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Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Quick Reviews: 2015 Movies [PART 03]

Sinister 2 (2015) - Crafted with zero originality and imagination, utterly contrived, and not even remotely scary, the unnecessary and pointless "Sinister 2" is a big step down from the original, and one of the messiest, silliest horror films you'll ever see. (3.75/10)

The Final Girls (2015) - It pays homage to the trashy '80s slashers in a creative and refreshing way that makes it stand out from the crowd, but on the other hand, "The Final Girls" is too cheesy, and sloppily-made to leave any long-lasting impressions. (4.75/10)

Victor Frankenstein (2015) - The production design is nothing short of ravishing, and the relationship between Victor and Igor is intriguing, but this messy film fails to deliver the thrills it is expected to, nor it manages to add anything to the classic story. (5.00/10)

Goodnight Mommy (2015) - More observant viewers will figure out the twist sooner than they should, but nevertheless, "Goodnight Mommy" is still a disturbing experience, filled with violence and dread that will make you think about it long after it ends. (6.25/10)

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2 (2015) - The overwhelmingly shocking "lizard mutts" scene is a definite WOW, but that's the only real highlight in this passable and finely-executed, if mostly unsatisfying finale to the globally well-acclaimed series. (6.25/10)

Anomalisa (2015) - Not only it has more soul than most live-action films out there, but Kaufman's oddball, superby-crafted animation also exudes more credibility and realism, and although very slow-moving, "Anomalisa" remains engaging for the most part. (6.75/10)

The Second Mother (2015) - Regina Casé's genuine, honest and truly heartfelt performance as Val is what makes this Brazilian drama so great to watch, down-to-earth, and beautiful in its simplicity, however, do not expect to see the greatest film ever. (7.00/10)

Me and Earl and the Dying Girl (2015) - Gomez-Rejon's filming style is quirky and often mesmerizing, and adds freshness to this poignant and sweet dramedy, but it's the young cast and their wonderful performances that make this film so very emotional. (7.25/10)

Creed (2015) - Soft and gritty at the same time, "Creed" is basically a clever, perfectly-paced "Rocky" spin-off with some fresh ideas to help it stand out, and a skillfully cutting-edge cinematography, especially during the brutal, superbly thrilling final fight. (7.25/10)

Brooklyn (2015) - Accurately depicting the life of Irish immigrants in the US in the '50s, "Brooklyn" is a touching personal story with huge heart, and authentic looks, further elevated by the sensual acting by Ronan, who gives the performance of her life. (7.75/10)


Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

I'll keep my expectations low for Victor Frankenstein.
I do want to see Creed though.

George Beremov [Nebular] said...

Alex, you better. :)
Creed is an excellent film, but a little bit hackneyed.