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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.
Film Review: Driving While Black
Big subject, trite treatment.
Film Review: Have a Nice Day
Director Liu Jian’s fierce determination to out-Tarantino Tarantino results in a heartlessly clever, blood-spattered cartoon noir portrait of a modern China ruled by avarice.
Film Review: The Great Buddha
Marvelous Taiwanese study of down-and-outers’ survival strategies defines “bittersweet,” while managing to be effin’ hilarious along the way.
Film Review: Kangaroo: A Love-Hate Story
One more of this planet’s seemingly endless and frightful ecological dilemmas, presented with compassion and intelligence.
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