Category: film reviews

reviews about films and shorts

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Zootopia

It’s been a while since I’ve seen an animated movie that deals with relevant social issues without being preachy. Kudos to you, Disney!

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Zero Dark Thirty

Zero Dark Thirty is a well-made effort from Bigelow that lets down some strong actors thanks to Mark Boal’s script that lacks any real semblance of solid character development.

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Yuma, La

La Yuma tells the story of a girl from the poor neighborhoods of Managua, Nicaragua, who wants to become a professional boxer. As she deals with her possible love life, as well as her family life with her younger siblings, she finally gets the chance to train under renown boxing trainer Polvorita.

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Young Detective Dee: Rise of the Sea Dragon

A creature believed to be a sea dragon destroys the Tang Dynasty’s ships, a courtesan is offered as sacrificed and a love story ends up entangled with the dirty plans to topple the government once and for all.

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You’re Next (2011)

What Scream once did for the slasher, Adam Wingard and Simon Barrett have done for home invasion with You’re Next, an impressive and incredibly entertaining subversion of the subgenre.

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You Are the Apple of my Eye

Taiwan’s biggest surprise of 2011 — also being pretty popular in Hong Kong and Singapore — a romantic drama called You Are the Apple of my Eye. But what’s so amazingly appealing about a simple romantic drama involving teenagers, you say?

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Yellow Elephant (Japanese Film)

Tsuma and Ayumu Muko are a married couple in a small town in the middle of nowhere. He’s a novelists with a part-time job as a caretaker in the local nursery home while she’s a housewife with a faint heart… that sees the world from a different perspective.

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Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani

A group of friends grow up, grow apart, and Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani hints at the coming of age aspects of a film on friendship more than a run of the mill rom-com.

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Yang ± Yin: Gender in Chinese Cinema

Commissioned by the British Film Institute as part of the 100 Years of Cinema celebrations, Stanley Kwan takes a look back into the history of Chinese films with a broad array of filmmakers.