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Sunday, June 17, 2018

[6.75/10] Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom [3D] (2018)

Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom [3D] (2018)

Quick Review: Sometimes original, yet often contrived, and also darker and further scientific than the last one, "Fallen Kingdom" benefits from a few monstrously intense action set pieces, relentless dino battles, taut chases, and hard-to-fault CGIs, as well as a charismatic cast with some fresh new additions, but despite that this sequel never fully reaches the entertainment value and thrill level of its predecessor, being enjoyable, but having smaller teeth.

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

CineMarvellous! Preview: Atmospherically Creepy First Teaser Trailer for "The Nun"

Check out below the atmospherically creepy first teaser trailer for the new installment in "The Conjuring" horror universe "The Nun", which is set for release on September 7. Beware Valak!

Monday, June 11, 2018

[4.00/10] A Wrinkle in Time (2018)

A Wrinkle in Time (2018)

Quick Review: No doubt Disney's worst live-action movie ever made, "A Wrinkle in Time" is an epic failure on almost every single level -- from the sappy story, lame direction, and irritating overacting, to the cheesy special effects and rather horrible hair and make-up, this emotionally forced and tackily-executed effort is a proof that Ava DuVernay should stick to the 'meaningful dramas' and stay away from the fantasy genre. Witherspoon breaths some life, and Reid is adorable, though.

Monday, June 4, 2018

[6.50/10] Thoroughbreds (2018)

Thoroughbreds (2018)

Quick Review: Refreshing in its oddity and exciting in its cruelty, this comically dark feature may be a bit too moody to be everyone's cup of tea, but those hungry for something unusual will value "Thoroughbreds" peculiar mixture of ideas, as its at the same time a relationship-driven drama with solid amount of tension, wickedly bonkers crime thriller, and black comedy, all balanced smoothly enough to work finely as a whole, complemented by the superb acting from the two maim leads.

Friday, June 1, 2018

[5.25/10] Fahrenheit 451 (2018)

Fahrenheit 451 (2018)

Quick Review: Just like most other HBO productions this adaptation is technically well-crafted, polished in looks, and reasonably stylish, plus, it boasts with a talented, A-list cast, who all try to give their best working with the given material, but sadly the unimaginative and lazy script fails to capture the true key essence of the book, hence, to breath proper life into the otherwise unique story, and as a result, "Fahrenheit 451" feels like a lifeless and mediocre attempt at dystopian sci-fi thriller.

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

[4.25/10] Feral (2018)

Feral (2018)

Quick Review: Basically a down- grade version of "The Descent", but set in the woods (so original), and even with similar looking monsters from the modern horror classic it's being obviously inspired by, whose familiar scenario also involves banal 'virus' tropes, "Feral" has few 'gory fun' encounters and also an okay acting from the leads, but all in all it's a cheesy entry into the 'creature feature' sub-genre that will not be remembered for anything, but its decent practical effects.

Monday, May 28, 2018

[6.00/10] In Darkness (2018)

In Darkness (2018)

Quick Review: Fairly slow moving and sluggishly-paced for the most part, if still quietly intriguing, soaked in enigmatic atmosphere, and led by Natalie Dormer's concincing central performance as the blind yet deeply confident crime scene 'wintess', "In Darkness" may take a lot of time to warm up and build the suspense, but it really succeeds in being an unpredictable mystery thriller with a few clever trick up its sleeve and some twists and turns, no one could see coming or anticipate.

Friday, May 25, 2018

[5.25/10] The Strangers: Prey at Night (2018)

The Strangers: Prey at Night (2018)

Quick Review: A very unnecessary sequel to a horror movie that wasn't particularly great, "The Strangers 2" adds little to nothing to the 'home invasion' genre with its hackneyed plot-line filled with familiar elements, whose by-the-numbers approach is masked by some typical slice-n-dice slasher gore-fest. Despite a decent cast and fairly watchable first half, the film descends into complete and utter absurdity as it progresses, with some eye-rolling results.

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

[3.75/10] Dark Crimes (2018)

Dark Crimes (2018)

Quick Review: Premiered at a film fest in Warsaw in 2016, but actually released in this year, "Dark Crimes" or more like "Dull Crimes" is one of the most mind-numbing and totally edgeless mystery thrillers in recent memory. Shot and set in Krakow, this lifeless bummer attempts to be nasty and twisted, but despite its dramatic potential, it ends up being tiresome as hell, due to the flimsy script, unpleasantly bleak tone, lack of suspense, and and Carrey's sub-par central performance.

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

[6.00/10] Early Man (2018)

Early Man (2018)

Quick Review: Certainly not one of Aardman Animations' most polished achievements, but still fun, amusing and charming enough to keep you entertainined, "Early Man" is rather superficial in terms of story and at times a bit too goofy, and while the imagery is not necessarily stunning, the craftsmenship of the stop motion is hard to fault, and the execution effortless as always, which kind of compensates for the sheer lack of depth, substance, purpose, emotion and notable characters.

Sunday, May 20, 2018

[8.50/10] Deadpool 2 (2018)

Deadpool 2 (2018)

Quick Review: Sure, it doesn't feel as refreshingly raunchy and goofily anti-heroic as the first, but in terms of execution, action, and production, this sequel is bigger, badder, louder, and even nuttier. Delightfully violent, shamelessly cheeky, full of spot-on movie references, and tying with the X-Men universe in a funny manner, "Deadpool 2" is a blast of a "family" sequel that benefits from Raynold's obsession with the protagonist, the few smartly indefinite villains and the badass fresh additions.

Friday, May 18, 2018

[6.25/10] Overboard (2018)

Overboard (2018)

Quick Review: It's by no means a successful remake, even if it puts its own ttwist on the 1987 classic, but judged merely by itself, "Overboard" never really falls overboard in terms of cheesiness and humor, as what starts off as a supposed to be silly spoiled-wealthy-latino-gets-a-payoff caper, very smoothly grows into a family comedy with huge heart that, while hardly laugh-out-loud funny, is heartfelt, sweet, and amusing, and works thanks to Faris and Derbez's ever charming chemistry.

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

[6.75/10] Revenge (2018)

Revenge (2018)

Quick Review: Don't get deceived by the generic title, as this feminist take on the vengance sub-genre is a rough kick in the balls -- brutal, violent, and bloody as hell, and led convinsingly by the super sexy and truly tempting, yet uncompromisingly harsh performance by Matilda Anna Ingrid Lutz, the set-in-the-moroccan-deserts "Revenge" is a tastefully-shot explotation thriller, whose fancy looks, thanks to the stylish use of colors, filters, and lighting, contrast with its ferocious nature.

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

[4.00/10] Samson (2018)

Samson (2018)

Quick Review: Biblical epic about the legend of Samson -- the Hebrew version of Hercules -- that plays it like an ancient superhero fantasy flick rather than a proper historical action drama, "Samson" is a poorly executed film that feels fabricated, staged, and inauthentic from start to finish, not to mention how stiff most of the acting is, and how cheesy the use of CGI is. At least Taylor James possesses some charm as the title protagonist, and some of the fights are entertaining to watch.

Monday, May 14, 2018

[6.50/10] Psychokinesis (2018)

Psychokinesis (2018)

Quick Review: A mash-up between "Kung Fu Hustle" and "Chronicle", but without nifty martial arts fighting of the first, and the dark edge of the latter, this unusual superhero movie is a step or two below the director's previous effort "Train to Busan", but than again, "Psychokinesis" remains enjoyable, in spite of its emotional essence and the act of rebellion it concerns, especially during the third act, which excites with gravity-free smash-them-up action, and delights with cartoonish effects.

Thursday, May 10, 2018

[6.00/10] Primal Rage (2018)

Primal Rage (2018)

Quick Review: Not just another set -in-the-woods Big Foot horror flick, "Primal Rage" shows a new side of the mythical monster Sasquatch you have never seen, which makes it a breath of fresh air, and although the approach itself verges on ridiculous, it helps the film to work as much as a guts-and-gore-driven slasher, as it does as a macabre creature feature with two solid lead characters you actually care about. Surprisingly, the masked Big Foot is not the only creepy thing in the film.

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

[4.50/10] Anon (2018)

Anon (2018)

Quick Review: Neither as clever as "Gattaca", nor as entertaining as "In Time", Niccol's latest sci-fi thriller is as slick on the outside as it's hollow within - heavily 'digitized' in concept, hard to follow, often confusing, and terribly lifeless, "Anon" suffers from an overthought plot, lack of vigor and thrills to keep you involved, and not even its two big name stars, who struggle with the dull script, and the stylishly bleak futuristic visuals can make up for the 'forced' originality and often lazy execution.

Saturday, May 5, 2018

[7.25/10] The Insult (2017)

The Insult (2017)

Quick Review: Following the act of an civic fight grown into a rebellious national racial, cultural, political and religious scandal in e truly gripping and thought-provoking manner, this Lebanese thriller about modern day 'pride and prejudice' in the Middle East is crafted with style, substance, and sense of credibility, and even though "The Insult" is much stronger in its first, more dynamic half, than in its second courtroom-driven one, it maintains the tension, and boasts with some briliant acting.