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Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Quick Reviews: 2015 Movies [PART 02]

The Perfect Guy (2015) - The attractive cast makes it watchable for the most part, but their charm just can't cover up the countless cliches this predictable, flat thriller is built on, plus, Rosenthal's often lazy direction makes it a little bit of a snore-fest. (4.50/10)

Howl (2015) - For a low-budget, werewolf B movie, "Howl" looks decent enough, and the gore and practical effects are spot-on, but most of the characters are hardly likable at all, which kind of makes them instantly forgettable, as it is the movie itself. (5.25/10)

Monster Hunt (2015) - Although too goofy even for an ancient Chinese action comedy, it's enjoyable to watch, thanks to the funny characters, cute, cartoonish creatures, and solid, fun-to-watch fight sequences that inject great energy into the feature. (6.00/10)

The Visit (2015) - A definite step in the right direction for Shyamalan, his latest oddball horror flick is as funny as it is creepy, but the word that describes it perfectly is disturbing. That said, "The Visit" may be too slow moving for most horror enthusiasts. (6.25/10)

Krampus (2015) - Even though it doesn't have much of a bite and it's a bit too over-the-top, "Krampus" is a fun creature feature, wrapped in a creepy Christmas spirit, that successfully blends mythology and modern horror in one crazy, yet messy story. (6.50/10)

45 Years (2015) - Slow, simple, profoundly touching, and devoid of any unnecessary sentiments, and manipulative drama gimmicks, "45 Years" does a superb job at exploring the doubts in a half-century-lasting love, complemented by remarkable acting. (6.75/10)

Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015) - A bit too overhyped, and frankly not as visually impressive as it should be, yet still satisfactory to a certain extend, Episode VII owes a huge part of its success to the talented Daisy Ridley, who actually makes it exciting. (6.75/10)

The Danish Girl (2015) - The uncomfortable subject matter may not be everyone's cup of tea, but this beautifully-crafted drama is still worth-seeing for its looks, and stellar acting from Eddie Redmayne and Alicia Vikander, who both deliver their best. (7.25/10)

99 Homes (2015) - Gripping from beginning to the end, and with high level of intensity, but above all brilliantly-acted by its two capable leads, "99 Homes" is a contemporary rags-to-riches drama many viewers can relate to and/or appreciate its morals. (7.50/10)

Liza, the Fox-Fairy (2015) - Quirky, colorful, and truly one of a kind, this Hungarian black comedy with retro vibe, and an exotic Asian flavor often feels like Jean-Pierre Jeunet and Wes Anderson's cinematic lovechild, and something you'll not soon forget. (7.75/10)


Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

I've only seen a couple of those. I enjoyed Star Wars a bit more, but really, any Star Wars that doesn't suck is appreciated at this point. Still want to see Krampus.

George Beremov [Nebular] said...

"any Star Wars that doesn't suck is appreciated at this point" -- exactly!!! This is what pisses me off, really. The film was nothing special, but it was considered WOW by the fans. Overrated. Period. :)
Krampus is worth a look.