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Maggie Lee

Maggie Lee
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
100% Filmistaan (2014) Although the film wears its utopian ideals on its sleeve, helmer Nitin Kakkar leavens the political content with an absurdist sense of humor and a heartwarming turn of events‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Dec 11, 2017
No Score Yet End of Summer (2017) Huang Yimei's predictable screenplay soft-pedals its social and emotional elements, making "Summer" nothing more than a pleasant diversion.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2017
No Score Yet Dark is the Night (Madilim ang Gabi) (2017) The story draws viewers in by laying out an intricate web of crime that holds Philippine society in a tight grip.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Oct 24, 2017
No Score Yet The Great Buddha+ (2017) This ballad of sad losers mixed with satire on parochial politics is convulsively funny yet uncompromisingly bleak, bridging art with entertainment.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Sep 29, 2017
100% The Seen and Unseen (2017) A haunting and hypnotic interpretation of the child subconscious rooted in Balinese arts and culture.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Sep 22, 2017
No Score Yet Village Rockstars (2017) Pluckily optimistic and unsentimental to a fault, writer-director Rima Das' second film is a tonic to third world poverty porn.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2017
No Score Yet Samui Song (2017) Mystery and danger percolate in "Samui Song" all the way till the elliptical ending, which leaves audiences with a sense of lingering disquiet.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2017
No Score Yet Youth (Fang Hua) (2017) The film serves as a paean to idealism and endurance, yet the word "heart-breaking" comes to mind scene after scene.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2017
88% Angels Wear White (2017) A brave and hard-hitting drama that provides a social context for violence against women.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2017
95% A Taxi Driver (2017) An entertaining journey into a tragic and violent chapter of Korean modern history.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2017
No Score Yet Love and Goodbye and Hawaii (Koi to sayonara to Hawai) (2017) [Love and Goodbye and Hawaii] takes the timeworn premise "Can ex-lovers still be friends?" and fills it up with a delectable sundae of character quirks, deadpan dialogue and gently heart-tugging wistfulness.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Aug 1, 2017
No Score Yet No Bed of Roses (2017) The screenplay is dotted with tantalizing ellipses at key points when others might have dialed up the melodrama.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Jul 28, 2017
82% The Villainess (Ak-Nyeo) (2017) "The Villainess" ... succeeds in being one-of-a-kind for its delirious action choreography and overall narrative dementia.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Jul 2, 2017
92% Bad Genius (2017) Offers subtle yet stinging insight into Thailand's class inequalities and corrupt school system.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Jul 2, 2017
91% Our Time Will Come (2017) By highlighting the value of artists and intellectuals, and the importance of protecting them, she imbues the authentic historical episode with timely universal relevance.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Jun 21, 2017
86% Makala (2017) Emmanuel Gras' camera embraces the subject's every move with such rapt intimacy and cinematic poetry it's easy to forget this is not a fictional drama.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Jun 9, 2017
75% The Merciless (Bulhandang) (2017) Two-thirds into the picture, the switcheroos get so ridiculous one eventually stops caring about any character.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Jun 9, 2017
86% Marlina the Murderer in Four Acts (2017) At once tightly controlled and simmering with righteous fury, it's gorgeously lensed, atmospherically scored and moves inexorably toward a gratifying payoff.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted May 27, 2017
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
84% 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
40% 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
86% 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
98% 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
53% 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
89% 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
40% 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
95% 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
80% 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
56% Cold War 2 (2016) Slow to heat up yet quick to burn out.‐ Variety
Read More | Posted Jul 11, 2016
57% A Bride for Rip Van Winkle (Rippu van winkuru no hanayome) (2017) 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
97% 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
85% 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
95% 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
94% 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
20% 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