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Monday, October 16, 2017

[4.75/10] Wish Upon (2017)

Wish Upon (2017)

Quick Review: Essentially a hybrid between "Final Destination" series and "The Box", "Wish Upon" is yet another hackneyed and forgettable teen horror that feels too familiar to be able to thrill, and totally devoid of any scares and real 'creep factor'. It partially makes up for that with some inventive, gruesome, gory, and fun-to-watch death scenes that are the only good thing about it, plus, Joey King is adorable, cute and engaging enough to make this utter nonsense occasionally watchable.

Sunday, October 15, 2017

[6.75/10] Girls Trip (2017)

Girls Trip (2017)

Quick Review: Confident, raunchy, naughty, often hysterical, and tons of fun from beginning to end, and featuring characters as bright and vibrant as its visuals, the sassy, yet classy "Girls Trip" is a wild ride that celebrates friendship in a very joyful manner, but also demonstrates love, affection and support. This bonkers, briskly-paced comedy delivers some pretty big laughs along the way, but what makes it so successful is the dynamics between the 4 characters, and the perfect casting.

Saturday, October 14, 2017

[4.00/10] The Monster Project (2017)

The Monster Project (2017)

Quick Review: Just as uninspired as its title, and featuring a demon, a vampire and a skinwalker all equally as lame, "TMP" deserves kudos for using some decent practical effects for its monsters, but everything else about it is sleazy to say the least -- from its drain 'found footage' visual style, shot frequently with obnoxious 'night vision' effects, to the generic plot, annoying characters, and lack of any true scares, this project is a huge cinematic disaster.

Friday, October 13, 2017

[7.00/10] Wind River (2017)

Wind River (2017)

Quick Review: A somewhat simple, yet intelligent murder mystery that's intricate enough to intrigue you, but also refreshingly plausible to make you care, "Wind River" is equally as brutal, devastating and humane noir western, whose pale color palette, snowy setting, and chilling blizzards create a bleak feel that matches the crude nature of the story. Cleverly-written, and led superbly by Renner and Olsen, this unsettling, dialogue-driven riddle of a film will glue you to the screen until the end.

Thursday, October 12, 2017

[5.00/10] Ghost House (2017)

Ghost House (2017)

Quick Review: The otherwise well- paced plot is pretty formulaic for the most part, therefore, the entire thing feels oddly familiar, and the acting leaves a lot to be desired, but being set in Thailand, "Ghost House" has an exotically haunting atmosphere, which works in the film's favor, and increases the creepiness, and while this ghost story/demonic possession hybrid attempts to spread fear only through 'jump' scares and practical ghastly images, the eerie tone alone would give you the chills.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

[4.50/10] The Limehouse Golem (2017)

The Limehouse Golem (2017)

Quick Review: Rich in detail, well- photographed, captured with a real 1800's tone, and decently-acted by the cast involved, "The Limehouse Golem" is undoubtedly pretty to look at, but its overly complex serial killer mystery plot combined with the lazy pacing, and poor editing kill most of the suspense and turn it into a very uneven period thriller that gets its act together too late in a final act that provides a twist you could see coming from miles away.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

[6.75/10] Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie (2017)

Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie (2017)

Quick Review: Dreamwork's latest feels like a big breath of fresh air for numerous reasons -- original, fast- paced, and often delightfully manic, "Captain Underpants" is a fun story about friendship and teamwork that also parodies the school system in a hilarious manner. The two little guys are crazy sweet, the villain is as cool as he's mad, Underpants himself is adorably silly, and the crisp, vibrant, and colorful graphics are charming, and technically flawless.

Monday, October 9, 2017

[6.50/10] Better Watch Out (2017)

Better Watch Out (2017)

Quick Review: Taking place almost entirely in a single family house, this holiday horror is not exactly diverse in terms of setting, but it more than makes up for that with a clever and unpredictable script which has more surprises than a Christmas stocking -- what starts as yet another cliched, home invasion flick with silly preteen characters suddenly throws a huge curveball at its audience and turns into a totally demented, often nasty, and disturbing shocker that's just as crazy fun as it is violent.

Sunday, October 8, 2017

[5.75/10] Amityville: The Awakening (2017)

Amityville: The Awakening (2017)

Quick Review: Neither the worst, nor among the best entries in the drained Amityville series, for a 10th entry, "The Awakening" is on one hand inevitably familiar, but on the other it doesn't feel awfully recycled as it has a few tricks up its sleeve to set itself apart, and those along with the eerie atmosphere increase the creepiness. Though not particularly terrifying, this sequel provides a few decent scares along the way, and the cast all do a solid job.

Saturday, October 7, 2017

[7.50/10] Blade Runner 2049 [3D] (2017)

Blade Runner 2049 (2017)

Quick Review: Proudly displaying one striking shot after another, this sequel is a piece of art in terms of looks, thanks to Villeneuve's vision and Deakins' lavish cinematography which combined create a dazzlingly murky atmosphere that matches the futuristic neo-noir tone of the movie. Although it's captivatingly enigmatic, quietly gripping, and superbly-acted "Blade Runner 2049"'s slow pacing, long running time, and lack of vigor, action, and memorable thrills might be challenging for some.

Friday, October 6, 2017

[3.75/10] Goon: Last of the Enforcers (2017)

Goon: Last of the Enforcers (2017)

Quick Review: An often hideous, and totally unnecessary sequel to a forgettable original, "Goon: Last of the Enforcers" feels just as tired and exhausted as its central character, and fails to improve upon the first one on any level, continuing to use the violence as a gimmick to provide some sort of entertainment, besides all the annoyingly familiar and corny domestic melodrama as a backstory, but it neither amuses, nor it delivers emotionally or otherwise.

Thursday, October 5, 2017

[6.75/10] Gerald's Game (2017)

Gerald's Game (2017)

Quick Review: One of the better S. King adaptations, this unpredictable fight for survival with a twist works as much on a psychological level as it does as a pure horror flick with a dark backstory, thanks to the well-balanced script and Flanagan's all so clever direction, which has some tricks up its sleeve. Carla Gugino's strong performance adds credibility, plus, the revealing last ten minutes are so sinister and effective, they lift "Gerald's Game"'s shock value high enough to jolt you hard.

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

[4.25/10] The Vault (2017)

The Vault (2017)

Quick Review: Reasonably finely-shot and acted, but rather poorly-conceived, and painfully corny, "The Vault" works much better as a heist movie than it does as a horror flick, which makes it watchable in the first 30 minutes or so, but as soon as the film enters the horror territory, "The Vault" goes downhill real fast, turning into a cheese-fest, whose underground setting is a lot scarier than the entities themselves. James Franco is insanely underused, but Eastwood truly delivers.

Sunday, October 1, 2017

[5.75/10] The Book of Henry (2017)

The Book of Henry (2017)

Quick Review: Way too grim to be enjoyable, yet too manipulative to be genuinely emotional, "The Book of Henry"'s drastic tonal shifts surely won't be everyone's cup of tea, but on the other hand, each three of its distinctive parts kind of works on its own -- the first one is offbeat, the second one is devastating, and the third one is suspenseful. The acting is excellent, with Naomi Watts nailing her part as the troubled mother of two, besides, the film's peculiar feel suits its moody essence.

Friday, September 29, 2017

[7.00/10] The Big Sick (2017)

The Big Sick (2017)

Quick Review: Arguably the most clever, original, and truly refreshing romantic comedy in years, "The Big Sick" may be too talky, but thanks to the well-written script, the dialogues are always witty and engaging. The cultural clashes are simultaneously the funniest and the most dramatic bits in the film, but its the heartfelt nature of the bitter-sweet story that makes it so very touching. Nanjiani breathes a quirky likability into his character, who cheats on his roots in the name of true love.

Thursday, September 28, 2017

[5.00/10] All Eyez on Me (2017)

All Eyez on Me (2017)

Quick Review: Neither as gripping, powerful, or accomplished as 2016's "Straight Outta Compton", "All Eyez on Me" is poor attempt at a biopic that tries to cover 2PAC's rebellious life in 140 min, and the end result lacks both depth and impact, being too rushed to engage the audience. The director captures the feel of the era accurately with rough edge, and the lookalike Shipp Jr. portrays the hip-hop legend with real pride and determination, but the shallow script never works in his favor.

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

[6.25/10] The Little Hours (2017)

The Little Hours (2017)

Quick Review: Visually muted and technically simplistic, yet full of vivid characters, played hilariously by the comedic cast, "The Little Hours" is a scandalously fun medieval comedy featuring horny, swearing, alcohol- drinking nuns, who always entertain with their language, behavior, and actions, and though there aren't any hysterical laughs and clever jokes, this daring, raunchy, and improper prank of a film will definitely cause controversy, especially because of its amusingly dark finale.

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

[4.00/10] A Ghost Story (2017)

A Ghost Story (2017)

Quick Review: Numb, monotonous and weird beyond belief, this bland supernatural romance attempts to touch and affect through its subtle visual storytelling, and yet instead of being mesmerizing in its peculiarity, "A Ghost Story" turns out to be such an unbearably sluggish, pretentious bore, it feels like watching paint dry. Almost devoid of dialogue, this artsy snoozefest consists of slow and long scenes featuring Affleck covered in a sheet, portraying a dull ghost who practically does nothing.

Monday, September 25, 2017

[7.50/10] Kingsman: The Golden Circle (2017)

Kingsman: The Golden Circle (2017)

Quick Review: Tad less technically creative than the original, yet just as fun, wild, energetic, and cartoonish, "The Golden Circle" has little on its mind with its familiar 'drug pandemic' plot, but its classy visual style, and slick execution, along with the multi-angled camera work, flashy action, and elaborate stunts make it a pure blast. Egerton takes over Firth for a change, Moore turns in one helluva bitchy villainess, and Sir Elton John is outrageously hilarious.

Sunday, September 24, 2017

[4.50/10] Cult of Chucky (2017)

Cult of Chucky (2017)

Quick Review: Arguably the worst entry in the already very exhausted franchise, "Cult of Chucky" promises to be your 'guilty pleasure' type of sequel, but the contrived approach, lack of fresh ideas, and cheap looks do not help it achieving its purpose. The sleazy execution is even below the straight-to-DVD merits, the very bleak tone totally kills the fun factor, and the decision to multiply Chucky is plain lame and not effective at all. At least in terms of gore, this one is a straight-out bloodbath.

Saturday, September 23, 2017

[6.00/10] Leatherface (2017)

Leatherface (2017)

Quick Review: A reasonably clever origin story with a sense of mystery, this prequel does a solid job in keep you all guessing who Leatherface is till the gruesome final act, but then again, it lacks the grit, rawness, and brutal intensity of the original, and that combined with the inconsistent pacing takes away from its potential. Directed by the French duo behind "Inside", "Leatherface" is expectedly crazy, gory, and grotesque, but it is the demented characters that make it occasionally unsettling.

Friday, September 22, 2017

[5.75/10] The Bar (2017)

The Bar (2017)

Quick Review: Though labelled as horror comedy, this Spanish flick is neither frightening enough to deliver scares, nor funny enough to provide laughs. That said, "El Bar" deserves credit for being so unconventional, unpredictable, and full of surprises along the way, relaying entirely on its colorful characters and amusing dialogues to distract you from the limited setting. Also, the conclusion is a bit anti-climatic and not effective enough, but at least it shows us the true face of our society.

Thursday, September 21, 2017

[4.00/10] Temple (2017)

Temple (2017)

Quick Review: A poorly-conceived J-horror wannabe that is too hollow, purposeless and underdeveloped to be effective, "Temple" benefits from its murky setting in the countryside of Japan, which gives it a mysterious feel, and thankfully the characters are not a bunch of illogically acting dummies, but the films takes a while in building up tension for nothing, as when it finally reaches to its pseudo climax, the latter is so un-scary, and 'meh', you cannot help but think: 'is that what it's all about?'.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

[5.50/10] Bushwick (2017)

Bushwick (2017)

Quick Review: It deserves some credit for its gritty feel, well-staged scenes of sheer mayhem, on-point execution, and consistently dynamic pacing due to the relentless camera work, plus, in spite of the paper-thin 'city siege fight for survival' story- line, the movie is never predictable, but "Bushwick" relies more on shock value, thrills, and action then it does on developing its main characters, though Snow and Bautista are both interesting to watch. Not to mention the credibility is lacking.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

[4.75/10] Jackals (2017)

Jackals (2017)

Quick Review: An inferior version of "The Strangers", this poor effort by "Saw VI" creator Kevin Greutert, never sets itself apart from all other home invasion flicks, in spite of its attempt to appear more messed up. There are definitely some disturbing bits in it, and the violence will satisfy those who enjoy shallow thrills, but "Jackals"'s weak script doesn't have enough brains to raise the film up to a more visceral level, with the end result being a well-made and acted, if numb exercise in gore.