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Thursday, May 6, 2021

[6.00/10] Shiva Baby (2021)

Shiva Baby (2021)

Quick Review: Those who struggle with limited settings may find it a bit monotonous, as the film takes place entirely at a crowded Jewish funeral service, and it kinds of stereotypes this ethnic group in certain areas, but thanks to the clever script with a dose of raunchiness, and Rachel Sennott's truly show-stealing central performance, "Shiva Baby" ends up being an intense, moody, wit-filled, anxiety-ridden comedy that perfectly captures the impactful uneasiness of its charming heroine.

Thursday, April 29, 2021

[7.00/10] Riders of Justice (2021)

Riders of Justice (2021)

Quick Review: Spicy, outrageous, and ultraviolent, if sweet, poignant, and darkly comical, "RoJ" blends a personal 'anger issues' story, family drama, black 'buddy' comedy, and revenge thriller about a bunch of guys connected due to unfortunate circumstances, and the final result is a tonally balanced Danish hybrid of cinematic quirkiness, led by the captivating turn from Mikkelsen, who the rest of the cast complement so brilliantly, they work like a well-oiled machine for vengeance.

Sunday, April 25, 2021

[6.25/10] Mortal Kombat (2021)

Mortal Kombat (2021)

Quick Review: The deftly-crafted intro is superb, but the rest hardly lives up to it, due to an incoherent plot with a bunch of origin stories, dull protagonist, cheesy acting and writing, rushed pacing, and sub-par editing, but the quick-cut fights are as thrilling as the gory fatalities, and though "MK" dares to neglect a few characters, some really stand out -- Sub-Zero is 'freezing' cool and Kano brings the comic relief, but it's Kung Lao that steals the show straight up from his flashy entrance.

Friday, April 23, 2021

[6.75/10] Space Sweepers (2021)

Space Sweepers (2021)

Quick Review: It's a bit overlong, and loses some of its steam in the mid-part, but this Korean sci-fi flick with both humor and heart manages to create a truly sweeping futuristic 'space' world, mostly thanks to the phenomenal use of special effects, plus, every single one of the lead characters has enough distinctive personality to stand out, even if the little Ye-Rin Park steals the show as the little adorable humanoid robot, being even more fun to watch than the thrilling action itself.

Wednesday, April 21, 2021

[4.00/10] Every Breath You Take (2021)

Every Breath You Take (2021)

Quick Review: Painfully sluggish, moody, and tedious, more muddled than perplexing, and devoid of any suspense or sense of mystery, this wannabe psychological thriller not only fails to live up to its intriguing premise, or to benefit from its solid cast, who all struggle to deliver due to a poor script, but the film never manages to subvert all the tropes it uses, hence to avoid predictability, even if the 'big reveal' towards the end hardly makes sense.

Tuesday, April 20, 2021

[6.50/10] The Courier (2021)

The Courier (2021)

Quick Review: Straightforward, but in a good way, this set-in-the-'60s historical spy thriller has all the right ingredients to be a successful entry in the genre -- a captivating lead turn, sleek cinematography, pretty authentic vintage looks and gripping story driven by the bond between a British spy and his Russian source, with enough intrigue and emotional weight to sustain your interest, so if you don't expect any big twists and turns, you'll enjoy "The Courier" for its vibe and consistency.

Monday, April 19, 2021

[7.50/10] Nobody (2021)

Nobody (2021)

Quick Review: Very "John Wick"-ish, but with a more 'fun' approach, without compromising on the rough fights, bonkers violence, body count and blood splatter, especially during the mayhem of a final act, "Nobody" is a flashy revenge flick crafted with edge, style and flair, whose biggest weapon is Odenkirk as the full-of-surprises weary family man Hutch, who transforms into a badass killing machine, and it's ecstatic witnessing this deceptively 'nobody' becoming really, really something.

Friday, April 16, 2021

[7.25/10] Souvenir (2021)

Souvenir (2021)

Quick Review: Finely depicting the mentally challenging experience of being a surrogate mother, exploring а forbidden younger-older love with great depth, while juxtaposing the obsession of having kids when you physically can't with the reluctance of having such when possible, and with a twisty irony, "Souvenir" is a credible, genuine, provocative, and brilliantly conceived Mexican drama with a layered, substantial, profound plot and sincere performances that leaves food for thought.

Thursday, April 15, 2021

[4.50/10] Chaos Walking (2021)

Chaos Walking (2021)

Quick Review: A cool premise and big-name cast, wasted by a weak direction, sub-par script and bland execution, "Chaos Walking" lives up to its title, but not in a good way, being a muddled, inconsistent, and lackluster dystopian sci-fi actioner with little futuristic feel, barely any proper action, zero soul, and thin chemistry between the two leads, whose plain sets, ordinary into-the-woods locations, and sleazy effects make you wonder what the budget of $125M was spent on.

Tuesday, April 13, 2021

[5.75/10] The Marksman (2021)

The Marksman (2021)

Quick Review: Watchable at best, "The Marksman" feels like it's been written exactly for Neeson, who yet again turns in a typical role as a superhuman middle-aged man, who plays a tricky cat-'n-mouse on-the-run game with a bunch of ruthless Mexican criminals to save a kid, and though Liam is solid as usual and the 'catch me if you can' plot is taut enough to hold your interest, we've seen it many times before, but with more and better action, as the latter is virtually lacking here.

Monday, April 12, 2021

[4.75/10] Thunder Force (2021)

Thunder Force (2021)

Quick Review: I does a fine job at juxtaposing the polar personalities of BFs Lydia and Emily, and though the goofy script fits with McCarthy's comedic style, Spencer feels out of place, which affects their chemistry, but "Thunder Force" knows how silly it is, and fully embraces it, delivering some fun action scenes and a few flat, but amusing villains, and yet in the end it feels like a clumsy mix of buddy comedy and superhero flick, lacking creativity, wit, proper laughs and any memorable bits.

Friday, April 9, 2021

[7.50/10] The Father (2021)

The Father (2021)

Quick Review: Though Colman is brilliant, it's really Hopkin's show as the clever, overpowering, and even rude, yet incredibly charismatic and fragile on the inside Anthony, who drags us into his surreal world of confusion so deeply, it makes us feel lost alongside with him, "The Father" is a terrifying, soul-stirring, but above all empathic depiction of dementia, and an emotional roller-coaster -- it's witty, amusing, cruel, sad, and moving all at once, and its ending – heartbreaking.

Wednesday, April 7, 2021

[6.00/10] Enforcement a.k.a. Shorta (2021)

Enforcement (2021)

Quick Review: Though not exactly an edge-of-your-seat non-stop thrill ride, this Danish urban cop thriller is stylistically deft, credibly-acted, and provides enough tension, twists and turns to keep you intrigued, but the best part about "Shorta" remains its ability to put its characters in tough situations, challenge them, and put them in else's shoes, however, the provocative message it tries to bring across is not conveyed as strongly as it should, leaving the racial rage far behind all the action.

Friday, April 2, 2021

[6.50/10] Godzilla vs. Kong (2021)

Godzilla vs. Kong (2021)

Quick Review: Rushed, contrived, messy, and with plot and characters as minor as the action is monstrous, there is a lot going on in "GvK" in terms of ideas, but little of those are clever, or even make sense, despite the hi-tech-driven approach, but the battles between the two titans, and some surprise creatures, are all so thrilling, spectacularly colossal, and superbly-executed with the help of some impeccable CGI work, it's hard not to enjoy those monster clashes with destructive results.

Thursday, April 1, 2021

[4.50/10] A Week Away (2021)

A Week Away (2021)

Quick Review: More cheesy than sweet, this is your typical musical in the vein of "High School Musical", but although it features a couple of charming characters, fresh 'summer camp' location, and a few melodic, well-sung tunes, "A Week Away" is a forgettable flick with a corny story of teen romance, brotherhood and rivalry that wants to touch with its 'a troubled orphan finds passion for music, new love and family', but it's all done in such a corny way, it ends up being sappy instead.

Monday, March 29, 2021

[6.25/10] The Dig (2021)

The Dig (2021)

Quick Review: Elegantly-shot and set against the grim, foggy, rainy, if beautiful English countryside, "The Dig" digs deeper in its characters and the dynamic between them than it does in the ground to seek buried old treasures, which along with the great performances by Fiennes and Mulligan, and Mrs Pretty's sad, yet heartfelt personal backstory make this a moving human drama with a touch of history, but the movie is too slow and uneventful to deliver more than charms and beauty.

Friday, March 26, 2021

[4.75/10] Boogie (2021)

Boogie (2021)

Quick Review: It tells the personal story of an Asian American kid and his dream to become a professional basketball player, but "Boogie" is so sluggish, dull, and uneven in tone, it ends up being uninspired instead of inspiring, as it can't decide whether it wants to be a straight-up sports drama, or an interracial romance, refusing to take in either direction, which result in a bland experience devoid of thrills, joy, or emotion, not to mention the title character is not particularly likable either.

Thursday, March 25, 2021

[6.00/10] My Salinger Year (2020)

My Salinger Year (2020)

Quick Review: Based on Joanna Rakoff's memoir of the same name, this one may not have the strongest story to tell, but thanks to the brainy script, Qualley's gentle and alluring central performance, Weaver's truly charismatic turn, and some simple, but cool retro looks, "My Salinger Year" is basically the less funny and fancy, but just as witty version of "The Devil Wears Prada" that gives us an interesting and insightful look at the work and ethics in a literary agency in '90s New York.

Tuesday, March 23, 2021

[6.25/10] Come True (2021)

Come True (2021)

Quick Review: The 'shocking' twist ending hardly works in its favor, and makes the build-up rather pointless, but purely as a medical exploration of subconscious and the horror of sleep paralysis, "Come True" is an intriguing visceral chiller with a few solid jump scares and some of the most ominous nightmare sequences ever shown on screen, even if the movie gets a bit carried away in its second half, getting somewhat lost in its own surreal dreaminess and melancholic moodiness.

Monday, March 22, 2021

[5.50/10] The Stylist (2021)

The Stylist (2021)

Quick Review: This psychological slasher thriller deserves credit for its fresh concept, stylish looks, and Townsend's nuanced, chilling turn as the lonely and totally demented hairdresser, obsessed with having what she lacks, but despite all that and some gory bits that will please horror fans, "The Stylist" ends up as a sluggishly paced wanna be slow-burner that takes too much time in building up, leading to a predictable conclusion that's too far-fetched to be effectively shocking.

Saturday, March 20, 2021

[8.50/10] Zack Snyder's Justice League a.k.a. The Snyder Cut (2021)

JL: The Snyder Cut (2021)

Quick Review: With slicker effects and slow-mo-stylized action on epic scale, more fleshed-out characters, way cooler and far more intimidating villain, and deeper, more cohesive, and emotionally complex story-line with sensible personal touch, which makes justice to Cyborg, gives WW significant focus, and surprises with cameos, "ZSJL" is bigger, badder, bolder, darker, grittier, flashier, more visually imaginative than Whedon's, and the ultimate cinematic ecstasy pill for every DC junkie.

Friday, March 19, 2021

[7.25/10] Way Down a.k.a. The Vault (2021)

Way Down (2021)

Quick Review: A skillfully-executed and smartly-conceived 'old school' heist thriller with an intriguing sense of enigma, "Way Down" seems a bit formulaic in its approach, but thanks to the snappy direction, taut pacing, a great teamwork by the European cast, and some interesting settings in Madrid during 2010 FIFA World Cup, which plays big part in the plot, the film provides high entertainment value by sustaining the tension and delivering some real fun twists and surprises along the way.

Thursday, March 18, 2021

[6.75/10] Slaxx (2021)

Slaxx (2021)

Quick Review: As ridiculous as its premise sounds, for a slasher about killer jeans, "Slaxx" is a surprisingly creative take on paranormal horror with clever Indian twist and daring social commentary on child labor, but also a pretty fun gore-fest filled with tons of guts and blood splatter, and considering how annoying most of snobby characters are, it's funny to watch them being torn to pieces, while laughing hard at the feral pair of jeans, and enjoying the movie's stylishly colorful visuals.

Wednesday, March 17, 2021

[5.00/10] Yes Day (2021)

Yes Day (2021)

Quick Review: A very lighthearted, family-friendly romp with charming cast and pastel-colored visuals that could be enjoyed by kids and their parents alike due to its harmelessly 'anarchic' spirit, "Yes Day" is a jolly comic mayhem with good message that will be mostly enjoyed by the target audience, though everyone else might find it a bit contrived, not particularly amusing, and trying too hard to be fun, and yet there is a sweetness about it that makes it a pleasurable experience.

[6.00/10] Land (2021)

Land (2021)

Quick Review: A character study of a grieving woman who isolates all by herself in the remote mountains to find peace, "Land" benefits from both the beautiful landscapes and Wrigh's engaging performance as the mentally disturbed Edee, who tries to overcome her sorrow and despair, and though the film is a bit too emotionally reserved to leave a powerful impact, her acquaintance with Miguel and the bond they grow together is as genuinely moving as the heartbreaking finale.