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Tuesday, November 18, 2014

[7.25/10] The Hundred-Foot Journey (2014) [1000th Review]

The Hundred-Foot Journey (2014)

Quick Review: Refreshing, spicy, and truly flavorsome, "The Hundred- Foot Journey" is as enjoyable and visually-appealing as a fancy meal, even if it covers an already familiar ground. Offering hilarious cultural clashes, sharp and witty dialogues, picturesque locations, a sprinkle of romance, and yet another excellent performance by Hellen Mirren, this cooking dramedy with a Hindi twist is a tasteful lighthearted entertainment and a pleasurable watch.

Monday, November 17, 2014

[4.75/10] Before I Go to Sleep (2014)

Before I Go to Sleep (2014)

Quick Review: C. Firth is miscast. Strong is underused. Kidman is as great as usual, and does her best with the material she's been given, but sadly the latter just ain't that good. The problem with "Before I Go to Sleep" lies in the script, which is supposed to be smart and intriguing to the point of keeping you on the edge of your seat, biting your nails, but instead it ends up being messy. Simply nothing about this amnesia- related film is believable.

Sunday, November 16, 2014

[5.75/10] The Guest (2014)

The Guest (2014)

Quick Review: Dan Stevens surely gives an intense, and pretty much career-defining performance as the sympathetic, yet manipulative guest turned intruder with cruel intentions, but much like director A. Wingard's previous effort "You're Next", "The Guest" is a pretty overhyped, hence rather disappointing effort, ruined by its largely far-fetched story, naive characters, and lack of big thrills to make up for its other very obvious shortcomings. The movie's look isn't exactly polished, either.

Saturday, November 15, 2014

[6.25/10] Camp X-Ray (2014)

Camp X-Ray (2014)

Quick Review: So understated and slow-moving, it pretty much borders on monotonous, and yet still quietly entertaining, the character-driven "Camp X-Ray" is as much humane as it's not, taking its controversial, yet worth telling subject matter into account. The dramatic relationship between the two main characters is the main and probably only driving force of this movie, and it is really fascinating to watch, even if unlike the amazing Peyman Moadi, Kristen Stewart fails to captivate.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

[7.00/10] Interstellar (2014)

Interstellar (2014)

Quick Review: Technically brilliant and visually awe-inspiring, Nolan's ambitious project, "Interstellar", is on one hand an etheral futuristic space saga deling with some questionable scientific phenomenons such as fifth dimensions, black holes, worm holes ... and some plot holes as well, and on the other hand, pretty much just an exquisite void that barely excites, because of its one-note moodiness & the hollowness it radiates, in spite of all the family drama involved. The final act delivers though!

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

[7.50/10] John Wick (2014)

John Wick (2014)

Quick Review: Shot with gritty style and executed with flair and skill, this is a truly uncompromising revenge action thriller that never makes any excuses for what it is:a hyper violent slow-burner that further on explodes into a kinetic mayhem, charged with determination, and filled with thrilling gunfights and tense chases that will surely give you an adrenaline rush. Reeves is awesomely badass as the title character in a pro-killer role that more than suits his wooden type of acting and cold charisma.

Sunday, November 9, 2014

[4.00/10] Ouija (2014)

Ouija (2014)

Quick Review: It's not completely awful, as some of the acting is pretty adequate to say the least, plus, it does its best to frighten us, even if the scares are not that effective at all, but other than that "Ouija" is a lame cheese-fest built on gimmicks, that more than heavily borrows from many other similar horror flicks, and it's not even ashamed of that. On the top of that, the pacing is overly sluggish for the most part, and the dialogues are more horrifying than the ghosts themselves.

Monday, November 3, 2014

[7.50/10] You're Not You (2014)

You're Not You (2014) 

Quick Review: Equal parts funny, sad, moving, and uplifting, "You're Not You" is a true roller coaster of emotions that will touch you deeply, but also make you smile, and even bring some tears to your eyes, as everything about feels so genuine and real, it's like you're witnessing a real life story... a truly heartfelt one. Hilary Swank & Emmy Rossum both give outstanding performances and create such a strong and believable bond on the screen, it's very hard to take your eye off of them.

Sunday, November 2, 2014

[7.25/10] The Babadook (2014)

The Babadook (2014) 

Quick Review: "The Babadook" is not your common horror flick, as it doesn't rely on cheap boo scares. Sure, it takes some time to warm up and build up the suspense but when it does, it sucks you into the terror and doesn't let go until the end. The best thing 'bout this cerebral Aussie chiller is that even without the horror parts, the story is already disturbing in itself in a truly believable manner. The washed-out color palette of the cinematography adds to the overall bleak tone of the movie.

Saturday, November 1, 2014

[6.00/10] Zombeavers (2014)

Zombeavers (2014)

Quick Review: Every bit as cheesy and ridiculous as its title suggests, but more in a good way rather than bad, "Zombeavers" is a pure campy fun and never takes itself seriously. It also has a surprisingly big sense of humor, hence, it easily provides laughs. Kudos to its creators for the use of practical effect, even if the zombeavers themselves look a bit too puppet-y. The gore effects are good, though, and there are plenty of them. The 'sort-of' twist towards the end works very well.

Friday, October 31, 2014

Halloween Special: CineMarvellous' TOP 10 Best-Reviewed Horror Remakes of the 10's


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1. Let Me In (2010)
 
Overall summary: Truly beautifully shot, subtly creepy and thoroughly compelling, "Let Me In" is one of those extremely rare cases, where the remake surpasses the original in every way. The cinematography is absolutely breathtaking and deserves a special mention.
9.50/10




 
2. Mother's Day (2011)

Overall summary: Although it goes slightly over-the-top at times, "Mother's Day" is a disturbing, and utterly uncompromising depiction of sheer terror, that gets under your skin and stays there long after the credits roll. It's pretty much 'The Mother' of all 'home invasion' flicks.
7.75/10
3. Godzilla (2014)

Overall summary: Led by a capable cast, and Edwards' more than solid direction, that smoothly balances terror and human drama, "Godzilla" is a technically well-made epic monster of a film that provides spectacle of mass destruction monster fights, and sheer mayhem.
7.75/10
4. Piranha 3D (2010)

Overall summary: Offering buckets of blood, campy humor and huge amount of nudity, Aja's "Piranha 3D" is one of the funniest and most entertaining films of the year so far, and also one of the goriest. A great example of how a horror remake should be done!
7.50/10
5. Evil Dead (2013)

Overall summary: Not only it doesn't hurt the classic original in any way, but Fede Alvarez's "Evil Dead" remake stands on its own, providing its anticipating audience with a heavy dose of ultra-gory gruesomeness, some brutally nasty kills, and a couple of good scares.
7.25/10


Overall summary: Although it's predictable and lacks the haunting chills of the original movie, "Don't Be Afraid Of The Dark" is still an effective and atmospheric horror remake, that delivers solid scares, good old-fashioned thrills and some truly creepy images.
7.00/10

Overall summary: Thanks to its precise direction, arresting visuals and sheer bone-chilling brutality, "I Spit on Your Grave" is, surprisingly, the second horror remake released in 2010, along with "Let Me In", that easily surpasses the original in terms of quality and execution.
6.75/10
8. The Thing (2011)

Overall summary: Compared to Carpenter's 1982 masterpiece, it may be disappointing, but Matthijs Van Heijningen Jr.'s "The Thing" is still an entertaining, solidly-crafted and visually-adequate prequel, that delivers plenty of tense moments, slick gore and grotesque images.
6.50/10
9. The Crazies (2010)

Overall summary: The 2010 remake of "The Crazies" can be considered an upgrade from the original film. Is it a unique concept? No, not really. Yet the film remains entertaining, partly due to the great cinematography, plus, here are quite a few interesting kills, and the make-up and CG effects.
6.50/10
10. We Are What We Are (2013)

Overall summary: Superior to the Mexican original on many levels, yet still far from brilliant, "We Are What We Are" is a dark cannibal horror with religious undertones, that provides enough gore, without compromising on the acting.
6.25/10






Halloween Special: CineMarvellous' TOP 15 Best-Reviewed Horror Sequels of the Past 15 Years


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1. [REC]² (2009)
[9.00/10]

Overall summary: The original "[REC]" movie was literally mind-blowing and utterly terrifying, and this sequel is almost as brilliant, as its creators went in a direction no one saw coming, making it feel very refreshing and super, super-scary.

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2. Blade II (2002)
[8.75/10]

Overall summary: The first film was great fun, but director Guillermo del Toro really brought it in this excellent sequel, adding more martial arts action, tons of gore, and one of the nastiest, coolest-looking vampires ever featured in a film.

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3. Ginger Snaps 2: Unleashed (2004)
[7.75]

Overall summary: Dark, intense, clever, and finely-executed "Ginger Snaps 2: Unleashed" is one of the most gripping and thoroughly unique werewolf movies ever made, and a great and really twisted follow-up to the amazing original.

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4. Final Destination 2 (2003)
[7.75/10]

Overall summary: It doesn't feel as inventive as the first film, but "Final Destination" compensates for that with somewhat more interesting plot, more memorable kill sequences, slicker gore, and characters that are easier to connect to.

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5. Final Destination 5 (2011)
[7.50/10]

Overall summary: Featuring arguably the most creative death scenes in any "Final Destination" movie, this sequel proves there's still hope for the franchise. It's also the most well-produced and polished-looking entry in the entire series.

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6. Dead Snow: Red vs Dead (2014)
[7.00/10]

Overall summary: It has higher production values than the first movie, a bigger sense of humor, and quirkier characters, you might strangely care about. In other words it's the better of the two. It's also funnier and much more gorier.

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7. 28 Weeks Later (2007)
[7.00/10]

Overall summary: Making a sequel to Danny Boyle's superb "28 Days Later" didn't seem like a great idea at first, but Spanish director Juan Carlos Fresnadillo proved us wrong, delivering a truly effective second movie, that entertained.

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8. Paranormal Activity 2 (2010)
[7.00/10]

Overall summary: As a whole "Paranormal Activity" is not as good as its frightening predecessor, but there are certain parts in it that are so shiveringly scary, you will be terrified. And that's exactly how a horror sequel should perform.

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9. The Descent: Part 2 (2009)
[6.75/10]

Overall summary: It's nowhere nearly as frightening, claustrophobic, well-crafted, well-acted and gory as Neil Marshall's original which turned into a modern horror classic, but "The Descent: Part 2" is a surprisingly effective and fun sequel.

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10. Paranormal Activity 3 (2011)
[6.50/10]

Overall summary: As expected, "PA3" is 'more of the same' in terms of style and shocks, and is the least scary of the three, however, it goes in a slightly different direction than its predecessors, and as a result it feels some sort of refreshing.

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11. [REC]3: Genesis (2012)
[6.50/10]

Overall summary: It's not the horror masterpiece the original "[REC]" was, nor is as inventive as "[REC]²", but "[REC]³ GĂ©nesis" is still a decent entry into the popular franchise, with enough action, thrills and slick gore to please all the fans.

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12. Cold Prey 2 (2008)
[6.50/10]

Overall summary: "Fritt Vilt 2" is undoubtedly an enjoyable and fast paced sequel. Where the original was mostly character development, in this one we get a bigger body count and more action, and in these terms it exceeds the first film.

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13. Underworld: Evolution (2006)
[6.50/10]

Overall summary: A bit sillier and less action-packed than the already iconic original, yet still incredibly fun to watch and entertaining as hell, "Underworld: Evolution" is a solid sequel that provides more vampires vs. werewolves goodness.

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14. Resident Evil: Afterlife (2010)
[6.50/10]

Overall summary: Formulaic and predictable, yet visually-arresting, "Resident Evil: Afterlife" offers eye-popping 3D effects and amazing kick-ass action sequences, that should please any action fan. One of the best of the series!

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15. Underworld: Awakening (2012)
[6.50/10]

Overall summary: Way too short and really thin on plot, yet briskly-paced, spectacularly action-packed and visually-stylish, "Underworld: Awakening" is a step in the right direction compared to the previous very mediocre installment.

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[6.75/10] A Walk Among the Tombstones (2014)

A Walk Among the Tombstones (2014)

Quick Review: Slightly convoluted, yet hardly ever confusing, "A Walk Among the Tombstones" is a quietly compelling old-school thriller, that will keep you involved and make you part of the investigation from start to finish, thanks to the neat pacing, but above all Leam Neeson's engaging central performance. He's perfectly cast for the role, and carries the film with strong presence and charisma, easily stealing the viewer's attention in every frame he shows.