Tag Archives: War

Wonder Woman (2017) ☆☆☆1/2(3.5/4): Here comes Wonder Woman!

Besides being more exciting and exhilarating than expected, “Wonder Woman” finally gives what its genre has desperately needed during recent years: strong, independent female superhero character. While this is another quintessential origin story, the movie is refreshing mainly thanks to … Continue reading

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The Innocents (2016) ☆☆☆(3/4): A terrible secret in their convent

Loosely inspired by a sad real-life story during the aftermath of the World War II, French film “The Innocents” is an understated period drama with thoughtful moments to appreciate. While never overlooking the dark, tragic aspect of its story, the … Continue reading

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Land of Mine (2015) ☆☆☆(3/4): A small, dark epilogue of the World War II

Through its fictional story, Danish film “Land of Mine” illuminates a small, dark epilogue of the World War II which has not been known well to most of us. Although it often feels heavy-handed especially during its third act, the … Continue reading

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Hacksaw Ridge (2016) ☆☆☆(3/4): A pacifistic medic struggling in a brutal war movie

“Hacksaw Ridge” is rather interesting for its ironic contradiction. While evoking those sincere old-fashioned Hollywood war films such as Howard Hawks’ “Sergeant York” (1941) on one side, the movie is also far more brutal and sanguinary than them on the … Continue reading

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Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016) ☆☆☆(3/4): The Force is strong in this spin-off…

Whenever it works well, “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” feels like the best Star Wars movie since the original Star Wars trilogy. Although it is riddled with several weak spots in terms of plot and characters especially during its … Continue reading

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Under the Shadow (2016) ☆☆☆1/2(3.5/4): Something wicked this way comes with the war

There are two different types of horror in “Under the Shadow”. One comes from a stark, harrowing allegory based on one harsh, gloomy historical background. The other comes from a creepy, insidious tale about the possibility of some unknown evil … Continue reading

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A Tale of Love and Darkness (2015) ☆☆1/2(2.5/4): Looking at her from the distance

Israeli film “A Tale of Love and Darkness” is frequently frustrating in its distant attitude toward its sad, depressing human tale. Here is a woman who has probably been quite unhappy throughout her gray, melancholic life which has not given … Continue reading

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