Hell Dogs

0926
Hell Dogs review

"The stylish locations and ditto cinematography, a slightly more distinct and contemporary score, and solid performances elevate a simple crime/action film to something more distinct and valuable."

Sakura

0927
Sakura review

"Sakura may look like a harmless little timewaster from the outside, but it harnesses a darker core that rears its head after making sure everyone in the audience has lowered his guard."

Peony Pavilion

0928
Peony Pavilion review

"If you want a love story set in early 20th-century China that subverts traditional gender roles, complemented by impeccable styling and stand-out performances, this should be your go-to film."

Super

0929
Super review

"Super is an excellent addition to the nerdy superhero genre."

Wolf Children

0930
Wolf Children review

"When Hosoda keeps it small and strays away from dramatic arcs the film is at its best, but Hosoda often overplays the drama and ends up with scenes that are far too mushy and melodramatic."

Milocrorze: A Love Story

0931
Milocrorze: A Love Story review

"Milocrorze may not be as polished or technically proficient as Survive Style 5+, Ishibashi's film is way more ambitious than any of its peers."

The Tag-Along

0932
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."

The Assassins

0933
The Assassins review

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

Parade

0934
Parade review

"Parade is quite a lengthy film and the first hour you might be excused for wondering what all the fuzz is about."

The Last Hero in China

0935
The Last Hero in China review

"The action choreography is superb, Li is at the top of his game, the comedy is bonkers and there are at least a few scenes that will linger well beyond the credits."

The Wonderful World of Captain Kuhio

0936
The Wonderful World of Captain Kuhio review

"While a tad long, Kuhio Taisa is a great film that has little or no trouble keeping your attention. Sakai does a great job portraying Kuhio as a weird, devious but ultimately likable character."

Wild 7

0937
Wild 7 review

"If you don't mind a mindless (stylized) action flick once in a while you could do much worse, the action scenes are pretty kick-ass and the styling is slick and sexy."

The Graduates

0938
The Graduates review

"It's a pretty good film for newcomers and hardened fans alike. The film is accessible, has enough drama for those not quite used to the slow pacing and leaves enough room for meandering thoughts."

Electric Shadows

0939
Electric Shadows review

"There is a little cruft near the end and some parts could've been streamlined a little better, but overall it's a sweet and endearing film that shows a deep love for cinema."

River of First Love

0940
River of First Love review

"That said, it's a film that caters to fans of light-hearted Japanese dramas, doing little to even try and persuade people outside of its niche."

The Boxtrolls

0941
The Boxtrolls review

"On a technical level The Boxtrolls is an absolute masterpiece. The whole film looks lavish from start to finish."

Jam

0942
Jam review

"Jam is great entertainment, sporting a healthy amount of black comedy, coupled with solid performances, refined styling and some interesting narrative twists."

The Seasoning House

0943
The Seasoning House review

"The Seasoning House isn't a perfect horror film."

Firestorm

0944
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."

Saw

0945
Saw review

"The traps are creative, the rundown look is very effective and Bell's portrayal of the killer is nothing less than iconic, but it's unclear how long these elements will keep the film afloat."

Honey & Clover

0946
Honey & Clover review

"Honey And Clover is a nice, solid genre entry that sinks you comfortable to the back of the couch, letting a feeling of warmth and melancholy slip over you."

A Horrible Way to Die

0947
A Horrible Way to Die review

"Even though similarities between this film and Pop Skull are rather slim, there's still an underlying signature style that clearly belongs to Wingard."

The House

0948
The House review

"The House is not the most chilling film ever made, nor the most touching."

Being John Malkovich

0949
Being John Malkovich review

"High concept, highly original, and impossible to reproduce, and Jonze has a proper handle on his film at all times, even when things get pretty hectic and confusing."

Locomotive Teacher

0950
Locomotive Teacher review

"I became transfixed by the soothing island atmosphere, the laid-back pacing and the nice surroundings."