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Reviews for April 20th 2012






Downtown Express

Directed by David Grubin




Full review coming soon


Number of times I checked my watch: 2
Opens at the Quad Cinema.
Released by International Film Circuit.



Goodbye First Love

Directed by Mia Hansen-LÝve




Full review coming soon


Number of times I checked my watch: 3
Opens at the IFC Center and Lincoln Plaza Cinemas.
Released by IFC Films.



My Way

Directed by Kang Je-kyu




      After befriending one another as marathon runners during their childhood, Korean native Kim Jun-shik (Kang Je-kyu) and Japanese aristocrat Tatsuo Hasegawa (Joe Odagiri) join the Japanese army to fight the Chinese and Soviet armies. They soon become prisoners of war together after the Soviets capture them, but they eventually find themselves separated once they fight for the Soviets and, later, the Nazis in Germany.

      My Way has everything that a truly great war film should: spectacular, thrilling and gritty battle scenes, heartfelt drama and plenty of suspense. Sure, its running time clocks nearly 2 1/2 hours, but every moment is necessary to tell the story of how war affected the lives of the two friends, Kim and Tatsuo. Fortunately, director/co-writer Kang Je-kyu keeps the film focused on their friendship as well as their wartime experiences which are quite emotionally devastating. At its core, My Way has as much humanity and heart as any of the great war films. It's the best war film since Saving Private Ryan.

Number of times I checked my watch: 1
Opens at the AMC Empire 25.
Released by CJ Entertainment.


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