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  • A Bride for Rip Van Winkle

    A Bride for Rip Van Winkle

    ★★★★

    What happens when you let Shunji Iwai direct Noriko's Dinner Table. Haru Kuroki's performance is fantastic - easily among the top three female performances in 2016 (third behind Isabelle Huppert in Elle and Fan Bingbing in I Am Not Madame Bovary). While parts of this film do escape me, this is really finely crafted and it's great to have Iwai truly back. This was good.

  • Blue Spring Ride

    Blue Spring Ride

    ★★

    At first I was like, WOW this is endearingly trope-y and then it got annoyingly trope-y. This is what happens when you try an adapt ARCS intended for long-form storytelling to better expand on characters but only have two hours... Terrible terrible terrible.

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  • The Beauty Inside

    The Beauty Inside

    ★★★★

    I'm probably giving this film way too much credit but I found myself really enjoying this! The Beauty Inside takes its gimmick seriously which as a result turns it into a surprisingly solid romance. I needed this!

  • Train to Busan

    Train to Busan

    ★★★★

    The best blockbuster of 2016 isn't American; it's South Korean. A stressful and exhilarating ride. This country laughs at your attempts to create a zombie movie.