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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

[5.75/10] Wolves (2014)

Wolves (2014)

Quick Review: Often cheesy, and a bit too lightweight to be a proper and memorable werewolf flick, and yet hardly ever tiresome, "Wolves" may not be one of the best movies of this sub-genre, nor it will make you shaking in your boots, but if you don't expect too much, you might have a bloody good time with it, as it doesn't take itself that seriously, it has an engaging protagonist, solid cast, decent practical effects if lame transformations and some truly gory werewolf fights to enjoy.

Monday, October 20, 2014

[4.75/10] ABCs of Death 2 (2014)

ABCs of Death 2 (2014)

Quick Review: An even further step down to its below par predecessor, "ABCs of Death 2" is, sadly, not even a mixed bag of a horror anthology, as there are very few shorts in it that are worth it, with the only highlight being C. Nash's "Zygote". "Badger", "Capital Punishment", and "Vacation" are also one of the better ones, and the stop-motion animation "Delouse", arguably the most imaginative. The rest are either uninspired, dull, too crazy, or relying too much on gore in a failed attempt to scare.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

[7.50/10] Boyhood (2014)

Boyhood (2014)

Quick Review: Being shot for over dozen years with the same cast is a truly unique technical achievement, indeed, but still "Boyhood" has a lot more to flaunt with, other than its never-attempted-before conception. It's one of the most visceral coming- of-age dramas you will ever see, with each shot, scene, performance, location, or plot detail being as real as it can get. It is like someone's life is being captured on film. And it is very compelling to watch, even if the editing is far from ideal.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

[3.50/10] Wrong Turn 6: Last Resort (2014)

Wrong Turn 6:                Last Resort (2014) 

Quick Review: A notch above the hideous fifth entry, yet still pathetic, "WT6" offers nothing than repulsive kills, in-your-face gore, crappy plot, and woodenly-portrayed characters that feel very disconnected, despite they're supposed to be very close. The three ruthless cannibals have zero personality, and behave like monkeys most of the time, and the make-up is cheap. The only decent thing about this sequel is the grand old mansion it is set in.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

[4.50/10] Where the Devil Hides (2014)

Where the Devil Hides (2014)

Quick Review: More of a murder mystery rather than a proper horror movie, "Where the Devil Hides" has little to do with the devil, despite its title and premise promise otherwise. It is technically well-executed, and surprisingly atmospheric in terms of visuals, but that neither makes it sinister enough, nor saves it from falling flat, as there is not a single decent scare in the movie, let alone something to make your skin crawl. The cast is fine, though.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

[7.00/10] Coming Home (2014)

Coming Home (2014)

Quick Review: Truly beautiful in its sophisticated simplicity, and deeply touching due to its sad, yet hopeful story set against the backdrop of late 70's communism and poverty in China, "Coming Home" may not be one of director Zhang Yimou's most impressive achievements technically or story-wise, but it's definitely one of his most personal films -- one that exudes gut-wrenching emotions, raw realism, and genuineness. Gong Li gives one of her very best and most difficult performances yet.

Monday, October 13, 2014

[6.25/10] Dolphin Tale 2 (2014)

Dolphin Tale 2 (2014)

Quick Review: Even though it is slightly less endearing than the first movie, and also not as dramatic or uplifting, "Dolphin Tale 2" is a worthy successor filled with cute moments, sequences of 'aquatic' playfulness and fun, and of course some drama to balance it up. The dolphins are utterly delightful, and their human friends incredibly likable, especially the young ones, all of which deliver believable performances, portraying caringness and love for animals with an amazing enthusiasm.

Sunday, October 12, 2014

[5.00/10] A Good Marriage (2014)

A Good Marriage (2014)

Quick Review: Probably if it was made in the 90s, "A Good Marriage" would have worked much better, but since it's 2014, the whole thing just feels a bit too dated. And it's not the otherwise excellent source material to blame, but Askin's underwhelming direction, and the not-well-adapted script. On the bright side, Joan Allen and Anthony LaPaglia do their best with what they have been given, and make the film watchable, if still light on jolts and thrills, low on suspense, kinda flat, and often dull.

Friday, October 10, 2014

[5.25/10] Sex Tape (2014)

Sex Tape (2014)

Quick Review: There is no doubt that Cameron Diaz and Jason Segel are fun to watch as a pair, and make a great on-screen couple, because of the hot chemistry they share, plus the film is not without its moments of laughter, but sadly, considering how hysterically funny directors' previous effort with the same two stars "Bad Teacher" was, "Sex Tape" comes across as too 'soft core' to be dirty and raunchy enough, not to say it's moralizing, which is so inappropriate given its title & premise.

Thursday, October 9, 2014

[7.50/10] The Equalizer (2014)

The Equalizer (2014)

Quick Review: Offering a thrilling story of revenge, full of high-voltage action and stylized violence, strong protagonist, and arguably the most intimidating villain since Hans Landa from "Inglourious Basterds", acted chillingly by Csokas, "The Equalizer" is a highly entertaining and well-shot thriller that starts off too quietly, but goes full on crazy towards the end. Denzel Washington plays his almost invincible character with conviction, and sheer passion and Chloe Grace Moretz shines bright too.

[5.00/10] Sabotage (2014)

Sabotage (2014)

Quick Review: After a fairly strong start, that promises a lot of surprises along the way in a cat'n'mouse style, "Sabotage" quickly lets itself down, by throwing away the importance of its plot, and focusing more on the action and pure violence, both of which are unnecessarily over-the-top. The cast portray angriness and toughness with ease, but there's not a single likable character in the movie. Furthermore, the execution is a bit 'rough around the edges', and Ayer and Johnson's direction really off-putting.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

[4.75/10] Horns (2014)

Horns (2014)

Quick Review: With such a hellish premise, a talented director behind the camera, and Daniel Radcliffe in the lead, "Horns" could have been a total winner, but unfortunately, that's not the case. The whole horns thing doesn't fit with the rest of the story, which is very unoriginal anyway, the scares are nonexistent, nor is the 'creep factor', not to mention Aja's messy direction, that makes the film feel all over the place. The visuals are fine, and the final act entertains, but that's about it, really.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

[5.50/10] This Is Where I Leave You (2014)

This Is Where I Leave You (2014)

Quick Review: There are at least a few worth seeing scenes in it, and the mostly gifted cast demonstrate their acting strengths finely enough to keep you interested for the most part, but the dialogue-driven family drama, "This is Where I Leave You", leaves a lot to be desired in the end -- It's too monotonously paced to make you excited, way too dry to be funny, and too lifeless to be able to depict the so-called dramatic events in the story successfully.

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Sunday, October 5, 2014

[6.50/10] Annabelle (2014)

Annabelle (2014) 

Quick Review: Formulaic ending, occasional predictability, and some genre cliches aside, "Annabelle" is actually a pretty solid prequel to the far superior "The Conjuring". While the director mostly fails to maintain the dread 'in the air' in the first half of the movie, he makes up for that further on, providing some demonic images, and a couple of scares so effective, they will make you jump out of your seat. The stylishly muted cinematography fits the tone & era, and the acting is decent.

Friday, October 3, 2014

[8.50/10] Gone Girl (2014)

Gone Girl (2014)

Quick Review: While not amongst Fincher's most finest efforts, "Gone Girl" is still a deeply absorbing and darkly funny mystery drama, that's also delightfully sick in nature, and that along with its unpredictability is exactly what keeps you so drawn in from start to finish. The entire cast turn in truly excellent performances, the visuals are moody, yet typically sleek in a subdued way, and David Fincher's polished direction dazzles in its ability to maneuver the viewer through the riveting plot.

[4.00/10] And So It Goes (2014)

And So It Goes (2014)

Quick Review: As a director, Rob Reiner had his up and downs over the years, with his latest (very lazy) effort, definitely being a down. Sure, there are some sweet moments in it, and the chemistry between the two leads is 'okay', but frankly said, this poor attempt at a rom-com fails big time to provide both laughs, and a believable romance to its probably 'old lady-like' audience. Worst of all, "And So It Goes" feels like it goes on forever, despite its considerably thin 90-min running time.

Thursday, October 2, 2014

[5.50/10] The Hunted (2014)

The Hunted (2014)

Quick Review: A deer hunting moc doc meets an urban legend in "The Hunting", in which ironically enough, the hunters end up being hunted by a ghost of an abused woman, and that's not even a spoiler. And even though the loud, spooky screams in the obscure forest may give some viewers a chill down their spine, this is where the scary stuff ends, as all in all, Stewart's directional debut is yet another mildly effective 'found footage' flick, that proves this sub- genre is already spent.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

[6.75/10] 22 Jump Street (2014)

22 Jump Street (2014) 

Quick Review: Every bit as funny, if not funnier than the enjoyable "21 Jump Street" from two years ago, and also more energetic in terms of action and character dynamics, this is a rare sequel that surpasses the original, flaunting a fresh chemistry between its two leads, and featuring lots of laugh-out-loud gags, raunchy humor, as well as some emotional moments of bromance drama, and one of the coolest end credits ever put on film, "22 Jump Street" is one true winner of a comedy.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

[6.00/10] Coherence (2014)

Coherence (2014)

Quick Review: Done in the same vein as 2009's "Triangle", this is a messed-up little indie mystery film, about parallel realities, full of clever ideas and rare originality, and even though it is often difficult-to-follow, "Coherence" is pretty mind-bending in general. What the film is lacking, though, is an adequate execution to match its intelligence, but that's due to the lack of budget shown through the dull, bland cinematography, and an unknown cast with questionable talent, and acting skills.