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Wednesday, November 14, 2018

[6.50/10] The Great Battle (2018)

The Great Battle (2018) 

Quick Review: Taking into account the skillfully-executed grand battles, enhanced by some snazzy use of slow-mo, which are all epic in scale, sometimes even overwhelmingly so, "The Great Battle" definitely lives up to its title in terms of action scenes and their technical and visual value, but this busy and very overcrowded Korean historical saga has way too much going on about itself, and that combined with the large number of characters, makes it hard to follow and complicated to get.

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

[7.50/10] BlacKkKlansman (2018)

BlacKkKlansman (2018)

Quick Review: An excellent blend of intriguing plot, top-notch writing, brilliant acting, sleek direction, and timely themes of racism, all wrapped with irony, wit, and even a touch of romance, Spike Lee's latest effort, and also one of his very best, is a thoughtful, important, and superbly-executed piece of film-making that will make you exhilarated as well as uneasy, being a thought-provoking roller coaster ride filled with laughs, drama and suspense that entertains just as much as informs.

[6.75/10] Sorry to Bother You (2018)

Sorry to Bother You (2018)

Quick Review: Thoroughly one-of-a-kind, if not everyone's cup of tea, "Sorry to Bother You" is a unique mix of comedy, fantasy and drama, injected with a dose of romance that plays it as a darkly humorous black satire revolving around workahlism, success, overambition, greed,  and further on, regrets and contrition, complementing its originality with a darkly humorous script, some oddly disturbing, yet very amusing horror elements, and Stanfield's fantastic rags-to-riches lead turn.

Monday, November 12, 2018

[5.25/10] The Nutcracker and the Four Realms [3D] (2018)

The Nutcracker and the Four Realms [3D] (2018)

Quick Review: Mostly exquisite on the outside, if empty within, the film's lavish production design, exuberant visuals, and splendid details capture the eye, but the shocking absence of imposing dance sequences, and the somewhat fabricated whimsical tone make "The Nutcracker and the Four Realms" look more like a fancy mish-mash of other fantasy movies, rather than shining with individuality, therefore lacks Disney's emblematic magic, heart, and soul.

Sunday, November 11, 2018

[6.00/10] Look Away (2018)

Look Away (2018)

Quick Review: While by no means scary, the movie's chilling looks and feel might give you shivers because of the tone alone, and even though its vagueness grows a bit too much as the story progresses, leaving a lot of confusion, it's fair to say "Look Away" is a fairly original horror flick with some decent ideas behind its concept, which also digs deep into the struggles and alienation of a proper misfit, acted capably by India Eisley, who's schizophrenic lead turn is disturbingly hypnotic.

Friday, November 9, 2018

[7.50/10] Bohemian Rhapsody (2018)

Bohemian Rhapsody (2018)

Quick Review: A real champion of a biopic that will rock you and make you want to break free and simply enjoy it, "Bohemian Rhapsody" may be rushed and not that deep, but it brilliantly explores Queen's relations and Mercury's introvert pecularity, great talent and passion for singing, letting Malek's bravura performance and out-and-out commitment to take center stage and make you breathe, live, love, laugh, feel, cheer, cry and sing along with Freddie.

[5.00/10] Ravenous (2018)

Ravenous (2018)

Quick Review: Ironically, a horror film as slow as fast are its zombies, "Ravenous" stands out from most genre flicks with its 'quiet' concept, "The Walking Dead"-like character-driven approach, and less poslished and more realistic visual style, but then again, the plot is so sluggish, the pacing so inconsistent, and the zombie attacks so unimpressive, this experimantal Canadian flick ends up being a tedious, patient-demanding experience with some fresh ideas, but below-par execution.

Thursday, November 8, 2018

[6.75/10] The Equalizer 2 (2018)

The Equalizer 2 (2018)

Quick Review: A step below the first, yet nearly as taut, thrilling and compelling, this competently crafted and directed sequel may suffer from a weaker going-for-vengence story, playing it a bit more safe this time around, but watching Washington's yet again stellar performance as the uncompromising justice-maker with gentle, protective soul is absorbing and emotionally involving enough to neglect the plot's minor flaws, plus, the action itself is brutally good in its unsettling ruthlessness.

[4.75/10] Malicious (2018)

Malicious (2018)

Quick Review: Mostly thanks to the two leads, especially Novakovic, who delivers a decent performance considering the uninspired, ho-hum script she's forced to work with, this B-grade horror film is occasionally watchable and even slightly creepy at times, even if the ghastly imagery it offer range from properly sinister to downright cheesy, but "Malicious" is way too slow and unfocused to be intriguing enough, not to mention the scares are mostly 'boo', and the ending predictably lousy.

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

[7.25/10] Leave No Trace (2018)

Leave No Trace (2018)

Quick Review: Set against the luch backdrop of Oregon's forests, and further visually elevated by Michael McDonough' subtle cinematography, "Leave No Trace" explores the love for nature, freedom of human soul, and above all the indestructiblebond between a single dad and his young daughter in a moving, affecting, and often harrowing way, and with such a naturalistic approach. McKenzie's breakthrough performance as Tom exudes purity, fragility, and viridity, as much as quiet power.

Tuesday, November 6, 2018

[6.25/10] Errementari (2018)

Errementari (2018)

Quick Review: A fairy tale-inspired diabolical horror fable, executed in a nostalgically old-fashioned style that may be light on scares, but it's very heavy on atmosphere, "Errementari" certainly won't make you scream out of fear, since it's more fantasy than real terror, but the devilish imagery, rich in fascinating practical effects and authentic sets, the movie offers, will surely give you the creeps. The story itself gets weaker as it unfolds, but still offers some nice surprises, and twists along the way.

[6.00/10] The Spy Who Dumped Me (2018)

The Spy Who Dumped Me (2018)

Quick Review: Its sudden comedy-to-action tonal shifts are slightly off-putting, the whole plot is ridiculous, and the run rime is tad overlong, but after all "The Spy Who Dumped Me" remains a successful genre hybrid that is really funny without trying too hard, and thoroughly action-packed when it needs to be. Good laughs and superb action scenes aside, it's the Kunis-McKinnon pair that makes this movie really works, due to their credibly sweet chemistry.

Monday, November 5, 2018

[7.00/10] Alpha (2018)

Alpha (2018)

Quick Review: Even though not necessarily super-thrilling, due to its more of a laid-back approach, which does not mean that the action set pieces it offers are not first-class, "Alpha" is a refreshing prehistoric adventure with a big heart, about an extraordinary friendship that's truly endearing, but on the other hand a tough fight for survival which adds a sharp edge to its a-boy-grows-into -a-man story, relying more on strong visual narrative through its striking imagery, than dialogue.

[6.50/10] Eighth Grade (2018)

Eighth Grade (2018)

Quick Review: A fish-out-of-water coming-of-age story about a misift trying to find her inner confidence and boost her low self-esteem by getting out of her comfort zone, in a delightfully awkward manner, "Eight Grade" is an intimate, genuine and heartfelt look at one pre-teen girl's journey through self-discovey that is as emotional and humorous, as it's engaging to watch, mostly thanks to the fascinating lead performance by the young and gifted Elsie Fisher, who owns the whole film.

Friday, November 2, 2018

[6.75/10] The House with a Clock in Its Walls (2018)

The House with a Clock in Its Walls (2018)

Quick Review: Delightfully spooky, darkly enchanting, often funny, and demonstrating Roth's flair for horror, "The House with a Clock in Its Walls" is a well-balanced blend of humor, fantasy, and frights that will appeal to all ages, as there's something for everyone, indeed -- from the superb chemistry-driven cast and the lovely vintage vibe, to the flashy CGIs and fun scares, this well-crafted juvenile adventure is just equally as magical, entertaining and creepy.

[8.25/10] Searching (2018)

Searching (2018)

Quick Review: Clever in concept, unique in execution, and brilliant in its voyeuristic approach,"Searching" takes full advantage of its relevant, technology-inspired premise to fully realize its inventive ideas in a never-before-seen way, by following a dad -daugher relationship, the vanishing of the latter, and the mystery around the investigation digitally, sustaining the suspense of its intriguing, twist-filled, and finely-structured plot, and letting its fleshed-out characters to be the true driving force.

Thursday, November 1, 2018

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[6.50/10] Nappily Ever After (2018)

Nappily Ever After (2018)

Quick Review: Sweet, honest, bold and often amusing, this pleasurable book adaptation is all about, vanity, letting go of it, and finding yourself as a result, and it is an emotional journey driven by the ups'n'downs of the protagonist, played strongly by the Sanaa Lathan, who discovers herself through an unlikely romance and her strong bond with a little girl. Sure, "Nappily Ever After" is corny in parts, but all the emotions it evokes are very pure, and the message it delivers -- really moving.