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"

My Neighbor Totoro

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My Neighbor Totoro review

"A sweet, soft-hearted and imaginative film. The fantastical elements are pure perfection, the attention to detail is simply stunning. It's a film that every kid should have the chance to experience."

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"

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."

Calvaire

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Calvaire review

"It's beautifully shot, consciously directed and perfectly acted, serving twisted hinterland horror with a dark and nasty comedy edge. And it's all executed to perfection."

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."

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."

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."

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."

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."

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."

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."

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."

Beautiful Crazy

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Beautiful Crazy review

"In a sense Beautiful Crazy still carries all the typical marks of the older Taiwanese dramas, but rearranged and remixed in such a way that it feels like a breath of fresh air."

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."

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."

Hells

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Hells review

"One of the most uniquely satisfying anime ever released. A film that can only be compared with a very concise selection of otherwise incomparable animation projects."

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"

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."

Monday

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Monday review

"The film consists of nothing but memorable scenes, contains some genuinely laugh out loud funny moments and slaps on a stylish finish to make the package complete"

Electric Dragon 80000V

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Electric Dragon 80000V review

"If you don't mind the raging soundtrack, silly storyline, over-the-top performances and stark black and white visuals, this is a film you can watch over and over without ever getting bored with it."

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."

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."

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."

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."