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Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Quick Reviews: 2013 Movies [PART 01]

Scary Movie 5 (2013) - Featuring probably the worst screen combo of 2013, namely Lindsay Lohan and Charlie Sheen, loads of painfully unfunny jokes,  and uninspired spoofs, "Scary Movie 5" is the bottom of the barrel of this tired  parody of a franchise. (2.50/10)

Beneath (2013) - Although it sounds like a lot of fun on paper, this creature feature has its own terribly unlikable characters as its worst enemies, hence, you care more about the man-eating fish that the humans. Otherwise, it provides some good gore. (4.00/10)

After Earth (2013) - The film looks fantastic, and the chemistry between Will and Jaden Smith is great, but it's the sluggish pacing, limited cast, and Shyamalan's bland direction that turn "After Earth" into a tedious sci-fi snoozefest, that is instantly forgettable. (4.50/10)

Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters (2013) - Sure, it has zero brain, but "Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters" is one of those type of 'silly fun' movies, that provides decent entertainment with its brisk pacing,  dynamic action sequences, and awesomely bloody witch kills. (5.75/10)

Warm Bodies (2013) - While, it could have been a little bit more exciting, especially in the first half, but "Warm Bodies" is still a fairly original take on the zombie genre, that actually balances horror, humor, and romance quite well, plus, it's visually pleasing to the eye. (6.25/10)

World War Z (2013) - It goes downhill as the story progresses, and the pacing is pretty uneven, but "World War Z" manages to make up for that with some decent thrills, and a couple of clever ideas, and also benefits from its main star Brad Pitt, who basically saves it. (6.50/10)

The Call (2013) - Yes, the climax is hardly that believable, and way too over-the-top, but apart from that "The Call" is an incredibly well-crafted and fairly intense thriller, that will keep you on the edge of your seat the whole time. And Halle Berry shines in the lead role. (6.75/10)

Side Effects (2013) - It's a bit too moody for mass tastes, and certainly not one of the best efforts in Soderberg's career, "Side Effects" is nevertheless a smart and engaging thriller, full of unexpected twists and turns, that succeeds mainly due of its stellar cast. (7.00/10)

Evil Dead (2013) - Not only it doesn't hurt the classic original in any way, but the "Evil Dead" remake stands on its own, providing its anticipating audience with a heavy dose of ultra-gory gruesomeness, some brutally nasty death scenes, and a couple of good scares. (7.75/10)

The Conjuring (2013) - James Wan is hands down at the top of his game with "The Conjuring" - an old-fashioned, atmospheric, tastefully-crafted, and genuinely frightening creepfest, that can be easily considered one of the ten best horror movies of the past decade! (9.50/10)


Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Hansel and Gretel was indeed mindless fun. I actually liked Warm Bodies more than expected. And The Conjuring was definitely the best horror film of last year.

George Beremov [Nebular] said...

Alex, I agree with absolutely everything you're saying. ;)