2010 favorites

Honey PuPu

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Honey PuPu review

"Everything is a mash-up, a mix, a collage of ideas and perceptions, some personal, some found elsewhere. Watching this executed by a talented director is a truly unique experience"

Helter Skelter

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Helter Skelter review

"The entire film is an oddly compelling and insanely stylized fever dream that left me completely dazed and fully perplexed, a rare and significant accomplishment."

Promare

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Promare review

"Promare is bonkers, hyperactive, grotesque and madcap, a dream come true for those who chase adrenaline cinema, executed in such a way that it oozes unbridled quality and creativity."

The Limit of Sleeping Beauty

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The Limit of Sleeping Beauty review

"The presentation is gobsmackingly beautiful, with soundtrack and cinematography constantly feeding off of each other. The acting is superb, the story intriguing and the pacing pretty damn perfect."

Petal Dance

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Petal Dance review

"Playfully poetic, magically serene and pleasantly dreamy, watching this film is a calming experience that puts you right in there with the characters while providing a superb aesthetic frame."

Skins

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Skins review

"hyper-stylized, extremely daring and surprisingly well-balanced. There's a peculiar mix of easiness and awkwardness that is quite unique, on top of that the film works on multiple levels."

Antiporno

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Antiporno review

"Antiporno is a zany, extrovert and anything but subtle piece of cinema with the potential to be very divisive. It's not for everybody, but Sono fans are sure to have a blast with this one."

Short Peace

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Short Peace review

"There's no weak link here, no bad parts or boring bits. It's a celebration of animation as an art form and it stands in stark contrast to other contemporary feature-length animation films."

Yakuza Apocalypse

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Yakuza Apocalypse review

"Yakuza Apocalypse is the kind of Miike I adore. The film looks good, sounds good, is stacked with crazy ideas and even weirder characters and dares to cross the line of common sense more than once."

Colonel Panics

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Colonel Panics review

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Children of the Sea

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Children of the Sea review

"Animation-wise this is one of the most impressive films I've seen so far. A creative, stylistic and technical marvel that honors its fantasy elements in the best way possible."

Kizumonogatari I: Tekketsu-hen

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Kizumonogatari I: Tekketsu-hen review

"It's probably a bit much for some, but if you're into more experimental and weird animation and you don't mind a little silliness, this is definitely one to check out."

Tag

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Tag review

"There are some very memorable scenes and the acting is spot on, add some nice-looking camera work and a great score and it's clear Sion Sono has another winner on his hands."

Godkiller

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Godkiller review

"I found Godkiller to be a truly refreshing experience. The art style is amazing, the soundtrack is right on point and I simply swooned at the relentless cyberpunk storytelling."

Blowfish

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Blowfish review

"A slow yet beautiful, gracious and delightfully subtle film that plays one single card, but plays it so damn well that it easily lasts the 90 minute running time."

The Grandmaster

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The Grandmaster review

"There is plenty of wonder, tension and intrigue that kept me occupied whenever I found time to pry my eyes and ears away from the drop dead gorgeous presentation."

That's It

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That's It review

"A blast. Energetic, mysterious, fun and wild, it's one big, entertaining mess. The film looks amazing, sounds great and the actors are all on top of their game. Up there with Ishii's best"

High & Low: The Movie 2 - End of Sky

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High & Low: The Movie 2 - End of Sky review

"End of Sky is a seemingly endless attempt at making every moment bolder, bigger and better than the one that came before, the beauty of it is that Kubo actually succeeds in his mission."

Hot Gimmick: Girl Meets Boy

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Hot Gimmick: Girl Meets Boy review

"The cinematography is lush and varied, the soundtrack is impressive, performances are great and the story intrigues, but it's the ridiculously perfect editing that left me floored."

The Fourth Portrait

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The Fourth Portrait review

"Powerful, poetic, lush, atmospheric and ultimately gripping. It's not unique or wildly different, but a perfect execution of a popular genre, lifting the film far above the competition."

The Whispering Star

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The Whispering Star review

"It's original, quirky, stylish and otherworldly, which is quite a feat considering Sono's track record. A tough cookie on the outside, but incredibly rich in taste and texture on the inside."

Lee's Adventure

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Lee's Adventure review

"The kind of film I love to love, with a strong belief in its themes and structure. An exciting trip into a world that isn't quite our own, blending different genres and styles into one chaotic whole."

Tokyo Tribe

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Tokyo Tribe review

"A killer ride from beginning to end. It's brutal, outrageous, funny, weird and it has a terrific drive. If you dismiss films that are pure escapist fun, you shouldn't even venture near it."

Hardcore Henry

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Hardcore Henry review

"If you're looking for one of the most immersive cinematic rides in ages, there isn't a single film that can top Hardcore Henry. One of my finest theater experiences in years."

Beyond the Black Rainbow

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Beyond the Black Rainbow review

"Wildly original, visually overpowering and genuinely mysterious, it's bound to become one of the best releases of 2012 and a film to treasure for years to come."

The Land of Cards

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The Land of Cards review

"There comes a point in a film fan's life when few things still manage to surprise, let alone bewilder. At that exact moment, films like The Land of Cards become something you thoroughly treasure."

Miss Zombie

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Miss Zombie review

"It's certain to disappoint a few zombie fanatics who end up watching this without knowing what to expect, but people who've grown tired of the grovelling undead may find a welcome reboot of the genre."

Chiwawa

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Chiwawa review

"Chiwawa is a vibrant, confrontational and sincere drama, sporting sprawling cinematography, a great score and lively performances. A confirmation that Ninomiya is on the cusp of a great career."

Diner

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Diner review

"This is quirky, over-the-top and outlandish genre cinema that offers plenty of thrills for those who crave the weird and unexpected, or those who relish in superbly executed stylistic prowess"

Ruined Heart

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Ruined Heart review

"If you like cultural melting pots, non-narrative cinema, punk cinema or just something off-kilter and youthful, then give this a try. It's one of the best cinematic experiences I've had so far"

Paris Is Us

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Paris Is Us review

"If you're wondering how Paris Is Us came to be, what hurdles had to be conquered and how Laurent Garnier got involved, do read on."

The World of Kanako

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The World of Kanako review

"The World of Kanako isn't subtle and doesn't offer much in the way of breathers. It's crazy, weird, harsh and fast-paced, piling body upon body and putting Akikazu through increasingly rough trials."

Gravity

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Gravity review

"Gravity is a film that needs to be experienced in theaters, preferably in 3D, though I am quite certain it will survive the living room experience just as well."

Blame!

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Blame! review

"It's far edgier than I imagined it to be. They left Nihei's appeal and style intact, the action sequences are brutal and the mega structure looks as cool as it does in the manga."

Starry Starry Night

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Starry Starry Night review

"Tom Lin delivers one of the dearest, warmest and most charming films of the year, a beautiful, stylish and imaginative trip that glaces at the world through the eyes of a 13-year-old girl."

Big Fish and Begonia

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Big Fish and Begonia review

"Big Fish and Begonia is an absolute stunner, an audiovisual experience that dragged me into its world and didn't let go until the final frame faded and the last note died."

The Tenants Downstairs

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The Tenants Downstairs review

"Stylish, classy, funny and revolting. The acting is top-notch, the film looks incredible and the soundtrack adds a lot of atmosphere. I'm thoroughly impressed by this Ko/Tsuei collaboration."

Soul

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Soul review

"Soul is pretty much perfect, though it might not be very accessible to those who fail to appreciate the mix of arthouse and genre film ideologies on display here."

Lost River

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Lost River review

"An audiovisual trip through an intriguing world, it's a feverish nightmare presented as a soothing dream, but above all it's a film from a director who has a voice of his own."

Moebius

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Moebius review

"I experienced Moebius as an extremely intense drama, a strict downwards spiral invoked by a family acting purely on their urges and instincts."

Swiss Army Man

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Swiss Army Man review

"Not everyone is going to appreciate the peculiar sense of humor on display here, but Kwan and Scheinert deliver a film that is witty, smart, well-made, pure and most of all unique."

My Man

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My Man review

"With a superb soundtrack, two killer leads and some visual panache, Kumakiri delivers a film that has the power to linger. That is, if you can stomach the punches My Man dishes out."

Climax

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Climax review

"Debie's cinematography is first class, the soundtrack is spot on, the dance routines are pretty impressive, performances are great, and the final hour is Noé at his finest/darkest."

Godzilla: Monster Planet

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Godzilla: Monster Planet review

"If you're an anime and/or sci-fi fan and you're up for a little Gojira action mixed with hardcore sci-fi, this is by far the best entry in the franchise so far. Bring on the sequels."

Confessions

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Confessions review

"It's an audiovisual masterpiece, bearing an interesting plot, powerful emotions and some poignant social commentary. Nakashima keeps growing with every film."

Guilty

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Guilty review

"Powerful, gripping and skillfully made. If you're a fan of Hong Kong's harsher thrillers this is definitely for you, if you like directors like Pou-Soi Cheang don't think twice about seeing this one."

Kizumonogatari III: Reiketsu-hen

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Kizumonogatari III: Reiketsu-hen review

"The Kizumonogatari experience is impossible to recommend, rather it has to be experienced. Reiketsu-hen provides perfect closure to this film series and conjures up the genius of the first film"

Rigor Mortis

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Rigor Mortis review

"Get past the cultural oddities, and you'll find an absolutely gorgeous looking genre film, by far one of the best and most accomplished horror films to have come out of Hong Kong in a long, long time."

III - The Ritual

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III - The Ritual review

"To say III is a divisive film is an understatement, but if you love fantasy, mystery and horror it's a film that begs to be seen. With a budget of only 15."

The Butcher, the Chef and the Swordsman

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The Butcher, the Chef and the Swordsman review

"Flashy, funny, weird and in-your-face. I'm an instant Wuershan fan and I hope he'll keep making films like this before slowly fading away doing big budget stuff"

Equals

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Equals review

"This is genre cinema with the signature of an auteur, mood cinema with smarts and depth. Lush visuals, a superb soundtrack and slick performances only make it better."

Bitter Honey

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Bitter Honey review

"It's lush looking, very well acted, aptly scored and surprising at every turn. It's quirky and giddy, but at the same time it's also dark, brooding and lingering."

It Comes

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It Comes review

"Delivers on its genre premise, is different enough to keep you on your toes and is impeccably executed, with beautiful cinematography, strong use of its score and boasting stellar performances."

Let the Bullets Fly

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Let the Bullets Fly review

"It's a remarkable blend of arthouse and commercial cinema that strikes a perfect balance between entertainment and cinematic wonder, one of the most stylishly entertaining films out there."

The Last Circus

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The Last Circus review

"It's a technical marvel, an unearthly combination of pulp and arthouse and equally moving and entertaining without ever becoming cheap."

Legend of the Demon Cat

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Legend of the Demon Cat review

"The film is a visual wonder that offers plenty of entertainment. While the story is adequate and the acting on point, it's really just a trip through the magnificent universe that Chen conjures up."

22 Mei

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22 Mei review

"I just hope the poor reception won't hinder Mortier in his next project. The man deserves to keep on filming and to grow as a film maker."

Revenge: A Love Story

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Revenge: A Love Story review

"Revenge: A Love Story plays like a modern Hong Kong version of Se7en, only better, more tense and not as restrained as Fincher's film."

Chasuke's Journey

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Chasuke's Journey review

"It seems Tanaka is back where he belongs, after going through some rougher patches in the late 00's. Chasuke's Journey is visually stunning, well acted, original and most of all unique."

1778 Stories of Me and My Wife

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1778 Stories of Me and My Wife review

"Hoshi creates a wonderfully magical drama, serving just the right amount of drama, geekiness, magical realism and love for his characters."

The Grand Budapest Hotel

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The Grand Budapest Hotel review

"There are many priceless moments, many memorable scenes and plenty of amazing details that make the film that much better. The Grand Budapest Hotel is Anderson at his very best."

The Wind Rises

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The Wind Rises review

"The Wind Rises is more than worthy closing act. It's one of Miyazaki's best films, a stunning ode to passion and perseverance in the face of a looming war."

Horsehead

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Horsehead review

"Basset shows tremendous potential and doesn't waste any time cashing in on it. Horsehead is an audiovisual marvel, featuring an amazing soundtrack and stellar cinematography."

High & Low: The Movie

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High & Low: The Movie review

"That said, I loved every minute of High & Low: The Movie. The action superb, the styling is just insane and the pacing is pleasantly fast."

In This Corner of the World

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In This Corner of the World review

"Sunao Katabuchi crafted a gentle, warm and endearing film, but not without its share of sharp critique and gut-wrenching drama."

The Mole Song

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The Mole Song review

"There's enough madness here to fill 3 or 4 separate films."

See You Tomorrow

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See You Tomorrow review

"See You Tomorrow is a pleasure to behold. It works both as a super stylish genre flick and as more accessible entertainment. There's plenty of talent involved and nobody disappoints."

Cannibal

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Cannibal review

"Cannibal is definitely my kind of film. Incredibly atmospheric, uncompromising and unique."

The Forest of Love

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The Forest of Love review

"Sono's latest is another wild experience, full of energetic performances, manic camera work and excessive events. A fever trip that holds you prisoner and dazzles all the way through."

The Case of Hana & Alice

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The Case of Hana & Alice review

"Iwai found the right balance between Japanese live action drama and the magic of animation. The film looks great, the story is moving, the characters quirky but lovable."

The Book of Birdie

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The Book of Birdie review

"The confusing ambiguity, the constant mystery and the flawless presentation make The Book of Birdie into an intriguing film that stands well on its own."

Mutant Girls Squad

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Mutant Girls Squad review

"If you still haven't seen enough bodily mutations, strange nose guns or creative ways to slice people in half (or more parts), this is a film that cannot be missed."

Mother!

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Mother! review

"A film like Mother! is impossible to recommend, but it's also a film that needs to be experienced regardless of appreciation."

Why Don't You Play in Hell?

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Why Don't You Play in Hell? review

"Watching Why Don't You Play In Hell? will tell you a few things about Sono's dreams and aspirations as a young director."

Isle of Dogs

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Isle of Dogs review

"If it's narritve and plot you're after Isle of Dogs may feel a little flimsy, but when you're longing for craft, wit and passion than Anderson's latest has you covered. "

Isn't Anyone Alive?

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Isn't Anyone Alive? review

"Ishii truly reinvents himself here and comes with a film that's just as unique as his previous work, only very different in tone."

Monsters Club

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Monsters Club review

"Monsters Club is my favorite Toyoda so far. The film is a beauty, the atmosphere is tangible and the imagery unique."

Suffering of Ninko

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Suffering of Ninko review

"Suffering of Ninko is the kind of film that made me fall in love with Japanese cinema all these years ago. It's different, fun, it looks great and its overall very creative."

Design of Death

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Design of Death review

"The actors carry a disarming charm, the humor is actually funny and the film as a whole is a worthwhile audiovisual experience."

Alleluia

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Alleluia review

"Alléluia is definitely a film that grew on me. The crescendo is skilfully executed and even continued after the film had finished."

Smuggler

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Smuggler review

"Smuggler is an extremely entertaining slice of dark entertainment. Littered with weird and freaky characters, the four chapters play out well and make for an interesting finale."

Bunny Drop

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Bunny Drop review

"Bunny Drop is a lovely film with lots to smile about. Wonderfully acted, creatively visualized and aptly scored, you can't really go wrong with this one."

Mandy

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Mandy review

"Mandy is a visually overpowering, gritty and gory revenge slaughterfest, fronted by one of cinema's boldest mad man actors."

Killing

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Killing review

"Killing is very much in line with Tsukamoto's more recent work. A little more subdued and in control, slightly more accessible, but in its own way still very punk, very pure and completely unique."

Cold Fish

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Cold Fish review

"Cold Fish is a film that will sit well with those who appreciate awkward, cruel and excessive Japanese cinema."

14 Blades

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14 Blades review

"It's good to see this kind of fast-paced martial arts cinema being revived."

Your Name

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Your Name review

"The real-world setting mixed with slight fantasy elements makes the film a bit more accessible compared to Shinkai's earlier films."

First Time

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First Time review

"First Time is a superb example of how to do romance right, without necessarily ending up in arthouse territory."

Upstream Color

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Upstream Color review

"Carruth is one of America's biggest talents. His involvement in his films goes deep and it shows."

Juliets

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Juliets review

"In between the shorts are some nicely animated intermissions, properly introducing each film."

Kotoko

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Kotoko review

"Kotoko is another work of love."

Taipei Exchanges

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Taipei Exchanges review

"A small, delicate and subtle little film that feels fresher than its peers and excels in just about every way possible."

Ninja Kids!!!

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Ninja Kids!!! review

"Ninja Kids!!! is the perfect example of demented Japanese kids entertainment that's weird enough to appeal to adults, at least those with some memories of their lost childhood."

Outrage

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Outrage review

"The first hour or so provides a solid setup, introducing all characters and factions related to the Yakuza gang, while the final 30 minutes are the icing on the cake."

Norwegian Wood

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Norwegian Wood review

"It's beautifully shot, wonderfully scored and aptly acted. It scores well in just about every department, showcasing the progress Tran has made as a director."

Garden of Words

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Garden of Words review

"Garden of Words is everything you'd expect from a Shinkai film."

Fires on the Plain

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Fires on the Plain review

"This is not a very happy film, nor is it very subtle."

Beast

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Beast review

"A few weeks ago I was lucky enough to catch Christoffer Boe's new film Beast, right before its big iTunes release."

Helldriver

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Helldriver review

"Nishimura adepts can rejoice, Helldriver is up there with the best, sporting roughly two hours of madness, hilariously out-of-place social criticism and tons and tons of liters of blood."

Minuscule

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Minuscule review

"It's cute, charming, funny and perfect for a warm summer evening. Don't expect anything deep or challenging, just let the film's charm sweep you away."

Pieta

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Pieta review

"Pieta is a pretty complete package. The film looks great, has a superb soundtrack, two extremely impressive leads and a boatload of symbolism for those who enjoy that kind of thing."

Himizu

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Himizu review

"The first fifteen minutes where a little though, but once Sumida starts his descent into madness the film never back down."

Young Dudes

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Young Dudes review

"It's a shame it takes a little too long before the film gets really going, because Chen is obviously a very talented director."

Gantz:O

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Gantz:O review

"Gantz:O is brutal, action-packed and a bit mad in the head."

Guns Akimbo

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Guns Akimbo review

"Guns Akimbo is extremely energetic, in your face and funny, packing a couple of neat surprises, a splendid central duo and enough action to fill at least two 90-minute films."

Wake Up and Die

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Wake Up and Die review

"Instead the film leans heavily on the learning process, which goes well beyond the simple A/B testing you'd expect from a concept like this."

Wonogawa

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Wonogawa review

"A film with superb designs, overflowing with creative ideas, more than enough intriguing lore to fill at least three films and executed in a way that hides most of its financial struggles."

An Evening with Beverly Luff Linn

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An Evening with Beverly Luff Linn review

"You could read a million reviews and still not know what to expect. There's also no telling whether you'll end up liking it, but I'm pretty confident that this will be a unique experience"

A.I. Rising

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A.I. Rising review

"Seasoned genre fans are sure to appreciate the industrial atmosphere, the in-depth exploration of futuristic themes and the mix of strong genre elements with a layer of social commentary."

Shadow

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Shadow review

"Shadow's eye-popping visuals amaze from start to finish and with all the other elements adequately covered there are plenty of stand-out scenes that may become pillars of the genre."

Comet

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Comet review

"Comet is quite the calling card for Esmail. It may be his first feature film, but it feels very polished and firmly directed."

Mozu

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Mozu review

"If you like 120 minutes of stylish showdowns, explosive action scenes and over-the-top characters, Eiichiro Hasumi delivers one of the best films in ages."

Zoe

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Zoe review

"Zoe is extremely stylish, sports superb performances and combines smarts with relevance. It's a well thought-out mix of genres that dazzles from start to finish."

R100

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R100 review

"R100 is a crazy film, full of deadpan comedy, weird references and an internal logic that convinces without making any actual sense."

The Book of Eli

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The Book of Eli review

"That said, The Book Of Eli is definitely one of the best things I've seen coming from Hollywood this year. It's all style and atmosphere, wonderfully executed and well acted."

The Tale of Princess Kaguya

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The Tale of Princess Kaguya review

"The Tale of Princess Kaguya is still a marvel to behold and definitely worth your time, but it's also a film that feels like a natural end to Takahata's career."

The White Girl

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The White Girl review

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Daemonium: Underground Soldier

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Daemonium: Underground Soldier review

"Even so, Daemonium: Underground Soldier is probably a little too bonkers to appeal to mainstream fans."

No Man's Land

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No Man's Land review

"There's a whole lot of U Turn in here, a bit of Coens maybe, a dash of Western flavour and topped off with plenty of Chinese touches."

A Bride for Rip Van Winkle

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A Bride for Rip Van Winkle review

"With this film he returns to his core style, picking things up right where he left off back in 2004. Strong acting, an intriguing plot and a warm, dreamy atmosphere make this an easy recommend."

Animal World

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Animal World review

"If you're looking for something fun, dashing and creative, Animal World won't disappoint. It's a little mad, a little showy and often a bit incoherent, but in the end it's a hell of a ride."

The Light Shines Only There

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The Light Shines Only There review

"The result is a strong, remarkable drama with no weak points and a few stand-out scenes that linger long after the end credits have faded from the screen."

Revenge

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Revenge review

"the film looks great, sports a superb soundtrack and is well-cast. It's a pretty perfect debut that will hopefully establish Fargeat as a director to look out for in the coming years."

Frankenstein's Army

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Frankenstein's Army review

"The final thirty minutes are a true delight, even when Raaphorst doesn't cash in on the tension and the gore, the creature effects and designs alone are enough to keep the film going."

Our Little Sister

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Our Little Sister review

"It's a welcoming, soothing and comforting drama that's just all too rare in cinema. Hopefully Koreeda continues this upward trend, I'm already looking forward to his next film."

Human, Space, Time and Human

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Human, Space, Time and Human review

"A strong, visceral and aptly executed allegory. A rough ride that combines beauty and darkness in a way that invariably links them together as an inescapable part of the human condition."

Nina Wu

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Nina Wu review

"An incredibly stylish, moody and enthralling film sporting lush cinematography, great sound design and a killer lead that keeps the audience on its toes until the very end."

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

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Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse review

"It's an exhilarating experience, a visual rollercoaster in the best sense of the word, but also a painful reminder of the unrealized potential that has bogged down US animation for the past 25 years."

One Day

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One Day review

"One Day is above all a stylish romance, with some supernatural touches thrown in for good measure. It's a beautiful film, wonderfully executed and growing more engrossing with each passing minute."

Love Speaks

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Love Speaks review

"If you don't mind a little bit of coupling and you can look past the conventions you'll find a sweet, cute and endearing little film that charms its way past any remaining doubts."

A Silent Voice

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A Silent Voice review

"130 minutes is quite long for an anime feature, but Yamada need every minute of that to tell this story."

Adoration

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Adoration review

"Adoration is a very impressive film that feels like a complete and unique experience, thriving on sublime cinematography, a perfect score and amazing central performances."

Asako I & II

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Asako I & II review

"There's quite a lot of quirkiness to get through, but on the other side of that lies a beautifully made, emotionally touching and deeply humane drama."

Zinnia Flower

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Zinnia Flower review

"Ultimately I still prefer Lin's more frivolous side, but that doesn't change the fact that Zinnia Flower is quite the impressive drama."

Dream Breaker

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Dream Breaker review

"Han created a sprawling and aesthetically pleasing futuristic world with enough visual prowess to catapult you seamlessly through its 100 minute running time."

Greener Grass

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Greener Grass review

"DeBoer & Luebbe made a film that's delightfully unique, genuinely funny, completely perplexing and ultimately satisfying. A comedy that delivers from start to finish."

Scott Pilgrim vs. The World

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Scott Pilgrim vs. The World review

"While the film drags a little in the middle the rest of it is pretty much perfect. It's fast-paced, funny, weird, extravagant and doesn't seem worried by any boundaries or possible audiences."

The Neon Demon

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The Neon Demon review

"There's a lot to like here, the film never bores or gets stale, it's extremely stylized from start to finish, but two key sequences show a glimpse of what could have been."

The Night Is Short, Walk on Girl

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The Night Is Short, Walk on Girl review

"After Welcome to the Space Show, The Night Is Short, Walk on Girl is somewhat of a return to form for Yuasa."

May We Chat

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May We Chat review

"Even though Philip Yung is currently conquering Asia with Port of Call, he still managed to free up a little time to talk about his previous film: Mei Gaau Siu Nui [May We Chat]."

Lu over the Wall

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Lu over the Wall review

"Lu over the Wall is the perfect blend of Yuasa and Miyazaki. A film that feels creative and original, but is also sweet, warm and comfortable at the same time."

Monk Comes Down the Mountain

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Monk Comes Down the Mountain review

"Monk Comes Down the Mountain is above all a very amusing film. Chen made a light-hearted, fun and playful little romp, which rises above itself thanks to its tremendous production value."

Keep an Eye Out

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Keep an Eye Out review

"If you like quirky and absurd comedies that draw the most from a simple premise, backed by some incredibly talented comedy actors, you really can't go wrong with this film."

Last Sunrise

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Last Sunrise review

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Black Swan

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Black Swan review

"Black Swan sees Aronofsky back in good shape. Opinions differ, but I'm glad he left the gritty dramas alone and went back to more familiar territory."

Killing God

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Killing God review

"Pintó and Casas crafted a very meticulous, funny and intriguing film that looks great, sports a superb soundtrack and is sure to keep you guessing until the very end."

Secret Fruit

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Secret Fruit review

"Secret Fruit is a stylistic highlight that feels cosy and warm and charms its way from start to finish."

Tai Chi Zero

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Tai Chi Zero review

"The economic running time, the use of superb athletes, the visual imagination and the overall first-grade production values make Tai Chi Zero one of the more entertaining films of 2012."

Crosscurrent

149
Crosscurrent review

"Once the film has you in its grip, the pay-off is grand. Lush visuals, captivating soundscapes and solid acting make for a brooding, dense and enveloping experience."

Baby Bump

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Baby Bump review

"Baby Bump is a fun, creative and modern coming of age drama, fueled by a strong drive to do things differently."

One Night Only

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One Night Only review

"One Night Only is raw and undiluted cinematic fun, boasting superb visuals, a great soundtrack and a more than solid cast."

No Longer Human

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No Longer Human review

"Stylistically slightly more subdued compared to Ninagawa's other films, but all her core qualities are still very much present and No Longer Human is all the more interesting for it."

Veronica

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Veronica review

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The Chrysalis

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The Chrysalis review

"The Chrysalis is pure genre cinema. It operates on textbook mechanics and follows an all too familiar path, but the execution is flawless while Chu-ji Qiu demonstrates his skills as a director."

The Brand New Testament

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The Brand New Testament review

"A smart, funny and original film that charms all the way through. The direction is steadfast, the film looks gorgeous, sports a neat soundtrack and has a billion little touches that inspire joy."

As the Gods Will

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As the Gods Will review

"As the Gods Will is a typical Miike flick in the sense that it's pretty much pointless to compare it to other films out there."

Timeless Love

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Timeless Love review

"This is clearly not a film for everyone. Its style makes it quite light-hearted and frolicy , while the drama and romance are heavily accentuated."

The Signal

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The Signal review

"Eubank is clearly a talented director with a vision. He might not transcend the genre film segment to become a big blockbuster director, but that's probably just for the better."

The Missing Piece

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The Missing Piece review

"Foung-Hon Chiang produced a sweet, sunny and pleasant film."

Lazy Hazy Crazy

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Lazy Hazy Crazy review

"Luk shows she has talent as a director and delivers a powerful, confrontational yet endearing drama. Hopefully her talent is recognized and she isn't shot down for the unconventional choices she made"

Batman Ninja

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Batman Ninja review

"Batman Ninja features sprawling animation, an amazing art style and some wacky action, making it a blast from start to finish."

Witching and Bitching

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Witching and Bitching review

"Witching and Bitching is a true visual orgasm, a film that looks amazing from the very first to the very last frame."

Fireworks, Should We See It from the Side or the Bottom?

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Fireworks, Should We See It from the Side or the Bottom? review

"The animation is abundant and on point, the voice acting is superb and the plot balances small human drama and wild fantasy perfectly."

Zebraman 2: Attack on Zebra City

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Zebraman 2: Attack on Zebra City review

"Zebraman 2 is not all that easy to recommend. Depending on what you expect or demand from a sequel, it's either a missed opportunity or a definite improvement over the first film."

Dream Home

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Dream Home review

"Don't go in expecting a true slasher flick, expect a genre flick adapted by the mind of Ho-Cheung Pang."

Evolution

166
Evolution review

"Hadzihalilovic delivered what I consider to be an almost perfect second feature."

Lips and Soul

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Lips and Soul review

"As is the case with most (if not all) genre films, in the end it's the execution that matters and that's where this film shines bright."

League of Gods

168
League of Gods review

"The film's excruciating pacing combined with the wacky fantasy elements make it a thoroughly enjoyable rollercoaster ride."

MFKZ

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MFKZ review

"A raw, energetic and wildly entertaining film that felt fresh and unique. The solid dub, booming soundtrack and exceptional animation are the icing on the cake."

Anomalisa

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Anomalisa review

"Anomalisa is an interesting film. On the one hand there's the superb work that went into animating the entire film."

Spectral

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Spectral review

"Spectral isn't the blow-out hit Netflix needs to convert the masses, nor is it the classy arthouse hit that it needs to attract a more hardcore film fan audience."

Fist & Faith

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Fist & Faith review

"The way he brings everything together though is quite unique, not in the least for a Chinese film maker. The result is a thorougly entertaining film that amuses, dazzles and delights."

Pink and Gray

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Pink and Gray review

"Pink and Gray is a pretty great film, but some familiarity with the director will definitely help you to appreciate it to its fullest."

Aberdeen

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Aberdeen review

"It's another great addition to Pang's oeuvre and proof that he's a truly unique force in the Hong Kong movie industry. One for the connoisseurs."

Dave Made a Maze

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Dave Made a Maze review

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The Continent

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The Continent review

"The Continent isn't very original or earth-shattering. It's funnier than I would've guessed, but that's mainly because Chinese films rarely combine drama and comedy in a very balanced way."

Tai Chi Hero

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Tai Chi Hero review

"The production values are high, the acting is the right kind of tongue-in-cheek and the action scenes sparkle. Fung created a perfect sequel that leaves you begging for the final act."

Kite

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Kite review

"If you don't like the setting and you aren't charmed by the film's stylish exterior, the harsh action and crude characters probably won't cut it for you."

The Top Secret: Murder in Mind

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The Top Secret: Murder in Mind review

"A damn slick, sexy and entertaining film, sporting great visuals, a strong soundtrack and a solid cast while being edgy and challenging enough to stand out from the crowd"

I'm Flash!

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I'm Flash! review

"I'm Flash isn't going to become one of Toyoda's best loved films, but it surely is a great experience that is unique to the skills of the director."

High & Low: The Worst

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High & Low: The Worst review

"High & Low: The Worst has everything I want from this type of film. Cool gangs, dystopian settings, huge brawls and lots of posing. And for every checkbox, it's best in class."

Lost in Love

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Lost in Love review

"Lost in Love is gentle and warm. A stunningly beautiful and impressively acted romantic drama, dealing with a very intimate and fragile theme that Huo meticulously dissects."

JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Diamond Is Unbreakable

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JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Diamond Is Unbreakable review

"JoJo's Bizarre Adventure is commercial cinema done right. It's big, bold and visibly backed by a sizeable budget, but at the same time it also feels original and creative"

Harmony

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Harmony review

"Michael Arias made a name for himself when he joined Studio 4°C to direct Tekkonkinkreet, one of the landmark animtion features of the 00s."

Beauty and the Beast

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Beauty and the Beast review

"Overall reception of Beauty and the Beast has been mixed. I went in expecting nothing and came out amazed at the beauty and wonder that hides underneath its fairytale covers."

Hard-Core

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Hard-Core review

"You need to be able to stomach the mix of social drama and daft, absurd comedy, but the flawless execution, solid performances and surprising twists and turns are a sight to behold."

But Always

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But Always review

"A self-written, self-directed romance that feels quite familiar and comfortable, but has one major selling point. From start to finish, the film looks drop-dead gorgeous."

The Divide

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The Divide review

"With The Divide, Gens created another stylish genre flick."

The Mole Song: Hong Kong Capriccio

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The Mole Song: Hong Kong Capriccio review

"It's more of the same of course, just 130 minutes of that same fun, entertaining and surprising comedy that makes Miike films such unique experiences."

Dancing Mary

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Dancing Mary review

"Dancing Mary is a beautifully crafted, constantly surprising and joyous little film that entertains and delights, while also offering something extra to chew on for those who care."

Birds Without Names

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Birds Without Names review

"A powerhouse performance by Yu Aoi, some rather stylish visuals and a highly atmospheric soundtrack make this a standout entry that highlights Shiraishi's talents."

Thermae Romae

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Thermae Romae review

"Terumae Romae is a film that survives on the comic whims of Hiroshi Abe and the excellent premise cooked up by Yamazaki."

The Shadow Play

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The Shadow Play review

"Lou's execution is flawless, building on a solid cast and featuring an impressive synergy between cinematography and score to give the film a distinguished signature."

The Tale of Iya

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The Tale of Iya review

"The Tale of Iya is a film that comes with a built-in audience."

Mr. Long

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Mr. Long review

"Mr. Long is visually pleasing, it features a fine soundtrack and has a stellar lead actor that carries the film with ease."

Mukoku

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Mukoku review

"It's a stylish, relentless and moving drama, sporting excellent performances, a superb score and some high quality cinematography."

The Head Hunter

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The Head Hunter review

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Weathering with You

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Weathering with You review

"The animation is absolutely stunning, the balance between fantasy and romance is perfect and the ending is quite challenging, which makes it, at least in my book, a better film than Your Name."

The Brink

199
The Brink review

"Li delivers a fun, gritty and stylish crime flick with some very impressive action scenes and a stand-out performance by Shawn Yue."

A Sun

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A Sun review

"A lush and beautiful-looking film, with powerhouse performances, strong drama and some very poignant scenes. A film that finally brings Chung the broader validation he deserves."

[Rec] 3: Genesis

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[Rec] 3: Genesis review

"Plaza knows how to deliver a fun, action-filled zombie flick that harbors some kick-ass gore and a few very funny moments."

Tusk

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Tusk review

"His newfound independence is a true blessing, one he exploits to the fullest. I thoroughly enjoyed Smith's new film and I surely hope he can keep this up for a while longer."

Electricity

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Electricity review

"Electricity is a welcome change of pace for British drama. Higgins made a beautiful, unique and touching film that lives in its own little niche."

Shady

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Shady review

"Shady is a film that takes a bunch of familiar elements, rearranges them slightly but deliberately and adds a dash of its own uniqueness."

Reign of Assassins

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Reign of Assassins review

"If you're looking for a quality martial arts epic, look no further because this film has everything to quench your thirst."

Night's Tightrope

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Night's Tightrope review

"I do think Night's Tightrope is a film that could please a broader audience, but it's pretty obvious that it's not going to get that chance."

Rise of the Legend

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Rise of the Legend review

"Hopefully Rise of the Legend is only the first in a series of new Wong Fei-hung films, as the end left me begging for more."

If Cats Disappeared from the World

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If Cats Disappeared from the World review

"A film that aptly blends the more serious elements of Japanese drama with some fantastical touches and a slightly more accessible front, without going full commercial tearjerker."

Frankenweenie

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Frankenweenie review

"Everything about Frankenweenie shows that this a film made with lots of passion and dedication."

Call Boy

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Call Boy review

"Call Boy is a very direct, somewhat impenetrable yet beautiful and ultimately touching film that relies on sublime styling and great performances to craft a dark and alluring universe."

Deerskin

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Deerskin review

"If you love absurd comedy, executed with a deadpan disposition and styled conform the overall tone of the film, with some additional horror elements to boot, then Deerskin is bound to delight."

Crows Explode

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Crows Explode review

"Toyoda made an impeccable sequel to Miike's first two films."

A Chinese Fairy Tale

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A Chinese Fairy Tale review

"If you think you can handle an update of A Chinese Ghost Story bathing in CG visuals, this one is definitely recommended, otherwise you best stay clear."

Ready or Not

214
Ready or Not review

"Ready or Not is a dark and atmospheric horror/comedy with some solid kills, a superb setting, sumptuous visuals, a very likable main character and plenty of sly and sneaky grins."

Love Off the Cuff

215
Love Off the Cuff review

"The film is up to par with the earlier films while still being different and distinctive enough to avoid turning into a cheap, cash-obsessed sequel."

For Love's Sake

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For Love's Sake review

"That said, there is still plenty to enjoy here. It seems that with each new film Miike raises the bar on production level. For Love's Sake looks absolutely stunning, from start to finish."

Godzilla: The Planet Eater

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Godzilla: The Planet Eater review

"The film looks gorgeous, the story is smart and creative and even though there isn't that much actual action, it never gets dull."

Ghostland

218
Ghostland review

"A horror film pur sang, lacking forced attempts to mix in other genres. It's raw, brutal and disturbing, but always with a twist and executed to perfection."

Wrong

219
Wrong review

"With Wrong Dupieux delivers a refreshing slice of absurd comedy that few other directors out there are able to match."

The House That Jack Built

220
The House That Jack Built review

"His latest is a strange but gratifying mix of drama, horror and comedy, with enough shock value to force some to leave while also showing enough wit to draw laughs from the ones that persist."

The Kirishima Thing

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The Kirishima Thing review

"While Yoshida has quite a few stories to tell and quite a few angles to explore, the film still feels like a very tight package, sporting little to no cruft."

Livid

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Livid review

"Livid is a superb horror flick that easily surpasses most of its peers. Watch it with an open mind and you'll see there is plenty to love and enjoy here."

Partners in Crime

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Partners in Crime review

"Partners in Crime is quite the calling card for a director like Jung-chi Chang."

Port of Call

224
Port of Call review

"Port of Call is edgy, challenging and accomplished. The film looks great, the acting is exceptional and the soundtrack is on point."

Hentai Kamen: The Abnormal Crisis

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Hentai Kamen: The Abnormal Crisis review

"It all adds up to something quite weird and quite unique, but also quite specific and niche. Going in with a good understanding of how and what the film makes fun of is probably a prerequisite."

The Maus

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The Maus review

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Greatful Dead

227
Greatful Dead review

"Uchida delivered this amazing genre bender that may leave the uninitiated a little stunned, but should be required viewing for everyone with a soft spot for Japanese genre cinema."

The Furthest End Awaits

228
The Furthest End Awaits review

"If you feel like watching a smooth, agreeable and warm-hearted drama on a leisurely summer day, The Furthest End Awaits is a perfect match."

Like Father, Like Son

229
Like Father, Like Son review

"The characters are given ample room to thrive, the underlying drama is solid and the film features a stellar concept that intrigues even beyond the scope of its running time."

High & Low: The Movie 3 - Final Mission

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High & Low: The Movie 3 - Final Mission review

"Final Mission is a slightly more toned down finale to the series, but it's still an extremely stylish, dynamic and blissfully extravagant film that knows no equal."

Hidden Man

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Hidden Man review

"Hidden Man is an insanely entertaining, clever, tongue in cheek revenge flick that features a stellar cast, stylish visuals and some very solid action sequences."

Here, Then

232
Here, Then review

"The amazing camera work, the strong performances and the moody use of soundscapes make for a dreamy film, even when the subject matter isn't all that rosy."

Outrage: Beyond

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Outrage: Beyond review

"Outrage: Beyond falls just a little short of its predecessor. Because of the fact that it feels like the middle section of a full-blown trilogy the ending isn't as convincing as it could've been."

Make Up

234
Make Up review

"The ending could've been better and lacks impact though. While not bad or disappointing, it somehow lacks the strength to bring the separate parts of the film to an appropriate conclusion."

Miss Hokusai

235
Miss Hokusai review

"Sarusuberi: Miss Hokusai is a much needed entry in the anime feature film segment. It isn't based off of a big, popular franchise."

Lover's Discourse

236
Lover's Discourse review

"Visually Lover's Discourse is a stunning film, the soundtrack is solid but not too spectacular and the acting is all-round impressive."

De Patrick

237
De Patrick review

"De Patrick has a very interesting look, sports a great soundtrack, isn't childish about its subject matter and is mysterious, darkly funny and somewhat baffling throughout."

Destruction Babies

238
Destruction Babies review

"Destruction Babies is a great film. It walks a fine line between accomplished cinema and maverick nihilism and succeeds with deceptive ease."

The Shape of Water

239
The Shape of Water review

"Oscar or no Oscar, The Shape of Water is a pretty magnificent film."

This Is the End

240
This Is the End review

"Rogen deserves a lot of praise for this film. It may drag a little in the middle, but whenever the film seems to be hitting a dead end another neat thing happens that propels the film forward."

Thermae Romae II

241
Thermae Romae II review

"While it's probably best Takeuchi stops the series here, this second film was anything but redundant."

Sound & Fury

242
Sound & Fury review

"Sound & Fury is a fine anthology, with some truly stand-out entries that are executed with the highest level of craft and creativity, but as a visual album there are still a few gaps to bridge."

Strobe Edge

243
Strobe Edge review

"In many ways, Strobe Edge is a typical manga adaptation as much as it is a typical romance. But Hiroki builds upon that to make a sweet, cute and genuine little love story."

Fire of Conscience

244
Fire of Conscience review

"Dante Lam finally delivers a film that mixes enjoyable, adrenaline-inducing action coupled with a more stylish and classy exterior."

Mr. Six

245
Mr. Six review

"The film looks beautiful, the acting is superb and while thematically a little easy the execution and blend of genres makes sure it never becomes too dull or feels too familiar."

Rubber

246
Rubber review

"No doubt Dupieux's film is going to reach a substantial audience based on its trailer and some good hype alone."

Raw

247
Raw review

"Raw is a great film for a director just starting out in the business."

Stoker

248
Stoker review

"Stoker was a very pleasant discovery. I didn't expect too much from it, but from the very first moments the film pulled me in and never let go after that."

Saint Young Men

249
Saint Young Men review

"It houses a pretty chill, good-natured and dry kind of comedy that felt refreshing and to the point."

Eternal Moment

250
Eternal Moment review

"Stylishly visualized, strongly acted and pleasantly diverse, Eternal Moment is another great film in Yibai Zhang's oeuvre"

Cub

251
Cub review

"With his first feature, Govaerts delivers a rock solid genre film. It's tense and moody, never too gory, beautifully shot, aptly scored and generally well-directed."

Involution

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Involution review

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The Greasy Strangler

253
The Greasy Strangler review

"It's a crazy film, full of oddball characters, strange conversations and overstated emotions, executed in such a way that it becomes madly funny."

Love in the Buff

254
Love in the Buff review

"Love In The Buff is a very worthy sequel. It's hard to say which film is the better one of the two, for that I should probably watch them once more, back to back."

Attack the Block

255
Attack the Block review

"As it stands though, Attack The Block is a highly enjoyable film that blasts by in no time. It's a quality production that will hopefully secure a follow-up project for Joe Cornish."

The Monster

256
The Monster review

"The Monster is one of the best straight-up horror films I've seen in the past couple of years. It's creepy, it's dark and tense from start to finish."

Reality

257
Reality review

"The less you know about this film, the more fun it will be experiencing the absurdities it throws at you."

Xuan Zang

258
Xuan Zang review

"I thoroughly enjoyed Zang's trip, not in the least because of Huo's skilful presentation."

White Vengeance

259
White Vengeance review

"A slice of tactical warfare that, at least to me, is a lot more challenging and interesting to follow. The climax is both exciting and emotional, the ending is smart and a small punch in the gut."

The Pack

260
The Pack review

"I found La Meute to be a very pleasant surprise, but I encountered plenty of disappointed reactions elsewhere."

Once in a Blue Moon

261
Once in a Blue Moon review

"The combination of strange plot twists and original turn of events with a warm but deadpan sense of humor is the true winner here."

Swordsmen

262
Swordsmen review

"Chan's attempt is definitely a good start, sporting high production values, a classy and stylish atmosphere and a strong mix of varied genre elements."

Kick-ass

263
Kick-ass review

"Even if you don't like superheroes, even if you don't like the nerdy overtones, hell, even if you don't give a damn about the whole setup, Kick-Ass is still a pretty cool film."

Ip Man 2

264
Ip Man 2 review

"Visually a little better than the first film, awesome fight sequences where Yen is allowed to shine and a fully satisfying finale where the final blow caused a big fat inner "Yeah!"."

Love in the 1980s

265
Love in the 1980s review

"If you're familiar with Chinese dramas then you'll feel right at home watching Love in the 1980s."

The Frame

266
The Frame review

"A little over two weeks ago I wrote my review for Jamin Winans' The Frame, soon after I got the opportunity to ask him a couple of questions about his latest film."

Merry-Go-Round

267
Merry-Go-Round review

"If only the soundtrack would've been a bit better, this film could have turned out to be a small masterpiece."

Radiance

268
Radiance review

"It's not a film that reinvents the genre, it's not a breathe of fresh air, but it's a beautiful, respectful and endearing film that charms the whole way through."

Paradox

269
Paradox review

"I'm a big fan of the first SPL, the second one was a tiny letdown. Luckily Yip returned to elevate the series back to its original level."

Rage

270
Rage review

"The superb cast and impeccable styling ease you into the film while Lee's bold and contrasting touches keep you engaged throughout."

Nightfall

271
Nightfall review

"If you're familiar with the genre, don't expect any surprises."

Shinjuku Swan

272
Shinjuku Swan review

"What Shinjuku Swan may lack in originality, it makes up for in rock-solid execution."

Godspeed

273
Godspeed review

"Depending on where you're coming from, Godspeed is either a superb crime flick or an ever so slightly disappointing Mong-Hong Chung film."

Good Take!

274
Good Take! review

"If you want to explore Hong Kong's upcoming talent and you don't mind shifting gears from time to time, then this one comes well recommended."

House 475

275
House 475 review

"This may just be Iseya's second film, but it feels a lot like the work of a confident, accomplished director."

Godzilla: City on the Edge of Battle

276
Godzilla: City on the Edge of Battle review

"Even though this film may be a bit too dense and slow for some, once Gojira awakes there's still plenty of massive and all-destructive chaos to look forward to."

Flavors of Youth

277
Flavors of Youth review

"A film that's rich in atmosphere, beautifully animated and with just the right amount of depth, a film that soothes and comforts but is more than simple sentimental fluff."

Drug War

278
Drug War review

"If you like the HK police flicks Drug War is one of the best offerings around. It's a stylish, tense and strong crime flick, helmed by one of the most seasoned crime cinema veterans. "

Kingfisher

279
Kingfisher review

"Sheng delivers a visually superb film, provides a good score and a set of strong actors. The drama element is impressive for this type of film, the thriller elements are more than sufficient."

Once Upon a Time in Shanghai

280
Once Upon a Time in Shanghai review

"Between the stunning cinematography, the impressive fight scenes and the fast-paced plot it's hard not to like at least some part of Once Upon a Time in Shanghai."

Rinco's Restaurant

281
Rinco's Restaurant review

"It's hard to say which of Tominaga's films is better. Rinco's Restaurant is definitely more accomplished, illustrating Tominaga's growth as a director."

Blind Detective

282
Blind Detective review

"The package is stylish, quirky and fun at the same time. In the end I prefer To's more arthouse-oriented work, but a film like this is a welcome diversion, especially when executed so wonderfully."

Antarctica: A Year on Ice

283
Antarctica: A Year on Ice review

"Antarctica: A Year on Ice is a template for what I look for in a good documentary. It's factual, it's fair and it has strong filmic qualities."

Chernobyl Diaries

284
Chernobyl Diaries review

"Parker does everything to make sure that all the things are there for a good night of tense and thrilling horror fun, whether it will actually work depends on how you like your horror films served."

Firestorm

285
Firestorm review

"Yuen clearly saved the best for last here and it paid off. The film has no apparent lows, but it has one sprawling high at the very end which left me quite impressed."

Liar Game: The Final Stage

286
Liar Game: The Final Stage review

"Liar Game has a couple of minor flaws and doesn't quite escape its TV background, but it has plenty of positive elements to erase these minor shortcomings."

Sightseers

287
Sightseers review

"Wheatley is a blessing for UK cinema."

Run for Love

288
Run for Love review

"There are no weak shorts, one exceptional piece and enough variation to breeze through its 140 minutes running time."

Ace Attorney

289
Ace Attorney review

"Ace Attorney is a Miike blockbuster. The weirdness is kept to a minimum, but the entertainment value is high and the film definitely has its moments of brilliance."

Antiviral

290
Antiviral review

"Antiviral is unsettling and disturbing, an uneasy take on obsession and celebrity culture that mixes moments of surreal body horror with an extremely stylish delivery."

Modest Heroes

291
Modest Heroes review

"Quality across the board with touches of originality sprinkled left and right, in order to keep things interesting. It's a pleasant, easy and slightly challenging watch that leaves you wanting more."

Kizumonogatari II: Nekketsu-hen

292
Kizumonogatari II: Nekketsu-hen review

"Nekketsu-hen is a jolly bundle of weirdness and a breath of fresh air compared to most other contemporary anime productions out there."

While the Women Are Sleeping

293
While the Women Are Sleeping review

"While the Women Are Sleeping is a fine mystery/thriller. The film looks great, sports a good soundtrack, has a perfect cast and handles both its mystery and its audience with the proper respect."

Mirai

294
Mirai review

"Mirai is lushly animated, features a competent score and above average voice acting , but most of all it has a strong and beautiful heart that keeps the drama both relevant and touching."

Citadel

295
Citadel review

"It's a vile, gritty and hellish descent (or rise if you will) into a fear-inducing concrete structure, providing plenty of chills and uneasy moments that belong up there with the best"

T2 Trainspotting

296
T2 Trainspotting review

"T2 Trainspotting is a damn good companion piece to the first film."

Villain

297
Villain review

"Overall Villain is a strong film with a clear goal in mind. Know that you need to get through the first hour, trusting Lee that the second half will be much richer and better."

Scabbard Samurai

298
Scabbard Samurai review

"Matsumoto's new film is a little gem, a film that does not impress in spades but focuses on smaller details."

The Secret World of Arrietty

299
The Secret World of Arrietty review

"Ghibli fans will know what to expect when they go and see this film."

Filth

300
Filth review

"The question remains if Baird could manage on his own, without the help of Welsh's source material, but at least for now that doesn't really matter."

LOUDER! Can't Hear What You're Singin', Wimp!

301
LOUDER! Can't Hear What You're Singin', Wimp! review

"This is another upbeat, hilarious and delightfully directed Miki comedy that easily entertains and has a string of memorable scenes that make it well worth the watch."

Home: The House Imp

302
Home: The House Imp review

"Home: Itoshi No Zashiki Warashi is a great film if you don't mind a serious dash of extravagant feel-good."

Love in a Puff

303
Love in a Puff review

"On the surface a simple romantic comedy, the film itself is grounded in a more realistic setting and allows a good look into the lives of contemporary HK citizens."

The Egoists

304
The Egoists review

"Keibetsu turns out to be another strong addition to Hiroki's oeuvre. It's not his best film to date, but it's nice to see him try out new stuff, even when it's not all that radical."

Ex

305
Ex review

"Ex is a film that shows the good and the bad. The main characters are not all that lovable, nor are they horrible people."

The Kiyosu Conference

306
The Kiyosu Conference review

"The Kiyosu Conference is good, solid, old-fashioned fun. Mitani has a great cast to his disposal and goes with colorful visuals and an upbeat soundtrack."

Her Granddaughter

307
Her Granddaughter review

"Her Granddaughter is a beautiful, serene and heart-warming little drama with no false notes, no overt sentimentality and no obvious tear-jerking."

Kasane

308
Kasane review

"The film looks beautiful, the core drama is intriguing, ambiguous and heightened by minor fantastical elements and the payoff is more than satisfying."

The Assassins

309
The Assassins review

"The film looks beautiful, Chow Yun-Fat is superb and the strategic implications of the story are intriguing."

Yellow Elephant

310
Yellow Elephant review

"Thanks to its slightly magical touches and its strong shifts between feel-good and drama, Yellow Elephant rises above the majority of other Japanese dramas out there."

The Detective 2

311
The Detective 2 review

"The Detective 2 is a very solid sequel, somewhat different in tone and execution as the first film, but that's not really a bad thing."

Children Who Chase Lost Voices from Deep Below

312
Children Who Chase Lost Voices from Deep Below review

"That said, there is still plenty to be excited about. Shinkai serves you 116 minutes of visual wonder."

Outcast

313
Outcast review

"With Outcast he delivers a dark, hellish and barren fantasy grounded in obscure myths and set in a depressively dirty neighborhood."

The Tag-Along

314
The Tag-Along review

"Still, it's nice to see Taiwan deliver a good horror film like this. The acting is well above par, the film looks great and the added couleur locale is sure to please seasoned horror fans."

L

315
L review

"In the end, L is another typical Shimoyama film."

Angel Whispers

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Angel Whispers review

"Even disregarding its origin and its gender breakdown, Angel Whispers is a fun, nasty and gruesome genre film, sporting a fine soundtrack, solid acting and stunning cinematography."

Womb Ghosts

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Womb Ghosts review

"Even though I've had my fill of Asian ghosts, Womb Ghost manages to do so many things right that I was actually able to enjoy the thrills of the genre once again. I can only complement Law for that."

The Flowers of War

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The Flowers of War review

"The Flowers Of War borders on sentimentality and poses as a very epic endeavor. It's Zhang's magnificent direction that erases any major critiques, turning the film into a proper epic spectacle."

Alice in Wonderland

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Alice in Wonderland review

"It's Burton's style that thrives the film to greater heights. One of the best Burton films I've seen so far, I hope he continues on this path"

Guilty of Romance

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Guilty of Romance review

"Guilty of Romance may not be Sono's brightest, most ambitious or most accomplished work, but it's a more than solid addition to Sono's already strong oeuvre."

Two Pigeons

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Two Pigeons review

"Two Pigeons is a small delight. It's not a big, swooping movie, but it offers plenty of nasty smiles, some genuine wonder and a very balanced ending."

The World's End

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The World's End review

"The World's End if by far my favorite entry in the trilogy (don't worry if you haven't seen the other two first by the way, they are only related by crew and a few running gags)."

True Legend

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True Legend review

"The 3-way story split might be a bit of a gamble, but looking back I actually enjoyed the extra depth it brought to the film."

Silent House

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Silent House review

"I'm not sure just how much it differs from the original and as is the case with all remakes, I assume it's best to leave some time between watching this and La Casa Muda."

Sleepwalker

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Sleepwalker review

"Like I said before, Sleepwalker is a pretty simple film. Everything is neatly revealed and tied up at the end, the plot doesn't contain any real big twists and runs smoothly from start to finish."