Category: Drama

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On the Rocks (2020)

You know what’s great about her? She doesn’t talk. She just listens. That sounds perfect for you.   Life is full of unexpected turns. As an 18-year-old, I rented the adult cartoon “Tarzoon: Shame of the Jungle” just for fun. Probably because of the titillating vamp on the cover, lying...

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#Alive (2020)

I must survive.   I had nothing but words of praise for the movie “The night eats the World” or “La Nuit a dévoré le monde”. A quirky film about a Parisian who suddenly wakes up in a Paris occupied by zombies. “#Alive” (original title “#Saraitda”) is the South Korean...

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Before the Fire (2020)

The virus has not spread there yet. We’ll go there. We’ll wait it out. And then as soon as it’s over we will come right back home.   There’s one admirable fact when it comes to the movie “Before the fire” and that’s the prophetic nature of this movie. When...

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The Vanishing (2019)

Okay, as far as I can see it, this… this is payback! For having to live the rest of my life with his face etched into my brain.   Every now and then I come across a completely unknown film I don’t really expect much from, despite the presence of...

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Becky (2020)

Becky is as strong-willed and vindictive as they come and you just tortured and killed her only living parent.   Feel like watching a straightforward “home invasion” film with dangerous-looking thugs (impressive body length, coarse facial features, and imposing tattoos on the back of their bald heads) taking an innocent...

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Proximity (2020)

Paging ET, please phone home.   “Proximity” had potential. The film partially redeemed this but then blatantly fails on a completely different level. With a film about alien abduction, there’s one particular expectation wherewith the film stands or falls. And that’s the look of the spacecraft with which those green...

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Quien a hierro mata (2019)

One harsh word or lack of respect for my father, and I come here and raise hell.   Revenge movies. Nothing is more fun than watching a blood-curdling film in which a victim, who has been beaten to a pulp or almost tortured to death, resurrects and ruthlessly and cruelly...

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The Way Back (2020)

I’m surprised you could keep him out of the bar long enough to hold practice.   There are lots of similar sports movies like “The Way Back“. Moralistic stories about how a trainer manages to bring a floundering team to unprecedented heights. Preferably, the team consists of a few foul-mouthed...

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The Banker (2020)

Sometimes you need to take a step back and enjoy what you’ve accomplished, baby.   What an amusing movie this was. Such a movie you start watching and before you know it, the end credits roll across your screen. Even though the subject won’t get you very excited. The world...

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Uncorked (2020)

Okay, so I want to become a master sommelier. Is that like a pirate? No, that’s a Somalian.   I don’t have a thing for wine. Never had. Even an excellent wine, recommended by connoisseurs, won’t appeal to me. I never liked the taste of it. Why the hell would...

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Guest Blog : The Remembered Film (2018)

By, Darren Arnold, Film Critic Back in 2015, Antwerp-based Isabelle Tollenaere’s feature debut Battles examined what becomes of the traces of war: in peacetime, what happens to the various buildings and objects that were specifically constructed for conflict?  Whether chronicling the various methods of disposing of ordnance or highlighting how...

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Underwater (2020)

We have about 30 minutes till meltdown. And, uh, it’s gonna blow us into tiny pieces to the surface.   Am I a Kristen Stewart fan? On the contrary. To be honest, I seriously dislike this actress. Not that her acting is so terribly bad. And in a way, she’s...

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Colewell (2019)

The thing about getting older is looking back, it doesn’t matter how old you are, life always feels the same length. Like both forever and not very long.   You’ve just seen “Uncut Gems” and you feel the nerves raging through your body after watching this ultra-nervous film? Well, I...

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The Perfection (2018)

All that time with Anton, the practice, the performances, the pressure to be perfect.   Whenever I read newsflashes about films that make people suffer from migraine attacks and even make them sick, my curiosity is immediately awakened. The final verdict can go two ways. Or the film indeed has...

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IO (2019)

Sam, we have to leave this place. Sooner or later you’ll have to.   “IO” will certainly be an orgasmic experience for global environmentalists and defeatists. Supporters of global protest movements about global warming and the destruction of our balanced eco-system will certainly use this film as an example to...

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Uncut Gems (2019)

That’s a million dollar opal you are holding. Straight from the Ethiopian Jewish tribe.   Are you in the middle of a nasty divorce? Or are you at home on sick leave because of burnout due to your stressful job that demands too much from you? Or are those two...

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Giant Little Ones (2018)

It never would have happened if we weren’t wasted.   Just like in chemistry class at the start of the film, there’s a lot of intense experimenting among the youngsters in this movie. Especially sexually. However, when this experimenting turns out bad for Ballas (Darren Mann), he starts losing his...

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Inherit the Viper (2019)

Josie… promise me something. Protecting this family comes first. When it’s time to quit, we quit. No questions asked.   Everyone knows the principle of the “American Dream”. The ideal image of a hard-working American who, regardless of his origin, can reach the top through hard work and commitment. “Inherit...

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The Professor (2019)

What kind of cancer is it? It’s, uh, it’s lung cancer. You don’t smoke. No. I can now.   Let me start in a cheeky and derogatory tone. Let’s take Jack Sparrow, promote him to be an eloquent university professor teaching literature and tell him that he’s terminally ill. If...

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Ad Astra (2019)

Colonel, for what it means, I think my father is dead.   I can fully understand that when you haven’t heard from a friend who lives a few blocks away for a long time, you get prepped and plan a visit to the person in question. Just like that. Just...

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Joker (2019)

I just hope my death makes more cents than my life. Weltschmerz. Despair. Grief. Desperation. Those are the keywords that came to mind after watching this movie. If you are a superhero film fan and you expect heroic confrontations between this crazy clown and our bats-related superhero in a tight...

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Adopt a Highway (2019)

When you commit a third violent crime, you will be put away and put away for good. Three strikes, and you are out.   Every now and then you come across such an unknown, idiosyncratic film, which was probably made with a modest budget and for which no huge marketing...

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Guest Blog : Possum (2018)

By, James Morris, UK “Possum” is a British Psychological horror. This movie is a quintessential English movie, paying homage to the disturbing and creepy decade of the 70s. The film is set in the Norfolk area, portraying a landscape that is bleak, desolate and unforgiving. Especially after the holidaymakers return...

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Low Tide (2019)

Eight, nine, ten. A thousand. You boys find any more coins, give me a holler. Once and a while I like to watch a well-made coming-of-age movie. Such a film about juvenile innocence in which a radical event shakes the pleasant life of one or more young people. A life...

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Asher (2018)

I just killed a man in the bathroom, and I’m afraid if we don’t leave right now, they’re gonna call the cops. Hmm. So it’s true. What’s that? Men will say anything for sex. A hitman who, by chance, encounters a lovely dance teacher and realizes that it’s time to...

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Charlie Says (2018)

When I first met Charlie, I just knew. Hopped on a bus and I never looked back. Charles Manson seems to be a hot topic this year. Not only there’s the Tarantino movie “Once upon a time … in Hollywood” in which the Manson Family plays a prominent role, but...

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The Professor and the Madman (2019)

If I am to fashion a book, I’ll need a spine. Sometimes you are awed by cinema films because of the immensely beautiful special effects and the use of unparalleled images. The other time it’s the inventiveness of a story and the way it’s structured. And in other films, you...

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12 Feet Deep (2017)

Are you dense? Everyone’s left. The pool’s closed for the holiday weekend. We’re stuck in here. We’re gonna die in here. I hope this isn’t going to be a new trend, otherwise more movies of this type will appear in the future. Like, “For a Few Degrees More.” with a...

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Bullitt County (2018)

Anything buried out there, is meant to stay buried. “Bullitt County” isn’t really an easy film. To be honest, I had to control myself not to give up after half an hour. It wasn’t very exciting, so to say. On the contrary. It was painfully slow and meaningless. The story...

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Quick review : Rockaway (2017)

Don’t worry. I’ll protect you. Who will protect you? “Rockaway” is an uncomplicated low-budget coming-of-age story that focuses on child abuse and a plan to escape from it. In general, it’s not such a bad movie. It doesn’t pretend to be any better than an average television film. A kind...

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The Outsider (2018)

When you dishonor your boss and you want to show remorse, you give your finger. It’s called otoshimae. I see you’ve got all your fingers. Even though I don’t have any affinity with Japanese culture as such and mostly ignore Asian films, I couldn’t resist giving “The Outsider”  a chance....

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Maria (2019)

Film Review : Maria She’s still alive. Who’s she? Lily. Lily’s still alive! John Wick had a good reason to make things difficult for his former boss. They liquidated his cute dog and stole his car. In the movie “Polar“, Duncan Vizla’s retirement savings were compromised. In this Filipino revenge...

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We die Young (2019)

When Rincon started doing his Shakespeare, you knew some poor bastard’s about to get smoked. “We Die Young” is not a typical Jean-Claude Van Damme film, where he can show off his trained body. In fact, in this film, the number of times Van Damme is demonstrating his fighting techniques,...

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Zoo (2018)

Film Review : Zoo Come on, it’s just some big pharmaceutical company trying to cash in. Admit it, the zombie horror genre has been thoroughly milked in recent years. Last years the market is flooded with films in which a global epidemic causes the rise of a maddened mob of...

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Ben is back (2018)

Film Review : Ben is Back Here’s the deal, and it is not negotiable. You get a day. Films about addictions and the destructive effect on family life and personal well-being. I have a hard time dealing with it. “Beautiful Boy” made a crushing impression on me recently. I was...

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Wildling (2018)

Film Review : Wildling Do you want to hear a story? Do you want me to tell you about the Wildling? “Wildling” is a peculiar film. It’s hard to put a specific label on it. One moment it feels like a teenage movie about a freshly emerging love. On the...

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The highwaymen (2019)

Film Review : The highwaymen Bonnie and Clyde have been on the road for two years. Cold-blooded killers who are more adored than movie stars. This has to stop. Who doesn’t know Bonnie and Clyde? In 1930, this pre-war couple had nothing better to do than go down the path...

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Destroyer (2018)

Film Review : Destroyer What’s up? Silas is back. Obviously, the most striking element of this film is the transformation of Nicole Kidman. Her weathered, unkempt appearance with black-rimmed eyes, smudged skin, and a tousled haircut indicate an unhealthy lifestyle and a stubborn addiction. It soon becomes clear that the...

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A Vigilante (2018)

Film Review : A Vigilante I’m looking out the window, and the trucks won’t stop coming. Anyone saw “John Doe: Vigilante“? No? I hope you’re not going to waste your time on that one. Just put that intention aside and watch the movie “A vigilante” instead. The latter is much...

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The Mule (2018)

Film Review : The Mule Family’s the most important thing. Work’s fine, if it’s in second position. But first position should be family. “The Old Man & the Gun” might be the piece de résistance of Robert Redford. “The Mule” might be the grand finale in Clint Eastwood’s career. This...

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Stan & Ollie (2018)

I thought you’d retired. No, we’re-we’re… we’re getting older, but we’re not done yet. Simply nostalgia. “Stan & Ollie” is a trip to a bygone era when I was a little boy. When I returned from school on Friday afternoon, I threw my schoolbag somewhere in a corner and turned...

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Guest Blog : Climax (2018)

By, Darren Arnold, Film Critic During the past 20 years, Gaspar Noé has made just five feature films.  Climax – which has recently been released on DVD and Blu-ray – appeared after the shortest gap in his filmography, following his 2015 3D feature Love.  The list of people you could...

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Life itself (2018)

So, what does that tell us? That the only truly reliable narrator is life itself. But life itself is also a completely unreliable narrator because it is constantly misdirecting and misleading us and taking us on this journey where it is literally impossible to predict where it’s gonna go next....

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The Bouncer (2019)

If something happens to my daughter I’ll kill you. You and your boss. Just when you think that an icon such as Jean-Claude Van Damme is becoming a caricature of himself and in danger of sinking into oblivion, he surprises you with such a part as in this film. The...

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Hereditary (2018)

If you could have just said, “I’m sorry”, or faced up to what happened. Maybe then we could do something with this. But you can’t take responsibility for anything! So now I can’t accept… And I can’t forgive because… Because nobody admits anything they’ve done! “Hereditary“. A film I was...

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The man who killed Hitler and then the Bigfoot (2018)

That day, I just killed a man. What he stood for was unstoppable. The absurd title alone should stimulate your curiosity. A film with such a whopper of a title (sounding completely absurd) can only lead to an unrivaled experience. My first reaction was: “Only Monty Python can come up...

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Bad Times at the El Royale (2018)

The El Royale is a bi-state establishment. You have the option to stay in either the great state of California… or the great state of Nevada. Warmth and sunshine to the west… or hope and opportunity to the east. Which would you prefer? Let me get straight to the point....

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Seat 25 (2017)

You decide to go to Mars forever and you forget to tell your husband? I’m open to all kinds of films. It doesn’t have to be a blockbuster with star actors. I love indies as well. And already several times I was lucky enough to see a gem of a...

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Beautiful Boy (2018)

Relapse is a part of recovery. 8 Years ago I found myself in a similar hopeless situation. With my back against the wall. Desperately searching for a way out. Knowing that I had to change my way of life drastically. Or else I would be admiring the roots of green...

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Cargo (2017)

We have no idea what it was that bit you. It had fingers, Andy! Fuck! If there’s one genre with so many releases that you get tired of it, it’s certainly the zombie genre. I’m sure this kind of movies is made on a daily basis. Movies in which infected...

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Jonathan (2018)

Wow. You’ve given each other the perfect male fantasy. Sex without emotional attachment. Fascinating. That’s the best description for this film. “Jonathan” is not an easy movie and it excels in monotony. But give this not so action-packed, one location situated film a chance and maybe you’ll discover how unparalleled...

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Warning shot (2018)

All right, I need you to loosen the guy up. He’s old, all right? Do not kill him. The only thing I wondered afterward was “Why for God sake was this movie made?“. I’m not saying that this was the most horrible film of the year. Or the most superfluous...

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Flora (2017)

Rudyard, there are no people living in this forest. Do you see any animals? There’s no flora with any color, nothing to allure insects! Are you someone who prefers to spend his free time in his perfectly tended garden? Is your lawn as if a delegation from the International Golf...

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Painless (2017)

Every once in a while, nature makes a mistake. The beginning explains a lot. First, footage of an adorable-looking 2-year-old, growing up and having one injury after the other. And again and again, you get this emotionless stare because he turns out to be numb to pain. In addition, there’s...

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At first light (2018)

Hey, Sean, you got to see this. Look, this… this girl, you got to see what she can do. She has some crazy powers or something. Although this minimalist SF offers a rather disappointing outcome and they could have done more with the powers Alex (Stefanie Scott) has at a...

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Dark Crimes (2018)

You’re the girl in the inner room. Alicja is your story. You talked, he wrote it down. I suppose it’s almost impossible to use an exuberant color palette for a film situated in a Slavic country. Every time the story takes place in such a communist or ex-communist country, the...

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Adrift (2018)

It’s intense. The infinite horizon. After a few days, I feel reborn. You know, just you, the wind and the sound of the boat cutting through the ocean. When you compare “Adrift” with the movie “All is lost“, where Robert Redford sailed across the ocean on board of a huge...

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What still remains (2018)

Dreams give us hope. And if we don’t have hope, then what’s the point in living? After reading the synopsis of this movie, your reaction will probably be the same as mine at that time. “Jesus, not again another post-apocalyptic film in which the world’s population has been decimated to...

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You were never really here (2017)

McCleary said you were brutal. I can be. I want you to hurt them. It’s not just the fact that defenseless young children are victims of unscrupulous people who use them in networks for pedophiles. The most disgusting aspect of this is that these circuits are visited by people who...

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Downsizing (2017)

I’m Dusan Mirkovic, your neighbor. Neighbors are friends. Friends tell friends the truth. Okay, maybe sometimes I’m a little bit asshole, but the world needs assholes. Otherwise where would shit go out. Are you expecting a movie such as “Honey, I shrunk the kids” or something similar to “Gulliver’s Travels”...

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Euthanizer (2018)

Everyone has to pay for the pain that they’ve caused. Pain needs to be balanced. Armomurhaaja (original title) Every detail was just perfect in this Finnish low-budget indie. From the first second this film intrigued me and managed to hold my full attention. Not only the magnificent acting of Matti...

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Just say goodbye (2017)

My opinion on “Just say goodbye” “That was the first of hundreds of conversations between us. Most came easy. And some a little harder. And one would change my life forever” It’s not necessary to have a bunch of overwhelming special effects to make a great film. Or well-paid world-famous...

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Walking Out (2017)

My opinion on “Walking Out” “I’ll put myself between you and any bear. I promise.” “Walking out” is a story about a father and son who experience their annual get-together again and try to strengthen the wafer-thin bond that still exists between them. In addition, it’s also a story about...

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Please stand by (2017)

“Like Spock, for example. He’s half-human, half-alien. He has trouble dealing with his emotions. Where did it say that? That’s just how he is.” Although “Please stand by” is a fairly predictable film and unrestrainedly endeavors to strike a sensitive nerve, I’m all for such a type of film. The...

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47 Meters Down (2017)

Lisa, you need to calm down. We need to get out of here! If you do not calm down, we will die here! In “The Shallows“, Blake Lively at least had a rock in the ocean on which she sat safely while a huge shark circled around her. That was...

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Jack goes home (2016)

“There’s nothing to do or say. Um… we live, we drive, we crash, we die. Had to happen sometime.” Coincidentally, I’ve just seen “Marrowbone“. A film about someone who has difficulties in processing the loss of a loved one. And when I was about halfway with “Jack goes home“, I...

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Personal shopper (2016)

For me, Lewis was someone deeply intuitive of others. He understood things that went unspoken. Maybe because he knew he was going to die. Are you suffering from a sleep disorder lately so you always get up with giant bags under your eyes? Or are you hyperkinetic due to an...

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Marrowbone (2017)

Once you cross that line, there’ll be no memories. Our story begins here. Do you like a decent ghost story? And does the subject of a traumatizing experience that affects the human psyche of an individual, stimulate your curiosity? I guess “Marrowbone” is a suitable film for you. Don’t let...

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Suburbicon (2017)

“The only thing Suburbicon is missing is you. Isn’t it time for your new start? Come home to Suburbicon.” It doesn’t happen often, but now I had a feeling I didn’t really understand what I’d watched. Not that “Suburbicon” was a complicated, incomprehensible film. But I didn’t know what the...

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Film Review : Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (2017)

“Raped while Dying. Still no arrests. How come, chief Willoughby?” Those who read my writing attempts occasionally, know that I thoroughly hate everything that has the appearance of a serial or when prequels and sequels are being produced just to exploit the story even further. So, don’t panic while reading...

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The Glass Castle (2017)

A young girl comes of age in a dysfunctional family of nonconformist nomads with a mother who’s an eccentric artist and an alcoholic father who would stir the children’s imagination with hope as a distraction to their poverty. Genre : Drama Country : USA Cast : Woody Harrelson : Rex...

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Man down (2015)

In a post-apocalyptic America, former U.S. Marine Gabriel Drummer searches desperately for the whereabouts of his son, accompanied by his best friend and a survivor. Genre : Drama/Thriller Country : USA Cast : Shia LaBeouf : Gabriel Drummer Jai Courtney : Devin Roberts Kate Mara : Natalie Drummer Director :...