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Monday, March 19, 2018

[6.75/10] The Invisible Guardian (2017)

The Invisible Guardian (2017)

Quick Review: Driven by a strong female protagonist, who's personal backstory is just as unsettling as the subtle, yet quietly absorbing major plot revolving around ritual murders, "The Invisible Guardian" is a murky, atmospheric serial killer chiller which doesn't rely on shocking twists and turns to keep you intrigued, letting its intricate story filled with implicit clues to lead you through the riddle. The perplexing finale gives the film a further enigmatic feel.

Sunday, March 18, 2018

[5.75/10] Insidious: The Last Key (2018)

Insidious: The Last Key (2018)

Quick Review: Dealing with abuse and captivity, this prequel to the first sequel enters new horror territories other than the supernatural ones, Shaye's odd aura is the movie's key strength, and Botet transforms into yet another fearsome, if underused, creature as the demonic KeyFace, but you need to survive an hour in order to get to the supposedly scary bits, plus, "The Last Key" feels too familiar to be able to stand out with something truly haunting.

Saturday, March 17, 2018

[6.50/10] Tomb Raider [3D] (2018)

Tomb Raider [3D] (2018)

Quick Review: Daring enough not to be boring, yet too generic to be properly exciting, this unnecessary, if well-crafted reboot is one of the better video game adaptations due to its more down-to-earth and less fantasy-laden approach a'la Indiana Jones, the capably-executed action scenes, and Vikander's delicate and determined turn as Lara Croft, but "Tomb Raider"'s inconsistent pacing, predictable by-the-numbers plot and lack of adventurous thrills put it into the 'average' category.

Friday, March 16, 2018

[4.00/10] Devil's Tree: Rooted Evil (2018)

Devil's Tree: Rooted Evil (2018)

Quick Review: A low-grade horror flick that claims it's based on 'true events', which is ridiculous enough in itself, "Devil's Tree" fails to make the best it can out of its sinister, if gimmicky premise, choosing to steal familiar elements from such classics as "Blair Witch Project" and "The Conjuring", instead of developing its own, original story, with the biggest let down being the poor twist at the end and the even poorer acting by everyone involved in it.

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

[7.75/10] Annihilation (2018)

Annihilation (2018)

Quick Review: Benefiting from its director's highly creative vision, and an intelligently vague script, which refuses to provide all the answers to the big thought-provoking questions it raises, "Annihilation" is a thinking person's sci-fi mind-bender of a film with unique concept, skillfully subtle execution, and an artful imagery of extraordinarily pretty environmental deformations wrapped in a colorful haze that match the film's messed- up DNA, and mesmerize as much as the nuanced characters.

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

[7.50/10] Along with the Gods: The Two Worlds (2017)

Along with the Gods: The Two Worlds (2017)

Quick Review: Just as massive in concept as it's wildly imaginative in its execution, "Along with the Gods" blends fantasy and realism smoothly enough to convey its powerful moral message about the purity of human soul, and to impress with its vivid recreation of the beyond, focusing as much on the extraordinary CGI- enhanced visuals as it does on its imperfect, yet genuine protagonist, and leaving a big emotional impact at the end of the journey.

[6.00/10] American Assassin (2017)

American Assassin (2017)

Quick Review: As a spy thriller, this one barely breaks any grounds, offering an improbable story devoid of credibility, but taken purely as a revenge flick, "American Assassin" works to a certain extended, mainly due to Dylan O'Brien's dedicated lead performance, and his desire to uncover a different side of him as an action star. Set in many locations across the whole world, the film is engaging to look at, plus, the solid cast give their best to make it as entertaining as possible.

Monday, March 12, 2018

[6.25/10] Muse (2017)

Muse (2017)

Quick Review: Utterly dripping with atmosphere, Balagueró's latest wins points for being unique, untypical, and unpredictable, but unlike his horror masterpiece "[REC]", "Muse" succeeds in being tonally ominous, but fails to generate the sense of dread and fear effectively enough to make its otherwise pretty intriguing, if occasionally confusing story more memorable, in spite of its director's incontestable technical skills behind the camera and skillful techniques in maintaining creepiness.

Sunday, March 11, 2018

[4.00/10] Children of the Corn: Runaway (2018)

Children of the Corn: Runaway (2018)

Quick Review: Yet another poorly-conceived and gimmicky entry in the classic horror franchise, "Children of the Corn: Runaway" is for better or worse more focused on the likable and solidly-acted female protagonist and her personal struggles, rather than on the terror itself, and while the fans of creepy kids flicks might give it a chance, the rest will find the contrived plot-line as an excuse for some fake gore, which fails to mask the film's corny dullness.

[6.75/10] The Girl in the Fog (2017)

The Girl in the Fog (2017)

Quick Review: A real atmospheric Italian crime thriller with a haunting visual tone and enigmatic feel that matches its disturbing 'missing child' plot-line, "La Ragazza nella Nebbia" grows more and more engrossing and twisty as the mystery unfolds, keeping you wondering who is the actual abductor, and is the girl alive or not, by revealing all the clues one step at a time, accompanied by the convincing performances from the international cast, with Jean Reno being the standout here.

Saturday, March 10, 2018

[5.50/10] Death Wish (2018)

Death Wish (2018)

Quick Review: A pretty far-fetched remake that comes dead on arrival, "Death Wish" is too straightforward to be a thrilling experience, and yet, the whole a surgeon-turned-justice seeker affair is so exaggerated, it's has zero plausibility. In typical Roth fashion, the graphic death scenes leave nothing to imagination, which makes them a bloody fun to watch, but the miscast Bruce Willis is barely invested in his urban Grim Reaper role, which kills the film's potential of being a guilty pleasure.

Friday, March 9, 2018

[6.25/10] Step Sisters (2018)

Step Sisters (2018)

Quick Review: Awfully familiar, yet hugely enjoyable, the ambiguously titled "Step Sisters" falls flat on its face, failing to avoid all the sorority cliches concerning rivalry, betrayal, and reconciliation, hence, the plot gets foreseeable from miles away, but this dance flick still maintains its high level of energy and sense of rhythm, with its highlights being the pounding step routines, performed skillfully by an attractive female cast charged with charisma, vigor, swag, attitude, and true sass.

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

[6.75/10] Breathe (2017)

Breathe (2017)

Quick Review: Though rushed at first, Andy Serkis' debut feature is slow-moving, and tad overlong, and yet for a movie dealing with illness, "Breathe" has a surprisingly positive approach, telling its moving real-life story in a truly uplifting, feel-good manner, without being less inspiring than it intends to be. So beautifully- shot, it's as pretty as a painting, the films works as a powerful love story too, depicting 'true love' so credibly, thanks to Garfield and Foy's strong on-screen relationship.

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

[6.00/10] When We First Met (2018)

When We First Met (2018)

Quick Review: Possibly inspired by the life rule 'you can't change your destiny', even when a miracle offers you the opportunity to, Netflix's time travel rom-com follows the painfully hackneyed 'go back in the past to fix things' formula, but luckily, it uses it wisely enough not to feel too cliched or repetitive, and even though the adorable twist is easy to figure out, "When We First Met" is a charming and enjoyable love story with goofy sense of humor, and a pretty sweet, amusing-to-watch cast.

[7.00/10] Forgotten (2017)

Forgotten (2017)

Quick Review: Though verging on confusing at times, this solid Korean mystery thriller has quite a few tricks up its sleeve, which it utilizes in such a twisty fashion, the unpredictable curveballs it throws at you will leave you literally speechless. Starting off rather unimpressively, but further on transforming its 'vanished person' story into a multi-layered plot filled with turns and shocks, "Forgotten" may lack slightly in execution, but concept-wise it's pretty genius, plus, the acting is reasonable.

Monday, March 5, 2018

[6.25/10] Roman J. Israel, Esq. (2017)

Roman J. Israel, Esq. (2017)

Quick Review: Led singlehandedly by Danzel Washington's captivating performance as the eccentric and title character who breaks his own idealistic rules out of desperation, "Roman J. Israel, Esq." is mostly a reasonably engaging drama about inner battles, personal crisis, and professional ambition, which would have been much more successful if it wasn't so overwhelmingly chatty, unfocused, messy, dragged out and clumsy in its execution.

Saturday, March 3, 2018

[7.25/10] Red Sparrow (2018)

Red Sparrow (2018)

Quick Review: Steadily sustaining its narrative focus and quiet tension, the tastefully-crafted "Red Sparrow" is a slow-paced, yet intriguing cat-n- mouse spy game of deception and manipulation that makes up for its lack of action with some unbearable scenes of extreme violence, letting its cunning protagonist, played very convincingly by Lawrence, to pull off the best out of the thoughtful script, which cleverly avoids to give away any clues about whose side is she on till the tricky final act.

OSCAR post: My Reviews of the 9 Best Picture Nominees at Oscars 2018

 My Quick Reviews of the 9 Best Picture Nominees at Oscars 2018
[click on the title to read the quick review] 

[7.75/10] Call Me by Your Name
[6.50/10] Darkest Hour
[6.50/10] Dunkirk
[8.00/10] Get Out
[7.00/10] Lady Bird
[6.50/10] Phantom Thread
[6.75/10] The Post
[9.75/10] The Shape of Water
[7.75/10] Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Should win: The Shape of Water
Will win: The Shape of Water
Could win: Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri