SILENCE (2016)

“I feel so tempted. I feel so tempted to despair. I’m afraid, the wait of Your silence is terrible. I pray but I’m lost, or am I just praying to nothing? Nothing. Because You’re not there.” SILENCE illustrates the spiritual dilemma and emotional struggle of belief and doubt. How far one could withstand suffering? How…

THE WHITE HELMETS (2016)

“Any human being, no matter who they are or which side they’re on, if they need our help, it’s our duty to save them.” The White Helmets is a group of voluntary rescue workers who put their lives on the line to save civilians between the rubbles of Syria. I guess I understand why this…

LA LA LAND (2016)

A charming romance dedicated to the dreamers fighting to follow their passion while paying nostalgic homage to Hollywood musicals of the Golden Age and the forgotten grace of classic jazz. If you appreciate the beauty of filmmaking, La La Land is worth seeing for its mezmerising display of lights & colors, camera movement, set design,…

ARRIVAL (2016)

I waited so long for this to arrive here only to be let down that it didn’t feel as “profound” as everyone said. At least to my experience. With its own complexity, Arrival is a cerebral science fiction unlike the generic alien encounter stories out there. Sadly, the profoundness is too subtle for me to…

NOCTURNAL ANIMALS (2016)

Visually gloomy yet artistically pretty. Nocturnal Animals is an enigmatic dark tale of love and revenge with structurally intriguing narrative.

ROGUE ONE: A STAR WARS STORY (2016)

Rogue One: Another Daddy Issue Story Rogue One’s time frame is too far from Revenge of the Sith to be called Episode 3.5. The entire movie is merely the extended version of A New Hope’s opening scene. This is the most menacing Vader has ever looked in the franchise. Full-on badassery! Gareth Edwards certainly knows…

FANTASTIC BEASTS AND WHERE TO FIND THEM (2016)

For a spin-off, Fantastic Beasts seems pretty detached to the Potterverse. Apart from essentially connected to Grindelwald, it is a(mericanized) whole new whimsical world with its own terms and rules. The storyline feels underdeveloped and crammed up, which is rather disappointing considering JKR writes the screenplay herself. She supposedly has plenty of time to tell…

HACKSAW RIDGE [2016]

“In peace, a son buries his father. In war, a father buries his son.” What I admire about war films is it’s never about the war itself. It’s always about the humanity, patriotism, courage — and this time, Mel Gibson’s directorial comeback (it’s been 10 years!) proven to be a solid victory with its portrayal…

DOCTOR STRANGE [2016]

I’m not too familiar with the character as much as the other superheroes, but I’m glad they bring him into the MCU because Doctor Strange is a breath of fresh air in a trend where everything exploded and destroyed all the time. I’m usually not crazy about films that rely too heavily on digital fx….

THE GOOD NEIGHBOR [2016]

This tragic thriller makes me so angry and sad at the same time. By the end of the film, you’ll wonder who the real antagonist is. It’ll be one of those stories to teach juveniles not to kid around with a seemingly “fun prank”.