Quick Review: While the original was a fun and above average chick flick, that even male audience can easily enjoy, this mediocre sequel is ruined by its sort of “Hangover”-ish approach and the obnoxiousness of Hart's character, who overpowers all the others... in a very bad way. And not even the glossy backdrop of Las Vegas, and attractive cast are able to make "Think Like a Man Too" tad more appealing, or at least passably enjoyable, and amusing.
Monday, September 15, 2014
Sunday, September 14, 2014
Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit (2014)
Quick Review: Kenneth Branagh surprised us big time with "Thor", delivering a pretty fun flick, and he tries to achieve the same with this by-the-numbers reboot, and even if he does a less impressive job here, "Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit" still remains a fairly intriguing thriller that entertains with its charismatic, well- picked cast, tense chases and even tenser action sequences, despite its script's many fairly familiar elements and lack of 'curveballs'.
Saturday, September 13, 2014
Quick Review: It drags at some points, it's limited in characters, and not all viewers will be satisfied with the ending, but still, "Honeymoon" ends up being something so much more than your typical 'cabin in the woods' movie -- as unsettling as it's scary, this micro-budget, yet highly atmospheric creeper will challenge your mind with its unpredictability, and play with your nerves the whole way through. Both leads are great, and all that affection-turned-tension between them is jolting.
A Million Ways to Die in the West (2014)
Quick Review: MacFarlane and Theron’s on-screen chemistry is as strong as it’s sweet, the so-so script provides some goofy laughs along the way, and it’s nice to see Liam Neeson playing the bad guy for a change, but “A Million ways to Die in the West” is a self-deluded western comedy, thinking it’s bright, witty and hysterically hilarious, that it’s in fact only occasionally amusing, and not half as entertaining or well-executed as it could have been.
Friday, September 12, 2014
How to Train Your Dragon 2 (2014)
Quick Review: The graphics, while still stylish and utterly fantastic, are not as impressive this time around, but that aside, “How to Train Your Dragon 2” is pretty much everything a successful sequel should be – it’s consistently engrossing, energetic, unpredictable, and full of pleasant surprises, plus, it effectively further develops the adorable relationship between Hiccup and his cool dragon buddy, while it also introduces some new gripping characters.
Thursday, September 11, 2014
Quick Review: The fact it is being set on an airplane, makes “7500” inevitably claustrophobic and kinda panic-y, and its experienced director T. Shimizu successfully manages to create an obscure and mysterious atmosphere that gives it a chilling feel and sense of dread, but sadly this half-baked effort goes sharply downhill towards the end, leaving far too many questions unanswered and leading to a twist that's neither shocking, nor clever. Not to mention its one-note characters.
Sunday, September 7, 2014
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles [3D] (2014)
Quick Review: Liebesman's "Ninja Turtles" movie is by no means great and it doesn't feel as nostalgic as it should, but it’s definitely not boring – briskly-paced from start to finish, if also very rushed, highly energized by its frantic, video game-like fight scenes, visually enhanced due to its often superb 3D special effects, and filled with goofy humor, “TMNT" is an enjoyable no-brainer, worth-seeing for the fun, and the eye-candy looks of Megan Fox as O'Neil.
Saturday, September 6, 2014
Septic Man (2014)
Quick Review: Nasty, disgusting, and every bit as ugly-looking as its otherwise apt title implies, but worst of all painfully pointless, stupid, and boring as hell, “Septic Man” does absolutely nothing right, other than grossing you out with its repulsive images to the point of throwing up, so you better watch this one on an empty stomach, or even better – make sure you never check out this daft, poorly-made and amateurishly- directed stinky piece of crap, that dares to call itself horror.
Saturday, August 23, 2014
1. Snowpiercer (9.75/10)
Overall summary: "Snowpiercer" is thrillingly uncompromising, at times shockingly violent, but always hugely engrossing, and jaw-droppingly imaginative gem of a post-apocalyptic movie, that grabs all your senses with its originality, and highly contrasting bleak-to-vibrant imagery.________________________________
2. 12 Years a Slave (9.50/10)
Overall summary: It's a beautifully-shot, and marvelously-acted film about American slavery, in which the lush cinematography contrasts dramatically with the tough subject matter of the story, as does the raw emotion against the devastating violence.________________________________
3. Frozen [3D] (9.25/10)
Overall summary: With its magically adventurous, yet sweet story, charming characters, breathtaking and richly detailed animation and phenomenal use of 3D, "Frozen" is the very best animated feature of 2013, and also one of Disney's most finest!________________________________
4. Iron Man 3 (9.00/10)
Overall summary: Every bit as engaging, witty, and humorous, as it's visually spectacular and impressively action-packed, "Iron Man 3" never takes itself way too seriously, and has all the right ingredients for a cool, successful, and highly enjoyable superhero flick.________________________________
5. Pacific Rim (8.75/10)
Overall summary: Giant robots, even more ginormous sea monsters, confident characters, stunning visuals, stupendous action, sensational special effects, and all this directed by the uber-imaginative Guillermo del Toro. What not to like, even love, really?!?________________________________
6. The Conjuring (8.50/10)
Overall summary: James Wan is hands down at the top of his game with "The Conjuring" - an old-fashioned, atmospheric, tastefully-crafted, and genuinely frightening creepfest, that can be easily considered one of the ten best horror movies of the past decade!________________________________
7. Man of Steel (8.50/10)
Overall summary: Yeah, "Man of Steel" is too much, but too much of awesomeness! The sci-fi-ish approach feels different, the ambitious story keeps you drawn in, Snyder's visual style is slick as usual, the CGIs are flawless, and the action is kinetic.________________________________
8. The Grandmaster (8.50/10)
Overall summary: Its unevenness aside, "The Grandmaster" is not only a wise and philosophical film, but also one of the most polished martial arts movies ever created, flaunting Kar-wai's elegant direction, and Woo-ping's masterful fight choreography.________________________________
9. Gravity (8.25/10)
Overall summary: Technically truly exceptional, visually-sumptuous, well-acted and thoroughly intense from start to finish, yet tad overhyped, "Gravity" showcases Cuaron's great versatility as a director, and his ability to provide his audience with something unique.________________________________
10. Thor: The Dark World (8.25/10)
Overall summary: More about Asgard, and less about the Earth, as it should be, "Thor: The Dark World" is, certainly, superior the original, impressing with its darkly engaging story, big sense of humor, and some truly astounding imagery and special effects.________________________________
Thursday, August 21, 2014
CM's Best-Reviewed Movies of 2013
PART 1 [No. 20 - 11]
11. The Wolf of Wall Street (8.25/10)
Overall summary: Perky, cocky, self-centered, and cynical, but also insanely funny in the most outrageous way, this might be the busiest, most talky film of 2013, due to Scorsese's direction on steroids, and Leo DiCaprio's savage performance.________________________________
12. The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (8.00/10)
Overall summary: The river sequence is perfection, but apart from that "The Desolation of Smaug" is slightly less exciting and spectacular than the previous film, and yet still a great entry that proves Peter Jackson's solid consistency as a filmmaker.________________________________
13. Rush (8.00/10)
Overall summary: Not only "Rush" gives us an intimate look at one of the biggest rivalries in professional car racing ever, but it's also a splendidly crafted film about passion, raw enthusiasm and inner drive, that delivers as much adrenaline rush as it does drama.________________________________
14. Blue Jasmine (8.00/10)
Overall summary: It drags a bit in the first half, and the slaying of bin Laden could have been way more dramatic, but nonetheless "Zero Dark Thirty" is a smartly-scripted, superbly-made, and truly engrossing piece of cinema, jam-packed with sheer, nearly obsessive intensity.________________________________
15. American Hustle (8.00/10)
Overall summary: Boasting a clever storyline, authentic vintage vibe, engaging characters, and probably the best ensemble cast of 2013, "American Hustle" is definitely Oscar material, and also director's second best movie after 10's "The Fighter".________________________________
16. Prisoners (7.75/10)
Overall summary: Slightly overlong, yet always compelling, and quietly intense, "Prisoners" is a brilliantly-conceived, and smoothly-executed crime thriller with a grit that matches its grim tone, complemented by the two outstanding central performances.________________________________
17. Dallas Buyers Club (7.75/10)
Overall summary: Powered by McConaughey and Letos truly Oscar-worthy performances, "Dallas Buyers Club" is a film as much about desperation as determination, that is supposed to be feel-bad, but ends up being very touching instead.________________________________
18. Philomena (7.75/10)
Overall summary: Judi Dench is nothing short of phenomenal as the title character, the story is every bit as moving, emotional, and powerful as it's thoroughly compelling, and the cinematography has that arresting beauty about it, it just can't go unnoticed.________________________________
19. The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (7.75/10)
Overall summary: Grimmer, darker, slicker, and better than the cult original, "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" is 'more of the same', but that's okay as it still works on so many levels, especially when it's crafted with such care and precision.________________________________
20. Now You See Me (7.75/10)
Overall summary: The best thing about this film is nothing is what it seems, and that's exactly what keeps you drawn in. Moreover, "Now You See Me" is smart, energetic, original, and as entertaining as a first-class illusionist show. The camera work is magic!________________________________
Saving Mr. Banks (7.50/10)
Enough Said (7.50/10)
Star Trek Into Darkness (7.50/10)
Nymphomaniac: Vol. I (7.50/10)
The Croods (7.50/10)
The Way Way Back (7.50/10)
The Wolverine (7.50/10)
Tuesday, August 19, 2014
The Fault in Our Stars (2014)
Quick Review: Devastating without being manipulative, yet uplifting due to the strong spirits and courage of its two cancer sick characters, acted exceptionally genuinely by Woodley and Elgort, whose warm relationship will not be forgotten any time soon, "The Fault in Our Stars" is a love story like no other, that develops as naturally as it can get, generating a romance that exudes so much purity it will bring tears to your eyes, even when you least expect it.
Monday, August 18, 2014
Get on Up (2014)
Quick Review: In all honesty, it may not be as brilliantly accomplished and profoundly engrossing as Tate Taylor's previous feature, "The Help", but its convoluted plot structure aside, "Get on Up" is a groovy, funky, passionate and tastefully-shot biopic with amazing production values, bursting in visual and musical authenticity, and powered by a top-notch cast, led by Boseman's truly remarkable performance as the iconic James Brown, who fully inhabits his character and turns the movie from good to really outstanding.
Sunday, August 17, 2014
Into The Storm (2014)
Quick Review: It's overstuffed with tons of characters, that are neither well-acted, nor very memorable, the shooting style is unclear and messy, and the screenplay is everything but imaginative, but for what it is, "Into the Storm" is a taut and entertaining disaster movie, that will keep you on the edge of your seat from start to finish, and truly astound you with its impeccably realistic CGIs, which will make you feel like you are into the storm, indeed. Too bad the film ain't in 3D. Would've worked.
The Maid's Room (2014)
Quick Review: It has the potential to be one of those 'I've seen it all before, but it's still kinda interesting' type of movies, you can't help but enjoy for what they are, but instead "The Maid's Room" turns out being a 90s-inspired pseudo thriller with no actual thrills in it, that feels twice as longer as it really is, due to its painfully slow pacing, crappy plot, and tediously limited setting. On the bright side, Paula Garcés does an okay job, and makes the film almost watchable, if still so bad.
Saturday, August 16, 2014
Quick Review: Probably the most decent Sandler comedy since, "50 First Dates", "Blended" successfully blends slapstick with unpretentious romance, and the end result is a perfectly watchable and fairly funny comedy, that instead of relying on annoyingly familiar rom-com cliches, decides not to care and let it all go. "Blended" also has the looks, with the sequences shot in colorful Africa being absolutely splendid to look at, and also there's a sparkle between the two lead characters.
Moms' Night Out (2014)
Quick Review: It has a couple of amusing scenes along the way, and the central character is sympathetic enough, if a bit too neurotic to be completely likeable, but as a whole, "Moms' Night Out" is like watching someone having a panic attack -- it's uncomfortable to watch, and all over the place most of the time, not to mention the film looks surprisingy cheesy, even for a comedy of this rank, and Erwin Brothers' uninspired direction is chaotic, to the point of being utterly obnoxious.