Tag Archives: Real-life story

By the Grace of God (2019) ☆☆☆1/2(3.5/4): Against unjust silence

French film “By the Grace of God”, which won the Jury Grand Prize at the Berlin International Film Festival early in last year, shook me hard with its sobering and harrowing tale loosely based on a real-life sexual abuse scandal … Continue reading

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Harriet (2019) ☆☆1/2(2.5/4): Erivo dominates as Harriet Tubman

Kasi Lemmons’ new film “Harriet”, which is inspired by the dramatic life of Harriet Tubman (1822-1913), is a biographical film which is formulaic to the core but is not entirely without good elements to be appreciated. Although it frequently stumbles … Continue reading

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Bombshell (2019) ☆☆1/2(2.5/4): Three women at Fox News

When I heard the news on the sexual harassment scandal at Fox News in 2016, I was not that shocked although quite disgusted at the same time just like many of you. After all, the toxic longtime influence of Fox … Continue reading

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Togo (2019) ☆☆☆(3/4): Good dog, Togo!

“Togo”, which was released on Disney+ in last month, is an engaging drama film inspired by a real-life story associated the 1925 serum run to Nome, which is also known as the Great Race of Mercy. Although its narrative route … Continue reading

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Forbidden Dream (2019) ☆☆1/2(2.5/4): The King and his favorite inventor

South Korean historical drama film “Forbidden Dream” puts its two well-known real-life figures into a sappy old-fashioned bromance tale which did not engage me much. Although I have no problem with its many fictional aspects, the movie is rather flat, … Continue reading

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Pavarotti (2019) ☆☆☆(3/4): A respectable presentation of Pavarotti’s life and career

Ron Howard’s documentary film “Pavarotti” dutifully presents the summary of the life and career of Luciano Pavarotti, who was regarded as one of the greatest operatic tenors in the history. Although it seems to esteem its human subject a bit … Continue reading

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Honeyland (2019) ☆☆☆1/2(3.5/4): A rural beekeeper’s daily life

Documentary film “Honeyland”, which was selected as North Macedonia’s entry for the Best International Feature Film Oscar at the Academy Awards in last year and was also included in the December shortlist for the Best Documentary Oscar, is an extraordinary … Continue reading

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