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Wednesday, August 5, 2020

[6.25/10] Host (2020)

Host (2020)

Quick Review: Extremely gimmicky, yet relevant to the current situation in the world, this quarantine-inspired 'desktop' horror done completely via computer screen windows does take time to warm up, appearing a bit too simplistic and familiar at first, but for its just hour-long runtime, not only "Host" delivers enough creepiness, supernatural mystery, and effective jump scares, but also hints on the uncertainty of our future, plus, you'll never look at Zoom online meetings the same way ever again.

Tuesday, August 4, 2020

[5.25/10] The Rental (2020)

The Rental (2020)

Quick Review: The cast acting and fancy location make this weekend- getaway-gone-wrong thriller decent, but strangely enough "The Rental" decides to play it as a relationship drama filled with human conflicts, on its way of building up to all the terror in the third act, appearing unsure on what it wants to be, not to say the mystery around the slayer and his background is unexplained and too baffling, but at least the deaths are grisly and gory enough to make up for the low suspense.

Monday, August 3, 2020

[5.75/10] The Beach House (2020)

The Beach House (2020)

Quick Review: The easy-breezy feel and coastal setting contrast with the sinister events that occur later on, but despite being mesmerizing in its cosmic peculiarity, "The Beach House" is a slow-moving, perplexing, and thoroughly eccentric exercise in horror that declines to provide any logical explanation to all the weird stuff happening, which takes away from the effectiveness of its original take on 'there is something in the water' concept, offering nothing but some gruesome imagery.

Friday, July 31, 2020

[7.00/10] Breaking Surface (2020)

Breaking Surface (2020)

Quick Review: Deftly capturing the glacial beauty of the Norwegian icy scenery, but also flaunting glorious, if uncomfortable and claustrophobic abyssal shots, "Breaking Surface" is a dexterously-crafted, solidly-acted, unexpectedly convincing, and highly intense stuck-into-the-deep survival thriller, mainly driven by the powerful chemistry, shared by the two sibling protagonists, which submerges you into fear and leaves you gasping for air, delivering underwater thrills that are often hard to endure.

Thursday, July 30, 2020

[6.25/10] Impetigore (2020)

Impetigore (2020)

Quick Review: More sinister rather then genuinely frightening and also taking full advantage of its secluded setting that impresses with its lush setting, this Indonesian horror drags a bit during the first hour, at least allowing us to bond with the main characters and get involved into the mystery around 'back to the roots' story with a grisly twist, and though it takes a while the latter to reveal, "Impetigore" has enough chills and ghastly images to hold your interest and give you the shivers.

Wednesday, July 29, 2020

[4.75/10] Deep Blue Sea 3 (2020)

Deep Blue Sea 3 (2020)

Quick Review: It's technically well- made, with some decent CGI effects and solid underwater camera work, and the floating village setting has an exotic 'grit' about it, but from its inane 'brain-advanced super-smart bull sharks' premise and implausible scientific explanations, to the over- the-top kill scenes and questionable acting, "Deep Blue Sea 3" ends up as a mediocre, unnecessary sequel that provides too much drama and action above the surface, and only some mild thrills below it.

[3.75/10] Fatal Affair (2020)

Fatal Affair (2020)

Quick Review: A rip-off of many other stalker thrillers, hence, fatally hackneyed, largely predictable, and devoid of any suspense whatsoever, "Fatal Affair" has a decent cast who all try their hardest with the flawed script and stereotypical characters they have to work with, but the plot is so derivative and straightforward, albeit awfully implausible in parts, that the film generates zero tension throughout becoming unintentionally comical towards the end, not to say Epps is entirely miscast.

Monday, July 27, 2020

[5.25/10] Feel the Beat (2020)

Feel the Beat (2020)

Quick Review: It's sweet, adorable, enjoyable and feel-good, all the kids are cute as a button, and it's nice to see Sofia Carson's protagonist April growing from extremely obnoxious in the beginning to real likable towards the end, but then again, "Feel the Beat" is your typical by-the-numbers dramedy with been-there-done-that concept, thin script, very predictable story, stereotypical characters, and cheesily sentimental ending that has some fun bits and one or two fun-to- watch dancing routines.

Wednesday, July 22, 2020

[6.00/10] Relic (2020)

Relic (2020)

Quick Review: A bit sluggish even for a slow-burner, this family drama- turned-body horror relies on mood, atmosphere, and sense of dread to sustain your interest until the mostly uneventful first hour, and although the rewarding final act is gross-out creepy, grisly, and fairly frightening, "Relic" refuses to tie up the loose ends around all the 'transformation' mystery, leaving too many question unanswered, and instead decides to play it as a bizarrely sad allegory on the horror of getting old.

Monday, July 20, 2020

[6.25/10] The Old Guard (2020)

The Old Guard (2020)

Quick Review: A ludicrous, prosaic and tonally drab, if violently fun take on superheroes and immortal life, "Old Guard" benefits from Theron's physically tough, but fragile heroine, the strong connection between the characters, the versatile locations, and the outlandishly kick-ass, albeit overly choreographed action, which blends contemporary shootouts and period swordplay, but there is too much melodrama in its lazy plot, the medieval scenes look tacky, and the score is horribly ill-fitting.

Thursday, July 16, 2020

[4.75/10] Desperados (2020)

Desperados (2020)

Quick Review: Pedrad is vibrant, engagingly charming, and at times amusing to watch, but her presence and the summer-y Mexican setting aside, "Desperados" is a desperate, predictable and corny rom-com that feels horribly outdated in premise, yet very 2020 in style, and not in a good way, as it uses crude sexual humor and cringe-worthy jokes in its attempt to deliver laughs, but ends up so embarrassing and awkward to experience, it makes its protagonist disappointingy unlikable.

Friday, July 10, 2020

[4.50/10] Mujeres Arriba (2020)

Mujeres Arriba (2020)

Quick Review: All the three female characters are charming and even funny to watch at times, delivering some amusing verbal and slapstick humor, and the film's look is fresh and vibrant, even if "Mujeres Arriba" has the feel and tone of a modern Latino soap opera, but this Chilean rom-com about lust, sexuality, and relationship problems is as cheesy and corny as a chick flick can get, and it has no clue how to properly celebrate feminism, choosing to be goofily raunchy instead.

Saturday, July 4, 2020

[7.25/10] The King of Staten Island (2020)

The King of Staten Island (2020)

Quick Review: Honest, endearing and candid, but above all enjoyable, funny as hell, and utterly hilarious, and featuring one of the sweetest, good-natured, most likable losers in history, played very wholeheartedly by Pete Davidson, whose character grows naturally and becomes more likable with each scene, "The King of Staten Island" is urban dramedy with equal amounts of raunchiness, wit, laughter, and heart that touches as much as it entertains.

Tuesday, June 30, 2020

[5.25/10] Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga (2020)

Eurovision Song Contest: Story of Fire Saga (2020)

Quick Review: As cheesy as the contest it attempts to parodies, this one flaunts some glossy production values and flashy musical numbers, plus, it benefits from its refreshing Icelandic perspective and McAdams' allure and impressive vocal abilities which dazzle in the absolute show- stopper of a final performance, but Will Farrell is irritating, the romance doesn't work, and the humor ranges from dry to flat to goofy, therefore, the film fails as a satire.

Saturday, June 27, 2020

[6.25/10] Premature (2020)

Premature (2020)

Quick Review: No, it's not the best love story ever made, and the gritty urban feel and low-key style will not appeal to those who like their films vivid, though the subdued tone fits perfectly the essence of its simple, yet affecting story, but "Premature" has one huge strength and that is -- everything from the natural acting and the couple's unforced romance, to the ups & downs of their relation feels super real and 100% genuine, and that's what makes it a poignant and heartfelt experience.

Monday, June 22, 2020

[5.25/10] Intuition (2020)

Intuition (2020)

Quick Review: Hardly suspenseful, lengthy, and needlessly convoluted, if involving at times, this Argentinian crime thriller attempts to add layers to its story-line and give the double murder mystery more depth, but the end result is a disjointed clutter with one too many sub-plots that lacks focus, therefore gets inevitably over explanatory in parts, plus, "Intuition" struggles to make a firm decision on which character to be the main one, switching between Juanez and Pipa throughout the runtime.

Friday, June 19, 2020

[5.50/10] You Should Have Left (2020)

You Should Have Left (2020)

Quick Review: From the inventive camera angles, muted color palette, and effective use of scenery, to the chic design of the multi-dimensional maze of a haunted mansion it is set in, the film certainly flaunts style, but "YSHL" suffers from а sluggish and uneventful first hour and muddled final act, and neither its cool visuals, nor the eerie tone, nor Bacon's solid turn can make up for the lack of true frights or the vague, surreal mystery behind the loopy house.

Thursday, June 18, 2020

[7.25/10] Eye for an Eye (2020)

Eye for an Eye (2020)

Quick Review: Cleverly-conceived, remarkably original, expertly-crafted and acted extremely convincingly by Tosar and the rest of the cast, this Spanish thriller is more than just a cat-n-mouse 'game of fate', offering an intriguing, intricate, suspenseful, and multilayered plot-line, filled with twists and turns, concerning multiple characters and intermixing the fatal consequences of their actions, and though it's a story about revenge, in its essence, "Quien a hierro mata" is thoroughly karma-driven.