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Tuesday, August 20, 2019

[3.50/10] Sextuplets (2019)

Sextuplets (2019)

Quick Review: As lame, sleazy and dumbass as a comedy can get, this is yet another hideous collaboration between director Tiddes and actor Marlon Wayans, with the latter being more irritating  than ever due to his multiple 7-role turn, taking 90% of the screen time with a 'varied' acting that ranges from annoyingly over-the-top to outrageously unbearable, and that along with the cheap plot, revolting slapstick, and stereotyped characters make "Sextuplet" "White Chicks"-level miserable.

Monday, August 19, 2019

[6.00/10] Otherhood (2019)

Otherhood (2019)

Quick Review: Though neither that emotional or moving, nor particularly hilarious, this dramedy about three middle aged suburb mothers trying to reconnect with their mature sons is as harmless in its intentions as its consistently pleasurable and often fun to watch, thanks to the vigorous chemistry between its three talented leads and the comic situations their sympathetic characters face along the way, with the NYC surroundings fresh visual element as a backdrop for the sentimental story.

Sunday, August 18, 2019

[8.75/10] Once Upon a Time in Hollywood (2019)

Once Upon a Time... in Hollywood (2019)

Quick Review: Is it for Tarantino's distinctive style, or for the tastefully recreated fuzzy retro visuals, or the stellar work by the brilliantly-paired Pitt and DiCaprio, whose chemistry is off the scale, but "OUaTiH" has to be the most riveting non-plot movie you'll ever see, which is 2 hours of cheeky randomness about zest for acting, narcissism, and hippies, and 40 min of brutal awesomeness, with the wicked third act making up for all the film's narrative flaws.

Thursday, August 15, 2019

[4.25/10] Gwen (2019)

Gwen (2019)

Quick Review: Atmospheric, eerie in feel and look, and authentic in its looks and recreation of time period, this supposed-to-be-haunting Welsh medieval drama with dark overtones and touch of unconventional horror is genuinely mesmerizing to look at, and it manages to generate some real tension through its melancholic mood, but sadly "Gwen" turns out so painfully sluggish, totally uneventful, and generally purposeless, it totally wastes its on-paper potential to be something truly effective.

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

[6.50/10] The Son (2019)

The Son (2019)

Quick Review: A truly unsettling, at times puzzling, yet finely structured tension-builder of a thriller that ably blurs the line between reality and fantasy with its paranoia-driven plot that keeps you wonder who's right and who's wrong until the revealing, if unsatisfyingly abrupt conclusion, "The Son" maintains its eerie tone all the way through, which along with Furriel's intense performance as the distressed and doubtful father make this twisty Argentinian Netflix chiller truly real-life nightmarish.

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Editors Note: CineMarvellous' 10th Anniversary!

Happy 10th Birthday, CineMarvellous!🎂

Today is a very special day for us, as it marks precisely a decade since CineMarvellous! was created back on August 13, 2009. We can't believe it's been ten years already. Time passes real fast, doesn't it?

Here's a quick retrospection at everything important that happened since the launch of the site:

- We've reviewed 2,100+ movies so far

- CineMarvellous! has been visited 1,080,000+ times

- We got rid of the 'blogspot' thing and became cinemarvellous.com

- Visitors form exactly 200 countries worldwide have visited the site

- Our official Facebook page has reached 10,000+ fans

- We also created a well-performing Instagram account in March 2018

- We maintain our Twitter account since November 2010

- CineMarvellous! was quoted in the TV spot of the Halle Berry-starring "Dark Tide", as well as on numerous websites online.

- A few years back, our Editor-in-Chief had a monthly column for movie reviews over at White Cat Magazine

- Tvfilmnews.com offered us to re-post our reviews on their site several years ago, which we agreed on

- Even a couple of famous actors quoted us one their sites

- Since the very first day of the site's existence till this very moment, our No.1 Favorite Movie of All Times remained Zhang Yimou's visually-exquisite wuxia masterpiece "Hero"!
Now, it's time to celebrate this wonderful decade we've been online!🥂

Thank you or all your love and support, everyone! We are doing it all for you. Passionately!💖

Cinemarvellous' Team

[8.50/10] Parasite (2019)

Parasite (2019)

Quick Review: Inspired, unsettling, darkly quirky, at times shocking, but also deeply affecting, the brilliantly- conceived, thought-provoking, and delightfully unforeseeable "Parasite" is another masterwork by Bong Joon Ho, who's deft storytelling smoothly shifts tones between stirring 'social commentary' family drama, tension- building thriller, and oddball comedy with pitch-black humor, all resulting in a genre-busting triumph of a film, further enhanced by the exceptional work by its talented cast.

Monday, August 12, 2019

[4.00/10] The Beach Bum (2019)

The Beach Bum (2019)

Quick Review: Korine certainly has color sensation and specific style, as her latest effort is a tastefully- shot film that captures the eye with its lurid visuals, plus, McConaughey gives it his all in a dedicated turn as the reckless rebel, but in the end "The Beach Bum" is a purposeless, moody, pretentious and dull comedy devoid of any humor that gives a shallow look at bohemian lifestyle, and suffers from erratic editing and overly stylized direcion that make it further more unpleasant.

Friday, August 9, 2019

[6.25/10] Fast Color (2019)

Fast Color (2019)

Quick Review: A grounded, toned- down, and uncommonly subtle take on the superhero genre, without the typical for the latter wild action and overuse of CGIs, "Fast Color" may be very quiet and slow-moving, grim in looks, gritty in feel, and with an obvious lack of budget, but it has more than just superpowers on its mind, delivering a clever, yet moving mother-daughter-granddaughter re- connection story that works well on an emotional level, due to the real bond between its leads.

Thursday, August 8, 2019

[4.50/10] D-Railed (2019)

D-Railed (2019)

Quick Review: Shifting from a fake murder mystery with retro looks, to a disaster flick aboutg trail derailment, to an old-fashioned water creature feature, to a supposed to be ghostly supernatural twist in its explanatory finale, "D-Railed" surely suffers from identity crisis as it attempts to cover multiple horror genres, but instead it ends up being one amateurishly- acted and poorly-executed mess of a, well, trainwreck, with the only fun bits being the practical monster and its heavily gory attacks.

Wednesday, August 7, 2019

[6.00/10] The Wolf's Call (2019)

The Wolf's Call (2019)

Quick Review: It's no "Das Boot", that is for certain, and although it's bordering on fantasy due to a pretty far-fetched story, even if pretends otherwise, this passably entertaining French waterlogged thriller boasts with some well-executed underwater sequences as well as authentically atmospheric indoors ones, but it's the clever, fleshed-out characters and taut scenario that elevate the tensity of its nearly apocalyptic plot that succeeds more on mild thrills instead of making sense.

[5.50/10] The Sun is Also a Star (2019)

The Sun is Also a Star (2019)

Quick Review: It has a lovely pair of young stars that are a pleasure to look at, and it benefits from the NY setting that gives it a cool urban sense, but for a film that urges you to open your heart to fate, "The Sun is Also a Star" feels too forced and fabricated to convey its message convincingly, and even though it has its sweet moments and bitter ones, the whole 'romance for a day' meets 'immigration issues' mash-up never finds its smooth balance.

Tuesday, August 6, 2019

[6.50/10] Braid (2019)

Braid (2019)

Quick Review: Surreal, stylish, and sick, "Braid" captivates with its nutty game of a plot that plays more and more tricks on the viewer as the role play develops into something truly grim, violent, and bloody, this chiller won't appeal to mass tastes due to its oddity and perplexing nature, but the clever way it blurs the boundary between reality and fantasy, the real vivid use of color, and dedicated all- female lead trio make this dreamlike experience a viscerally nightmarish trip to outright madness.

Sunday, August 4, 2019

[7.25/10] Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw [3D] (2019)

Hobbs & Shaw [3D] (2019)

Quick Review: Insanely fast-paced and furiously entertaining, this spin- off embraces the wacky absurdity of its inanely fun plot and the stylized over-the-top-ness of its set pieces, delivering one of the deftest stunts and flashiest chases in the series, with the final in-the-rain fight being a slow-mo 'wower', and letting its two action stars to have a blast as the goofy rivals-turned-pals agents, but also its badass female lead to be on par, whilst putting a cool sci-fi twist with its cyborg-ish villain.

Wednesday, July 31, 2019

[6.25/10] Skin (2019)

Skin (2019)

Quick Review: It is no "American Story X", that's for sure, as it could have dug way deeper into both, its sensitive topic and protagonist, but for all its bleak shallowness, "Skin" is a solid story of one man's mental and physical transformation, driven by true love, and all the struggles and obstacles he needs to face in order to grow and keep his beloved, with Jamie Bell living and breathing Bryon, by delivering one emotional rollercoaster of a performance that deserves credit by itself.

Monday, July 29, 2019

[5.75/10] Point Blank (2019)

Point Blank (2019)

Quick Review: A pointless, if well- made remake with  adequate cast, a few solid chase and action scenes, and fairly brisk pacing that partially compensates for the generic story, "Point Blank" fails to do justice to the French original, barely adding anything to stand out on its own, but thanks to the on-screen chemistry between Mackie and Grillo and their contrasting yet likable characters, as well as Harden's vicious turn, this one ends up watchable, despite the predictable twist midway.

Sunday, July 28, 2019

[4.75/10] The Golem (2019)

The Golem (2019)

Quick Review: It deserves some credit for putting a fresh spin on the genre with its Jewish folklore take on creature feature, the fairly authentic old-fashioned period design, and its semi-successful attempts in creating creepy atmosphere, but sadly, "The Golem"'s real misuse of the mythical creature which never shows its true form and the directing duo's unwise decision to rely on excessive gore instead on frights turn this at times captivating 'ancient' horror folktale into missed opportunity.

Friday, July 26, 2019

[7.00/10] Anna (2019)

Anna (2019)

Quick Review: Yes, Besson goes totally nuts with his latest absurdly implausible, at times cartoonish spy thriller with a near invincible heroine and a brain-teasing plot that swings back and forth between settings and times periods, but "Anna" remains a highly compelling, ultra-thrilling, and divertingly twisty affair that shows off with its hugely attractive lead Luss as the cunning, matryoshka doll-like badass of a protagonist, and finely- picked secondary cast that shines, especially Helen Mirren.