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  • August in the Water

    August in the Water

    ★★

    Seemed like a good idea and it started off okay, but then it went pedestrianly silly as everything played out. It has moments but the script lands somewhere between precious and 5th grade. And you can see it on the actors' faces

  • Being Here

    Being Here

    ★★

    Wonderfully sad story with bad acting from peripheral characters, but Machiko Kochi is great in the lead role. When everyone around her is acting ridiculous she acknowledges their bad acting and the script's weaknesses before moving on. This makes her doubly good. I can't stand Masato Sakai's pucker-faced acting so this was never going to work for me. If you like his work you will definitely enjoy this film.

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  • Our Little Sister

    Our Little Sister

    ★★★★★

    I applaud Koreeda for exploring "nice". It's got to be one of the greater challenges a filmmaker faces.

  • The Wailing

    The Wailing

    ★★★★½

    First of all, Hong-jin Na is the man; this is an amazing film and may be one of the best horrors of the last ten years--which may be saying more about the genre than the film, but I don't watch a lot of horror so my opinion is flawed.

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