Peter Debruge

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‘One Piece Film: Red’ Review: A Pop Star Takes On the Pirates in Anime Franchise’s 25th Anniversary Feature

Just how far can Luffy stretch? That’s a question “One Piece” fans have been asking for years of the Gum-Gum hero with the go-go-gadget arms. Sure, there are limits to Luffy’s...

‘Unicorn Wars’ Review: Cutesy Midnight-Movie Toon Unleashes Tasteless Teddy Bear Carnage

Unicorns are woefully underrepresented in cartoons, at least when compared with the place they hold among the toys, binder art and imaginations of children. Teddy bears, on the other hand, are...

‘20th Century Girl’ Review: A Korean Teenager Navigates First Love and the Complexity of Female Friendship

Set in South Korea during the late ’90s, sentimental rom-com “20th Century Girl” offers local audiences a generous helping of nostalgia, while feeding Westerners’ growing appetite for content from the country...

‘Descendant’ Review: The Discovery of a Sunken Slave Ship Galvanizes a Community in Sundance-Winning Doc

In 1808, the Unites States banned the importation of slaves, effectively putting an end to the transatlantic slave trade. Or so the history books have it, although the residents of Mobile,...

‘The School for Good and Evil’ Review: Derivative Magic Teen Franchise Borrows From ‘Harry Potter,’ Hogwarts and All

“Harry Potter” has had many imitators, but none so blatant or irredeemably over-the-top as Netflix franchise starter “The School for Good and Evil,” an extravagant YA costume show from “Bridesmaids” director...

‘Stone Turtle’ Review: This Stunning Malaysian Mystery Puts a Supernatural Twist on Real-World Trauma

America has “Groundhog Day.” Now Malaysia has “Stone Turtle,” a beguiling, all-around-gorgeous reimagining of Southeast Asian folklore that finds its characters caught in a loop of vengeance, lust and violence from...

‘The Sales Girl’ Review: A Mongolian Teen Grows Up Fast After Taking a Job in a Sex Shop

Saruul is studying to be an engineer when she agrees to take the last job her cosmopolitan but still relatively conservative Mongolian parents would ever imagine their daughter doing: selling intimacy...

‘Ajoomma’ Review: An Older Woman Obsessed With Korean Soap Operas Leaves Her Heart in Seoul

In what plays like Singapore’s answer to “About Schmidt,” never-too-late-to-live dramedy “Ajoomma” follows a widowed housewife as she steps out of her comfort zone by making a solo trip to South...

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