Tag Archives: Mystery

Murder on the Orient Express (2017) ☆☆1/2(2.5/4): Slick but passable

I remember well when I read Agatha Christie’s classic mystery novel “Murder on the Orient Express” for the first time. I was a 9-year-old boy who devoured many various mystery novels ranging from Sherlock Holmes to Philip Marlowe, and that … Continue reading

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Heart Blackened (2017) ☆☆1/2(2.5/4): Flawed but not without entertainment

South Korean film “Heart Blackened” starts as a typical courtroom mystery tale but then later becomes something more serious than expected. As its plot often trudges around a number of predictable narrative turns, I frequently felt impatient during my viewing, … Continue reading

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Wind River (2017) ☆☆☆1/2(3.5/4): A bleak, chilly procedural on the wilds of Wyoming

While often quite stark in its gloomy tone, “Wind River” is a compelling procedural which gradually grabs our attention via its vivid atmosphere and deft storytelling. As it slowly builds up its story and characters, we become absorbed into its … Continue reading

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The Sense of an Ending (2017) ☆☆1/2(2.5/4): How he remembers – and what really happened

“The Sense of an Ending” curiously feels lukewarm and distant. Although this is a technically well-made drama film equipped with a handful of good performances, the movie simply moves from one narrative point to another while not generating enough emotional … Continue reading

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The Unknown Girl (2016) ☆☆☆(3/4): Who was that girl?

In their new film “The Unknown Girl”, the Dardenne brothers tries a more conventional plot than usual while maintaining their typical dry realistic approach, but this mix is not entirely successful on the whole. While we get the vivid, authentic … Continue reading

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Missing Woman (2016) ☆☆☆(3/4): Her babysitter is missing…

South Korean film “Missing Woman” begins as a seemingly conventional mystery thriller and then reveals darker elements which later turn the story into a sort of social horror tale which is often frighteningly realistic to me and other South Korean … Continue reading

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The Queen of Crime (2016) ☆☆☆(3/4): Here comes Detective Mom

As a mystery thriller, South Korean film “The Queen of Crime” is pretty simple on the whole, but it is equipped with a brash, colorful heroine to remember. She may not be very smart as the detective character of the … Continue reading

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