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  • After Earth

  • Side Effects

    ★★★½

  • Seoul Station

    ★★★

  • Dumbo

    ★★

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  • High Fidelity

    High Fidelity

    ★★★★½

    High Fidelity starts with John Cusack looking straight into the camera and delivering this monologue.

    What came first — the music or the misery? People worry about kids playing with guns or watching violent videos; some sort of culture of violence will take them over. Nobody worries about kids listening to thousands —literally thousands — of songs about heartbreak, rejection, pain, misery, and loss. Did I listen to pop music because I was miserable? Or was I miserable because I…

  • To Singapore, with Love

    To Singapore, with Love

    ★★★★★

    To Singapore, With Love is an endearing portrait of real people who have been exiled from Singapore due to a multitude of reasons, all sharing the common thread of standing up against the Singapore Government in the 60s and 70s. Singapore’s dictatorial tendencies rears its ugly head and bares its fangs for all to see as we get personal insights from the victims of an oppressive system. There’s only so many films that really open your eye to the world…

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  • After Earth

    After Earth

    Prominent Directors — M. Night Shyamalan

    Jaden Smith is a terrible actor. It’s laughably obvious here, even more so when matched with Shyamalan’s stilted script and inhuman interactions between characters. I would never describe Shyamalan as a humanistic director, and so his attempt to hinge an entire film on the backs of a father-son relationship dynamic is a full-scale disaster. The sci-fi post-apocalyptic setting is just the choice of backdrop for this alien version of a father-son adventure. It’s baffling…

  • Side Effects

    Side Effects

    ★★★½

    Prominent Directors — Steven Soderbergh

    Side Effects is a cautionary tale about the pharmaceutical industry and how the mass prescription of drug use through the guise of medicine has insidious effects on the population as a whole. There’s some great cinematography that accompanies the film, lending it a certain detachment and bare edge that gives us an insight into the psychology of our protagonist. Steven Soderbergh pushes the film past this initial sentiment into something that leans itself much closer…

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  • Lawrence of Arabia

    Lawrence of Arabia

    ★★★★

    Lawrence of Arabia is a true epic in terms of its grandiose scope and equally gargantuan runtime. Yet, the film is quite simply the character study of one T.E. Lawrence and his journey in Arabia. Lawrence of Arabia is an interesting study on the white man’s dream to rule over others - to be gods among men. Lawrence, with all his good intentions is deluded by this grandiose thinking eventually, and turns Arabia into a sandbox he can run wild…

  • Peter Pan

    Peter Pan

    ★★½

    Peter Pan is sort of disappointing. There are a few bright moments within the film - any moments with the Pirates, Wendy and the children’s introduction to Peter Pan, and Tinkerbell jealously plotting to kill Wendy constantly - but everything else is distinctly filler for those moments. It’s worse when much of that filler comes in the form of racist overtones regarding Indian natives. Shocking that this is the first Disney Animation I’ve revisited where there’s an insensitivity warning on it before it starts. Well, at least there’s Captain Hook, Mr. Smee, the Tick-Tock-adile, Peter Pan and hot Tinkerbell to tide it over.