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Maggie Lee

Maggie Lee
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
80% Before We Vanish (Sanpo suru shinryakusha) (2017) Ultimately, "Before We Vanish" serves as an inquiry into what constitutes humanity.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted May 25, 2017
No Score Yet Walking Past the Future (2017) Ruijun boldly alludes to a system that's utterly indifferent to the welfare of its vast working class. However, the grueling human misery and glum tone provide almost no relief or hope for a solution.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted May 22, 2017
67% Blade of the Immortal (Mugen no jûnin) (2017) The 100th feature by genre master Takashi Miike transcends conventions of Japanese swordplay films with both fantasy and graphic violence.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted May 18, 2017
No Score Yet The Devotion Of Suspect X (2017) The plot of how a math geek devises the perfect cover-up to clear his loved one of murder is so ingenious, it will impress anyone who doesn't already know the source material.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Apr 17, 2017
100% Love Off the Cuff (2017) Pang, along with co-writers Luk and Jimmy Wan, expose the pitfalls lurking under the comfort zone of a long relationship with whip-smart observations and quirky details.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Apr 17, 2017
No Score Yet Death Note: Light Up the New World (Desu nôto: Light Up the New World) (2016) [A] lazy cash grab ...‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Mar 7, 2017
80% Soul on a String (2017) Chinese director Zhang Yang eschews the thrill of propulsive duels for a discursive allegorical approach, serving up picturesque visuals, highland-dry humor, and karmic plot twists.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2017
100% In This Corner of the World (Kono sekai no katasumi ni) (2017) A wistfully nostalgic time capsule of civilian life under the catastrophic tide of war.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2017
100% Duckweed (2017) More relaxed and carefree than any of the Lunar New Year blockbusters jostling for the holiday crowd, the film is sprinkled with witty grace notes and is crowd-pleasing without being too ingratiating or idiotic.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2017
50% Kung-Fu Yoga (2017) A movie that combines kinetic stunts with exotic locations on a very grand scale.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Jan 28, 2017
100% Pop Aye (2017) This bucolic escape from big-city life is anchored by a solid script filled with characters who, despite reaching the end of the road, find ways to make peace with the world.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Jan 20, 2017
No Score Yet See You Tomorrow (2016) This boozy mix of screechy characters, splashy visuals, and trite tales will likely leave audiences feeling the cinematic equivalent of a hangover.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Jan 6, 2017
35% The Great Wall (2017) Zhang Yimou capably gives ... "The Great Wall" the look and feel of a Hollywood blockbuster, but his signature visual dazzle, his gift for depicting delicate relationships and throbbing passions are trampled by dead-serious epic aspirations.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Dec 15, 2016
95% Old Stone (Lao Shi) (2016) Chinese-Canadian helmer-scribe Johnny Ma makes a remarkably mature debut, exposing with stunning clarity the infuriating red tape and flawed logic of China's system regarding criminal responsibility and insurance policies.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Nov 30, 2016
94% Creepy (Kuripi: Itsuwari no rinjin) (2016) Kiyoshi Kurosawa's nail-biting thriller [is] dominated by a psychopath who exerts a malevolent hold on his neighbors.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2016
67% Asura: The City of Madness (2016) Splattered with Korean aesthetics of troglodytic violence and blighted by irredeemable characters, Kim Sung-soo's Asura: The City of Madness is a stygian crime thriller that casts a jaundiced eye at South Korean regional politics.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2016
No Score Yet Long Excuses (The Long Excuse) (2016) Writer-director Miwa Nishikawa's somber reflection on the strains of marriage and parenthood is punctuated with beautiful existential undertones.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2016
No Score Yet The Last Princess (2016) A heart-rending lead performance by Son Ye-ji graces the heavily wrought melodrama with true pathos.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Aug 23, 2016
50% Cold War 2 (2016) Slow to heat up yet quick to burn out.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Jul 11, 2016
No Score Yet A Bride for Rip Van Winkle (Rippu van winkuru no hanayome) (2016) A cruel yet riveting tale.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Jun 8, 2016
No Score Yet 3688 (2015) With a vivacious cast, especially singer-turned-actress Joi Chua, who delivers '70s Mandopop with verve, it's hard to dislike this cute little treat.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted May 25, 2016
95% After the Storm (Umi yori mo mada fukaku) (2017) Keeps the melancholy tale of a broken family reunited briefly by a typhoon on a slow simmer until the last act, which is sprinkled with small epiphanies about our humble existence.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted May 21, 2016
99% The Wailing (Goksung) (2016) Korean genre maestro Na Hong-jin turns his attention to a nonsensical yet entertaining supernatural thriller.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted May 19, 2016
82% Ma' Rosa (2016) Boasting a simple, coherent plot shot with real-time, handheld verismo, it's a work of understated confidence ...‐ Variety
Read More | Posted May 18, 2016
100% Harmonium (Fuchi ni tatsu) (2017) A quietly combustible tale of punishment and crime set in motion when a family lets a mysterious man move in with them, "Harmonium" makes the viewer question neat causal equations of sin, retribution, and atonement.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted May 15, 2016
96% Train to Busan (Busanhaeng) (2016) "Train to Busan" pulses with relentless locomotive momentum.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted May 15, 2016
95% The Handmaiden (Ah-ga-ssi) (2016) Clever, heady and sensually lavish to a fault.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted May 15, 2016
100% Ten Years (2015) Bristling with an "if not now, when?" thirst for change, this epic historical document of the city's political zeitgeist should explode at festivals and online platforms like a Molotov cocktail.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Apr 19, 2016
80% Don't Go Breaking My Heart (Daan gyun naam yu) (2011) Don't Go Breaking My Heart's Cinderella tale about an ordinary girl caught between two adamant admirers is VIP-class escapism.‐ Hollywood Reporter
Read More | Posted Mar 30, 2016
No Score Yet Trap (Taklub) (2015) One is left with such a lingering sense of loss and helplessness that it begs the question of whether there's really "a time for everything" in such a troubled world.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Feb 23, 2016
93% The Mermaid (Mei ren yu) (2016) Like an ecological Lust, Caution, this contempo fairy tale about a mermaid who falls for the evil developer she's been sent to seduce and assassinate is strikingly relevant to China‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Feb 23, 2016
No Score Yet From Vegas To Macau 3 (From Vegas To Macau Iii) (2016) The filmmakers have so mangled their material to suit mainland criteria that they're left with a string of moronic gags barely held together by cheapskate production values.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Feb 9, 2016
100% The Monkey King 2 (San Da Bai Gu Jing) (2014) Certainly less of a dud than the director's inane original, this follow-up is even more tyke-oriented, but at least it's a livelier yarn and boasts a slick upgrade in visual effects.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2016
79% Ip Man 3 (2016) Less offensively nationalistic than the second installment but falling short of the glowing humanity, genial Cantonese humor and visual flair of the first, the pic is somewhat tarnished by its pedestrian plot and limp characterization.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Jan 29, 2016
50% Mojin - The Lost Legend (2015) "Mojin: The Lost Legend" barrels forth with enough robust action and technical moxie to make audiences overlook its formulaic plotting and rote characterizations.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Dec 22, 2015
9% Point Break (2015) What weighs the characters down is not their parachutes or rock-climbing gear, but their sententious First World guilt and bland casting; gone is the free-spirited fun of Kathryn Bigelow's cult-hit original.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Dec 3, 2015
61% Yakuza Apocalypse (2015) A lazily executed dud padded out with infantile pranks, shambolic plot turns and knockabout action.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Oct 7, 2015
90% Coming Home (2015) Heartbreaking in its depiction of ordinary lives affected by political upheaval, this ode to the fundamental values that survive even under such dire circumstances has an epic gravity that recalls another great historical romance, Doctor Zhivago.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Oct 1, 2015
58% Journey To The Shore (Kishibe No Tabi) (2015) Fans of Kurosawa's earlier psycho-thrillers may desire more eeriness and visual panache, but those who've accepted the helmer's conscious change of tune and pace should be gently touched.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Sep 15, 2015
70% Wolf Totem (2015) Despite its magnificent natural vistas and some pulse-pounding action in stunning 3D, Wolf Totem boils down to a familiar environmentalist allegory that doesn't move or provoke too deeply.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2015
75% Memories of the Sword (2015) Not even A-list stars Jeon Do-yeon and Lee Byung-hun can save this plodding Korean martial-arts epic.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Sep 3, 2015
91% Dohee-ya (A Girl at My Door) (2015) The pic is ultimately held together by the mesmerizing presence of Bae Doo-na in the title role and an equally bracing performance by teen thesp Kim Sae-ron.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Aug 25, 2015
No Score Yet To The Fore (2015) For all the film's upbeat, motivational feel, the three protags' conflict between camaraderie and personal glory comes off as formulaic.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Aug 6, 2015
61% Monster Hunt (2016) Its technical wizardry and zippy, Hollywood-influenced storytelling smarts dwarf any brand of tyke-skewing entertainment China has ever come up with.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Jul 28, 2015
93% Our Little Sister (Umimachi Diary) (2016) Hirokazu Kore-eda's latest fractured-family drama is a graceful yet somewhat emotionally muffled portrait of four siblings.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Jul 20, 2015
81% A Hard Day (2015) A South Korean police thriller that finds helmer-scribe Kim Seong-hung handling a taut yet elaborately plotted narrative with poise, control and near-faultless technical execution.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Jul 15, 2015
No Score Yet Hollywood Adventures (2015) The catchphrase "In Hollywood, nothing is impossible" is repeated so many times that it begins to sound like an excuse for the film's farfetched plotting and inconsistent human behavior.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Jun 29, 2015
No Score Yet Wolf Warrior (2015) To a layperson's eyes, the military exercise does look authentic, and the cross-country skirmishes are ruggedly watchable on an acrobatic level. Yet it's impossible to overlook the inanity of the plotting ...‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Apr 28, 2015
33% Dragon Blade (Tian jiang xiong shi) (2015) An unparalleled meeting of Eastern and Western talent, writer-director Daniel Lee's historical blockbuster is entertainment on a grand scale.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Feb 26, 2015
No Score Yet Snow Girl and the Dark Crystal (2015) CGI excess often overwhelms the romantic spark in this Chinese fantasy-actioner.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Feb 24, 2015