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  • Carol
  • Parasite
  • Raise the Red Lantern
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  • King Richard

    ★★★

  • Procession

    ★★★★

  • Nitram

    ★★★★

  • Bruised

    ★★½

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  • King Richard

    King Richard

    ★★★

    Reinaldo Marcus Green’s King Richard dependably rests on traditional, winsome, old-fashioned sports drama that is mostly affecting but not altogether satisfying. King Richard is essentially a family story about people not giving up on what they believed in. It got two stories in one: a slight character study of Richard Williams, and a wholesome success story of the Williams sisters. The writing is not as substantial as one expects, but I dislike how it brushes off the ugly parts of…

  • Procession

    Procession

    ★★★★

    Emphatically spearheaded by director Robert Greene, Procession tackles a very difficult, sensitive subject in which six men who were abused in their childhoods by Catholic priests gather together to re-enact and make a short film inspired by their past traumas. This form of dramatic therapy empowers these men for them to make appease of the past, confront their personal demons and traumas, and more importantly to find a way of peace and healing.

    The ingenious setup reminded me of Joshua…

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  • Whiplash

    Whiplash

    ★★★★½

    Damien Chazelle's smashing, adrenaline-fueled, electrifying drama is bloody exhilarating to watch as it is uncomfortably compelling. Chazelle is surely one of the up and coming directors we need to watch out for. His youthful, energetic, intense direction is felt on screen and it's mind-blowing. The film follows a young jazz drummer and his quest to be the best among the rest in a prestigious music conservatory.

    This film reminds me of Darren Aronofsky's The Wrestler, and Black Swan, as their…

  • Soul

    Soul

    ★★★

    Pixar has always been consistent in their endless fixations on human behavior, emotions, and life as a whole. Their recent output Soul is probably the studio’s most mature and frankly, adult-fared film that explores death and existentialism at its core. How do you explain death and the fullness of life to an eight-year-old? Directed by Pete Docter and Kemp Powers, the film does a resounding undertaking of being risky and insightful, but in the end something’s quite glaringly missing. Soul