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Patlabor 2

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Patlabor 2 review

"A-grade Oshii material that should please his fans. It's an impressive tour de force, delivering a perfect mix of intriguing philosophy, intelligent writing and stunning audiovisual stimuli."

Jin Roh: The Wolf Brigade

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Jin Roh: The Wolf Brigade review

"It's a very mature, accomplished and delicate film and it may take people a couple of viewings in order to fully grasp all the details, but there is plenty of beauty and wonder to return to."

My Neighbors the Yamadas

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My Neighbors the Yamadas review

"A simple screenshot cannot capture the amount of love and detail this film houses. The animation is exceptional, the music a blast and the film consists of one big succession of memorable moments."

Talking Head

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Talking Head review

"One of Oshii's true masterpieces, dazzling and surprising its audience each chance it gets. If you don't mind the vague narrative, it's a succession of fun, interesting and challenging moments."

Pi

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Pi review

"Visually it's starting to show its age, but the soundtrack more than makes up for that. This is still an exemplary film that should appeal to anyone with a taste for the different."

Ghost in the Shell

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Ghost in the Shell review

"Oshii's film remains a monument of film making that still knows to impress and entrance. It's a superb sci-fi film, boasting tons of highly atmospheric scenes and a good story to boot"

Kikujiro

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Kikujiro review

"Kitano's humor is simple, somewhat childish and often improvised, but thanks to the typical editing and his superb comical body language it works wonders."

Fireworks

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Fireworks review

"The perfect showcase for Kitano's versatility. It's funny, poetic, violent and leaves you with a perfect dramatic punch in the gut that lingers long beyond the end credits."

Memories

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Memories review

"Anthology projects offer the world a glimpse of the diversity of Japanese animation. Memories is one of the best of its kind and probably one of Studio 4°C's most prestigious undertakings so far."

Only Yesterday

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Only Yesterday review

"Takahata is one of the absolute masters of animation."

Perfect Blue

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Perfect Blue review

"Here's to hoping we'll ever see Kon's final film (Dream Machine) completed."

Braindead

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Braindead review

"I stopped caring about Jackson's films years ago, but even his faltering oeuvre can't take away from the joy that is Braindead."

Sonatine

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Sonatine review

"Even though the films Kitano made prior to Sonatine aren't bad at all, Sonatine is the first true testament to his genius."

After Life

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After Life review

"After Life is about enjoying and appreciating the good things you have. Warmly recommended for everyone who doesn't mind the modest pacing and styling."

Man Bites Dog

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Man Bites Dog review

"Man Bites Dog is a landmark film for Belgian cinema. It's one of the first (if not the first) Belgian genre film that went on to become a critical international success."

Delicatessen

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Delicatessen review

"I clearly prefer this film over Amélie, if only for the darker and freakier setting."

The Girl on the Bridge

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The Girl on the Bridge review

"It's only a minor critique on a film that sizzles and sparkles from start to finish. Leconte's approach is fresh and adventurous."

Gemini

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Gemini review

"Gemini could be considered a good entry-level Tsukamoto since his typical style isn't as demanding as in his other films."

Porco Rosso

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Porco Rosso review

"Porco Rosso remains one of my favorite Miyazaki films. Personally I prefer his softer, smaller films over his big epics, as they are more aimed at atmosphere and less at getting a message across."

Hakuchi: The Innocent

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Hakuchi: The Innocent review

"Quality film making, sporting a superb cast, a solid soundtrack and eye-popping cinematography. A slice of urban fantasy/retro sci-fi that mixes classic and contemporary cinema to great effect."

Trainspotting

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Trainspotting review

"Boyle's breakthrough film is pretty crude and edgy, but it's also a cinematic wonderland about a bunch of drug-craving friends, drenched in thick accents."

Postman Blues

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Postman Blues review

"It was more than 10 years since I first watched this film and so I wasn't quite sure if it would still hold up after all this time."

Rubber's Lover

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Rubber's Lover review

"Still, the feeling remains that at times Rubber's Lover could've been just that little bit more insane."

Labyrinth of Dreams

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Labyrinth of Dreams review

"Those who really want to see the film will be required to be a little adventurous, but fans of Ishii and/or Asano would do good to go through the trouble."

Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels

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Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels review

"Lock, Stock And Two Smoking Barrels remains my favorite Ritchie film."

Tokyo Fist

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Tokyo Fist review

"Tokyo Fist is somewhat of a forgotten Tsukamoto film, which is weird considering its many qualities."

The City of Lost Children

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The City of Lost Children review

"If you're a fan of Delicatessen and you haven't seen The City of Lost Children it's really a no-brainer."

The Blair Witch Project

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The Blair Witch Project review

"The past 7 to 8 years the horror scene has been swamped with found footage films."

Bangkok Dangerous

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Bangkok Dangerous review

"Bangkok Dangerous is a film that's surviving the test of time surprisingly well."

Magnolia

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Magnolia review

"From a professional and critical point of view, Magnolia is probably PTA's most accomplished film. It's a three hour long ensemble film that feels playful, energetic and upbeat."

The Professional

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The Professional review

"The film has aged surprisingly well. The action scenes are still amazing, Reno and Portman continue to impress and there's an edgy playfulness that keeps the film from becoming overly serious."

Postmen in the Mountains

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Postmen in the Mountains review

"Postmen in the Mountains is one of China's hidden gems, made by a director who sprinkles his films with soul and warmth. It's an easy recommend, if you can stand the slow pacing that is."

Natural Born Killers

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Natural Born Killers review

"It's a pretty crazy ride that revels in the violence on display, while at the same time lashing out at the media's sensationalism and the audience's lack of critical standards."

I Stand Alone

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I Stand Alone review

"So yeah, Noé could've opted to make a more pensive, explanatory version of the story, but that's not really his style."

964 Pinocchio

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964 Pinocchio review

"It's one of the few films that manages to have a physical effect on its audiences, something I can truly appreciate. To endure is to overcome, and once the film is finished you do feel somehow reborn."

Green Snake

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Green Snake review

"Tsui Hark at his best, the film is lush in its visuals and score, is entertaining to the core and wastes no time on unnecessary things. Very likeable and extremely well-made."

Iron Monkey

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Iron Monkey review

"Iron Monkey is a film that doesn't disappoint. There's enough creativity, silliness and genuine love for the genre to keep me coming back for more."

Shark Skin Man and Peach Hip Girl

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Shark Skin Man and Peach Hip Girl review

"Shark Skin Man is starting to show its age a little. It's a bit dreary and murky for a comedy and more recent films have improved greatly on the formula."

Fight Club

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Fight Club review

"An incredibly slick, funny and unique film. Fincher opens up his bag of tricks and sprinkles them everywhere, keeping the audience on its toes while dragging them in deeper and deeper."

A Chinese Odyssey: Part One - Pandora's Box

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A Chinese Odyssey: Part One - Pandora's Box review

"A Chinese Odyssey is entertainment in its purest form. The comedy is hilarious, the pacing is excruciating, the film rolls from one memorable scene to the next and the level of variation is exemplary."

New Dragon Gate Inn

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New Dragon Gate Inn review

"The actors are on point, the film looks great and there's a lot of fun to be had, especially whenever the films endorses its own mean streak."

Once upon a Time in China

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Once upon a Time in China review

"Jet Li is superb, the fight choreography raised the bar, the pacing is perfect and everything just feels extremely dynamic."

The Legend of Fong Sai-Yuk

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The Legend of Fong Sai-Yuk review

"You have to be a fan of wire-fu antics and elongated martial arts scenes to appreciate a film like this, but if you do then you're getting one of the most spectacular and creative films in the genre."

Spring & Chaos

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Spring & Chaos review

"Kawamori presents a worthy and classy tribute to the genius of Miyazawa, a film that may not be your average biography, but is much better because of it."

The Dog of Flanders

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The Dog of Flanders review

"A very touching, very dear yet very sad story about a boy that got a lot less out of life than he deserved."

Spriggan

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Spriggan review

"Spriggan is a pretty fun and over the top anime feature, but only for those who can handle the silliness."

The Acid House

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The Acid House review

"The acting is good, the stories are smart and the sense of humor is typically Welsh: dark and tragic. The Acid House won't disappoint Welsh fans, but a Danny Boyle film it is not."

Ninja Scroll

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Ninja Scroll review

"It's delightfully and excessively violent, sporting superb creature designs, a bold and expressive art style and brisk pacing. Everything you'd ever want and need in a gory, macho action film."

Schizopolis

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Schizopolis review

"If you're looking for something totally different, strangely off-beat and pleasantly absurd, dressed in up utter stylistic wackiness, then Schizopolis definitely has you covered."

Following

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Following review

"Nolan never managed to allocate the extra budget for his following films in any meaningful way."

Getting Any?

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Getting Any? review

"If you take the silly premise for granted, there's actually a rather large variety of comedy on display here and even though not every joke will hit, a lot of them do. "

A Scene at the Sea

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A Scene at the Sea review

"Kitano's strict visuals and dry sense of humor, combined with Hisaishi's wooly soundtrack and the stoical but affectionate performances make this a wonderful experience."

Once Upon a Time in China II

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Once Upon a Time in China II review

"A vibrant action spectacle, sporting some of the most impressive fights in the genre, colorful background drama and perfect pacing that won't leave you a chance to get bored."

Bullet Ballet

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Bullet Ballet review

"The second time around I was little let down by the acting performances of the secondary cast. For a film that puts more focus on drama than usually the case, that's somewhat of a problem."

Swordsman II

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Swordsman II review

"Swordsman II is a very typical film and definitely won't win any fans to the genre. It's pretty chaotic, all style and no substance and not the least bit interested in telling a coherent story."

The Mystery of Rampo

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The Mystery of Rampo review

"With its wonderful cinematography, outstanding score and enigmatic lead, Okuyama serves a puzzling trip through the mysterious mind of one of Japan's most prestigious horror writers."

Audition

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Audition review

"Audition will lull you to sleep with its understated, consciously tepid build-up, only to shake you away and leave you stunned and surprised after unleashing its madcap finale."

Kids Return

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Kids Return review

"The solid cinematography coupled with the nice soundtrack, the fine performances and the pleasantly subdued drama all help to highlight Kitano's talent as a bona fide director."

Swallowtail Butterfly

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Swallowtail Butterfly review

"An ambitious, raw, vibrant and energetic gem, sporting fine cinematography, a great soundtrack and some stand-out performances that all help to give birth to a unique universe."

A Chinese Ghost Story III

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A Chinese Ghost Story III review

"Built on quirky fantasy elements, lots of visual flair, a fun vibe and a light narrative. And if something doesn't work, the insane pacing makes sure you won't remember it for long."

Drunken Master II

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Drunken Master II review

"The pairing of Liu and Chan results in some of the coolest and frantic martial arts moments ever put on film, making it that much easier to forget about all the film's shortcomings."

Hard Boiled

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Hard Boiled review

"Hard Boiled is one of the best action flicks out there, touting majestic gun fights and epic body counts, with a prime cast and a talented director keeping everything in check."

August in the Water

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August in the Water review

"Probably one of his most accessible films, though there is still plenty of wonder and authorship to be admired."

Twin Warriors

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Twin Warriors review

"Jet Li and Michelle Yeoh are a delight to watch, the action choreography is spectacular and the mix of daft comedy and sprawling martial arts makes for amazing entertainment."

Fudoh: The New Generation

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Fudoh: The New Generation review

"Focusing solely on technical qualities, Fudoh is ripping apart at the seams, but that would mean ignoring all the creativity, joy and sheer disregard for proper taste on display here."

American Beauty

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American Beauty review

"Dark, dry wit, a can of excellent performances, deliberate styling choices and a series of iconic scenes make this a film that is armed to withstand the test of time."