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Behind You

by Andrew Mecham, Matthew Whedon
Specifics
USA [2020] - 86 mins
Genre
Horror
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1.5

A film that tries pretty hard, but fails to deliver. The fact that it's a cut-and-paste job of other horror films isn't even all that problematic, the incredibly poor and lifeless execution is though. The acting is bad, the horror cues are lazy and the ghost is just plain silly. Unless you're absolutely starved for horror, there is not much here.

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Emma.

by Autumn de Wilde
Specifics
UK [2020] - 124 mins
Genre
Comedy, Romance
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2.5

Another Jane Austin adaptation. The romance and drama didn't make much of an impression, but the quirky portrayal of the characters and the light-hearted tone of the film made it quite bearable. I'm still not a big fan of this genre, but at least it's not as bad as many others and it does add a novel twist.

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Truth or Dare

by Jeff Wadlow
Specifics
USA [2018] - 100 mins
Genre
Horror
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3.0

A pretty basic Blumhouse production that gets a bit better during the second half and actually has a pretty neat ending. The cast is mediocre and the setup is quite lame, but at least there are some nasty kills and the ending finds a smart balance between predictability and surprise. Not very memorable, but it is solid filler.

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She Never Died

by Audrey Cummings
Specifics
Canada [2019] - 89 mins
Genre
Crime, Horror
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3.5

A pretty crazy film, this one. She Never Died brings an odd mix of crime, horror and fantasy elements, and delivers them with a surprising lightness. It's an interesting blend and it's Cummings' achievement for making this work, though the superb performance of Adeliyi definitely helped. Recommended, if you like a bit of weirdness.

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City Hunter: .357 Magnum

by Kenji Kodama
Also know as
City Hunter: Ai to Shukumei no Magnum
Specifics
Japan [1989] - 87 mins
Genre
Animation, Action, Comedy
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2.5

A rather predictable and expected entry in the City Hunter franchise. It's fun and light entertainment, but I'm pretty certain that this material works better in a 45-minute format. There's a bit too much filler and it takes a little too long before the action takes over, but all in all it's not a bad film. Just not very memorable.

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No Longer Human

by Mika Ninagawa
Also know as
Ningen Shikkaku: Dazai Osamu to 3-nin no Onnatachi
Specifics
Japan [2019] - 120 mins
Genre
Biography, Drama
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4.0

Interesting biopic on Osamu Dazai, one of Japan's famous writers. Like many of its peers, Ninagawa's film exploits the scandals around its central figure rather than laud its subject with praise and admiration, but that just makes things more interesting. Add the beautiful cinematography, a fine score and a superb cast and you have another winner.

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Kushina, What Will You Be

by Moët Hayami
Specifics
Japan [2018] - 68 mins
Genre
Drama
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3.5

A light and breezy drama that gets just a little too heavy-handed when it tries to flesh out its themes. It's not a major complaint though, because the cinematography is nice, the score is beautiful and the cast does a great job. At its best the film is warm and effortless, sadly the quality level isn't quite constant enough.

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Trixie Mattel: Moving Parts

by Nicholas Zeig-Owens
Specifics
USA [2019] - 91 mins
Genre
Documentary
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2.5

Sobering behind-the-scenes documentary. There's no glitz and glamour here, just down-to-earth work stuff in a world overflowing with mental instability. It's honestly not all that surprising, nor eye-opening, but it is a good reminder that what we see on TV is mostly just smoke and mirrors. Pretty decent.

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Friday

by F. Gary Gray
Specifics
USA [1995] - 91 mins
Genre
Comedy
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1.5

A rather plain and lazy black stoner comedy. If you think the mere idea of weed is funny, then there might be something here for you. Otherwise, it's just broad stereotypes, mediocre performances and purely functional direction. These types of comedy just aren't my thing, I like Gray better when he's doing action flicks.

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Better Days

by Kwok Cheung Tsang
Also know as
Shao Nian De Ni
Specifics
China [2019] - 135 mins
Genre
Crime, Drama, Romance
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3.5

At its best, Better Days is a very stylish, gripping and well-made drama. Sadly the way the bullying is handled feels a little flat, which carries through to a somewhat disappointing ending. It's a shame, because the performances are amazing, the cinematography is beautiful and the score is on point. Very good, but could've been better still.

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The Untamed: Fatal Journey

by Qiu Zhongwei
Specifics
China [2020] - 82 mins
Genre
Fantasy, Adventure
3.0

Decent tomb raiding adventure, a genre niche that is incredibly popular in China right now. You can see the TV origins of this spin-off, which some poor CG in places and a very short introduction of the characters, but overall this is a fun, fast-paced and entertaining adventure that is sure to please fans of the genre.

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The Turning

by Floria Sigismondi
Specifics
UK, Ireland [2020] - 94 mins
Genre
Horror, Mystery
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3.5

Stylish and atmospheric horror film. Take and old mansion, an eery groundskeeper and two isolated kids and you have all the necessary ingredients for a solid genre flick. The cast does a great job, cinematography and score are top-notch and the ending is ambiguous enough. An easy recommend for horror fans.

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American Wedding

by Jesse Dylan
Specifics
USA, Germany [2003] - 96 mins
Genre
Comedy
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1.5

The third film is just more of the same. The same kind of comedy, the same poor attempts to make fun of uncomfortable scenes, the same characters with the same quirks. The actors do a slightly better job compared to earlier films, on the other hand it all starts to feel a little too familiar. Not very good.

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To the Ends of the Earth

Also know as
Tabi no Owari Sekai no Hajimari
Specifics
Japan, Uzbekistan [2019] - 120 mins
Genre
Drama
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2.5

Kurosawa is struggling lately. His latest is an interesting attempt to bring two nations together, but the result is equal amounts culture clash and xenophobia, that doesn't have much to add to what's already out there. There are some individual scenes that stick out, but overall it's just very basic and expected.

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Police Force

by Cheh Chang, Yang Ming Tsai
Also know as
Jing Cha
Specifics
Hong Kong [1973] - 107 mins
Genre
Action, Crime
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1.5

A poor crime/thriller by Cheh Chang. The action scenes are decent but not all that noteworthy, and they are few and far between. The thriller and crime elements are poor though and tend to drag. The film is too long, has pacing issues and a cast that can't make an impression. Definitely not Chang's best work.

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Puppet Master

by David Schmoeller
Specifics
USA [1989] - 90 mins
Genre
Fantasy, Horror
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1.5

The puppet designs are rather fun and creative, but Schmoeller is a poor director and struggles to make sense of this pretty basic film. The cast isn't doing him any favors either and the horror bits are ridiculous instead of frightening. With a little effort this could've been a fun flick, but the quality just wasn't there.

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Chopping Mall

by Jim Wynorski
Specifics
USA [1986] - 77 mins
Genre
Comedy, Horror
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1.0

Incredibly cheap and amateurish. The robots look childish, the cast is terrible and even though it's a very simple film, half of it doesn't seem to make any sense. Even the short running time doesn't feel like a redeeming quality. Unless you're truly in love with the 80s, or you just have a thing for extremely cheesy horror film, don't bother.

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The Decline

by Patrice Laliberté
Also know as
Jusqu'au Déclin
Specifics
Canada [2020] - 83 mins
Genre
Thriller
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3.0

A decent survival thriller. The introduction is way too long, especially for such a short film, but once the first body drops the film quickly picks up the pace. A snowy setting, solid actors and some nice survival warfare scenes provide good genre thrills. In the end this is a pretty basic thriller, but with enough flair for those who want some proper genre filler.