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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.

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

[6.50/10] Pokémon Detective Pikachu [3D] (2019)

Pokémon Detective Pikachu [3D] (2019)

Quick Review: A smoothly blended fusion between live-action and slick CGI animation, which the fans of the big franchise will enjoy for its hectic tone, over-the-top Pokemon action, and sheer cuteness of its creatures, especially the real talky, frenetically-voiced Pikachu, who is even further adorable than the charming Smith, but the rest may struggle with all the wild clutter, find the third act to be weak, and the whole dad-son drama a bit emotionally forced.

Monday, May 13, 2019

[5.25/10] Polaroid (2019)

Polaroid (2019)

Quick Review: In the era of 'cyber', it's refreshing to see a 'tech horror' with an old-fashioned concept, and more classic approach that give it nostalgic feel, but sadly, despite the sleek technical execution, haunting tone, sinister imagery, and few okay twists towards the end, "Polaroid"'s derivative plot filled with overused genre tropes, mild boo scares, and stereotypical characters, along with the cheesy creature effects, let this otherwise well-acted mystery horror down to utter mediocrity.

Saturday, May 11, 2019

[6.25/10] Brightburn (2019)

Brightburn (2019)

Quick Review: A fairly intriguing, if undercooked superhero sci-fi horror hybrid with a freaky premise about 'a malicious alien child with harmful superpowers', "Brightburn" has the chance to be something special, but despite the neat direction, spot-on acting, some surprisingly gruesome scenes soaked in gore, and a few moments of creepy tension, this one never live ups to its potential, giving no explication about its protagonist's extraterrestrial origin, or the motives of his inhuman evilness.

Thursday, May 9, 2019

[6.00/10] A Vigilante (2019)

A Vigilante (2019)

Quick Review: The all washed-out color palette and gritty bleakness of the film's visuals reflect perfectly the tough, yet sensitive subject matter of domestic abuse, as well as deep, raw emotions of the fierce, if fragile protagonist, played so convincingly by Olivia Wilde, and though it's far from a pleasurable watch, as it filled with pain, struggles and violence, "A Vigilante" is a significant, harsh, and reasonably realistic indie drama that also work as a revenge thriller with mild action elements in it.

Wednesday, May 8, 2019

[5.25/10] High Life (2019)

High Life (2019)

Quick Review: High on concept, but low on entertainment value, this set-in-the-space sci-fi drama with a touch of real-life horror is equally as innovative and rip-off-ish, as it has some creative ideas up its sleeve, but then again it feels oddly familiar, plus, despite its disturbing nature, "High Life" is too dragged-out and  pretentious to live up to its intriguing premise, with Pattinson sadly failing to give a strong main performance, allowing Binoche's loony turn to take over all of the attention.

Tuesday, May 7, 2019

[5.00/10] Cold Pursuit (2019)

Cold Pursuit (2019)

Quick Review: The snowy settings and bleak, albeit sleek photography create a chilly feel that makes it live up to its title, visually, but the poor editing, unfocused direction and by- the-numbers script, combined with the too many secondary characters with way too much screen time, and Neeson's lack of involvement, turn "Cold Pursuit" in a generic revenge thriller with zero thrills or suspense, whose attempts at a black comedy should have been a lot harder than a few 'body count' shots. 

Saturday, May 4, 2019

[6.50/10] Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile (2019)

Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile (2019)

Quick Review: Those wanting kills and gore might be disappointed, as this is more of a courtroom drama than a mystery thriller, but it is the refreshing approach that makes this vintage biopic intriguing, despite its rocky plot, along with Effron's stellar portray of the sociopath Ted Bundy, and the strong back-up by Collins, whose character's emotional roller- coaster ride of a backstory is often better than the key one.

Thursday, May 2, 2019

[3.25/10] Drunk Parents (2019)

Drunk Parents (2019)
Quick Review: Rather disgraceful then simply drunk, these regressive middle-aged parents portrayed by the miscast Alec Baldwind and the overacting Salma Hayek are by no means funny, let alone role models of any kind, plus the on-screen pair doomed to play them have close to zero chemistry between each other, and that along with the amateurish direction, TV-level-cheap looks, and painfully witless script instantly puts "Drunk Parents" on the race for 'the worst comedy' this year.

Tuesday, April 30, 2019

[5.75/10] The Upside (2019)

The Upside (2019)

Quick Review: Uplifting to a certain extend, and not as manipulative as you may think, if terribly hackneyed and too goofy to be a well-balanced dramedy, "The Upside" does benefit from Cranston's charm and sense of wit, but suffers big time from Hart's irritating presence, as he plays yet another caricature of a character, but somehow the chemistry between the two seem to work, and make this been-there-done-that affair a tiny bit more pleasurable to watch and even mildly amusing at times.

Monday, April 29, 2019

[5.25/10] Miss Bala (2019)

Miss Bala (2019)

Quick Review: Gina Rodriguez has all the likability and allure to carry a film, and she does her best, plus, the relationship between Gloria and her abductor is somewhat plausible and even oddly affecting at times, also thanks to Córdova's masculine presence, but "Miss Bala" struggles to smoothly balance out its barely gripping plot, gunfight-driven action, and unconventional romance, with the end result being an uninspired remake that is never tiresome, and yet far from remarkable.

Friday, April 26, 2019

[9.50/10] Avengers: Endgame [3D] (2019)

Avengers: Endgame [3D] (2019)

Quick Review: Driven by emotions rather than action, full of curveballs, and with a gloomy tone balanced by light humor, the delightfully crowded "Endgame" plays it like a nostalgic time-travel throwback at the entire MCU through its patchy and busy, if methodical and increasingly exciting plot that culminates in a staggering third act, featuring a colossally epic grand battle that dazzles the eyes, followed by a dramatically affecting finale that hits the heart.

Thursday, April 25, 2019

[4.75/10] What Men Want (2019)

What Men Want (2019)

Quick Review: Even if she doesn't play a particularly likable character, Taraji P. Henson charges the screen with her energetic presence, but this sort-of remake with a twist fails to deliver big laughs with the 'gender switch' spin it puts on, along with the witless script built on crude humor and over-crowded with characters, half of which are pretty useless, as is useless hearing all those shallow male thoughts, which come across as annoying rather than funny, or at least remotely amusing.

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

[6.00/10] The Highwaymen (2019)

The Highwaymen (2019)

Quick Review: Purely on technical level, this Netflix film is one of their finest work, with the authenticity of the period art direction matching the beauty of the retro cinematography, but despite its visual qualities, and the intriguing premise of its Bonnie and Clyde-based story, the sluggish pacing, largely uneventful plotting, and forgettable dialogues turn this one into an average bounty hunter type of cop drama that not even the talented Costner and Harrelson can make more engrossing.

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

[5.25/10] The Curse of La Llorona (2019)

The Curse of La Llorona (2019)

Quick Review: The low-key lighting and fuzzy cinematography give the visuals an eerie effect and generate some sense of dread, but instead of converting the latter into a genuine suspense-filled fright-fest and utilize the potential of its ominous Mexican folktale premise, this one turns out being yet another derivative horror with generic story, soggy script, and wasted cast that relies on series of boo scares, and effects that are too cheesy to be fearsome.

Monday, April 22, 2019

[5.50/10] The Prodigy (2019)

The Prodigy (2019)

Quick Review: Hardly as intriguing as its ambitious title implies, this one is your usual 'creepy kid' flick with a bit of a twist that doesn't break any new grounds with its 'reincarnation' concept and mildly effective story, plus, despite its uneasy feel, it lacks the genuine suspense and frights that would have elevated its sense of terror, but at least "The Prodigy" is well-made attempt at horror with an okay acting, and a direction that seems solid, but falls apart towards the un-happy conclusion.

Friday, April 19, 2019

[5.75/10] Little (2019)

Little (2019)

Quick Review: Super fresh-looking and vivid, with a pop of bright color in nearly every scene, this movie is pretty eye-pleasing for a genre flick to say the least, plus, its lead trio are all equally as alluring in their own way, with Issa Rae winning the 'likability' award, and even though the whole thing feels overly familiar, despite the spin it tries to put on its story, "Little" is a far-from-hilarious, but enjoyable enough comedy with a few solid laughs, good intentions, and a 'little' bit of heart.

[5.25/10] The Perfect Date (2019)

The Perfect Date (2019)

Quick Review: Despite its sweet, if corny title, it's far from the perfect rom-com as it fails to fully avoid the genre tropes and predictability as well, but at least "The Perfect Date" has a bit of a fresh spin on its story, and also concerns such themes as self-discovery and single father-son re-connection, plus, the young and attractive lead duo have a special on-screen bond, but then again, this teen sort-of-dramedy is too forced and forgettable to be a real winner or a total crowd-pleaser.

Thursday, April 18, 2019

[6.25/10] Arctic (2019)

Arctic (2019)

Quick Review: Some may find it a tiresome experience, as it contains hardly any talking, let alone action, but "Arctic" succeeds as a one-man- show survival drama mainly due to its big heart and Mikkelsen's nearly mute, but emotional performance as the weary, yet determined survivor and life-saver, who fights for his life in very harsh conditions, with the icy setting and chilling blizzards caught beautifully on camera, giving the film a proper freezing feel to it that will make you uncomfortable.

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

[5.00/10] The Head Hunter (2019)

The Head Hunter (2019)

Quick Review: With its gorgeous shooting locations, glorious scenery, and atmospheric photography, this mythological horror looks twice as expensive as it actually is, but what brings "The Head Hunter" down is the rather nonexistent plot, almost total lack of dialogue, let alone an engaging one, and the amateurish use of solid practical effects, which sadly all combined make this super- short movie feel long, monotonous, and un-thrilling, despite its attempts at sheer monster terror.

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

[5.25/10] The Man Who Killed Hitler and Then the Bigfoot (2019)

The Man Who Killed Hitler and Then the Bigfoot (2019)

Quick Review: The intriguing title hints an unconventional story with a touch of quirk, but unfortunately this otherwise conceptually original film fails to deliver on it premise, despite Sam Elliott's charismatic lead turn as the living legend Calvin, with first 'Hitler' half being told mostly in semi- interesting flashbacks from the Nazi era, and the second 'Bigfoot' one -- looking and feeling rather ridiculous, and devoid of any thrills.

[6.50/10] Destroyer (2018)

Destroyer (2018)

Quick Review: Grim in tone, gritty in nature, and exceedingly moody in its approach, this character-driven cop drama showcases its gifted star Nicole Kidman in a totally new light in a role she fully owns and gives the protagonist both big depth and believability, and though "Destroyer" is demanding and a bit depressing in feel and look, it's the flawed but fierce Erin Bell that draws you in into the otherwise disjointed plot, which revolves around her tough job, sad faith, and ruined family.