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Monday, April 30, 2018

[7.00/10] Satan's Slaves (2017)

Satan's Slaves (2017)

Quick Review: Easily capturing the feel of the early 80s'time period it is set in, as well as an ominous tone that further enhances the sense of dread, this Indonesian horror movie is not exactly unique in terms of plot, exploring a disturbing pact with the spirit of evil, and yet "Satan's Slave" succeed because of its atmospheric execution, well-built characters, and enigmatic approach, offering some familiar and unfamiliar scares which combined work effectively enough to give you the big creeps.

Saturday, April 28, 2018

[9.00/10] Avengers: Infinity War [3D] (2018)

Avengers: Infinity War [3D] (2018)

Quick Review: A bit overcrowded, and not as epic or well-balanced as it should be, it feels like an appetizer before the main meal, but oh boy, is it a great one -- an emotional roller-coaster that is as funny and thrilling, as it somber and dramatic in a game -changing way, "Infinity War" is the ultimate superhero nirvana flaunting some elaborate battle scenes, tons of flashy upgrades, masterful CGIs, and the most menacing supervillain in MCU's ten-year history.

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

[4.75/10] Forever My Girl (2018)

Forever My Girl (2018)

Quick Review: Rothe's appealing looks and radient charms breathe a fragile tenderness to her character Josie, and she successfully builds a good chamistry with the handsome, yet stiff Roe, as well as a genuine bond with the adorable Fortson who steals every scene, but this Nicholas Sparks-like sappy cheese-fest is too corny to be poignant and way too far-fetched to be credible, and even though the 'country' touch freshens it up, the film never takes advantage of its musical potential.

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

[7.25/10] In the Fade (2017)

In the Fade (2017)

Quick Review: Part family tragedy, part courtroom drama, part revenge thriller, all tied up with political and racial commentary, this engrossing, if unsettling German film consists of three distinctive parts, all of which have their highs and lows, but as a whole "In the Fade" works very well in a grimly realistic kind of way, and succeeds in provoking a variety of emotions in the viewer, thanks to its credibility and Kruger, who delivers her best, strongest, most powerfully fragile performance yet.

Monday, April 23, 2018

[5.50/10] Winchester (2018)

Winchester (2018)

Quick Review: It skilfully benefits from Mirren's charismatically eerie performance, the tasteful tone, and its vastly impressive setting that is jusy as imposing as it's sinister, but this supernatural horror film inspired by the famous mansion also suffers from a sluggish pacing and muddled ploting with no significant purpose, with the end result being a terribly good-looking, if often dull and rather pointless creeper that offers nothing more than some jump scares, very few of which work deftly.

Sunday, April 22, 2018

[4.50/10] Truth or Dare (2018)

Truth or Dare (2018)

Quick Review: With a same old a 'game gone horribly wrong' concept, attempted to be updated by 'social media' gimmicks,  "Truth or Dare" is fairly slick in execution, even though the majority of the visual effects look exactly like a "messed up Snapchat filter", and it's kinda fun to watch the characters getting killed, as those are either unlikable irritating, but the further it goes, the lamer and more ludicrous it gets, and the truth is it never dares to spook out with more than a few flimsy frights.

Friday, April 20, 2018

[6.25/10] Peter Rabbit (2018)

Peter Rabbit (2018)

Quick Review: Though it partially respects its source material, fans of the classic tale might have problems with its modernized goofy approach, manic execution and slapstick gags, but for what it is, "Peter Rabbit" is a cute, colorful, and pretty well-crafted hybrid feature that blends live action and animation effortlessly and with splendid results, moves along at the speed of а bunny run, and features sweet animal and human characters who bring enough laughs out of the wild situations they fall in.

Thursday, April 19, 2018

[5.75/10] Wildling (2018)

Wildling (2018)

Quick Review: An often inventive blend of an old-fashioned werewolf flick, mythological creature feature, and somber coming-of-age drama, "Wildling" puts a whole new spin on the genre, offering some fresh ideas executed in a clever way, a darkly macabre atmoshpere that matches the grim subject matter, some mostly satisfactory production values and a committed performance by Powley, but sadly this 'transformation' horror is all tone, gore, and eerieness, and no genuine scares at all.

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

[6.50/10] Rampage [3D] (2018)

Rampage [3D] (2018)

Quick Review: Embracing its utter aburdity and flaunting first-rate CGIs and slick creature effects, this video game-inspired overcrowded romp is just as over-the-top as its oversized fierce animals-turned-monsters, but "Rampage" is so much fun to watch, particularly during the spectacularly action-packed last 30 minutes, plus, it makes up for its lack of brains with some heart and humor, with its main strength being the fascinating bond between George, the ape, and The Rock's likable character.

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

[5.50/10] Monster Hunt 2 (2018)

Monster Hunt 2 (2018)

Quick Review: Twice more overly cutesy monsters, goofy characters, and even goofier humor, much like its brainlessly fun predecessor, this sequel is all over the place plot-wise and the action itself is not that fight-oriented this time around, but the implementation of all the cartoonish CGI creatures in "Monster Hunt 2" is near flawless technically with Wuba being totally adorable, the fun factor is still there, and yet the emotional and supposedly humorous romantic bits feel too out of place.

Monday, April 16, 2018

[8.50/10] A Quiet Place (2018)

A Quiet Place (2018)

Quick Review: Utilizing its uniquely 'silent' approach to terrify you to a point where the tension is so dense in contrast to the still ambience, you can hear the sound of your dread, despite the sharp sound effects and tight score, "A Quiet Place" is a near mute, yet deeply expressive horror feature that may demand patients at first, but the further it goes, and the quieter it gets, the scarier it actually becomes, slowly revealing the cruel nature of its frightful creatures, and the brilliance of its cast.

Friday, April 13, 2018

[7.00/10] Blockers (2018)

Blockers (2018)

Quick Review: A loss-of-virginity teen comedy largely told from the hilariously paranoid perspective of 3 overprotective parents, "Blockers" is a raunchy, witty, goofy, genuine, and laugh-out-loud funny contemporary look at female sexuality with a touch of feminisim that works because of Cannon's effortlessly fresh direction and the irresistably charming lead cast of two threesomes who, thanks to their off-the-scale chemistry and cleverly relevant script, deliver the biggest laughs this year.

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

[6.00/10] Irreplaceable You (2018)

Irreplaceable You (2018)

Quick Review: The always alluring Gugu Mbatha-Raw turns in another heartfelt and sensually expressive performance as the dying soon-to-be-bride Abbie in this bittersweet story about perfect love, bad luck, foredoomed romance and inevitable death, and even though the often charming "Irreplaceable You" tries its best to focus on the bright side of the story and be uplifting, it cannot escape from its quietly manipulative nature of the typical tearjerker with gut-wrenching outcome.

Sunday, April 8, 2018

[5.25/10] Deep Blue Sea 2 (2018)

Deep Blue Sea 2 (2018)

Quick Review: Apart from the stiff line delivery, mostly sub-par acting, questionable CGIs, dated yet hardly cheap looks, and distracting score, this is actually a tense, watchable, and well-crafted straight-to-DVD late sequel, which offers some effective, even grisly bull shark and piranha- esque baby shark attacks, however, "Deep Blue Sea 2" takes itself a bit too seriously with all the scientifically absurd 'shark mind control' gimmick to be as brainlessly 'bloody fun' as the '90s classic original.

[6.75/10] Lowlife (2018)

Lowlife (2018)

Quick Review: A disturbing mix of real-life horror, black comedy, and "Pulp Fiction"-esque trashy thriller, "Lowlife" may be too nasty, violent, and unconventional for mass tastes, but those who appreciate B-grade, low-production throwback flicks will be definitely engaged by the film's simple, yet intricately structured plot with several points of view, neither-good-nor-bad characters you can't hate but can't feel sympathy either, and a tacky sense of style that adds to the crazy experience.

Saturday, April 7, 2018

[3.50/10] Caught (2018)

Caught (2018)

Quick Review: It wins a couple of points for being pretty unusual in its approach and attempting something new, as well as make you wonder about the true reason behind quiet-gone-grotesque home invasion, but "Caught" takes itself sooo seriously, instead of getting under your skin with its freaky peculiarity, it becomes unintentionally funny, mostly due to the overly oddball, almost laughable behavior of the two intruders, and a finale which aims to be provocative, but ends up being 'meh'.

Friday, April 6, 2018

[5.50/10] The Hurricane Heist (2018)

 The Hurricane Heist (2018)
Quick Review: Despite its stupidity, cheesy chats, and overdone special effects, "The Hurricane Heist" does not entirely blow, as it occasionally finds the balance between the sub- genres it blends, disaster flick and crime thriller, offering charming, well -acted main characters, solid action scenes, and even a few thrills here and there, but then again, the film's general lameness overtakes all the slight positives like a real storm, and makes it only watchable.

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

[4.25/10] Game Over, Man! (2018)

Game Over, Man! (2018)

Quick Review: Entirely and utterly out of control direction-wise, acting- wise or otherwise,"Game Over Man" is a sloppy, cynical, and moronically outrageous action comedy featuring overly irritating characters, outdated jokes, pretty over-the-top violence, and even numerous cock and butt shots to re-confirm its vulgarity, but despite a few fairly amusing chase and action scenes and decent gore effects, this loser of a movie might be 'game over' for Kyle Newacheck as a feature film director.

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

[6.00/10] The Titan (2018)

The Titan (2018)

Quick Review: Taking into account the very ambitious, yet low concept, largely underdeveloped script, and restricted budget, this sci-fi flick is surprisingly well-shot and executed, and has all the production qualities of a proper theatrical release, and although the excessively extended set-up of the whole story may be a bit demanding, the neat pacing and focused direction help "The Titan" be engaging and even subtly tense throughout the metamorphosis of Worthington's character.

Sunday, April 1, 2018

[7.50/10] Ready Player One [3D] (2018)

Ready Player One (2018)

Quick Review: Hyper futuristic, yet sentimentally referential, Spielberg's visually opulent, albeit overwhelming CGI-built pop culture paradise is a feast for the eyes, and every geek's dream-come-true -- a video game- like VR extravaganza that leaves too little to imagination, leveled up by a smartly-structured plotting, vigorous pacing, cool characters, a touch of sweet romance, and a few touching bits here and there, "Ready Player One" is a digitalized trip into a world of enchanting nostalgia.