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October, 29, 2016

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When life starts showing side effects
An intriguing movie always gives more than it at first appears to. Steven Soderbergh's latest thriller, "Side Effects," revolves around depression, murder, medical ethics and deception, connecting the dots in ways audiences can hardly foresee. And it is most likely to leave viewers thinking it over after the movie ends, and probably plants some side effects for future reference.
'Christmas Rose' case closed
Charlie Young's (楊采妮) "Christmas Rose" stands before the audience's judgment with her directorial debut in this courtroom drama. Approaching the cinematic front from the director's seat as opposed to her usual role as an actress, Young presents her own script for the movie, which won substantial funding from the Asia Film Financing Forum.
All sparkle, no soul in ' Great Gatsby'
If any piece of classic American literature should be depicted on film with wildly decadent and boldly inventive style, it's "The Great Gatsby." After all, who was the character of Jay Gatsby himself if not a spinner of grandiose tales and a peddler of lavish dreams?
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Lightweight but fun 'Hitchcock'
The man who made "Psycho" was no lightweight, though he kind of comes off that way in "Hitchcock." Starring Anthony Hopkins as Alfred Hitchcock and Helen Mirren as his wife and collaborator, Alma, "Hitchcock" puts a featherlight yet entertaining touch on the behind-the-scenes struggle to make the mother of all slasher films.
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Yes, but 100 times no
To some, marriage is a word; but to others, it is a sentence. That's why, in the newly released movie, "Say Yes" (101次求婚), it takes 101 proposals to get the girl of your dreams.
'Creatures' concocts familiar teen angst
The genders have been reversed but the supernatural, star-crossed teen angst remains firmly intact in "Beautiful Creatures," which clearly aims to pick up where the "Twilight" franchise left off.
'Promised Land,' engaging and entertaining
"Promised Land" is an engaging and entertaining -- if preachy -- look at Big Energy and fracking -- the land-and-water-wrecking practice of drilling and pumping water and chemicals into the ground to extract natural gas from shale.
Aspider crawls up the leg of 18-year-old India Stoker (Mia Wasikowska) early in Park Chan-wook's English-language debut, "Stoker," and she regards it passively, intrigued.
Tremendously safe 'Lincoln'
For anyone who cringed just a little while watching the trailer for "Lincoln" and worried that it might be a near-parody of a Steven Spielberg film, with its heartfelt proclamations, sentimental tones and inspiring John Williams score, fret not.
A glorious retreat to victory
Staying incredibly faithful to the real-life story of the Jingmei Girls High School (景美女中) tug-of-war team's arduous journey to success, "Step Back to Glory" (志氣) is Taiwan's own inspirational sports movie.
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