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  • Raging Bull

    Raging Bull

    ★★

    Robert De Niro and Joe Pesci's memorable performances make the film entertaining, but this was just a fancy dinner, a fast boxing match, and a fight with your wife or brother on repeat like in a cycle. It's stripped away of the emotional weight and intensity that makes other Scorsese films impressive. Thelma Schoonmaker's Oscar-winning editing is certainly showy and rigorous, but the film is very coldly executed for a sports drama with no actual motivational core to invest yourself…

  • The Sacrifice

    The Sacrifice

    ★★★★½

    In this digital era of memes and second-long video clips where social media users make jokes about World War III, nuclear warfare, and bioterrorism, not many realize the severe implications of disasters until it happens in front of them and takes away everything they cherish. In The Sacrifice, Alexander reflects on the destructive impact of modernity and asks divine intervention on what he must sacrifice to stop an impending nuclear holocaust. When God seems so out of reach, he turns…

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  • Hello, Love, Goodbye

    Hello, Love, Goodbye

    ★½

    Alden Richards’ character, Ethan, is pushy, creepy and problematic.

    He will continue sending friend requests even if Joy declined several times already. He will make the radio station talk about Joy in public without her permission. He will use another phone to text Joy anonymously. He will act like a police even if Joy is weeping out of fear. He will squeeze through inside a small room knowing that Joy will be uncomfortable. He will continually send “Need a friend…

  • Parasite

    Parasite

    ★★½

    Here’s why I did not love Parasite.

    An international film hailed as Best Picture would be historic and incredible. However, despite my inclinations to further recognize foreign-language cinema, Parasite is not my personal Best Picture of 2019. Parasite’s commentary plays it safe, and the result of this safe delivery is the praise the film receives from American liberals and all the privileged and comfortable people from Hollywood and beyond. I do not aim to tear down Parasite’s general acclaim, but…