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Thursday, May 5, 2016

Quick Reviews: 2015 Movies [PART 04]

Son of Saul (2015) - Shot at a 4:3 aspect ratio for more authenticity that mostly works against it in terms of viewing experience, "Son of Saul" is an extremely difficult film to watch, due to its heavy subject matter, and because it's, well, far from gripping. (6.00/10)

Carol (2015) - Basically plotless, and not particularly appealing to look at, because of the dull cinematography, yet amazingly well-acted by both Blanchett and Mara, "Carol" is watchable, well-made, and very seductive, albeit sadly, not at all that involving. (6.50/10)

The Good Dinosaur (2015) - Not half as inventive as Pixar's previous hit "Inside Out", and arguably the least visually impressive feature from the studio so far, yet still cute, kind-hearted and utterly adorable, "The Good Dinosaur" will win the children over. (6.75/10)

Dope (2015) - Tastefully crafted with flair, originality, and also a touch of quirk, but also clever, thoughtful, and refreshingly nostalgic in terms of visuals, because of its colorful '90s retro vibe, "Dope" is dope for sure, and proabably 'too cool for school'. (6.75/10)

The Hateful Eight (2015) - It may be Tarantino's laziest, most overwritten, and least satisfying effort yet, but he balances it out with some stylized over-the-top violence, slick cinematography and top-notch performances from the impressive ensemble cast. (7.00/10)

Ip Man 3 (2015) - The dramatic parts are surprisingly touching, and the fight sequences are thrilling, expertly-choreographed and performed to perfection, but the plot is slightly offbeat and way too by-the-numbers to surpass its excellent predecessors. (7.00/10)

Bridge of Spies (2015) - An intelligent film-making at its finest, "Bridge of Spies" is a neatly-paced, deeply engaging spy thriller, led by Tom Hanks' great performance, that owes its nice look to the slick cinematography, and outstanding production design. (7.50/10)

Room (2015) - Although pretty uncomfortable to watch in its quietly dark and disturbing first half, set in a single filthy room, "Room" becomes very rewarding later on, in a way you have to experience to understand. Both leads make the movie unforgettable! (7.50/10)

Sicario (2015) - Equally gritty and stylish in terms of visuals, "Sicario" is a focused, electrifying, and intelligently-scripted thriller that relies on so much more than just the action, as it has a few clever tricks up its sleeve, and a talented cast that carries it out. (8.00/10)

The Revenant (2015) - Worth-seeing for the truly breathtaking scenery alone, Innaritu's survival revenge thriller may be a bit hard to sit through at times, but it's also thrilling, masterfully-shot, and fueled by two of the very best male performances of 2015. (8.50/10)

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