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Wednesday, March 30, 2016

[5.75/10] Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice [3D] (2016)

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016)

Quick Review: The first half is so crowded, and all over the place, the plot barely makes any sense, but as soon as Snyder picks up his game half way through, "BvS" evolves into a pretty grand, yet rather overblown CGI-laden spectacle of over-the-top action and stylishly grim 3D visuals. Sadly, both superheroes have one- note characterization, due to a weak script, and the otherwise flashy, and capably-acted "BvS" has little soul, or humor for that matter.

Sunday, March 27, 2016

Quick Reviews: 2015 Movies [PART 01]

The Last Witch Hunter (2015) - The opening sequence is entertaining, and beyond promising, but sadly, this turns out to be the only good thing about this cheese-fest, wrongly set in modern days, as it's neither scary, nor fun, nor even so-bad-it's good. (4.50/10)

Vacation (2015) - Okay, there are one or two very hilarious moments in this unnecessary reboot of the popular comedic franchise, but "Vacation" fails to take advantage of its talented cast, as they have to work with a mediocre script that ruins the movie. (5.00/10)

Sisters (2015) - This movie is just nuts. And not at all in a good way. Even though Tina Fey and Amy Poehler are always great together, this time not even they manage to handle the crazy mess happening on screen. At least "Sisters" has heart. (5.50/10)

Entourage (2015) - So restless, it's almost too much to handle at times, "Entourage" often feels like one very long episode of the popular TV series, but not  in a bad way -- the cast is spot-on, the energy is great, and it possesses the 'cool factor'. (5.75/10)

Everest (2015) - Neither bad, nor particularly exceptional, "Everest" will hold your interest throughout for what it is, but if you expect big thrills, you may end up very disappointed. One the other hand, it can't be denied the the film is very realistic. (6.25/10)

The Wave (2015) - This surprisingly effective Norwegian disaster flick not only fully benefits from the breathtaking location it is set in, but it flaunts amazing character development, and boasts some spot-on CGI work. The intensity level is insane. (6.75/10)

Spotlight (2015) - Well-made, superbly-acted, and definitely significant, "Spotlight" is a memorable movie, indeed. That said, the tough subject matter makes it difficult to watch at times, despite the subtlety of it. Plus, it all feels somewhat very familiar. (7.00/10)

The Gift (2015) - Grim in tone, constantly intriguing, and full of twists and turns, "The Gift" is a simply great debut feature by actor-director Joel Edgerton, even if it's far from thoroughly original. The suspense will keep you glued to the screen, though. (7.25/10)

The Intern (2015) - It's fair to say, "The Intern" is a pure crowd-pleaser, as it does an amazing job at balancing humor and drama, providing as many laughs, as it does emotional moments. De Niro and Hathaway work amazing together, and both deliver! (7.50/10)

The Martian [3D] (2015) - Unexpectedly funny, clever in its approach, and truly well-crafted, "The Martian" is hands down one of 2015's best movies, all thanks to Ridley Scott's capable direction, and Damon's stellar 'one man show' performance. (8.00/10)

Sunday, March 20, 2016

[4.75/10] Dark Was the Night (2015)

Dark Was the Night (2015)

Quick Review: The final act brings some solid, if familiar thrills, Kevin Durand's mesmerizing charisma is what makes the film watchable, and unlike the questionable CGI effects, the practical creature ones are very passable, but "Dark Was the Night" still has such a moody atmosphere, sluggish pacing, and unattractively bleak visuals, and it uses so many overly familiar plot devices, it leaves a bad taste in the mouth, as none of the director's efforts to make it good really pay off in the end.

Friday, March 4, 2016

[5.25/10] Gods of Egypt [3D] (2016)

Gods of Egypt [3D] (2016)

Quick Review: It is rarely boring, even sort of fun to watch at times, especially during the stylized action sequences, shot with a 360-degree camera movement effect that makes them look spectacular, and both the pretty sets and costumes are almost overwhelmingly lavish, but the utter lack of depth, waste of acting talent, and A. Proyas' insecure, often lame direction, turn "Gods of Egypt" into a rather forgettable 3D experience, you'll remember only for its overuse of so-so special effects.