Simon Abrams

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  • South Korean martial arts period fantasy Memories of the Sword thrills viewers by externalizing the inner thoughts of three swordsmen and -women obsessed with revenge: a cocky teenager, her blind mother and her mother's ex-lover....

  • For better and worse, South Korean period adventure Assassination is the kind of overstuffed historical mega-production that Hollywood doesn't make anymore. A postwar drama set in Seoul (then called Gyeongseong) during the 1930s,...

  • High school drama The Curse of Downers Grove delivers good, cheap thrills whenever teenage hormones rage hard enough to push its otherwise generic rape-revenge plot along. Co-adapted by Bret Easton Ellis from Michael Hornburg's novel, the...

  • Anti–romantic comedy Some Kind of Beautiful starts with a dialogue scene that baldly explains to viewers what kind of casually chauvinistic narrative it's not going to be. That promise is gracelessly and repeatedly broken...

  • Documentary/character study Call Me Lucky expresses a thorny truth that many films about truth-telling artists fail to convey: Anger is appealing because it can sometimes feel cleansing. "Sometimes" is the key word, and filmmaker Bobcat...

  • Half-baked animated fantasy Kahlil Gibran's The Prophet is a kids film for anyone who mistakenly thinks that the one thing that would improve animated masterpiece Fantasia is an overwhelming number of pretentious aphorisms....

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