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The Student (2016) ☆☆☆1/2(3.5/4): A fanatic boy in the classroom

Darkly absurd and compelling, Russian film “The Student” disturbs us during its many fierce rhetorical scenes, which will grip your attention regardless of your opinion on religion. Here is an adolescent boy who suddenly starts to drive himself into religious … Continue reading

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A Stray Goat (2016) ☆☆☆(3/4): A melancholic wintry tale of two troubled teenagers

I once wondered whether sad, cold independent movies about desperate people were becoming a genre of their own. Usually filled with somber wintry ambience, such movies tend to serve us with the bleak sense of harsh reality via their gloomy … Continue reading

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The Peanuts Movie (2015) ☆☆☆(3/4): You’re still a good man, Charlie Brown

Charlie Brown and his gangs in late Charles M. Schulz’s classic newspaper comic strip “Peanuts” have been cultural icons around the world since when it was started in 1950. Like many of you, I came to encounter these simple, broad, … Continue reading

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The Silenced (2015) ☆☆☆ (3/4) : A new girl comes to their school…

South Korean film “The Silenced”, which was released in South Korea as “Gyeongseong School: The Lost Girls” in last weekend, looks like a typical genre piece at first. Its main background is a girl’s dormitory school, its story revolves around … Continue reading

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Elegant Lies (2014) ☆☆☆(3/4) : Tears within its cool restraint

  South Korean film “Elegant Lies” has a fair share of tears to shed inside its story, but it holds them with admirable restraint while rarely resorting to cheap melodrama overflowing with tears. This is a sad story about how … Continue reading

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Wadjda (2012) ☆☆☆1/2(3.5/4) : A small but remarkable movie from Saudi Arabia

 “Wadjda” is a small but remarkable movie for many reasons. While its director managed to shoot the entire film in the country not very supportive of movie industry, this is the first feature length film directed by a female director … Continue reading

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Small Change (1976) ☆☆☆1/2(3.5/4) : The lively kids in one French town

When I watched one film directed by François Truffaut for the first time during one Sunday afternoon of 2008, I had a little expectation about the movie, which was shown on TV as “Pocket Money”. Although I was already familiar … Continue reading

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