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  • Roman Holiday
  • Brief Encounter
  • Sweet Smell of Success
  • The Treasure of the Sierra Madre

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  • Terrified

    ★★★

  • Rise

    ★★★

  • Good Luck to You, Leo Grande

    ★★★

  • Crimes of the Future

    ★★★

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  • Terrified

    Terrified

    ★★★

    I've been seeing this film on scariest movie lists, and while it does not have the most coherent storytelling, there are a good amount of scares that make an impression. The film covers the tormenting phenomena in a Buenos Aires neighborhood which are then investigated by a police commissioner and three researchers.

    Since the neighbors and investigators have their own experiences, the film does not seem to have a lead character to specifically focus on, which makes the focus frustratingly scattered. Very few explanations about the mythology are provided. Effective scares aside, the story needed something to anchor itself on.

  • Rise

    Rise

    ★★★

    "Rise" is a film for basketball lovers and audiences with childlike wonder, and while there is a lack of grit in the film's execution, there is an inspiring value in its story and a revealing look at immigration issues worldwide. This is the biography of the Antetokounmpos brothers who later became famous NBA basketball players. Their story is rooted in the admirable strength of their parents and a series of struggles related to immigration.

    The direction occasionally feels a bit…

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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…

  • Ghosts of War

    Ghosts of War

    ★★½

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    This is a standard haunted house horror with a World War II setting, so I definitely signed up even with its poor reception. Ghosts of War has loads of promising conceptualization: a murdered family of Jew rescuers, an elaborate Gothic mansion, an intriguing tale of revenge, and an allegory of post-traumatic stress disorder. The formulaically-structured events in the mansion are wonky and all over the place, but I would be lying if I say that I did not enjoy the…