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Friday, March 5, 2021

[7.00/10] The Mauritanian (2021)

The Mauritanian (2021)

Quick Review: Straightforward, but in a refreshingly old school fashion, this is a taut mix of legal drama and post-9/11 terrorist thriller that tells it inhumanely humane, very harrowing true story in a factual, yet never too revealing manner, which one hand makes you shocked by all the terror and injustice involved, while on the other keeps you questioning Slahi's 'guiltiness', also giving you time to softly fall for his true likability, which Rahim portrays so frankly, he even outshines Foster here.

Thursday, March 4, 2021

[6.50/10] Finding 'Ohana (2021)

Finding 'Ohana (2021)

Quick Review: Fun, fresh, spirited, and surprisingly poignant, "Finding 'Ohana" finely balances out a back-to-roots family drama about a father daughter reunion with heartfelt and sad backstory, and an adventurous 'treasure hunting' escapade full of clues, riddles and obstacles, which involves a bunch of sweet and lively kids hungry to explore the history of the Hawaiian island the film is set in, taking advantage from the opulently lush scenery and Indiana Jones-like cavern filming locations.

Wednesday, March 3, 2021

[6.00/10] Son (2021)

Son (2021)

Quick Review: Part satanic occult thriller, part paranormal body horror, part mental illness drama about the horrible consequences of long-time abuse, "Son" does not always blend the multiple sub-genre it deals with sensibly enough, making it hard to figure out what is imaginary, what is real, and what's based on paranoia, but it's the twisted vagueness of its story that makes it effective, with the help of Matichak's solid turn as the troubled young mother, haunted by her disturbing dark past.

Tuesday, March 2, 2021

[5.25/10] Tom & Jerry (2021)

Tom & Jerry (2021)

Quick Review: All the hand-drawn animated animals are implemented real skillfully in the 'real world', and Moretz is as charismatic as always, but putting the two iconic characters in the background at the expense of a 'human' story that's neither funny, nor very fun, is both distracting and a total waste of Tom & Jerry, as the script uses them as a minor addition to the whole 'celebrity wedding in a fancy hotel' scenario, which creates a mess, but never evokes laughs or true sense of nostalgia.

Monday, March 1, 2021

George Beremov's TOP 20 Best-Reviewed Movies of 2020

[click on the title to read the quick review]

1. Wolfwalkers (8.50/10)

Quote: "A myth-and-magick Celtic fable, crafted with artistry, skill and love for detail, that dazzles the eye with its lush, richly-textured,
and fantastically hand-drawn animation..."

2. Soul (8.50/10)

Quote: "..."Soul" is just as creative within, telling a moving, exhilarating, soul-stirring, and thought-provoking story about our 'purpose in life'
in a metaphysical manner..."

3. The Swordsman (8.25/10)

Quote: "...this Joseon-set Korean wuxia tale of heroism is dramatically riveting, but it is the snappy and sharply-staged swordplay that
thrills it up, notably the kinetic first duel..."

4. Extraction (8.25/10)

Quote: "A stimulating, edgy, ultraviolent, and thrilling carnage of a high-octane actioner boasting with expertly-staged shootouts and hard- hitting knife and fist fights, as well as exhilarating stunts..."

5. The Invisible Man (8.00/10)

Quote: "With an ingenious high-tech spin on its suspense-filled plot focused on mental abuse which offers deft twists, grisly jolts, splash of gore, dash of wit and killer finale..."

6. Sound of Metal (7.75/10)

Quote: "...utilizing inventive sound effects that not only elevate it stylistically, but put you in the shoes of its flawed, albeit likable protagonist, played by Ahmed with remarkable dedication..."

7. Promising Young Woman (7.75/10)

Quote: "A darkly comic and delightfully nuanced feminist tale of grief, trauma, rage, and vengeance, powered by Mulligan's mesmerizing turn as the crafty Cassie with manic obsession for justice..."

8. Birds of Prey (7.75/10)

Quote: "...an unapologetically wacky, hecticly-plotted, and wickedly violent over-the-top superhero romp with boombastic score that
not only captures the kooky nature of Quinn..."

9. The Gentlemen (7.50/10)

Quote: "Cunning, brilliantly- cast, stylistically flashy, and 
smartly-conceived, Ritchie's new film plays it more like a 
'battle of the minds' than a straight action..."

10. Pinocchio (7.50/10)

Quote:  "...an imaginative and sumptuously-shot rendition with
true fairy tale feel and enchanting tone, thanks to the fantastical sets, props, make-up and special effects..."

11. The Occupant (7.50/10)

Quote: "...a slow if suspenseful, and quiet if cruel Spanish stalker
thriller about despair, intrusion, greed, and dark mania of destroying
 lives and relationships..."

12. Double World (7.50/10)

Quote: "...offering some inventive set pieces and thrilling battles, this is on one hand an engaging story about fellowship, vengeance, and genesis, driven by dignity and determination..."

13. Deliver Us from Evil (7.50/10)

Quote: "...this violent thriller also impresses with a slick photography and edgy camera work that benefit from the Jap and Thai settings,
and some frantic fist combats..."


14. Clouds (7.50/10)

Quote: "...balances out the pathos with sense of humor, sheer passion for music, warm family relations, and sweet teen romance, paying tribute to the real Zach in an arousing way..."

15. Tenet (7.25/10)

Quote: "..."Tenet" is as high-concept as it can get, and further enhanced by Nolan's astonishing vision, sleek looks, and thrilling action set pieces, featuring a wow 'inverted' technique..."

Quote: "..."The King of Staten Island" is urban dramedy with equal amounts of raunchiness, wit, laughter, and heart that
touches as much as it entertains.."

17. 18 Presents (7.25/10)

Quote: "...an emotional roller- coaster of a tearjerker, featuring a rousing, heartwarming and poignant mom-daughter relationship, in which both characters grow and change in surprising ways..."

18. Another Round (7.25/10)

Quote: "..."Druk" is way more profound then it seems, concerning themes such as midage angst, catharsis, and how alcohol affects our lives, and when you add to that Mikkelsen's brilliant turn..."

19. Eye for an Eye (7.25/10)

Quote: "...this Spanish thriller is more than just a cat-n-mouse 'game of fate', offering an intriguing, intricate, suspenseful, and multilayered
plot-line, filled with twists and turns..."

20. Pieces of a Woman (7.25/10)

Quote: "...this is a deeply intimate story of loss and broken bonds that explores the contrary ways of coping with grief by juxtaposing the uneasy Sean and the quietly sorrowful Martha..."

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Sunday, February 28, 2021

[5.50/10] Flora & Ulysses (2021)

Flora & Ulysses (2021)

Quick Review: It would have been a lot more fun, if it had fulfilled its daring 'superhero squirrel' premise to another level, but for what it is, "Flora & Ulysses" is a sweet enough story with quirky characters, goofy slapstick humor, cartoony CGIs, and a charming young cast led by the adorable Matilda Lawler, but then again, it lacks the signature Disney magic and the big heart that would have made it something more than a cute, positive, and endearing little film made strictly for kids.

Friday, February 26, 2021

[3.50/10] Music (2021)

Music (2021)

Quick Review: A well-intentioned, if insensitive and selfish project that aims more to promote its director Sia's visual album, than to movingly depict the imaginative mind of an autistic girl, portrayed so over-the- top by Ziegler, it comes across as caricature, "Music" is further ruined by colorful, but ill-fitting music video- like numbers randomly thrown in the already uneven plot, and not even Hudson's stripped down role is able to save this outrageously offensive disaster of a music film.

Wednesday, February 24, 2021

[6.75/10] The Map of Tiny Perfect Things (2021)

The Map of Tiny Perfect Things (2021)

Quick Review: A fun, quirky, and sweet romance between a cheeky guy and a mysterious girl stuck in a time loop, this one provides a fresh take on both of the genres it blends in a playful fashion, letting its two leads to have the time of their life in a delightfully loopy, but luckily never repetitive story, which makes you instantly fall for Mark's charms, but later on grow to love Margaret too, especially after her poignant secret backstory gets revealed. 

Tuesday, February 23, 2021

[5.75/10] Monster Hunter (2020)

Monster Hunter (2020)

Quick Review: In a typical Paul. W. S. Anderson 'mindless fun' fashion, "Monster Hunter" utilizes its paper- thin, nonsensical, and trite 'portal to another world' plot as a big excuse to provide some over-the-top action and stylized set pieces with tons of cool slow-mo and solid special and creature effects, and the end result is a silly and gloomy, yet watchable video game adaptation led by action stars Jovovich and Jaa, who fight giant monsters in swanky battles for our pure entertainment.

Monday, February 22, 2021

[7.75/10] I Care a Lot (2021)

I Care a Lot (2021)

Quick Review: A wild, wicked, and wonderfully witty social commentary on conservatorship, charged with a heavy dose of feminism, this brainy satirical thriller is every bit as darkly humorous and shamelessly cheeky as it's disturbingly vile and daringly eye-opening, and although it loses credibility in third act, "I Care a Lot" is a consistently engrossing caper, powered by Pike's captivating turn as the cunning and ambitious Marla, whose greedy, nasty persona you'll equally hate and admire.

[5.25/10] Supernova (2021)

Supernova (2021)

Quick Review: Firth and Tucci play a longtime gay couple in this mature romantic queer drama, which follows a brief period of their relationship, during a vacation trip, with the sad part of the story being that one of them struggles with early dementia, and although the chemistry between the two leads is as believable as the affection shared by their characters, "Supernova" hardly packs a punch, in spite of some sweet and moving bits, as it feels underdeveloped and too emotionally reserved.

Thursday, February 18, 2021

[5.00/10] Barb & Star Go to Vista Del Mar (2021)

Barb & Star Go to Vista Del Mar (2021)

Quick Review: A candy-colored silly romp with easy-breezy feel and vibrant visuals, driven by Wiig and Mumolo's comedic chemistry, even if they are more fun than truly funny, this one is unlike anything you have seen before, but sadly not in a good way, as it sloppily mixes comedy and fantasy, with the jokes being too flat and goofy to evoke big laughs, and the sci-fi bits as ill-fitting as Dornan playing the embarrassing Edgar in a zany, cringe-worthy role.

[6.25/10] Two of Us a.k.a. Deux (2020)

Two of Us (2020)

Quick Review: A sincere, tender, and brilliantly-acted mature lesbian romance with bittersweet nature that shows how powerful mutual love can be even at a later age, "Two of Us" depicts affection and dedication in a same-sex relationship in a profound and genuine manner, however, the bad things happen tad too early to allow us connect with the characters on a deeper level, and the fact that the movie gets angrier as it unfolds, makes it hard to feel sympathy for them, or get truly moved.

Wednesday, February 17, 2021

[7.25/10] Judas and the Black Messiah (2021)

Judas and the Black Messiah (2021)

Quick Review: Deception, intrigue, fear, paranoia and... love are at the center of this factual drama about black activism in 60s Chicago which, albeit uneven, maintains the tension throughout its historically important, yet relevant story of betrayal, but the real heart of the film remains the outstanding acting by Stanfield and Kaluuya, the latter giving an award- worthy portrayal of Black Panther's chair, who he embodies with energy, passion, and dedication.

Tuesday, February 16, 2021

[5.75/10] Squared Love a.k.a. Miłość do kwadratu (2021)

Squared Love (2021)

Quick Review: A so-bad-it's-good type of love story with cheesy and sugary Cinderella-ish plot that goes more ludicrous as it unfolds, but at the same time charming, enjoyable, and often sweet, this visually slick, crisp and vibrant Polish rom-com is a true 'guilty pleasure' chick flick led by a pair of attractive actors, which offers more than glossy looks, fairy tale-ish romance, and pretty faces, as it also touches on topics such as passion for teaching, pure love for kids, and family support.

Monday, February 15, 2021

[5.25/10] Wrong Turn (2021)

Wrong Turn (2021)

Quick Review: Deceitfully titled, as it's neither a sequel or prequel, nor a reboot of the franchise, with the only thing having in common with it being 'lost in the woods' scenario, "WT" aims to mix 'community' horror and social commentary, but the spin it puts is not particularly effective or disturbing, the characters too one-dimensional and unlikable to really care for and the scares nonexistent, since it relies only on violence, gore and gruesome terror, not to say how far-fetched the finale is.