆(3/4): A typical but solid fairy tale of grief and anger

“A Monster Calls” is a fairy tale which knows how to engage and enchant its audiences. While its story may be typical and predictable in terms of narrative and characterization, it impresses us with a number of nice fantasy elements … Continue reading

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Other People (2016) ☆☆☆(3/4): As his mother is dying

If you are a seasoned moviegoer like me, you will instantly see that “Other People” is filled with many typical elements you can expect from a bittersweet family comedy drama involved with terminal illness, but, fortunately, the movie is better … Continue reading

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20th Century Women (2016) ☆☆☆(3/4): Three interesting women in his adolescent life

“20th Century Women” is a warm, sensitive, and humorous film about one adolescent boy who grows up with several colorful people around him during a notable social/cultural transition point in the 20th century American society. Now it sounds like your … Continue reading

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A Woman’s Life (2016) ☆☆☆(3/4): Ups and downs in her life

Life can be pretty disappointing at times, and the heroine of French film “A Woman’s Life” faces that painful truth again and again throughout the movie. It is quite depressing at times to watch her youthful ideals and dreams being … Continue reading

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Little Men (2016) ☆☆☆1/2(3.5/4): As their little life becomes more complicated

Intimate and sensitive in its low-key approach, “Little Men” quietly shines with small precious moments to be appreciated for the keen depiction of the emotional undercurrents flowing around and between its two young heroes. The movie maintains its gentle, thoughtful … Continue reading

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Kubo and the Two Strings (2016) ☆☆☆1/2(3.5/4): The Adventure of a storyteller boy

The word ‘story’ is frequently mentioned throughout animation feature film “Kubo and the Two Strings”, and that word always generate certain tingling feelings while reminding us of the power of good storytelling inside and outside its deceptively simple but immensely … Continue reading

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