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Friday, June 29, 2018

[5.00/10] Life of the Party (2018)

Life of the Party (2018)

Quick Review: There is not doubt that McCarthy is one of the finest comedians working today, and she fits the brief of a looeny 'mid-aged divorcee going back to the college', breathing some needed energy and spirit into this semiamusing comedy, but despite her talent, and all the good intentions, "Life of the Party" never fulfills its potential to deliver big laughs, as it suffers from lack of wit, inconsistency, and a mediocre direction that fails to take advantage of the film's other assets.

Thursday, June 28, 2018

[6.00/10] The Endless (2018)

The Endless (2018)

Quick Review: Dealing with death cults, time loops and alien monsters, this is an endlessly peculiar mixture of various horror elements, that on one hand it feels oddly familiar as it explores dark territories similar to those in "The Sacrament" at first, but further on it goes in a more sci- fi-ish direction with unforeseeable outcome. More psychological than actually frightening, "The Endless" is a bizarrely unique tension-build slow-burner with pretty weak ending, you'll either love or hate.

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

[6.75/10] Isle of Dogs (2018)

Isle of Dogs (2018)

Quick Review: It is not "Fantastic Mr. Fox", Wes Anderson's second stop-motion feature dazzles with its impeccable animation, extraordinary attention to detail, and all-around technical brilliance, which match the pretty ambitious concept and highly original ethics-driven story, but then again the heavily Japanese-flavored "Isle of Dogs" is a bit too incoherent, nearly manic, and overly complex to be easily enjoyable, despite its witty writing, delightfully odd charms, and sweet doggy characters.

Monday, June 25, 2018

[6.25/10] Ghostland (2018)

Ghostland (2018)

Quick Review: Frankky, neither as shockingly memorable as "Martyrs", nor as intelligently unpredictable as "The Tall Man", Pascal Laugier's latest film blends visceral horror and gruesome terror in an original way, throwing a few tricks here and there to mess with your head, but even though the big twist midway through works in a game-changing kind of way, mass audiences might find it difficult to process, not to mention "Ghostland" is more disturbing and messed-up than frightful.

Friday, June 22, 2018

[6.75/10] Ocean's 8 (2018)

Ocean's 8 (2018)

Quick Review: The entire set-up and the robbery itself turn out a bit too smoothly for the girl gang, which makes the plot slightly forced, and decreases the suspense level, but surprisingly enough, this flaw never takes away from the entertainment value and fun factor of "Ocean's 8" -- a fresh, glammed-up, all-female take on the popular heist franchise, which shines bright enough, thanks to the brilliant chemistry-driven cast, enrgetic pacing, glossy visuals, and highly polished direction.

Thursday, June 21, 2018

[6.00/10] Acrimony (2018)

Acrimony (2018)

Quick Review: The final act is so ridiculously far-fetched, verging on laughable, as is the rest of the film, but all absurdity aside, it can't be denied that "Acrimony" is one hell of a gripping story about tainted love and life-draining marriage, filled with selfishness, jealousy, and true rage, led by the psychotic, revenge-driven main character, portrayed brilliantly by Henson. Also, Perry's ability to smoothly turn the protagonist into an antagonist makes you pendulate whose side to really pick.

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

[7.25/10] Love, Simon (2018)

Love, Simon (2018)

Quick Review: Simultaneously, a genuine and down-to-earth coming-of-age dramedy about high school life and true friendship, and a sweet and amusing gay rom-com exposing the struggles of coming out, "Love, Simon" is heartfelt, naturalistic, and lighthearted in its approach, but that is exactly where its appeal lies in. Concerning online relationships, this emotional roller coaster of a movie is also very current, but what really turns it into a winner is the lovable young cast, and its lead.

Sunday, June 17, 2018

[6.75/10] Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom [3D] (2018)

Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom [3D] (2018)

Quick Review: Sometimes original, yet often contrived, and also darker and further scientific than the last one, "Fallen Kingdom" benefits from a few monstrously intense action set pieces, relentless dino battles, taut chases, and hard-to-fault CGIs, as well as a charismatic cast with some fresh new additions, but despite that this sequel never fully reaches the entertainment value and thrill level of its predecessor, being enjoyable, but having smaller teeth.

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

CineMarvellous! Preview: Atmospherically Creepy First Teaser Trailer for "The Nun"

Check out below the atmospherically creepy first teaser trailer for the new installment in "The Conjuring" horror universe "The Nun", which is set for release on September 7. Beware Valak!

Monday, June 11, 2018

[4.00/10] A Wrinkle in Time (2018)

A Wrinkle in Time (2018)

Quick Review: No doubt Disney's worst live-action movie ever made, "A Wrinkle in Time" is an epic failure on almost every single level -- from the sappy story, lame direction, and irritating overacting, to the cheesy special effects and rather horrible hair and make-up, this emotionally forced and tackily-executed effort is a proof that Ava DuVernay should stick to the 'meaningful dramas' and stay away from the fantasy genre. Witherspoon breaths some life, and Reid is adorable, though.

Monday, June 4, 2018

[6.50/10] Thoroughbreds (2018)

Thoroughbreds (2018)

Quick Review: Refreshing in its oddity and exciting in its cruelty, this comically dark feature may be a bit too moody to be everyone's cup of tea, but those hungry for something unusual will value "Thoroughbreds" peculiar mixture of ideas, as its at the same time a relationship-driven drama with solid amount of tension, wickedly bonkers crime thriller, and black comedy, all balanced smoothly enough to work finely as a whole, complemented by the superb acting from the two maim leads.

Friday, June 1, 2018

[5.25/10] Fahrenheit 451 (2018)

Fahrenheit 451 (2018)

Quick Review: Just like most other HBO productions this adaptation is technically well-crafted, polished in looks, and reasonably stylish, plus, it boasts with a talented, A-list cast, who all try to give their best working with the given material, but sadly the unimaginative and lazy script fails to capture the true key essence of the book, hence, to breath proper life into the otherwise unique story, and as a result, "Fahrenheit 451" feels like a lifeless and mediocre attempt at dystopian sci-fi thriller.