Tag Archives: Murder

Mass (2021) ☆☆☆1/2(3.5/4): Four troubled parents in the room

“Mass” is a modest but undeniably compelling drama about four ordinary people struggling to deal with their respective human losses caused by one terrible incident. While it simply observes a series of tense and strained interactions among them, the movie … Continue reading

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Halloween Kills (2021) ☆☆(2/4): A pointlessly vicious and bloody sequel

“Halloween Kills”, the sequel to “Halloween” (2018), does kill as much as its very title suggests, and that is all. Still stuck in the same playground as before, the movie only merely follows the footsteps of many other countless slasher … Continue reading

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Casting JonBenet (2017) ☆☆☆(3/4): Casting performers to play her and others

Netflix documentary film “Casting JonBenet” takes an unorthodox approach to an infamous unsolved murder case at its center. Because I am not familiar with that notorious case which happened almost 25 years ago, I was a bit disappointed to see … Continue reading

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Operation Hyacinth (2021) ☆☆☆(3/4): A grim but compelling Polish police noir drama

Polish film “Operation Hyacinth”, which was released on Netflix in last month, looks into its moody period background via a typical noir tale of obsession, confusion, and corruption. As steadily following a supposedly clean-cut young hero who becomes quite obsessed … Continue reading

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Stillwater (2021) ☆☆1/2(2.5/4): An American dad stuck in Marseilles

Tom McCarthy’s latest film “Stillwater” is calm and patient in its story and character development, and I admire its thoughtful restraint to some degrees although I felt quite impatient as often noticing its weak aspects during my viewing. While it … Continue reading

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Candyman (2021) ☆☆☆(3/4): Candyman is back….

Nia DaCosta’s latest film “Candyman”, a sequel to Barnard Rose’s iconic 1992 film of the same name, is a spooky genre reconstruction which tries both old and new stuffs. While staying fairly faithful to the dark and disturbing aspects of … Continue reading

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Malignant (2021) ☆☆1/2(2.5/4): A nutty outrageous horror thriller film by James Wan

James Wan’s new film “Malignant” is so relentlessly nutty and outrageous that I am still scratching my head on how to evaluate whether it works. While I did get a fair share of laughs and thrills from this rather deranged … Continue reading

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The Dry (2020) ☆☆☆(3/4): A dry but compelling outback mystery thriller

Australian film “The Dry” is a dry but compelling outback mystery thriller to be admired for several good reasons. Besides its solid plot which ably handles its two main mysteries, the movie is fully shrouded in the palpable sense of … Continue reading

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My Heart Can’t Beat Unless You Tell It To (2020) ☆☆☆(3/4): For their younger brother

“My Heart Can’t Beat Unless You Tell It Too” is a moody but interesting horror drama film about two sibling toiling on taking care of a sick family member with unspeakable need. While calmly and slowly observing their respective human … Continue reading

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The Cursed: Dead Man’s Prey (2020) ☆☆☆(3/4): A well-made interseason episode

I must confess that, as a nerdy guy who has seldom watched TV for many years, I really did not know anything about South Korean TV drama series “The Cursed”, whose second season will soon be started in this year. … Continue reading

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