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Look Away

by Assaf Bernstein
Specifics
Canada [2018] - 103 mins
Genre
Horror, Thriller
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3.5*/5.0*

Very stylish thriller with a few fantastical touches and a dash of horror. Performances are strong, the film looks nice and there's a very dense, poisonous atmosphere that keeps the film interesting. If Bernstein could've made it just a little slicker it would've been a masterpiece, but this is definitely a solid effort.

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Your Face

by Ming-liang Tsai
Also known as
Ni De Lian
Specifics
Taiwan, France [2018] - 76 mins
Genre
Documentary
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1.0*/5.0*

I used to like Tsai's films, but ever since he turned his back on feature films his work has gone downhill. I'm not sure what Tsai hoped to discover here, but unless you like regular folk sitting awkwardly in front of a camera, unsure what to do, then there's very little here. Point in case one interviewee who feel asleep.

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Feminists: What Were They Thinking?

by Johanna Demetrakas
Specifics
USA [2018] - 86 mins
Genre
Documentary
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1.0*/5.0*

Based on the title you might expect some critical commentary on feminism. Don't. This film is merely a pat on the back for a group of feminists. It would've been way more interesting if they'd focused on their accomplishments rather than their ideologies, because it can be quite a chore to wade through the nonsense.

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The Hole

by Jacques Becker
Also known as
Le Trou
Specifics
France, Italy [1960] - 131 mins
Genre
Crime, Drama, Thriller
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1.0*/5.0*

A prison escape flick that isn't very well-balanced. The minimalistic visuals take away from the tension while the overstated soundtrack makes the whole attempt to escape ridiculous at times. The film is slow, the acting is awkward and Becker simply goes through the motions. Quite painful to sit through.

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The Gift

by Joel Edgerton
Specifics
USA, Australia [2015] - 108 mins
Genre
Drama, Mystery, Thriller
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2.0*/5.0*

Very plain and run of the mill thriller. Some cheap and underwhelming twists, one-dimensional characters and mediocre performances hamper the fun. The fact that Edgerton fails to add much as a director doesn't help either. The result is a rather tame and boring thriller that gets a little worse with every reveal.

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Double Mints

by Eiji Uchida
Also known as
Daburu Mintsu
Specifics
Japan [2017] - 100 mins
Genre
Romance
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3.5*/5.0*

Another solid Uchida film. While few of his films are true masterpieces, Uchida almost always comes with some kind of refreshing angle. The story in Double Mints is intriguing, the acting is solid and so is the cinematography. It's a good film that had no problems holding my attention, but it stopped short of being great.

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Crimes and Misdemeanors

by Woody Allen
Specifics
USA [1989] - 104 mins
Genre
Comedy, Drama
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3.0*/5.0*

Typical Allen film. If you've seen a couple, especially the famous ones, you'll know what to expect. A jazzy soundtrack, Allen's neurotic self, tons of dialogue and some sly comedy. He also toys with the plot structure, but that wasn't too interesting, neither were all the obligatory references to established artists. Fun though.

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Mongol

by Sergei Bodrov
Specifics
Russia [2007] - 126 mins
Genre
Biography, War
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4.0*/5.0*

Raw and impressive film that tells the story of Genghis Kahn, up until he moment he united Mongolia and became a part of history. Tadanobu Asano is amazing, Bodrov's direction is solid and the Mongolian scenery does the rest. I'm not a big fan of biographies or historic war cinema, this one is an exception.

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Ibiza

by Alex Richanbach
Specifics
USA [2018] - 94 mins
Genre
Comedy, Romance
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0.5*/5.0*

Absolutely horrendous. The attempts at comedy are painful, the caricature of Europe is borderline offensive and the music made my ears bleed. It looks like they tried to make a fun, funny and liberating film, but the result is a total atrocity, one of the worst things I've seen in a long time. Never again.

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Sick for Toys

by David Del Rio
Specifics
USA [2018] - 90 mins
Genre
Horror
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1.0*/5.0*

This is what you get when you spend all your budget on a half-decent cinematographer and have no more money left for a proper editor, sound crew and actors. There are flashes of professional film making here, but it's mostly just cheap, laughable and painfully boring. Best to simply avoid this one altogether.

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The Limit of Sleeping Beauty

by Ken Ninomiya
Also known as
Rimitto Obu Suripingu Byuti
Specifics
Japan [2017] - 90 mins
Genre
Mystery, Drama
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5.0*/5.0*

Magical and extravagant mystery drama that feels like a fever dream. Yuki Sakurai has a knack for picking interesting projects, Ken Ninomiya launches himself as a talent. The film looks absolutely stunning, the soundtrack is amazing and the level of creativity is through the roof. My kind of film.

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A.C.O.D.

by Stuart Zicherman
Also known as
Adult Children of Divorce
Specifics
USA [2013] - 88 mins
Genre
Comedy
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3.0*/5.0*

A dramady that has the balance between comedy and drama right, but fails to come up with any true highlights. There's little wrong with this film. Actors are doing well, there are some good jokes and the drama is on point, but it offers little beyond what is already out there. It's nice filler, but little more.

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Malevolent

by Olaf de Fleur Johannesson
Specifics
UK [2018] - 89 mins
Genre
Horror
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3.0*/5.0*

A basic but well made haunted house film. It's not too loud, not too scary and not too gory, but it gets pretty moody and atmospheric during the second half. The acting is also above par for a film like this and the presentation is very solid. It's good Halloween filler, not great but without any obvious weaknesses.