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Sunday, December 17, 2017

[6.25/10] Star Wars: The Last Jedi [3D] (2017)

Star Wars: The Last Jedi [3D] (2017)

Quick Review: The difficult-to-fault CGIs are as slick as they should be for such a big space saga, and the third act is pure classic Star Wars greatness full of action and thrills, and yet the overcrowded "Episode VIII" ends up being a fairly average entry which tries too hard to pay homage to the old series, while also be as fun as it can, but the hollow plotting, incoherent direction, forced humor, and uneven pacing prevent it to achieve its purpose.

Thursday, December 14, 2017

[6.75/10] Stronger (2017)

Stronger (2017)

Quick Review: Its slow pacing may be a bit demanding, and the impact it makes is far from gut-wrenching, but Green's strong directional debut is nevertheless a quietly powerful effort that touches and inspires with its profound and sensual fact-based story about love, heroism, frailty and support. Carried by Jake Gyllenhaal sensationally affecting performance, and shot with sense of authenticity, "Stronger" is a sad, harrowing, and often difficult to watch, if gloriously moving film experience.

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

[7.25/10] mother! (2017)

mother! (2017)

Quick Review: A love-or-hate type of movie full of symbolism that the audiences will find either genius or atrocious, Aronofsky's challenging, biblical-inspired piece is surely one- of-a-kind, thanks to its audaciously metaphorical concept, controversial approach, and cunning execution. Mesmerizing in its peculiarity until it gets diabolically twisted towards the end and benefiting from Lawrence's most expressive performance yet, "mother!" is a nuanced shocker that will mess with your mind.

Monday, December 11, 2017

[4.75/10] Home Again (2017)

Home Again (2017)

Quick Review: Reese Witherspoon is as alluring, irresistibly charming, and charismatic as always, and she does her best with the underwritten role she's being attached to play here, but here presence simply isn't enough to overcome the flat script, mediocre direction, pointless story, and worst of all, the utter lack of any tension and chemistry between the characters which inevitably makes "Home Again" an unengaging and emotionless romantic dramedy that plays it almost too safe.

Friday, December 8, 2017

[6.50/10] Detroit (2017)

Detroit (2017)

Quick Review: The real gritty tone, doc-like shooting style, and urban setting combined create a raw feel that fits in well with both the time period and the factual story, plus, the acting is solid, and even though the film starts-off a bit frantically and continues on in a chaotic manner, luckily "Detroit" gets its act together midway through, and grows into an absolutely tense, uncompromisingly violent and an unsettling drama that depicts these horrific historic events credibly and realistically.

Thursday, December 7, 2017

[7.00/10] The Foreigner (2017)

The Foreigner (2017)

Quick Review: Offering a relatively more emotional and profound turn by the cult action star Jackie Chan than we've used to see, but without compromising on his combat skills, which excel bit time during the hand-to-hand fights, "The Foreigner" is a remarkably well-thought-out, sleek-looking, and absorbing thriller that uses a familiar plot formula in a way so smart, it takes an advantage of it. Thrilling every step of the way, this taut and finely-crafted film will surely keep you on your toes.

Monday, December 4, 2017

[8.50/10] Coco [3D] (2017)

Coco [3D] (2017)

Quick review: Less humorous and darker in tone than most Pixar films so far, yet profoundly poignant and uplifting, this Mexican-inspired, Latin tempered, and fantastically grim-ish tale of life and death is thoughtful and affecting, without being mushy. Driven by the passion for music and the significance of family relations, "Coco" is a breathtakingly-animated fiesta with a twist that benefits from its zestful protagonist, and some of the most dazzling and richly colorful graphics you'll ever see.

Sunday, December 3, 2017

[5.25/10] A Bad Moms Christmas (2017)

A Bad Moms Christmas (2017)

Quick Review: Not even half as charming and hilarious as the first, and also awfully episodic due to a poor editing and uneven pacing, "A Bad Moms Christmas" gets its act together towards the end, showing some heart, plus, it brings a few big laughs along the way, but most of the jokes feel way too forced to be really funny, and though the crazy grandmas are on focus here, their chemistry barely matches the one of the moms in the original.

Friday, December 1, 2017

[6.25/10] Victoria & Abdul (2017)

Victoria & Abdul (2017)

Quick Review: Both, a well-crafted and acted adaptation that embodies the term 'opposites attract', "Victoria & Abdul" is an often amusing story about an uncommon friendship that one one hand showcases a more intimate and open-minded side of Queen Victoria, but on the other, it's a reminiscent of UK's dark colonial past. In terms of looks, the movie is authentically lavish in its production design, besides, Judi Dench steals every moment she's on screen with her stellar performance.

Friday, November 24, 2017

[6.75/10] Ingrid Goes West (2017)

Ingrid Goes West (2017)

Quick Review: Revealing the ugly truth about how life presented on social media may differ vastly from the real one in a deceiving way, and that most people that seem happy online are actually sad and lonely, "Ingrid Goes West" is a current take on a stalker thriller with a modern edge that's simultaneously hilarious, satirical, disturbing, and even scary, and led just sensationally by Plaza, who's obsessive character is oddly charming in her perplexing behavior, yet constantly engaging.

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

[5.00/10] Beach Rats (2017)

Beach Rats (2017)

Quick Review: Neither particularly affecting, nor sordid in any way, this otherwise believably depicted and portrayed 'coming out' queer drama has all the right ingredients to end up being successful, but the stone-cold tone and feel of the film, along with the monotonous pacing, and flimsy script ruin all of its intentions to evoke some genuine emotions in the viewers' hearts and touch them deeply enough. The underwhelming and numb conclusion doesn't leave much of an impact either.

Monday, November 20, 2017

[7.75/10] Blade of the Immortal (2017)

Blade of the Immortal (2017)

Quick Review: Filmed in absolutely breathtaking locations, all captured beautifully on camera by Japanese visionary Miike, and featuring some super-sharp, blood-splattering, and masterful swordplay that drives the film's hyper-violent essence, "Blade of the Immortal" is a tasteful manga-inspired samurai tale of vengeance and friendship, whose slow pacing is its only weakness, but whose main strength is its immortal, yet vincible and humane protagonist.

Saturday, November 18, 2017

[7.25/10] Justice League [3D] (2017)

Justice League (2017)

Quick Review: A bit rushed, busy, and over-the-top, and let down by a banal plot-line, one-note villain, and overuse of CGIs, yet never dull and packed with swanky action, "Justice League" doesn't look as polished as it should, but Snyder's gloomily nifty visual flair gives it a style of its own, without overshadowing the heroes' inner spark: Wonder Woman excels, Superman showcases a new side of him, and all of the newly-introduced members are memorably cool. Only Batman is kinda ill-fitting.

Friday, November 17, 2017

[7.00/10] The Glass Castle (2017)

The Glass Castle (2017)

Quick Review: A sad, powerful and moving tale about one dysfunctional family's struggles, driven by the odd yet strong bond between them, "The Glass Castle" is a solid adaptation that remains involving in spite of its two-hour running time and sluggish pacing, thanks to the brilliant acting by the faultlessly assembled cast, each of whom make their character constantly engrossing to watch. The old-fashioned visuals tone down the sharp contrast between wealth and poverty depicted in here.

Thursday, November 16, 2017

[4.50/10] Birth of the Dragon (2017)

Birth of the Dragon (2017)

Quick Review: A pseudo-biopic that is neither a profound character study, nor a proper martial arts flick, this is a lazy effort that instead of doing justice to its iconic character, it depicts Bruce Lee as a cocky jerk with zero likability, poorly portrayed by Philip Ng. Boring and completely joyless until the a bit more energetic final act, "Birth of the Dragon" does not shine even in terms of action, with the fight scenes ranging from generic to uninspired both execution and choreography-wise.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

[6.50/10] Patti Cake$ (2017)

Patti Cake$ (2017)

Quick Review: So very old school, very passionate, and very real, this plausible story about an underdog female rapper wannabe fighting for her place in the industry may goes out of tune in certain parts, but the energetic cinematic beat it maintains throughout will keep your heart and feet tapping. The sweet MacDonald is the real deal as the stormy, and determined title character and leads the film with panache and the trashy visuals fit too well into the suburban essence of this charmer.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

[6.00/10] The Adventurers (2017)

The Adventurers (2017)

Quick Review: An exotic cinematic collaboration between China and Czech Republic with some brightly colorful visuals and fine locations to match its lighthearted nature, "The Adventurers" may be nothing you haven't seen before, but for a heist crime comedy it balances out action and humor quite effortlessly, plus, it has a true sense of adventure and a intriguing plot that help it live up to its title in a harmless fun kind of way. The international cast work together like a well-oiled machine.

Monday, November 13, 2017

[6.50/10] Creep 2 (2017)

Creep 2 (2017)

Quick Review: Without a doubt an improvement on the well-conceived, yet somewhat unsatisfying first film, this sequel has a deeper plot, better execution, and neater direction. Just as unforeseeable as its demented protagonist, "Creep 2" is also twice as disturbing and effective, and will make you feel uneasy from its sick opening scene to the crazy finale. Duplass is yet again so credible as the freaky Arron, he will mesmerize you with his presence, but also send chills down your spine.

Friday, November 10, 2017

[7.50/10] The Villainess (2017)

The Villainess (2017)

Quick Review: From the frantically brutal, bloody, and violent opening fight a'la "The Raid" meets "Kill Bill" style, to the rabid finale, everything about this Korean killer action is executed with such a skill, precision, and attention to detail, it's easy to say "The Villainess" is one of the most cleverly-conceived and finely-crafted Asian films ever, due to its intricate plot, filled with twists, turns, thrills, and emotional punches. The subdued romance kills some of the movie's tension, though.

Thursday, November 9, 2017

[5.25/10] Jungle (2017)

Jungle (2017)

Quick Review: Set against the lush backdrop of the divinely formidable Bolivian jungle, captured beautifully on camera, and further technically elevated by the competent direction, "Jungle" is very captivating visually, plus, Daniel Radcliffe is remarkably believable as Yossi, who's struggles in his fight for survival against the nature are as difficult to watch as they're emotionally draining, but the whole thing is so predictably by-the-numbers, it feels too familiar to be engaging or memorable.

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

So Many Movies to Watch, So Little Time

There are 700 to 800 movies released each year. On one hand that makes all movie buffs spoiled for choice as there are literally hundreds to pick from, but on the other the more you get to choose from the more difficult it gets to make a choice, let alone a really good one. One of CineMarvellous!' main goals is to make your choice a lot more easier, providing as many quick film reviews a year as possible. Since it's physically impossible for me as a viewer and editor to watch every single movie on the planet, I watch and review about 35% to 40% of them. That makes a total of approximately 200 films per year, which is also a lot.

For those of you who don't have the time to browse my blog, there are several other movie websites such as FilmFish, which can narrow your choice down further. For example, you can check their awesome list of The 2017 Movie Hits So Far, in case you've been wondering what to watch lately. There are some really brilliant films included, such as "Baby Driver", "Logan", and "Wonder Woman" just to name a few. Trust me, no matter which one of those on the list you decide to give a watch, you won't regret it for sure. 

If you’re in a mood for something a bit more mind-bending and thought-provoking, you can check out their list of Best Mindfucks Ever. Now that’s a great title for a movie list, huh? 

Even though Halloween just passed, I bet you hunger for horror isn’t. FilmFish’s terrifying list of Modern Franchise Slashers could be your cinematic nightmare. In a good way. Also, have you seen the super-hyped sequel “Jeepers Creepers 3” yet? I guess not. You can read my quick review of it here, but if you want to pre-order it now, FilmFish gives you this opportunity as well. 

For more movie recommendations visit www.film-fish.com

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

[4.75/10] Wu Kong (2017)

Wu Kong (2017)

Quick Review: A few exciting, well -executed, if heavily special effects-enhanced fight scenes aside, "Wu Kong" is yet another overcrowded, CGI-laden martial arts fantasy flick coming from China with messy plot, heavy-handed direction, saccharine romance, and foolish humor, which tries to make up for its shortcomings with some flashy action, and while the latter is entertaining to watch, the movie remains difficult to follow, and the large number of characters real hard to engage with.

Monday, November 6, 2017

[6.75/10] Good Time (2017)

Good Time (2017)

Quick Review: Truly unpredictable, original, and refreshingly untypical, if not for everybody, "Good Time"'s artistic execution, and vivid use of color and lighting contrast superbly with the dark and gritty essence of the story, and that combined with genuine thrills, credibility factor, and the tricks it has up its sleeve is what makes it such a truly distinct crime thriller, but its biggest strengths is Pattinson's great performance which drives the taut plot, accompanied by the intense music score.

Sunday, November 5, 2017

[3.75/10] Overdrive (2017)

Overdrive (2017)

Quick Review: The very expensive glossy retro vehicles please the eye and some of the chases are fun to watch, thanks to the well-executed stunts, but that aside, "Overdrive" is a shabby and largely contrived flick with horribly corny steal-the-car plot conceived with zero originality, wit, or imagination, and dreadfully-acted one-note characters who share no chemistry at all. Even the otherwise charismatic Scott Eastwood fails to make an impression, acting like he doesn't care for his role.

Friday, November 3, 2017

[6.50/10] Our Souls at Night (2017)

Our Souls at Night (2017)

Quick Review: Based on Haruf's novel, this understated love story about two single and lonely adults is not only beautiful in its simplicity, but also exceptionally credible, calming, mature, and gently grounded. Worth seeing for the two incredible central performances alone, "Our Souls at Night" gets more heart-warming and subtly emotional and with each next scene, witnessing the ever growing affection between them two, despite all the other family problems they're facing at the same time.

Thursday, November 2, 2017

[6.00/10] Freehold (2017)

Freehold (2017)

Quick Review: Utterly gross and disturbing, if not very plausible, this low-cost revenge thriller impresses way more with its original idea rather than it's execution, but despite all the nastiness on screen, it manages to maintain the viewer's interest in an odd, uncomfortable way, thanks to the unique Botet, who delivers in a role meant for him. Set entirely in a flat, "Freehold" may be limited, but the director compensates with some skillful use of lighting and color, and that works well enough.