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Sunday, May 24, 2015

[6.75/10] Ex Machina (2015)

Ex Machina (2015)

Quick Review: Although entirely lacking in any sort of action or even dynamic, this rather untypical robot feature makes up for that beautifully with it thoughtful, quietly disturbing narrative, graceful pacing and sleek visuals, all thanks to Alex Garland's elegant direction and his intelligent, sophisticated approach at sci-fi, that thoroughly absorbs with its profound subtlety. Alicia Vikander is perfectly- cast as Ava, basically stealing every scene she's on screen. The final act lets the movie down a bit.

Friday, May 22, 2015

[9.25/10] Mad Max: Fury Road [3D] (2015)

Mad Max: Fury Road [3D] (2015) 

Quick Review: Metaphorically said, the Mad Max himself is left aside the road, but that does not change the fact that "Fury Road" is one of the most restlessly intense, and visually stimulating action movies of the past decade or two, featuring exceptional stunts, sensationally thrilling chases staggering post-apocalyptic imagery and jaw-dropping action sequences that will fulfill you cinematic appetite for true top-notch entertainment and even make you euphoric.

Sunday, May 10, 2015

[6.00/10] It Follows (2015)

It Follows (2015)

Quick Review: Sure, its oddball originality, affecting moodiness, and clever, contemporary approach set it apart from the most cliche-ridden genre flicks these days, but judged merely by itself, "It Follows" never really manages to get under your skin, let alone stay there, in spite of the occasional dread it exudes, as it turns out that this otherwise finely- acted, and well thought-out horror film is a lot more scarier in concept, than it's in execution. Not to mention the anti-climatic ending.

Monday, May 4, 2015

[3.75/10] The Drownsman (2015)

The Drownsman (2015)

Quick Review: The idea behind it isn't that awful, and the Drownsman itself looks ghastly enough to give the more easily frightened viewers nightmares for days, but sadly "The Drownsman" is hugely let down by a dreadful execution, an incompetent, bordering on terrible direction, and an unbearably amateurish acting by all the actors involved. Besides, the explanation it gives is not half as logical or satisfying as it should be, and most of the scares are either cheap or too ineffective.

Friday, May 1, 2015

[9.00/10] Avengers: Age of Ultron [3D] (2015)

Avengers: Age of Ultron [3D] (2015)

Quick Review: In this really worthy successor to Marvel's very best film, Whedon lets his imagination run wild creating a restlessly lively, and often mind-blowing spectacle of frantically epic action, relieved by some just as intriguing moments of purely human emotion, and even if the whole thing isn't particularly cohesive, or paced to perfection, "Age of Ultron" thrills, amazes, and amuses endlessly. The new heroes and Ultron itself add big value to the experience.

Saturday, April 18, 2015

[7.25/10] Furious 7 (2015)

Furious 7 (2015)

Quick Review: Fast in pacing, and furious in style, Wan's "Furious 7" may have a few ill-fitting moments of cheesy romance, but that aside, it's an absolute thrill ride of a movie that flaunts the best car chases in all the series, high-octane fights, and tons of awe-inspiring, gravity-free action for your perfect entertainment. The Abu Dhabi scenes are both fancy to look at and delightfully over-the-top, the cast all knock it out of the park, and the emotional ending may bring you to tears. Well, it will.

Friday, April 17, 2015

[4.50/10] Careful What You Wish For (2015)

Careful What You Wish For (2015)

Quick Review: It's far from terrible, and both the posh interiors and lush exteriors are eye-catching enough, plus, the girls will be very pleased to watch the hunky Nick Jonas walking around half-naked for the most part, but that doesn't change the fact that "Careful What You Wish For" is one utter cheese-fest of an erotic thriller, with a 'been there, done that' type of premise, mediocre acting, and an absurd twist ending that feels more ridiculous than shocking.

Monday, April 6, 2015

[5.00/10] Tracers (2015)

Tracers (2015)

Quick Review: It starts of a lively blend of "Yamakashi" and "Premium Rush", featuring some truly out-of-this-world bike and parkour stunts, with Taylor Lautner performing both of these himself, and pretty skillfully so, but the fun with "Tracers" pretty much ends after the first 20 minutes or so, as after that the film gets way too serious and way too familiar to be mindlessly enjoyable as it should be, due to its generic plot, one-note characters and yet another dull role from the hunky Lautner.

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

CineMarvellous Preview: The Corpse of Anna Fritz (2015)

Horror films know what’s up; if you want to stay current (and relevant) you need to evolve over time (see also: Madonna, Cher, and Betty White). For a decent amount of time, 'found footage' and demonic possession movies defined the cutting edge of all things sleep-with-your-light-on scary. More recently, psychological thrillers have started to make a noticeable impact on the film scene. Premiering this year at SXSW, "The Corpse of Anna Fritz" has the potential to take this particular vein of horror one step further.

The story begins with Anna Fritz, a super famous, ridiculously gorgeous Spanish actress who mysteriously drops dead one morning. Her body is being held in a local morgue, where a shy mortician named Pau is working. When Pau comes across Anna’s body, he takes a picture of her and sends it to his friends Ivan and Javi. Shortly thereafter, Ivan and Javi come to visit Pau, and coerce him into taking them to see Anna’s corpse. Ivan decides that he wants to take advantage of the dead young woman, and Pau follows suit. When Pau is in the middle of raping Anna, she wakes up, and the situation becomes exponentially more complicated.

This film carries echoes of past movies like "Deadgirl" and "Flesh for Frankenstein", but with one major departure: there is no element of fantasy in The Corpse of Anna Fritz. Anna is neither zombie nor Frankenstein; she is simply a woman. Director Hèctor Hernández Vicens’ allows for underlying human malevolence to serve as the metaphorical monster. The entire film has only four actors and a solitary location, which adds to the anxiety felt by the audience and characters alike.Is this movie going to make cinematic history? Probably not. But the taboo subject matter and mortifying plot twists make it intriguing (and fresh) enough that it deserves a chance.

Article by Zack Mandell

Saturday, March 28, 2015

[3.75/10] The Intruders (2015)

The Intruders (2015)

Quick Review: The unexpectedly silky smooth cinematography makes it better looking than it should be, considering its tiny budget, and the acting is passable for the most part, but "The Intruders" fails to impress otherwise, as it's a rather lazy effort, unable provide any actual thrills, or even cheap scares to its audience, offering a mostly familiar storyline, suspiciously similar to that in "The Pact", only less exciting and not half as intense. In other words it's simply a dull little horror movie.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

[6.00/10] Black Sea (2015)

Black Sea (2015)

Quick Review: Do not expect any depth from this otherwise well-made underwater film, because the only deep thing "Black Sea" provides is its submarine setting. That said, this partially intriguing treasure hunting thriller is still worth watching for the intense dynamics between its greed and despair-driven characters, the atmospheric environment, and last, but certainly not least, Law's superb performance as the tough, but fair veteran Captain, hungry for a bold adventure with benefits.

Sunday, March 22, 2015

[4.00/10] Monsters: Dark Continent (2015)

Monsters: Dark Continent (2015)

Quick Review: Probably the only thing the original was missing was more monsters. Instead of fixing that big mistake in the sequel and make them the focal point of the film, the director decides to neglect those, and go with a more ‘human’, but not necessarily more effective storyline. Therefore, "Monsters 2" feels more like a war movie, rather than a sci-fi creature feature, and that is likely disappoint those anticipating some sheer monstrous action.

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Saturday, March 21, 2015

[3.50/10] The Pyramid (2014)

The Pyramid (2014)

Quick Review: Taking place in an underground pyramid filled with dark tunnels and creepy chambers, the film is inevitably claustrophobic, but that is "The Pyramid" one and only strength, as everything else is lame beyond believe, from the ludicrous plot, irritating characters and pretty awful camera work, to the absolutely cheesy special effects and utter lack of quality scares. Also, if you expect to see the ominous-looking mummy from the poster, you'll probably end up deeply disappointed.

Friday, March 20, 2015

[3.75/10] The Cobbler (2015)

The Cobbler (2015)

Quick Review: It's definitely not the worst Sandler movie thus far ("Jack and Jill" anyone?), but what starts off as a toned-down, oddly charming fantasy comedy with a pretty original premise, that suggests the film to be a decent fun at least, quickly turns into a messy, downright ludicrous, and annoyingly silly thug story with zero laughs, sloppy action, and no entertainment value at all. And not even Adam Sandler's effort to make things better pays off, because this effort is, well, very little.

Thursday, March 19, 2015

[6.25/10] The DUFF (2015)

The DUFF (2015)

Quick Review: It will hardly turn into a teen comedy classic, like the awesome "Mean Girls" did, but "The DUFF" still breathes fresh air into the genre, showing the high school students' dynamics from a different and rather unexpected point of view, providing as many laughs as strong moral messages to feel comfortable in your skin, and fully embrace your individuality. The film mostly owes its success to Whitman and her funny performance as the duff, who makes unpopularity seem cool.