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Film Review: After Louie
Ambitious but ultimately overreaching treatise on an AIDS survivor and his anger towards the modern world has its serious potential botched by script and direction, both awash in banality.
Film Review: Seven Years of Night
A dark, intriguing premise has little chance of becoming a riveting noir, given its obtuse and overly labyrinthine treatment.
Film Review: The Workshop
Question-raising and topical, this latest effort from two of the smartest filmmakers around disappoints in being too predictable and far from deep.
Film Review: Maineland
The physical, intellectual and emotional journey of Chinese students transplanted to the state of Maine has its considerable rewards, as well as a couple of winning protagonists.
Film Review: Ramen Heads
The simplest dish—oh so familiar in your college days—is here entrancingly elevated to the most desired culinary art, not to mention obsession.
Film Review: Claire's Camera
Kim Minhee again proves herself one of today’s most easily likeable actresses in Hong Sangsoo’s waver-thin divertissement set at the Cannes Film Festival (although you never see the event itself).
Film Review: Itzhak
Highly intelligent and warm portrait of the most haimische virtuoso who ever lived.
Film Review: The Princess and the Matchmaker
Opulent but chaotic Korean historical epic with way too much going on, keeping you at arm’s length from becoming truly engaged.
Film Review: Oh Lucy!
Small but sure, this portrait of a Tokyo “loser” has a way of slyly sneaking under your skin.
Film Review: Becks
This portrait of the artist as a young lesbian, despite its thinness, has much to recommend it: some catchy music, believable passion and a highly likeable performance by Lena Hall in a rather prickly role.
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