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Wonder (2017) ☆☆☆(3/4): A sentimental but sincere family drama

“Wonder” wants to move our heart, and it did its job well. Sure, I could see through its intention right from its first scene, but then I found myself touched by its many sentimental but sincere moments which made me … Continue reading

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A Brighter Summer Day (1991) ☆☆☆☆(4/4): A great movie never too long

Edward Yang’s “A Bright Summer Day”, which recently happened to be released in South Korea, is a singular masterpiece to be admired for numerous reasons. On one level, it is a tragic adolescent drama inspired by a notorious real-life incident … Continue reading

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Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie (2017) ☆☆☆(3/4): Silly but uproarious

While being as silly as its title suggests, animation film “Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie” is often quite funny as gleefully and knowingly embracing its sheer goofiness. When I watched its trailer early in this year, I thought it … Continue reading

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Dancesport Girls (2017) ☆☆☆(3/4): Dancing high school girls and their good teacher

South Korean documentary film “Dancesport Girls” is filled with genuine positive spirit. Here are a bunch of high school girls who simply enjoy themselves as preparing for their big moment to come, and it is really fun to watch them … Continue reading

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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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