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Friday, October 22, 2021

[6.25/10] Everybody's Talking About Jamie (2021)

Everybody's Talking About Jamie (2021)

Quick Review: Delightfully British, unapologetically queer, and rather sweet, this 'true' story of a gay boy's dream of becoming a drag queen is all about self-discovery, finding your confidence, and embracing who you are, but beneath all the glitz-n-glam of this feel-good musical with crazy colorful, neon-lit musical numbers, there's a proper family drama about a supportive mum, ignorant dad and a confused teen trying to find 'the place where he belongs'.

Thursday, October 21, 2021

[5.25/10] The Addams Family 2 (2021)

The Addams Family 2 (2021)

Quick Review: This sequel takes the Addams family on vacation, and questions Wednesday's origin, while she tries to embrace her weirdness, taking center stage, but sadly "The Addams Family 2" fails to capture the essence of its charmingly eerie characters and delivers a somewhat contrived story in a safe, stale, and uninteresting fashion, let down by wannabe witty gags that fall flat, and an animation that's neither quirky in style, nor very appealing.

Wednesday, October 20, 2021

[6.50/10] The Last Letter from Your Lover (2021)

The Last Letter from Your Lover (2021)

Quick Review: Telling two parallel stories -- a 'forbidden love' affair set in the '60s, and a journalist inquiry in the present -- which merge silkily towards the end in a heartwarming fashion, "TLLFYL" is a wonderfully acted mystery romance with riveting interwoven plot full of drama, pain, joy, tears, and laughs, but it's fair to say the 'investigation' outshines the beautifully-shot love tale, thanks to Jones' lively turn, and the chemistry she shares with Rizwan.

Tuesday, October 19, 2021

[5.75/10] Dune (2021)

Dune (2021)

Quick Review: Visually sweeping, and so grand, it's overwhelming to take in all the otherworldly imagery and majestically sandy scenery, yet lifeless, uneventful, dry in tone, and sluggish in pace, Villeneuve's vastly ambitious space opera with political essence is a technical prodigy that also flaunts a stellar cast, but being 'only the beginning', "Dune: Part I" feels exactly like one, as its flatlined prologue-like story devoid of thrills, soul, action and epicness is easy to devour, but not to digest.

Monday, October 18, 2021

[6.50/10] Old Henry (2021)

Old Henry (2021)

Quick Review: A small-scare, yet deftly-executed and beautifully-shot old school western that takes out the best of its classic story of family secrets, care, and protection, "Old Henry" transports you right back in 1906 Oklahoma with its picturesque photography, but what makes the movie is Tim Blake Nelson's flawless turn as the mysterious farmer with secret past, who fully unleashes his inner badassness in a bloodshed of a closing act, which concludes in a grimly dramatic fashion.

Sunday, October 17, 2021

[5.25/10] Halloween Kills (2021)

Halloween Kills (2021)

Quick Review: Myers is at his most ruthless in this campy, hokey, silly, savagely over the top, and at times unintentionally funny sequel with the highest body count and gore galore in the franchise, and although "HK" will makes slasher fans happy with all those gruesome kill scenes, the paper-thin 'Everybody vs. Michael' plot, daft dialogues, tons of useless characters, and totally unforgivable waste of Jamie Lee Curtis bring this nostalgic wannabe cheese-fest to a level of sheer mediocrity.

Wednesday, October 13, 2021

[5.00/10] The Starling (2021)

The Starling (2021)

Quick Review: Neither emotional, nor particularly amusing, let alone a great blend of both, "Startling" is an ill-balanced dramedy that explores grief of child loss, and how people cope with it in different ways, but it's also about a bird-human encounter turned into an untypical friendship, which despite the dodgy effects, is the best bit about this tonal mess, along with McCarthy's turn as the trainwreck Lilly and the sweet bond she has with the therapist / vet, who Kilne portrays so likably.

Tuesday, October 12, 2021

[7.25/10] Help (2021)

Help (2021)

Quick Review: A harrowing look at the real-life horror nursing homes in UK went through at the start of the covid pandemic, shown through the eyes of the young caretaker Sarah, who Jodie Comer portrays with true believability and sheer conviction -- in both her devotion and frustration, complemented by Graham's moving turn as the lovable Tony struggling with Alzheimer's, "Help" is real, raw, terrifying and difficult to experience, but also profoundly humane and full of warmth and kindness.

[4.50/10] We Need to Do Something (2021)

We Need to Do Something (2021) 

Quick Review: There's a decent idea behind this claustrophobic little horror thriller with occult twist, but it's the execution is that lets it down, as watching an family consisting of hysterical dad, fragile mom, weirdo boy, and lesbian emo daughter with a dark secret being trapped in a big bathroom during thunderstorm, and fighting with each other for 97 min isn't particularly fun, let alone scary, despite all the disturbing revelations and grisly occurrences.

Monday, October 11, 2021

[6.00/10] Cry Macho (2021)

Cry Macho (2021)

Quick Review: The earthy tones, pale colors and barren scenery give a proper Western feel for this low-key road trip film with a romantic pit stop on the way back from MX to TX, but Eastwood is not particularly convincing in front of the camera, because of his late age, and though his character-with-a-mission doesn't share a genuine chemistry with the wild young boy, his relationship with the kind-hearted Marta is almost too sweet, and leads to a warm finale of the simple "Cry Macho".

Sunday, October 10, 2021

[6.75/10] Birds of Paradise (2021)

Birds of Paradise (2021)

Quick Review: Rivalry, loyalty, and friendship go hand in hand in this sexy, sensual, and dreamy story of self-discovery, obsession, and over-ambition, and though familiar, "Birds of Paradise" is a mesmerizing trip to the world of ballet and, similarly to the latter, the film is pretty to look at, thanks to the graceful camerawork, elegant style, and exquisite French exteriors, but it's Silvers & Froseth's gorgeous faces that hook us to their contrasting, yet bonded characters, chasing the big prize win.

Saturday, October 9, 2021

[5.00/10] V/H/S/94 (2021)

V/H/S/94 (2021)

Quick Review: A 4+1 horror shorts anthology with trashy picture quality fits its '90s concept, in spite of the irritating corrupt footage effects, the "V/H/S/94" is more miss than hit -- the creepy creature feature "Storm Drain" ends up being the best, "The Empty Wake" is simply boring, the Frenkenstein-esque "The Subject" is technically great, but more bloody than scary, "Terror" is blurry, all over the place and unwatchable, and the narrating "Holy Hell" is okay, but you hardly ever care about it.

Friday, October 8, 2021

[6.00/10] Nightbooks (2021)

Nightbooks (2021)

Quick Review: More about 'weirdo' kids with wild imagination than scary stories, "Nightbooks" is a vibrantly-crafted, enchantingly spooky horror fantasy with a clever "Hansel and Gretel" twist, whose colorfully glossy neon-lit looks make it quite a visual experience, in addition to the sweet bond between the two youngsters, but the most fun bit here is Ritter's wicked turn as the young witch who goes for revenge in a surprisingly dark third act that may be a bit too creepy for the little ones.

Thursday, October 7, 2021

[5.25/10] There's Someone Inside Your House (2021)

There's Someone Inside Your House (2021)

Quick Review: A 1990s-influenced teen slasher about a 'victim's face'-masked killer who reveals the prey's darkest secrets before the murder, which also tries hard to work as a social commentary on race, gender, and sexual orientation, this one has a sympathetic protagonist and some blood-soaked deaths, but the whole thing never makes much sense, and it's too cheesy in execution to make a statement on the relevant topics it takes so darn seriously.

[5.75/10] Intrusion (2021)

Intrusion (2021)

Quick Review: A 'home invasion' thriller, turned relationship drama, turned cat'n'mouse game with nasty turn of events, "Intrusion" is far from edge-of-your-seat suspenseful, but it's intriguing watching Pinta's Meera looking for clues to reveal the dark secret about her husband, played convincingly by Marshal-Green, and it is a mystery which leads to some grisly discoveries in the tense third act, with most of the story being set in a humongous super-stylish house in the middle of nowhere.

Wednesday, October 6, 2021

[6.75/10] The Night House (2021)

The Night House (2021)

Quick Review: Enigmatic, morbid, and atmospheric, yet tad too vague, "Night House" allows us to unravel the unsettling mystery behind Beth's death husband alongside her, and dig out one dark clue after another in a ghost story with diabolical twist, and even though it all leads to an ambiguously anti-climatic finale, the highly inventive use of setting, some effective scares, and Hall's brilliantly nuanced portrayal of loss, love, and disclosure make this one a devilish journey into the beyond.

Tuesday, October 5, 2021

[5.50/10] The Many Saints of Newark (2021)

The Many Saints of Newark (2021)

Quick Review: Wonderfully-acted and competently-shot, if unfocused, uneven, and rather uneventful, not only "TMSON" has little in common with "The Sopranos" TV show, which will disappoints the fans of the latter, but plays it as your typical by-the-numbers 'mafia' movie, overstuffed with characters, but pretty random in terms of plotting, and that affects its entertainment value, despite that the cast truly shines, particularly the unrecognizable Farmiga.

[6.50/10] Respect (2021)

Respect (2021)

Quick Review: As expected from a classy vocalist such as Hudson, the singing in this one is powerful, and so is her nuanced lead turn, doing justice to Aretha's talent throughout this depiction of her rough journey filled with suffering, oppression, and mistreatment as well as the ups and downs of her music career, but in spite of that, its soulful nature, and genuine retro looks, "Respect" feels uneven and pretty rushed in parts, even 145 minutes, as it skips quite a few of her life periods. 

Friday, October 1, 2021

[4.75/10] Dear Evan Hansen (2021)

Dear Evan Hansen (2021)

Quick Review: A supposed-to-be moving story about an asocial misfit who, by mistake, makes up a post mortem 'friendship' with a suicidal guy and, as a result, things go out of control, "Dear Evan Hansen" has good intentions and tries really hard to demonstrate heart, but sadly the whole 'lie' is a bit too cruel to evoke sympathy for Evan, as there are far too many negative consequences, not to mention how out-of-place the singing feels, and how wasted both Moore and Adams are.

Thursday, September 30, 2021

[7.00/10] No One Gets Out Alive (2021)

No One Gets Out Alive (2021)

Quick Review: An inventive, sleek, and atmospheric take on 'haunted house' formula that also works as a social commentary, as it deals with the struggles of young immigrants, particularly the fragile Ambar, which Rodlo's alluring turn makes easy to connect to and sympathize for, this effective blend of personal drama, ghost story, captive thriller, occult horror and creature feature is equal parts emotional, creepy, grisly, gory, violent, and frightening.

[4.00/10] Prey (2021)

Prey (2021)

Quick Review: A pretty forgettable German thriller revolving around a bunch of friends getting hunted by a woman during a trip into the woods, "Prey" attempts to make sense by revealing piece by piece a dull 'love triangle' backstory that further on leads to an inner conflict between two of the characters, but none of it is particularly intriguing, thrilling, or something to care about, and when the supposed payoff finally arrives, it's baffling, somewhat random, and completely unsatisfying.

Wednesday, September 29, 2021

[6.50/10] Coming Home in the Dark (2021)

Coming Home in the Dark (2021)

Quick Review: A disturbing, brutal, and uncompromisingly violent Kiwi horror thriller that features some of the most intimidating, often terrifying intruders-turned-ruthless-killers you will ever see, and whose gritty looks suit its savage nature, "CHitD" loses some of its tension as it goes, but the raw acting and the shady twist that makes you question who's bad, who's good and who deserves what in this situation will keep you glued until the fatal conclusion.

[5.50/10] Superhost (2021)

Superhost (2021)

Quick Review: The whole 'creepy host' scenario is both disturbing and great fun, with the fancy mountain villa in a remote location makes it being even more so, and Gillam is more than convincing as the loud, moody, obsessive, and batshit crazy Rebecca, who hides a dark, violent side behind her friendly attitude, but the problem with "Superhost", aside from its predictability, is that she is more likable than the phony vlogger couple we are supposed to root for, but don't mind them die.

Tuesday, September 28, 2021

[6.00/10] Escape Room: Tournament of Champions (2021)

Escape Room Tournament of Champions (2021)

Quick Review: The escape rooms are even more clever and creative than the ones in the first, and "ToC" sustains the tension throughout and wow us with the visual execution of the deadly traps, but what makes it a lotmore fun is the fact that no one other then Zoey is there to care for, so there's a level of guilty joy during the kills, even if the film ends on a bad note with an explanatory final act that's too silly and far-fetched to work as a 'dark' ending.

Monday, September 27, 2021

[5.75/10] Kate (2021)

Kate (2021)

Quick Review: Though as generic as 'female assassin' action thrillers go, "Kate" kind of makes up for all the genre tropes used in its overly simplistic plot with cool visual style, a moody location of neon-lit Tokyo, and some absolutely savage, gore-splattering, cut-throat fist, knife, and sword fights, but what really makes it watchable, despite the inevitably bitter finale is Winstead as the 'killer babe' Kate and the relationship she builds with the sassy little Ani, who actually steals the show.