Tag Archives: Romance

Better Days (2019) ☆☆☆1/2 (3.5/4): Her bodyguard

Chinese film “Better Days” is a familiar but compelling mixture of brutal school drama, sensitive coming-of-age tale, and unabashedly old-fashioned romance. Right from the beginning, you can clearly discern what you are going to get, but then you will find … Continue reading

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Palm Springs (2020) ☆☆☆(3/4): Stuck together in a time loop

“Palm Springs” is a smart and funny comedy film which deftly handles a story promise which has been quite familiar to us since “Groundhog Day” (1993). Mainly driven by the good comic chemistry between its two appealing lead performers, the … Continue reading

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The High Note (2020) ☆☆1/2(2.5/4): Her First Superstar

“The High Note”, which was recently released in South Korean theaters as “My First Superstar”, is a mildly entertaining comedy film about an aspiring young woman who wants to break into music industry. Although you will not be surprised much … Continue reading

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The Half of It (2020) ☆☆☆1/2(3.5/4): A refreshing coming-of-age drama by Alice Wu

To be frank with you, I did not expect much when I watched the trailer of Netflix film “The Half of It”, which received the Founders Award at the Tribeca Film Festival before released on Netflix in last week. While … Continue reading

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Queen & Slim (2019) ☆☆☆(3/4): A duo on the run

“Queen & Slim” is a little crime romance drama which follows the footsteps of “Bonny and Clyde” (1967) and many other similar films while also presenting its own mood, ideas, and sensibility. As a foreign audience outside the American society, … Continue reading

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Premature (2019) ☆☆☆(3/4): One summer romance in Harlem

“Premature”, which won the Someone to Watch Award at the Film Independent Spirit Awards early in this year, is a modest but intimate tale of young romance set in the Harlem neighborhood of New York City. Mainly revolving around a … Continue reading

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All the Bright Places (2020) ☆☆1/2(2.5/4): An earnest young adult romance drama

Netflix film “All the Bright Places” is an earnest young adult romance drama about two troubled adolescents with each own issue. While I appreciate its somber and sensitive approach to its dark subjects including grief and mental illness, the movie … Continue reading

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Emma. (2020) ☆☆☆(3/4): Isn’t she wonderful?

“Emma.”, the latest adaptation of Jane Austen’s classic literature novel of the same name, is packed with a lot of wit, charm, and heart. Although it has been several years since I belatedly read Austen’s novel, the movie reminds me … Continue reading

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To All the Boys: P.S. I Still Love You (2020) ☆☆1/2(2.5/4): A middling second chapter

Netflix film “To All the Boys: P.S. I Still Love You”, which is a sequel to “To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before” (2018), is a middling second chapter which feels rather flat and pedestrian compared to its predecessor. Although … Continue reading

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Waves (2019) ☆☆☆1/2(3.5/4): From implosion to healing

Trey Edwards Shultz’s new film “Waves” grips us hard during its overwhelmingly stylish first half and then moves us a lot during its surprisingly sensitive second half. I must confess that I was quite annoyed and baffled at first, but … Continue reading

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