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Mrs K

by Yuhang Ho

Fun but predictable revenge flick. With Kara Hui and Simon Yam, Ho rallied up a decent cast, there are some pretty cool action scene and the film looks nice enough, but in the end you've seen this before. Solid filler that doesn't aspirte to be anything bigger.

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The 4th Company

by Mitzi Vanessa Arreola, Amir Galván Cervera

A rather novel blend of prison cinema and sports film. The 4th Company is a little too preoccupied with its plot and it does get a little long in the tooth, but still way better than most other prison dramas and sports films. Not bad, not great.

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The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie

by Luis Buñuel

Not a big Bunuel fan to begin with, but the film starts off well enough. Sadly it's a little repetitive, not all that funny and some moments are too on the nose. Not as weird, unique or crazy as some would have you believe, but it's not as bad as some of his other films.

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Before We Vanish

by Kiyoshi Kurosawa

Kiyoshi Kurosawa's invasion flick is not so much about aliens, instead it's more about humanity. Some nice ideas and interesting scenes, but overall the atmosphere is a little lackluster and the tone of the film is surprisingly jolly. Not his best work, but still above par.

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13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi

by Michael Bay

Pretty slick. Surprisingly convincing performance of John Krasinski, embedded in what is a typical Bay action film. A complete lack of subtlety, but the action is riveting and the cinematography lush and modern. A solid war film, done the Bay way.

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Stephanie

by Akiva Goldsman

The combination of drama and horror done well. Mysterious, eerie and brooding. Horror used as a front for a more touching and delicate story, but always aware of its genre roots. The small casts performs well, the film doesn't outlast its welcome and ends one a high note.

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Tokyo Night Sky Is Always the Densest Shade of Blue

by Yaya Ishii

Beautiful, dreamy drama with a darker edge, like most of Yuya Ishii's films. Strong across the board with some playful, almost experimental touches that never quite hit the right spot. Still a very worthy entry in Ishii's oeuvre, but it lacks that little extra refinement.

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Orbiter 9

by Hatem Khraiche

A drama/thriller dressed up as a scifi film. And even then the scifi elements are handled with little love or care, mostly forgotten about after the 15 minute mark. It's not a bad film, but the concept gets a little tired and Orbiter 9 has very little to add. By the numbers.

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Wildling

by Fritz Böhm

Pretty decent horror film, though not quite as moody and atmospheric as it sets out to be. The premise is reminiscent of The Room and Brigsby Bear, but Wildling quickly tilts more towards creature flick. It's nice filler, but somewhat uneventful and not nearly memorable enough.

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Over the Fence

by Nobuhiro Yamashita

Solid drama about two people trying to build something new from the rubble of their past lives. Yu Aoi and Jo Odagiri put in spectacular performance, sadly the rest of the film can't quite keep up with them. Still worth a shot though, there's plenty to like here.

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Funny Girl

by William Wyler

Not a big Wyler fan, Funny Girl is no exception. Simpel rise and fall story about a young, aspiring actress who wants to make it as a Ziegfeld girl. The show element of the film is lacking and the romance felt rather flat. The fact that it's stretched to 150 minutes only made it worse.

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Isle of Dogs

by Wes Anderson

Spectacular stop-motion animation from Wes Anderson. It's witty, it's classy, it's funny and it looks smashing. There's so much attention to detail, so many different kind of gags and it's all executed so well. Just a smidgen too long, apart from that it's near-perfect.

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Blood Honey

by Jeff Kopas

Family tragedy with splashes of psychological horror. It takes quite a while to get going and the finale is not very original, but Kopas has the atmosphere down. The setting is nice, the cast is okay and the film looks decent enough. Decent filler, nothing more, nothing less.