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The Force (2017) ☆☆☆1/2(3.5/4): Can the system be fixed?

Documentary film “The Force”, which is currently available on Netflix, gives us a clear-eyed glimpse into the ongoing problematic status of the Oakland Police Department, which was put under federal oversight in 2003 but has only drawn more public attentions … Continue reading

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Neruda (2016) ☆☆☆(3/4): An unconventional biopic inspired by Pablo Neruda

“Neruda” is not a conventional biopic at all. While mainly focusing on one crucial point in Chilean poet Pablo Neruda’s life, the movie freely mixes fact and fiction for giving us a wider view on not only the poet himself … Continue reading

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Freeheld (2015) ☆☆(2/4): A mediocre drama based on one real-life love story

If “Freeheld” had been made around 20 years ago, it would have looked a bit better and bolder as a movie willing to tell a story about sexual minority people and their equal rights. While its story is based one … Continue reading

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Zootopia (2016) ☆☆☆(3/4) : A rookie bunny officer’s first case

While it is somehow released earlier outside US, new Disney digital animation feature film “Zootopia” is better than I expected. It is colorful and spunky with its amusing variation of buddy cop movie conventions, and there are enough funny, exciting … Continue reading

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The Classified File (2015) ☆☆☆(3/4): A police investigation assisted by fortunetelling

I remember when my parents asked a Buddhist monk to tell my fortunes in the future. I do not remember well what he told me and my parents after he checked some book and then did some sort of calculation … Continue reading

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Blood Ties (2013) ☆☆(2/4) : Blood is thicker than crime

 “Blood Ties” is full of notes borrowed from other gritty crime films about policemen, criminals, families, and their mean streets. First, we have two different brothers who have been driven apart by their respective professions, and then we have an … Continue reading

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Bethlehem (2013) ☆☆☆(3/4) : A police procedural around both sides

 Israeli film “Bethlehem” sometimes loses its focus on the relationship between its two different characters as looking around many other things in the story. Its story is inherently engaging as a tense drama mixed with current topics, and there are … Continue reading

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Free Fall (2013) ☆☆☆(3/4) : Falling into an affair

 German movie “Free Fall” is a nice film which could have drawn more attentions if it had been made 10 years ago. Thanks to notable films like “Brokeback Mountain” (2005), “The Kids Are All Right” (2010), and “Weekend” (2011), homosexuality … Continue reading

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Black Coal, Thin Ice (2014) ☆☆☆(3/4) : A cold, stark winter noir from China

    After watching “Black Coal, Thin Ice”, a haunting noir film from China, you will probably want a hot cup of coffee to warm you. Besides its mystery plot involved with a grisly murder case which casts a long … Continue reading

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The Raid 2 (2014) ☆☆1/2(2.5/4) : More of the same relentless extreme violence

Breaking legs, twisting arms, slashing throats, smashing heads, stabbing bodies, shooting anyone, crashing one car into another, burning face on hot plate, and, above all, kicking and punching hard each other. All of these acts of violence and mayhem are … Continue reading

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