You were never really here ⭐⭐⭐½

Joaquim Phoenix goes all Travis Bickle. His Oscar-worthy performance underpins this striking but brutal movie. I now need to look at pictures of puppies.

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Our Time Will Come ⭐⭐½

Lan (Xun Zhao) is a schoolteacher living with her mother in Japanese-occupied Hong Kong.  After helping some intellectuals boarding in her mother’s house escape to mainland China, she is drawn into the resistance movement. The film follows the stories of Lan, her mother, the rebel leader Blackie Lau (Eddie Peng) and Lan’s would-be fiancé, now …

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The Hungry ⭐⭐⭐½

An elegantly gruesome retelling of Titus Andronicus set in modern-day India.  Sunny Ajuha, the hapless older son of Tathagat Ahuja (Naseeruddin Shah) is about to marry Tulsi Joshi (Tisca Chopra), a woman several years her senior.  It’s a wedding that brings two wealthy Delhi business families together, but the guests are left wondering what the …

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King of Peking ⭐⭐⭐1/2

King of Peking is an unashamedly nostalgic and delightfully charming film about a father and his young son in 1990s Beijing (Peking for the purposes of this review).  It’s a time when private enterprise is just taking off, but the old Communist-command economy is still very much in evidence. Big Wong is a travelling projectionist, …

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Have a Nice Day ⭐⭐⭐½

When Xiao Zhan, a delivery driver for a construction company, steals a bag of money from his gangster boss in order to take his girlfriend to South Korea for corrective cosmetic surgery after an original operation went wrong.  Not surprisingly, his boss wants it back and gets his enforcer onto the case. To complicate matters, …

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Equilibrium ⭐⭐⭐½

Father Giovanni is an idealistic Catholic priest who secures a posting to an impoverished district of Naples.  Believing that a good priest should minister to the community, and at first he is welcomed by the local people. But Father Giovanni (an almost preternaturally calm performance by Mimmo Borrelli) also wants to take practical steps to …

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