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Friday, October 28, 2016

[7.00/10] The Girl on the Train (2016)

The Girl on the Train (2016)

Quick Review: Being very moody, peculiar in tone, and a bit confusing in the beginning, Taylor's adaptation relies mostly on Blunt's exceptional turn as the troubled Rachel, whose presence draws you in, in spite of the film's tonal issues, but as soon as the 'mystery' takes center stage in the story, the movie becomes a grippingly intricate, oddly great, and unpredictable thriller that connects its three female characters in a way you wouldn't see coming.

Monday, October 24, 2016

[6.75/10] Nerve (2016)

Nerve (2016)

Quick Review: It loses some of its steam here and there, and frankly, the otherwise lovely Emma Roberts does not seem involved enough in certain parts of it, but concept-wise "Nerve" really feels like a breath of fresh air, being brisk, fun, relevant, original, entertaining and thrilling all at once, due to its provocative plot, filled with lots of daring challenges, and offering some visuals bursting in saturated colors, and contrasting bright neony lighting that fits its wild, and voyeuristic nature.

Monday, October 17, 2016

[6.00/10] Inferno (2016)

Inferno (2016)

Quick Review: The third film based on Brown's novels hooks you from the get-go and never lets up, which constantly keeps you on your toes, but then again the pacing is rushed. If you manage to overlook the fact how absurd the whole thing is, you'll have a good time solving the puzzle behind the mystery bit by bit, along with the passably-acted characters. Apart from the CGI-ish 'hell' visions, "Inferno" has some nice visuals too, being set in fine locations. The taut final act is the highlight.

Saturday, October 15, 2016

[7.50/10] Don't Breathe (2016)

Don't Breathe (2016)

Quick Review: The premise might be simple, but thanks to his clever burglars-turned-prey approach, and top-notch execution that enhances the film's visuals only by a creative use of lighting, "Evil Dead" remake director Alvarez gives yet another masterclass in suspense and makes "Don't Breathe" a restlessly intense experience that will make you forget to breath and raise your pulse. The 'pitch black' sequence and the 'dog attack' near the very end are both terrifyingly nightmarish.

Friday, October 14, 2016

[7.25/10] Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children [3D] (2016)

Miss Peregrine's H for PC [3D] (2016)

Quick Review: Although based on the 2011 novel of the same name, Tim Burton's latest visual splendor is in its core the kids' version of X-Men with Gothic touch but in a good way. Telling an enchanting story that gets better with each sequence, flaunting darkly exuberant, yet typically classy imagery, and led by an exceptional performance from Eva Green, "MPH fPC" is a truly imaginative cinematic fantasy feature that fully embraces its delightful peculiarity.

Monday, October 10, 2016

[3.50/10] 31 (2016)

31 (2016)

Quick Review: Horribly overdone in every aspect, this ugly mess of a freak show with trashy and tasteless heavy metal music video-like looks, shows its director Rob Zombie at his very worst, offering nothing but a copycat-ish plot with forced pacing and close to zero sense, randomly splattered excessive guts and gore, and shallow characters you couldn't care less for. Being a proper 'torture porn', "31" is ironically a torture to watch, and definitely one of 2016's biggest horror letdowns.