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Chronicle of My Mother

by Masato Harada
Also know as
Waga Haha no Ki
Specifics
Japan [2011] - 108 mins
Genre
Drama
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3.5

A very solid drama. The title is pretty self-explanatory, Harada aims for a film that falls somewhere in between the work of Yamada and Koreeda and succeeds rather well. A strong cast, pretty cinematography and nice, subdued drama turn this into a quality production. Nothing you haven't seen before, but prime filler.

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Hapax Legomena I: Nostalgia

by Hollis Frampton
Specifics
USA [1971] - 36 mins
Genre
Experimental
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0.5

Very conceptual and experimental, but a complete drag to watch. A man talks about photographs while they're burning up, but the narration and images never match up. I'm sure it's deeply moving and meaningful to some, to me it felt more like an art installation meant for a museum I'd rather never visit.

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In a World...

by Lake Bell
Specifics
USA [2013] - 93 mins
Genre
Comedy
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2.0

A rather lifeless comedy that fails to find its voice (bad pun). The romance doesn't really work, the comedy is never all that funny and for a film about voice acting, there's a surprising amount of mumbling going on. And the token digs at the movie business aren't all that great either. Not terrible, but very forgettable.

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The Smurfs 2

by Raja Gosnell
Specifics
USA, France [2013] - 105 mins
Genre
Animation, Comedy, Fantasy
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0.5

I'm not a big fan of the original Smurfs cartoons, so there's no grudge there. Even then this is one of the dumbest, most annoying and most irritating films I've seen in a long time. The acting is atrocious, the modernized Smurfs are completely unlikable and the Paris setting makes no sense. A terrible, terrible film.

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Life in Overtime

Also know as
Owatta Hito
Specifics
Japan [2018] - 125 mins
Genre
Comedy, Drama
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2.5

Mediocre dramady about forced retirement and the difficulties some people have with the change of pace. Japanese work culture is a bit different from ours, but it shouldn't be too hard to follow. Sadly the performances aren't that great, the comedy is rather weak and Nakata isn't the best drama director. Not terrible, but very forgettable.

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Slaughterhouse Rulez

by Crispian Mills
Specifics
UK [2018] - 104 mins
Genre
Comedy, Horror
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3.0

Fun horror/comedy that's a little light on both to be truly special, but does manage to be entertaining from beginning to end. It's all very British, which definitely helps the comedy, the horror could've done with some extra screen time. I'm not surprised this film didn't do very well, but it's not so bad that it deserves to be buried. Amusing.

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The Big Sick

by Michael Showalter
Specifics
USA [2017] - 120 mins
Genre
Comedy, Drama, Romance
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3.0

A solid romantic comedy with plenty of dramatic padding. The fact that it is based on Nanjiani's own life gives it a little extra, but it's not quite as sharp, romantic or relevant as I'd hoped. It's also a bit long and lacking real stand-out moments, but overall it's a pretty sweet and likeable film that feels genuine.