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Saturday, May 31, 2014

[4.50/10] Mr. Jones (2014)

Mr. Jones (2014)

Quick Review: Having a sensibly intriguing premise, and featuring arguably the creepiest and most uniquely-designed scarecrows ever put on film, "Mr. Jones" starts off real strong, promising to be a fairly successful 'found footage' flick, that will manage to stand out from the crowd. Sadly though, it goes in the completely wrong direction towards the end, turning into a big mess of surreal imagery, and nonsensical explanations that will most probably confuse most viewers.

Friday, May 30, 2014

[5.00/10] About Last Night (2014)

About Last Night (2014)

Quick Review: The relationship between Danny and Debbie feels fairly genuine, and they both will appeal to most viewers, but "About Last Night" fails big time to avoid all the familiar rom-com cliches, hence, its sheer predictability is inevitable. Moreover, in spite of providing most of the laughs, even though those are very few, Hart and Hall are more obnoxious and terribly loud, rather than funny, portraying stereotypical, one-dimensional characters, further letting this movie down.

Thursday, May 29, 2014

[8.25/10] X-Men: Days of Future Past [3D] (2014)

X-Men: Days of Future Past [3D] (2014)

Quick Review: It doesn't feel as fresh as "First Class", but the latest installment shows director Singer in top form, who competently builds up a bridge between the prequel and the old entries, assembling all the X- Men in a thrilling time-travel-ish plot, complemented by startlingly-crafted action sequences that truly excite, and flashy, 3D-enhanced CGIs. Add to that the introducing of the so-cool Quicksilver, who's fast-paced moves would spin your head off.

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

[6.00/10] Oculus (2014)

Oculus (2014)

Quick Review: Even though its 'killer mirror' premise doesn't sound original, or very promising, "Oculus" turns out to be a pretty reasonable horror chiller, that doesn't rely on gore, or in-your-face scares to give you the creeps, but mostly on the silent dread it exudes throughout. Sure, the film is far from frightening and not as atmospheric as it could have been, but its story that blends past, present, and surrealism finely, will keep you entertained right to the satisfyingly dark ending.

Monday, May 26, 2014

[7.75/10] Godzilla [3D] (2014)

Godzilla [3D] (2014)

Quick Review: Led by a capable cast, and Edwards' more than solid direction, that smoothly balances terror and human drama, "Godzilla" is an epic monster of a movie, that boasts technical excellence as well. While the first half is very humanly oriented and not particularly action-packed, as soon as both MUTOs and Godzilla show up on screen, it turns into an eye-popping spectacle of mass destruction, monster fights, and sheer mayhem, all provided for your pure entertainment.

Sunday, May 25, 2014

[7.25/10] Afflicted (2014)

Afflicted (2014)

Quick Review: Showcasing there is still hope for the spent 'FF' horror sub-genre, Lee and Prowse's debut full-length feature film is surprisingly accomplished and skillfully-crafted. Sure, there are more than a couple similar elements to the far superior "Chronicle" from 2012, but those never feel intentionally ripped-off. Delivering enough scares, shocks, and gross-out gore, "Afflicted" will keep you entertained and intrigued by its plot, dealing with vampirism in a very creative fashion.

Monday, May 5, 2014

[6.75/10] The Sacrament (2014) [1000th Post]

Quick Review: Proving that West's versatility is out of question, and presented as a documentary, this is not your average POV flick, as its credibility factor is off the scale, and that is what makes it as viscerally suspenseful and intriguing as it is. Not to mention "The Sacrament" is as shocking and disturbing as it can get, showing some images that are really hard to forget. In addition, the isolated setting adds to the dreadful atmosphere, and the performances are solid and believable.

[5.25/10] Walk of Shame (2014)

Quick Review: Elizabeth Banks is absolutely captivating as usual, and manages to carry the entire movie on her shoulders, due to her charm, and true comedic talent, but her strong presence is not enough to make this movie successful. Why? Because even though it feature a couple of really hilarious situations causing laughter, "Walk of Shame" is a downright absurd, bordering on ludicrous, and only mildly amusing comedy, that has a bit of potential, but falls flat on its face.

[4.75/10] Vampire Academy (2014)

Quick Review: Yes, it's reasonably watchable, and has its moments of mindless entertainment, plus, Zoey Deutch adds a bit of energy, and sparkle to it, but "Vampire Academy" is so uneven and terribly-directed, sometimes it feels like a bunch of random sequences thrown together, that barely make any sense. Unlike "Twilight" series, though, this one never takes itself that seriously, but on the other hand, its goofy nature overshadows the decent stuff in it, dooming it to mediocrity.

[6.50/10] Devil's Knot (2014)

Devil's Knot (2014)

Quick Review: Precisely-cast and quietly engaging, this based-on-a true-story courtroom drama may be a bit too straightforward in terms of plotting, but the open ending has a hint of mystery to it, and contrasts provocatively with the rest of the film. Atom's low-key direction draws you in, and makes you feel like a witness of the horrific case. Acting wise, Colin Firth is a bit underused, but Reese Witherspoon's excellent performance saves the movie from being rather forgettable.