Leave the World Behind

0601
Leave the World Behind review

"Strong and fitting performances, superb editing, stylish cinematography, and a moody score all add to an intriguing film that was pretty meaty to begin with."

What to Do with the Dead Kaiju?

0602
What to Do with the Dead Kaiju? review

"Satoshi Miki made a great pastiche of the genre's weakest elements, resulting in a comedy that might be smarter and slyer than it is laugh-out-loud funny."

If Cats Disappeared from the World

0603
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."

Why Don't You Just Die!

0604
Why Don't You Just Die! review

"The colorful and vibrant cinematography, the hilarious soundtrack and the spot-on performances all feed the darkly comedic and grotesque atmosphere that adds flavor to a pretty basic crime story."

Mr. Six

0605
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."

The Mole Song: Final

0606
The Mole Song: Final review

"A vibrant blockbuster that conforms to genre standards, while leaving Miike enough room to insert his signature elements. The definition of pure and unfiltered entertainment."

High Noon

0607
High Noon review

"If you're interested to see a different side from Hong Kong cinema and if you can appreciate the adolescent styling of the film, be sure to check this one out."

The Shape of Water

0608
The Shape of Water review

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

Throw Down

0609
Throw Down review

"It's just a very fun and entertaining film with a good few memorable scenes. In the end it's not one of To's absolute bests, but definitely worth watching."

Fight Club

0610
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."

Dancing Mary

0611
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."

Cat Soup

0612
Cat Soup review

"The detailed animation and moody score are a big plus, but it's the surreal adventure, swift pacing, and unbridled creativity that make this film such a memorable experience."

A Tree of Palme

0613
A Tree of Palme review

"The art style is lovely, the fantasy elements feel otherworldly and Palme's journey is grand, without ever feeling cheesy or expected, making this one of the better fantasy epics I've seen."

Thermae Romae II

0614
Thermae Romae II review

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

Little Fish, Strange Pond

0615
Little Fish, Strange Pond review

"This American no-concessions comedy deserves a little more praise than it's been getting, so don't miss it when you get the chance."

Call Boy

0616
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."

For Love's Sake

0617
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."

Stoker

0618
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."

Mandibles

0619
Mandibles review

"The stand-out performances, the downplayed craziness, the chill atmosphere and more than a handful of memorable moments make this another lesson in dry and absurd comedy."

The Furthest End Awaits

0620
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."

And Your Bird Can Sing

0621
And Your Bird Can Sing review

"Minor details, like some very smart soundtrack choices, noticeably elevated cinematography, superb performances and more tempered dramatic influences make the real difference here."

Fortune Favors Lady Nikuko

0622
Fortune Favors Lady Nikuko review

"The art style is wonderful, the animation is lovely, the characters are pleasantly different, and Watanabe's bold dramatic choices pay off nicely in the end."

Once upon a Time in China

0623
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."

MFKZ

0624
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."

Café Lumière

0625
Café Lumière review

"Café Lumière held up pretty well, which isn't even that surprising knowing its appeal lies in the mundane."