Tag Archives: Mother and Son

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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Goodnight Mommy (2014) ☆☆☆(3/4): Are you really our mommy?

Creepy, insidious, and disturbing in its cold, austere approach, Austrian film “Goodnight Mommy” is definitely not a pleasant experience in contrast to its innocuous title. As its decidedly baffling first half sets the unnerving undertone around the isolated background of … Continue reading

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Midnight Special (2016) ☆☆☆1/2(3.5/4) : It deserves its odd title

Reminiscent of “Close Encounters of the Third Kind” (1977), “Starman” (1984), and TV series “The X-files”, “Midnight Special” virtually puts us right in the middle of its ongoing situation we gradually come to grasp along its narrative. This small but … Continue reading

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Mountains May Depart (2015) ☆☆☆(3/4): Past, Present, and Future

The first part of Jia Zhangke’s new movie “Mountains May Depart” may be the longest prologue I have ever seen during recent years. The title of the movie appears on the screen only after the end of this part, and … Continue reading

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