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Friday, May 31, 2019

[5.50/10] Someone Great (2019)

Someone Great (2019)

Quick Review: Rodriguez is sweet as usual, and her character's bond with the other two is candid enough to make their friendship believable and what they are all going through relatable, but "Someone Great" is a plot-less rom-com with random life events that are too melodramatic to evoke any emotion, and supposed- to-be-hilarious situations that are all either awkward, or with low comedic potency to bring big laughs, not to mention the entire feel of the movie is only mildly charming.

10 Actors Who Played More Than One Superhero/Villain Comic Book Character

Dozens of actors and actresses have portrayed superheroes or villains in comic book movies over the years, but very few have had the chance to play multiple ones. Here are 10 of those who did...

Josh Brolin

In 2010 he appeared in DC Comic's "Jonah Hex" as the title character. In 2012 he first took the role of Marvel's supervillain Thanos, and featured in 5 MCU movies. Most recently he portrayed Cable in "Deadpool 2".

Ryan Reynolds

He played the title character in DC Comic's "Green Lantern" back in 2011, then in 2016 he became Marvel's anti-hero Deadpool. Well, he also played the same character in "X-Men Origins: Wolverine" in 2009, but we don't count that... you know why. ;)
Chris Evans

From The Human Torch in 2005's "Fantastic Four" and it's sequel to the iconic Captain America in multiple MCU movies, Chris Evans is an all-Marvel guy.
Ben Affleck 

In 2003 he was Marvel's Daredevil, but then in 2016 he became DC Comics' most popular character Batman.
Halle Berry

She is the only female to portray two superhero characters - DC Comics' Catwoman in the movie of the same name from 2004 and Marvel's Storm who appeared in multiple X-Men movies.
Michael B. Jordan

He was The Human Torch in Marvel's disappointing reboot "Fantastic Four" from 2015, then two years later he appeared as the supervillain Erik Killmonger in Marvel Studios' "Black Panther".
Tom Hardy

In 2012 he portrayed the villain Bane in DC Comics' "The Dark Knight Rises" from 2012, then in 2017 he was Marvel's antihero Venom.
Aaron Taylor-Johnson

He kicked ass as Kick-Ass in "Kick-Ass" (lol) from 2010 and its 2013 sequel, then he took the short role of Quicksilver in Marvel Studios' "Avengers: Age of Ultron" in 2015.
Hugo Weaving

He played V in DC Comics' adaptation "V for Vendetta" in 2006, then he was the villain Red Skull in Marvel Studios' "Captain America: The First Avenger" from 2011.
Will Smith

He took the role of the antihero superhero Hancock in 2008, then in 2016 he became a member of DC Comics' "Suicide Squad", playing Deadshot.

Wednesday, May 29, 2019

[6.00/10] Furie (2019)

Furie (2019)

Quick Review: Derivative in terms of plotting, but entertaining and taut all the way, this Vietnamese martial arts abduction thriller not only looks good, thanks to the exotic shooting locations, solid camerawork and fine cinematography, but it also benefits from the emotional mother-daughter relationship and poignant backstory of the fierce protagonist, played so convincingly by the charismatic Ngo, who demonstrates some impressive fighting skills during the raw, savage and often cruel combats.

[7.75/10] Aladdin [3D] (2019)

Aladdin [3D] (2019)

Quick Review: Affably respectful to the classic, but refreshed with perky new elements, this brisk, striking to look at and joyful live-action remake stuns the eye with its vibrant oriental feel, rich costumes and lush design, all vitalized by Ritchie's kinetic style and deft direction, while entertaining with its grandiose dancing routines and tuneful songs, but it's the allure of Massoud and Scott, and the cool swag of Smith's genie that breathe life into this visual spectacle, full of charm, heart and humor.

Tuesday, May 28, 2019

[7.25/10] The Perfection (2019)

The Perfection (2019)

Quick Review: As twisted in nature as its twisty in narrative, this artistic and vindictively messed-up 'classic music' thriller about a rivalry-turned- friendship has some highly effective horror bits and scenes of shocking gore, but what really makes it work is the vaguely back-and-forth way it tells its ambiguous plot, packed with one twist and turn after another, and the demented relationship between its protagonists, played 'in-harmony' by the two leads, who also share the perfect sexual chemistry.

Monday, May 27, 2019

[7.00/10] Us (2019)

Us (2019)

Quick Review: Ranging from truly unique and disturbingly visceral to darkly funny and oddly nonsensical, Peele's high-concept allegory of a horror movie could be interpreted in many ways, depending on how deep you dig into it, and despite its vague nature, it cannot be denied that "Us" is a cleverly-conceived and thought- provoking, and unsettling chiller with morbid tone and a haunting turn by Nyong'o, which gets freakier as the story develops, profoundly exploring all our biggest fear -- us.

Thursday, May 23, 2019

[5.00/10] The Last Summer (2019)

The Last Summer (2019)

Quick Review: Fresh-looking and with a breezy summer-y feel that is as eye-pleasing and nostalgic, this rom-com live ups to its title, visually, but plot-wise, "The Last Summer" is just as all-over-the-place as a teen romance during summer vacation, as it aims to engage with multiple stories and characters at once, but those are either too melodramatic and corny, or too devoid of actual credibility to work as either, a feel- good teen romance or an emotional coming-of-age dramedy.

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

[6.75/10] Greta (2019)

Greta (2019)

Quick Review: Truly disturbing, yet darkly funny, this an-innocent-older- younger-friendship-gone-way-wrong stalker flick has a few cliched genre elements, but it makes up for those with an enthralling narrative, steady suspense, and some clever twists in its third act, but where "Greta" really succeeds is in the acting area, with Huppert's chilling performance and Moretz's contrasting, likable turn as Frances elevating this finely-crafted and gripping thriller into a daunting and anxious experience.

Sunday, May 19, 2019

[9.25/10] John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum (2019)

John Wick 3 (2019)

Quick Review: Thanks to its highly inventive choreography, imaginative diversity of weaponry, hyper-stylistic violence, unrelenting savagery, and thrillingly over-the-top gunfights and hand-to-hand combats, "Chapter 3" is pretty much action perfection, but it is the flashy visual style, dexterous cinematography, and snazzy use of light that elevate this one into a true genre art, with the steady suspense, intriguingly twisty '1 vs. all' plot, and zestful new additions complementing its technical excellence.

Friday, May 17, 2019

[5.50/10] The Hustle (2019)

The Hustle (2019)

Quick Review: With its glamorous French Riviera setting and lustrous production values, "The Hustle" is one posh-looking con-artist comedy, plus, Hathaway and Wilson prove to be a great comedic match, playing two opposite characters that click in a weird way, but this built-on-sexism remake robs tons of we-have-seen- it-all-before ideas, hence feels too gimmicky and recycled, even when it throws curveballs, not to say the self -humiliation slapstick and silly jokes rarely evoke any laughs.

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

[6.50/10] Pokémon Detective Pikachu [3D] (2019)

Pokémon Detective Pikachu [3D] (2019)

Quick Review: A smoothly blended fusion between live-action and slick CGI animation, which the fans of the big franchise will enjoy for its hectic tone, over-the-top Pokemon action, and sheer cuteness of its creatures, especially the real talky, frenetically-voiced Pikachu, who is even further adorable than the charming Smith, but the rest may struggle with all the wild clutter, find the third act to be weak, and the whole dad-son drama a bit emotionally forced.

Monday, May 13, 2019

[5.25/10] Polaroid (2019)

Polaroid (2019)

Quick Review: In the era of 'cyber', it's refreshing to see a 'tech horror' with an old-fashioned concept, and more classic approach that give it nostalgic feel, but sadly, despite the sleek technical execution, haunting tone, sinister imagery, and few okay twists towards the end, "Polaroid"'s derivative plot filled with overused genre tropes, mild boo scares, and stereotypical characters, along with the cheesy creature effects, let this otherwise well-acted mystery horror down to utter mediocrity.

Saturday, May 11, 2019

[6.25/10] Brightburn (2019)

Brightburn (2019)

Quick Review: A fairly intriguing, if undercooked superhero sci-fi horror hybrid with a freaky premise about 'a malicious alien child with harmful superpowers', "Brightburn" has the chance to be something special, but despite the neat direction, spot-on acting, some surprisingly gruesome scenes soaked in gore, and a few moments of creepy tension, this one never live ups to its potential, giving no explication about its protagonist's extraterrestrial origin, or the motives of his inhuman evilness.

Thursday, May 9, 2019

[6.00/10] A Vigilante (2019)

A Vigilante (2019)

Quick Review: The all washed-out color palette and gritty bleakness of the film's visuals reflect perfectly the tough, yet sensitive subject matter of domestic abuse, as well as deep, raw emotions of the fierce, if fragile protagonist, played so convincingly by Olivia Wilde, and though it's far from a pleasurable watch, as it filled with pain, struggles and violence, "A Vigilante" is a significant, harsh, and reasonably realistic indie drama that also work as a revenge thriller with mild action elements in it.

Wednesday, May 8, 2019

[5.25/10] High Life (2019)

High Life (2019)

Quick Review: High on concept, but low on entertainment value, this set-in-the-space sci-fi drama with a touch of real-life horror is equally as innovative and rip-off-ish, as it has some creative ideas up its sleeve, but then again it feels oddly familiar, plus, despite its disturbing nature, "High Life" is too dragged-out and  pretentious to live up to its intriguing premise, with Pattinson sadly failing to give a strong main performance, allowing Binoche's loony turn to take over all of the attention.

Tuesday, May 7, 2019

[5.00/10] Cold Pursuit (2019)

Cold Pursuit (2019)

Quick Review: The snowy settings and bleak, albeit sleek photography create a chilly feel that makes it live up to its title, visually, but the poor editing, unfocused direction and by- the-numbers script, combined with the too many secondary characters with way too much screen time, and Neeson's lack of involvement, turn "Cold Pursuit" in a generic revenge thriller with zero thrills or suspense, whose attempts at a black comedy should have been a lot harder than a few 'body count' shots. 

Saturday, May 4, 2019

[6.50/10] Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile (2019)

Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile (2019)

Quick Review: Those wanting kills and gore might be disappointed, as this is more of a courtroom drama than a mystery thriller, but it is the refreshing approach that makes this vintage biopic intriguing, despite its rocky plot, along with Effron's stellar portray of the sociopath Ted Bundy, and the strong back-up by Collins, whose character's emotional roller- coaster ride of a backstory is often better than the key one.

Thursday, May 2, 2019

[3.25/10] Drunk Parents (2019)

Drunk Parents (2019)
Quick Review: Rather disgraceful then simply drunk, these regressive middle-aged parents portrayed by the miscast Alec Baldwind and the overacting Salma Hayek are by no means funny, let alone role models of any kind, plus the on-screen pair doomed to play them have close to zero chemistry between each other, and that along with the amateurish direction, TV-level-cheap looks, and painfully witless script instantly puts "Drunk Parents" on the race for 'the worst comedy' this year.