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Friday, August 31, 2018

[7.50/10] Upgrade (2018)

Upgrade (2018)

Quick Review: Set in a futuristic world driven by high technology and biomechanics, "Upgrade" is in its core a familiar revenge thriller with a touch of horror, which in the wrong hands would have turned into a silly mess, but Whannell's superb skills, balanced approach and pretty sleek execution transform the 'absurdity' into something wildly inventive, and make this sci-fi film a violent thrill- ride with fresh ideas, polished looks, highly creative fight scenes, and a couple of effective twists.

CineMarvellous! presents: The Most Divisive Horror Movies of the Past 5 Years

Most fans of the genre around the world either loved or hated each of these controversial horror flicks.
  • Do you agree that these 9 scary movies torn the audiences apart?
  • Which ones did you like, and which ones you didn't? 
  • Did we miss any? 
Drop a comment and let us know which film/s would you add to the list.

Thursday, August 30, 2018

[6.25/10] To All the Boys I've Loved Before (2018)

To All the Boys I've Loved Before (2018)

Quick Review: Simultaneously a genuine and sweet rom-com and a meaningful coming of age story, "To All the Boys I've Loved Before" fails to avoid some of the cliches typical for the genre, which makes it sappy at times, but on the other hand, it has some heartfelt and very moving moments that make it heartwarming, plus, Condor and Centineo are such a cute couple, and their characters are both so charming and real, you can't help but like them.

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

[5.50/10] Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation (2018)

Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation (2018)

Quick Review: Athough it doesn't flaunt the most polished graphics, the vivid colors, bright imagery, and quirky characters give the animation charm and liveliness, and while the title itself straightly suggests some lighthearted fun, "Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation" is basically a feel-good, yet downright corny CGI flick about traveling, dating, family values and unexpected "zing", which is enjoyable and often amusing, but also instantly forgettable.

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

[6.50/10] Summer of '84 (2018)

Summer of '84 (2018)

Quick Review: Nicely old school and very authentic in terms of feel and look, "Summer of '84" plays it as child game at the start, with all the suspicion, spying and harmless investigation by the four likable kids, but the further the story unfolds, the darker this subtle serial killer chiller becomes, with the contrasting third act going full hardcore for those love their slow-burners culminating in something rather shocking. The genuine acting by everyone makes the film further realistic.

Monday, August 27, 2018

[4.00/10] Lake Placid: Legacy (2018)

Lake Placid: Legacy (2018)

Quick Review: Another pointless, unnecessary B-grade sequel to a 'cheesy fun' creature feature, "Lake Placid: Legacy" is far from a good legacy of the original with its lame plot, poor acting, and truly dreadful CGI effects, which make the giant croc look awfully cartoonish and not even remotely frightful, but at least the isolated, uninhabited location is effective, and a few of the attacks are gruesome enough to make the guts-n-gore fans happy.

Sunday, August 26, 2018

[9.00/10] Hereditary (2018)

Hereditary (2018)

Quick Review: Almost too cleverly-conceived, complexly-scripted, and meticulously-executed to be easily perceived, "Hereditary" is the most disturbing, twisted, and harrowing, horror film in years, benefiting from its twisted approach, sinister visuals, vague tone, hauntingly tense score, and Collette's stellar turn, but above all its mental riddle of a plot, full of hints, clues, and twists, which peaks in a pretty anti-climatic, if valid finale that proves the story has as much depth as it does scares.

Thursday, August 23, 2018

[5.00/10] Adrift (2018)

Adrift (2018)

Quick Review: More of a love story than a pure survival drama, this real -life story thoroughly benefits from Woodley's emotive, naturalistic main performance, plus, there are more than a few beautiful sea shots, but the jolty back-n-forth plot structure which aims to make us part of the chemistry-lacking romance and the disastrous occurance at the same time, along with the film's inevitable predictability never actually let the big emotions and dramatic impact to emerge above surface.

Wednesday, August 22, 2018

[5.25/10] Boar (2018)

Boar (2018)

Quick Review: Set in the barren Australian wilderness, "Boar" offers exactly what you could expect from a 'dumb fun' horror movie about an oversized killer wild pig -- loads of guts and gore, an enormous nasty-looking creature hungry for blood, and ridiculous scenarios, but then again, none of the characters is that interesting, the dialogues are hardly bearable, and the monster pig itself appears a bit too puppet-y at times, despite the decent practical effects they deserve kudos for.

Tuesday, August 21, 2018

[6.75/10] A Prayer Before Dawn (2018)

A Prayer Before Dawn (2018)

Quick Review: It takes time to get used to the harsh Thai jail setting, and all the graphic brutality of the shocking events happening behind bars, but once you do, you will get deeply  involved into this rough real- based story presented in a grittily realistic way that constantly feels like a kick in the guts. Joe Cole is tough and likable at the same time, and he manages to build a strong bond with the audience, thanks to his credible performance.

Monday, August 20, 2018

[6.00/10] Tag (2018)

Tag (2018)

Quick Review: The premise seems ridiculously silly, and the whole 'tag game' played by a bunch of middle -aged old friends is pretty juvenile, but once you start to realize this has happened in real life, you might find the entire thing very charming, not to mention the chemistry between the cast  makes the tricks they play on each other even more fun. The tag 'action' scenes are executed in such a stylish way they are hilarious to watch, but "Tag" also surprises with big heart in the end.

Friday, August 17, 2018

[3.50/10] Enter the Wild (2018)

Enter the Wild (2018)

Quick Review: Labelling itself as horror, which it sure isn't, as it does not have a single horror element, "Enter the Wild" so deserves to be spoiled, because it will piss off any horror fan anyway -- painfully slow, uneventful,  pointless, and boring as hell, this Aussie genre-less flick is basically about a bunch of shallow friends lost in the wilderness who, presssed by tension and despair, reveal how they actually feel about each other. Furthermore, the ending is preposterously abrupt.

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

[4.75/10] Patient Zero (2018)

Patient Zero (2018)

Quick Review: Should have been titled "Zombie Whisperer" instead, because of the central character's ability to speak the language of the infected, which is both original and ridiculous at once, "Patient Zero" is yet another 'virus' horror flick that tries to distinguish itself with a few new ideas, but despite the decent technical execution and Tucci's eery performance, the extremely limited setting, silly twist, and lack of zombie action and real gore till the third act make this one a bummer.

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

[6.25/10] Book Club (2018)

Book Club (2018)

Quick Review: You can't go wrong with gathering four veteran female actresses who work perfectly in sync with each other, and who's charming characters are a pure pleasure to watch, and though "Book Club" can be simply seen as 'a bunch of aging women get inspired by "50 Shades" books', the film is both sweet and funny enough to make you involved in these cool ladies' personal stories about reconnection, new found love, loneliness, marriage and sex issues, and dating at a late age.

Saturday, August 11, 2018

[5.75/10] The Meg [3D] (2018)

The Meg [3D] (2018)

Quick Review: Ranging between too serious, absurdly over-the-top, horribly contrived, and eye-rollingly silly, this one can't make up its mind whether it wants to be a big-budget creature feature with some scientific answers, or a shark flick that is all about Statham and the action, with the result being a visually slick hit-n -miss effort with cool effects, superb underwater shots, some taut attacks and a fearful Meg, but sadly, despite the very fun third act, this toothless film mostly lacks big bite.

Friday, August 10, 2018

[6.75/10] First Reformed (2018)

First Reformed (2018)

Quick Review: Not for mass tastes for many reasons, "First Reformed" demands some patience and focus for being slow-moving, delicate in its approach, somber, and concerning some sensitive subjects, but those who appreciate the unusual will find this story about despair and belief mesmerizing and quietly disturbing, apart from its shocking, if somewhat underwhelming climax. All technical precision aside, it's Hawke and his subtle performance that makes this movie truly worth-seeing.

Thursday, August 9, 2018

[5.25/10] The Miracle Season (2018)

The Miracle Season (2018)

Quick Review: It tells a fact-based story that seems very touching and yet uplifting on paper, but apart from the dramatic even during the first half, which will move you if not make you cry, "The Miracle Season" is hardly an emotional roller coaster, since its mundane script and one- dimensional characters fail to bring the whole thing to an inspirational level, as the film digs too deep into the grief. The volleyball matches are far from exciting and narrowly add up to this "sports" movie.

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

[6.00/10] Just a Breath Away (2018)

Just a Breath Away (2018)

Quick Review: This technically well made French sci-fi drama balances out the apocalyptic events around a mysterious toxic mist in Paris, and two parents' fight for survival and big efforts to protect their isolated daughter suffering from a very rare disease well enough, but sadly "Just a Breath Away" is not particularly eventful, nor even remotely thilling, leaving some really vital questions unanswered, and featuring a twist you can predict from early on if you are more perspicacious.

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

[7.25/10] Lean on Pete (2018)

Lean on Pete (2018)

Quick Review: Far from your corny human-horse relationship, "Lean on Pete" is completely free of insipid melodrama and cliches, telling a raw and genuine coming-of-age story about a motherless teen boy facing the harshness of life and loss while discovering a new infatuation which becomes his driving force, and it's such an intimate look, you can't help but being emotionally attached to Charley, portrayed brilliantly credibly by Plummer, and rooting for him in his struggle for survival.

Monday, August 6, 2018

[6.50/10] Bad Samaritan (2018)

Bad Samaritan (2018)

Quick Review: Judging by its fairly cliched a small-burglery-gone-wrong premise, this one doesn't look very promising from the start, but thanks to its steady pacing, solid direction that manages to get you intrigued by the actually not that hackneyed story, and above all the Tennant's nutty performance, "Bad Samaritan" delivers quite a few thrills along the way, and even a couple of shocks and tricks, besides, its murky visual tone fits the distressed nature of the freaky turn out of events.

Friday, August 3, 2018

[5.00/10] Extinction (2018)

Extinction (2018)

Quick Review: Built entirely on the curveball it throws in the beginning of the third act, and hinting at some concerning themes the future might bring, considering the advancement of biorobotics, "Extinction" deserves points for its scientific concept and on-paper ambition, but then again, the film's unpleasant tone, generic direction, and lack of truly emotional moments and capably-staged action sequences makes it a mediocre sci-fi experience with a heavy touch of sentimental family drama.

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

[9.25/10] Mission: Impossible - Fallout [3D] (2018)

M:I - Fallout [3D] (2018)

Quick Review: Taut, vigorous, smart and remarkably-executed, "Fallout" capably fits the rough Walker in, but keeps the balance by giving plenty of screen time to all the rest, and proves to be the most accomplished "M:I" so far: it provokes with a tricky plot full of twists, captures the eye with its diverse locations, and stuns with its astonishing no-green-screen stunt sequences -- the 'against the traffic' chase and the helicopter set piece in the final act are both pure MASTER class in action.