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Lupin III: The Fuma Conspiracy

by Masayuki Ozeki
Also know as
Rupan Sansei: Fûma Ichizoku no Inbô
Specifics
Japan [1987] - 73 mins
Genre
Animation, Adventure, Comedy
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3.5

Prime Lupin entertainment. Some fun thieving scenes, a couple of hilarious car chases and enough wacky comedy to keep the film from getting too serious. The story is pretty basic, then again a film like this doesn't really call for much complexity. Light, fun and surprisingly well animated, just the things I want from a Lupin film.

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Die Tomorrow

by Nawapol Thamrongrattanarit
Specifics
Thailand [2017] - 75 mins
Genre
Drama
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2.5

A reflection on death. Or at least, that seems what Thamrongrattanarit was aiming for, but there's very little meat here and apart from some hit & miss experiments in form the film really hasn't that much to offer. In the end it felt a little empty and pointless, which is clearly not what they director was going for.

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Goku Midnight Eye

by Yoshiaki Kawajiri
Specifics
Japan [1989] - 120 mins
Genre
Animation, Crime, Sci-fi
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3.5

Vintage Kawajiri. A weird mix of sci-fi, fantasy and horror, draped on top of a noirish premise. The two parts are a little disconnected and the whole feels a little rushed, but there are some pretty kick-ass action scenes and monster designs on display here. Not the easiest film to track down, but if you like Kawajiri's work it comes well recommended.

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My People, My Country

by Kaige Chen, Hu Guan, Hao Ning, Muye Wen, Zheng Xu, Xiaolu Xue, Yibai Zhang
Also know as
Wo He Wo De Zu Guo
Specifics
China [2019] - 158 mins
Genre
Drama
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3.0

There's a lot of flag-waving and chest-thumping going on here, but look past that and you'll find a decent anthology celebrating the achievements of the little people, helmed by some of China's prime directors. It was a little too sentimental and overdone in places, but it wasn't as terrible as I had initially feared it would be.

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Daniel Isn't Real

by Adam Egypt Mortimer
Specifics
USA [2019] - 96 mins
Genre
Mystery, Horror
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3.5

Interesting film. It looks very moody and atmospheric, the soundtrack is pretty cool, the editing is on point and the premise is intriguing enough. But somehow the whole isn't quite as good as the sum of its individual parts. The film isn't as intense or captivating as it hopes to be, which is a shame because films like these are quite hard to come by. Still, worth checking out.

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The Art of Self-Defense

by Riley Stearns
Specifics
USA [2019] - 104 mins
Genre
Comedy
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3.5

A little dark and a little grim, but underneath all that this is a very capable absurdist comedy. Not quite out there and some of the better films in the genre, but definitely worth a gamble. It's not like this niche is overflowing with options right now. Well acted, funny and quite unpredictable, this one is a lot of fun.

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Jade Dynasty

Also know as
Zhu Xian I
Specifics
China [2019] - 101 mins
Genre
Action, Fantasy
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3.0

Fun little martial arts/fantasy film that gets bogged down by overabundant, mediocre CG. If you need CG to wok some vegetables, you're clearly doing something wrong. The rest of it is pretty fun though. Some nice battles, impressive vistas and an economic running time. Not a genre stand-out, but pretty decent filler nonetheless.