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Sunday, June 26, 2016

[5.00/10] Independence Day: Resurgence [3D] (2016)

Independence Day: Resurgence [3D] (2016)

Quick Review: Much like the 'guilty pleasure' original, this sequel wants to be 'all about the spectacle', and make us all care less about its trivial 'saving the world from deadly alien invasion' plot, but while the first one achieved that in a 'mindless fun' way this CGI-driven sequel fails to, being inept, flawed, overstuffed with hollow characters, and full of cheesy lines and overdone action scenes. It does one thing right, which is to thrill with its 'wow' special effects.

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

[8.25/10] Finding Dory [3D] (2016)

Finding Dory [3D] (2016)

Quick Review: While certainly not one of Pixar's primest achievements "Finding Dory" finds its creators at their dor(k)iest, most carefree spirits yet, in the best sense known - sweet and touching from the very start, but also energetic, funny, and paced to perfection, this remarkably animated sequel to "Finding Nemo" is striking to look at in awesome 3D, especially during the breathtaking underwater Reef scenes, but it has one bigger strength than its visuals, and that is the lively, adorable Dory.

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

[4.50/10] The 5th Wave (2016)

The 5th Wave (2016)

Quick Review: When you intent to make a 'big' movie with not that big of a budget, it would end up looking exactly how "The 5th Wave" does -- sluggish, and featuring questionable CGI work, that fails to impress even during the most watchable scene in the movie - the flashback of the first three waves. The rest is an uneven, painfully familiar plot-line, that lacks both focus and thrills, based on an uninspired material, that compels its otherwise talented stars to struggle big time working with it.

Sunday, June 19, 2016

[8.75/10] The Conjuring 2 (2016)

The Conjuring 2 (2016)

Quick Review: Helmed once again by Wan, who continues to show his ability to spread dread with skill and style, by utilizing camera techniques and optical tricks that emphasize the feel and the atmosphere of the film, "The Conjuring 2" is a very effective and outstandingly-acted sequel that easily handles various supernatural elements, generating tension, bone- chilling jolts, and proper scares, and displaying imagery so horrifying and diabolically sinister, they'll make you bawl. Beware of the Nun!

[4.00/10] Mr. Right (2016)

Mr. Right (2016)

Quick Review: Hearing its title, you all would expect a proper chick flick. Well, "Mr. Right" is not even close to one, as it features more action than all three "Expendables" movies put together. Sort of. And whilst all the fight sequences are finely-shot, and fun to watch, they feel inappropriate and making this movie seem like an awkward rom-com/action hybrid that suffers from big identity crisis. Not to mention the chemistry between the talented leads is downright odd, and does not feel right at all.

Friday, June 17, 2016

[6.00/10] Love & Friendship (2016)

Love & Friendship (2016)

Quick Review: Having a made-for- TV feel, it lacks the rich visuals and lush production design most period films are known for, but what it falls short on in terms of looks, "Love & Friendship" does make up for acting writing, and story-wise, thanks to its witty script, filled with sophisticated humor, and delightfully manipulative protagonist, played by the beautiful Kate Beckinsale, who is at her best. That said, those unfamiliar with Whit Stillman's previous work may find it way too talky, which it is.

Thursday, June 16, 2016

[3.50/10] Cabin Fever (2016)

Cabin Fever (2016)

Quick Review: To remade a horror film that's not especially good in the first place is not a very smart move indeed, and for this reason, if there was a competition for most pointless remakes, Travis Z's rendition would definitely win it -- although it is well- made from a technical point of view, and it sort of succeeds in delivering all the outrageous gore it's expected to, "Cabin Fever" is totally useless, and full of shallow, rather annoying characters. Pray all to God there will not be a remake sequel.

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

[6.50/10] How to Be Single (2016)

How to Be Single (2016)

Quick Review: An often irrational, if still pretty amusing comedy that is not really convinced in itself whether it wants to be a proper rom-com, or a relatively feminist one, done in the style of "Sex and the City", but much less elegant and witty, "How to Be Single" may feel a bit too random in terms of story and direction, but this is exactly where its charms lies in. It raises a vital question in its title, and answers it hilariously, with the help of a solid cast that apparently enjoy each minute starring in it.

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

[4.25/10] Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising (2016)

Neighbors 2:            Sorority Rising (2016)

Quick Review: Chloƫ G Moretz is a fine addition to the hit-and-miss cast that never mash together very well, and because of her "Sorority Rising" is watchable when she's on screen, demonstrating her good comic skills, but the rest is pretty much all of the same, as this unnecessary sequel is an even further step down from the mediocre first film, offering nothing but free-of-wit jokes, cynical humor, and low production values, which is never a winning recipe.

Monday, June 13, 2016

[7.50/10] Kung Fu Panda 3 (2016)

Kung Fu Panda 3 (2016)

Quick Review: The very gifted Jen Yuh returns to direct the third entry into the beloved animated franchise, and she does it with flair yet again -- from the fantastically designed and brought to life characters, and vivid graphics, crafted with skill and really remarkable attention to detail, to the coherent narrative, energetic pace, and superbly-choreographed action scenes, everything about "Kung Fu Panda 3" is absolutely spot-on, and that makes it a fun, lively, and truly entertaining kids feature.