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Friday, June 14, 2019

[6.75/10] Ma (2019)

Ma (2019)

Quick Review: It has several flaws and noticeable plot holes you can't neglect, plus, it does take some time until the movie gets in a full-on crazy mode, but Tate Taylor's "Ma" is still a darkly campy, amusingly freaky, and visually gloomy take on teen horror that delivers well-balanced amounts of chills, shocks, torture, gore, and suspense, and mainly benefits from Spencer's unsettling central turn as the possessive, manipulative, nutty, violent, vengeful, and troubled Ma, who is also oddly likable.

Thursday, June 13, 2019

[6.75/10] Always Be My Maybe (2019)

Always Be My Maybe (2019)

Quick Review: Revolving around the up-n-down relationship between two childhood buddies-turned-lovers with contrasting personalities and statuses, this refreshing, zesty, and quirky Asian-Asian romance is filled with moments of hilarious zaniness and sweet awkwardness, but also plenty of emotions, with Wong and Park's oddball chemistry and frank acting being the engine of the film, and the hysterical 'Keanu' part one 'bananas' of a highlight.

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

[5.50/10] Dark Phoenix [3D] (2019)

Dark Phoenix [3D] (2019)

Quick Review: A bland, disjointed, lazily-directed, emotionally lackluster and underwhlmingly simplified recap of The Dark Phoenix Saga, this final entry in the X-Men series has a few visually arresting set pieces with hip CGIs and entertaining action, but it burns out to ashes the potential of its fiery protagonist, due to a flawed script devoid of wit, humor, soul, and coherence, a recycled plot with stale ideas, nearly wasted ensemble cast, and a cool-looking villain that is as futile as the movie itself.

[6.50/10] Gloria Bell (2019)

Gloria Bell (2019)

Quick Review: It can be perceived as either a quietly gloomy character drama about loneliness, or a funny dramedy about an eccentric woman embracing the freedom and joy of life, and as indefinite and uneven as it is, "Gloria Bell" succeeds as a tender, moving, and oddly enjoyable personal story with a fine touch of romance, led wholeheartedly by the outstanding performance by Moore as the melancholic titular character, who's loopy happy-sad personality is oddly easy to relate to.

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

[6.00/10] Wine Country (2019)

Wine Country (2019)

Quick Review: It finely gathers an ensemble cast of comically talented and charming actresses who work together like a well-oiled machine, creating a credible and sweet bond, and bringing some mild laughs here and there, despite the 'vanilla' light-on-wit script they have to work with, but for a lightweight comedy about middle-aged women rebuilding their old friendship, while enjoying, wine, nature, and spending a good time together, "Wine Country" is a fresh-looking, pleasurable film.

Monday, June 10, 2019

[6.75/10] I Am Mother (2019)

I Am Mother (2019)

Quick Review: As visually slick as it is ambitious, "I Am Mother" deftly combines a snazzy design work and increasingly taut story with a brainy take on A.I. and subtly-delivered, if vital social commentary, with the end result being a cleverly futuristic sci- fi flick with one of the most intriguing robots in recent cinematic history, an all-female cast who are equally as engaging in their roles, and an intelligent script that luckily achieves originality, despite its flaw to reveal a bit too much too soon.

Friday, June 7, 2019

[7.25/10] Rocketman (2019)

Rocketman (2019)

Quick Review: As entertaining and fun as it's accurate, this retro biopic may lack supreme musical numbers and spectacular on-stage acts, but it's light jukebox approach provides all the joy you'd expect from a music film about one of the biggest queer stars of the 1970's, plus, its glits 'n glam visual style contrasts brilliantly with Elton John's emotional states and personal life struggles, but it's Egerton's remarkably dedicated turn that makes the glossy "Rocketman" such a delight to watch.

Thursday, June 6, 2019

[5.25/10] We Have Always Lived in the Castle (2019)

We Have Always Lived in the Castle (2019)

Quick Review: It wins some points for atmosphere and dread, as well as the sinister old mansion setting, authentic vintage feel, and above all the superb cast, with Stan deserving a special mention for his nutty turn, but this old school mystery drama about isolation and paranoia is way too low-key in its approach, despite the surprising amount of violence it contains, and this profound subtlety often works against it, even during the ghastly tragic finale.

Wednesday, June 5, 2019

[7.25/10] The Professor and the Madman (2019)

The Professor and the Madman (2019)

Quick Review: Telling to equally as compelling personal stories, the one being brilliantly educational, and the other subtly disturbing, merged into one captivating whole with emotional and dramatic depth, this beautifully shot, written and acted movie may be a bit too convoluted at times, but the informative plot, intelligent, often witty dialogues, refined period looks, and the two winner of performances by Gibson and Penn make it a really precious cinematic piece.

Tuesday, June 4, 2019

[6.25/10] Godzilla: King of the Monsters [3D] (2019)

Godzilla: King of the Monsters [3D] (2019)

Quick Review: Don't expect much 'fun' from this loud, murky, muddled, and humorless Godzilla sequel with corny script and nonsensical plot, in which the humans have less brains than the giant creatures, but at least "KoM" offers a supersized spectacle of titanic kaiju battles and shattering mass destruction, enhanced by first- class effects, although it under-uses some of its beasts, namely Mothra, along with most of its otherwise top- notch international cast.

Monday, June 3, 2019

[6.50/10] Booksmart (2019)

Booksmart (2019)

Quick Review: Smart in quirky way, if hardly any groundbreaking, Olivia Wilde's debut feature puts a fresh spin on coming-of-age dramedy by putting a queer twist on the familiar high school friendship subject in a frankly candid manner, "Booksmart" is all about the genuine relationship between two underdog girls, played so credibly by Dever and Feldstein, whose chemistry is the driving force, but it is also the sharp dialogues, witty sense of humor, and vigor that turn it into such a winner.

Friday, May 31, 2019

[5.50/10] Someone Great (2019)

Someone Great (2019)

Quick Review: Rodriguez is sweet as usual, and her character's bond with the other two is candid enough to make their friendship believable and what they are all going through relatable, but "Someone Great" is a plot-less rom-com with random life events that are too melodramatic to evoke any emotion, and supposed- to-be-hilarious situations that are all either awkward, or with low comedic potency to bring big laughs, not to mention the entire feel of the movie is only mildly charming.

10 Actors Who Played More Than One Superhero/Villain Comic Book Character

Dozens of actors and actresses have portrayed superheroes or villains in comic book movies over the years, but very few have had the chance to play multiple ones. Here are 10 of those who did...

Josh Brolin

In 2010 he appeared in DC Comic's "Jonah Hex" as the title character. In 2012 he first took the role of Marvel's supervillain Thanos, and featured in 5 MCU movies. Most recently he portrayed Cable in "Deadpool 2".

Ryan Reynolds

He played the title character in DC Comic's "Green Lantern" back in 2011, then in 2016 he became Marvel's anti-hero Deadpool. Well, he also played the same character in "X-Men Origins: Wolverine" in 2009, but we don't count that... you know why. ;)
Chris Evans

From The Human Torch in 2005's "Fantastic Four" and it's sequel to the iconic Captain America in multiple MCU movies, Chris Evans is an all-Marvel guy.
Ben Affleck 

In 2003 he was Marvel's Daredevil, but then in 2016 he became DC Comics' most popular character Batman.
Halle Berry

She is the only female to portray two superhero characters - DC Comics' Catwoman in the movie of the same name from 2004 and Marvel's Storm who appeared in multiple X-Men movies.
Michael B. Jordan

He was The Human Torch in Marvel's disappointing reboot "Fantastic Four" from 2015, then two years later he appeared as the supervillain Erik Killmonger in Marvel Studios' "Black Panther".
Tom Hardy

In 2012 he portrayed the villain Bane in DC Comics' "The Dark Knight Rises" from 2012, then in 2017 he was Marvel's antihero Venom.
Aaron Taylor-Johnson

He kicked ass as Kick-Ass in "Kick-Ass" (lol) from 2010 and its 2013 sequel, then he took the short role of Quicksilver in Marvel Studios' "Avengers: Age of Ultron" in 2015.
Hugo Weaving

He played V in DC Comics' adaptation "V for Vendetta" in 2006, then he was the villain Red Skull in Marvel Studios' "Captain America: The First Avenger" from 2011.
Will Smith

He took the role of the antihero superhero Hancock in 2008, then in 2016 he became a member of DC Comics' "Suicide Squad", playing Deadshot.

Wednesday, May 29, 2019

[6.00/10] Furie (2019)

Furie (2019)

Quick Review: Derivative in terms of plotting, but entertaining and taut all the way, this Vietnamese martial arts abduction thriller not only looks good, thanks to the exotic shooting locations, solid camerawork and fine cinematography, but it also benefits from the emotional mother-daughter relationship and poignant backstory of the fierce protagonist, played so convincingly by the charismatic Ngo, who demonstrates some impressive fighting skills during the raw, savage and often cruel combats.

[7.75/10] Aladdin [3D] (2019)

Aladdin [3D] (2019)

Quick Review: Affably respectful to the classic, but refreshed with perky new elements, this brisk, striking to look at and joyful live-action remake stuns the eye with its vibrant oriental feel, rich costumes and lush design, all vitalized by Ritchie's kinetic style and deft direction, while entertaining with its grandiose dancing routines and tuneful songs, but it's the allure of Massoud and Scott, and the cool swag of Smith's genie that breathe life into this visual spectacle, full of charm, heart and humor.

Tuesday, May 28, 2019

[7.25/10] The Perfection (2019)

The Perfection (2019)

Quick Review: As twisted in nature as its twisty in narrative, this artistic and vindictively messed-up 'classic music' thriller about a rivalry-turned- friendship has some highly effective horror bits and scenes of shocking gore, but what really makes it work is the vaguely back-and-forth way it tells its ambiguous plot, packed with one twist and turn after another, and the demented relationship between its protagonists, played 'in-harmony' by the two leads, who also share the perfect sexual chemistry.

Monday, May 27, 2019

[7.00/10] Us (2019)

Us (2019)

Quick Review: Ranging from truly unique and disturbingly visceral to darkly funny and oddly nonsensical, Peele's high-concept allegory of a horror movie could be interpreted in many ways, depending on how deep you dig into it, and despite its vague nature, it cannot be denied that "Us" is a cleverly-conceived and thought- provoking, and unsettling chiller with morbid tone and a haunting turn by Nyong'o, which gets freakier as the story develops, profoundly exploring all our biggest fear -- us.

Thursday, May 23, 2019

[5.00/10] The Last Summer (2019)

The Last Summer (2019)

Quick Review: Fresh-looking and with a breezy summer-y feel that is as eye-pleasing and nostalgic, this rom-com live ups to its title, visually, but plot-wise, "The Last Summer" is just as all-over-the-place as a teen romance during summer vacation, as it aims to engage with multiple stories and characters at once, but those are either too melodramatic and corny, or too devoid of actual credibility to work as either, a feel- good teen romance or an emotional coming-of-age dramedy.

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

[6.75/10] Greta (2019)

Greta (2019)

Quick Review: Truly disturbing, yet darkly funny, this an-innocent-older- younger-friendship-gone-way-wrong stalker flick has a few cliched genre elements, but it makes up for those with an enthralling narrative, steady suspense, and some clever twists in its third act, but where "Greta" really succeeds is in the acting area, with Huppert's chilling performance and Moretz's contrasting, likable turn as Frances elevating this finely-crafted and gripping thriller into a daunting and anxious experience.

Sunday, May 19, 2019

[9.25/10] John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum (2019)

John Wick 3 (2019)

Quick Review: Thanks to its highly inventive choreography, imaginative diversity of weaponry, hyper-stylistic violence, unrelenting savagery, and thrillingly over-the-top gunfights and hand-to-hand combats, "Chapter 3" is pretty much action perfection, but it's also the swanky looks, polished cinematography, and snazzy use of light that elevate this one into a true genre art, with the steady suspense, intriguingly twisty '1 vs. all' plot, and zestful new additions complementing its technical excellence.

Friday, May 17, 2019

[5.50/10] The Hustle (2019)

The Hustle (2019)

Quick Review: With its glamorous French Riviera setting and lustrous production values, "The Hustle" is one posh-looking con-artist comedy, plus, Hathaway and Wilson prove to be a great comedic match, playing two opposite characters that click in a weird way, but this built-on-sexism remake robs tons of we-have-seen-it-all-before ideas, hence feels too gimmicky and recycled, even when it throws curveballs, not to say the self -humiliation slapstick and silly jokes rarely evoke any laughs.