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Saturday, August 31, 2019

[5.25/10] Long Lost (2019)

 Long Lost (2019)

Quick Review: Featuring just three characters, and taking place in one location, this indie erotic thriller may seem a bit limited, but "Long Lost" gives you the feeling that something wrong is going to happen sooner or later, though when it does, it's a bit of a let down, but the movie still delivers the chills, mostly thanks to the tense borther-brother-girlfriend relationship that enters some dark territories further on, as well Tucci's disturbing turn as the repressive, and  controlling Richard.

Friday, August 30, 2019

[5.50/10] The White Crow (2019)

The White Crow (2019)

Quick Review: Set in early '60s St. Petersburg and Paris, it represents the time period both beautifully and credibly, and its Russian flavor gives it a further sense of authenticity, but this semi-engaging real-life story of ballet sensation Nureyev's defection to the West surely won't appeal to male audiences due to its subject matter, and queery undertones, not to say that the protagonist is too selfish and arrogant to be likable, regardless Oleg Ivenko's devoted, if spark-less performance.

Thursday, August 29, 2019

[6.75/10] In Fabric (2019)

In Fabric (2019)

Quick Review: Delightfully bizarre, highly unconventional, and surreally one-of-a-kind, if a bit too laid-back and lacking any sort of tension, this conceptually unique horror about a curse red dress with evil intentions doesn't have a single 'boo' or other scare, or any gross-out imagery, but relies purely on its eerie tone and haunting atmosphere, which along with the stylish visuals, refined '70s vintage feel, and artsy cuts make "In Fabric" a quietly chilling visual fairy tale of extravagant terror.

Wednesday, August 28, 2019

[3.50/10] Jacob's Ladder (2019)

Jacob's Ladder (2019)

Quick Review: Pointless, soulless, and having no reason to exist, this poorly-scripted and shoddy remake not only is million miles away from the mind-bending complexity of the 1990 original with its caricature of a rushed, nonsensical plot filled with meh-inspiring twists, lack of genuine sense of unease, and suffering from absolutely zero entertainment value, but "Jacob's Ladder" fails to bring one worthy idea to stand on its own, leaving its decent cast to cope with all the mess on screen.

Tuesday, August 27, 2019

[8.25/10] Ready or Not (2019)

Ready or Not (2019)

Quick Review: As darkly goofy and thrillingly fun, as it's brutally savage and subversively twisted, this gore- soaked and grotesque mayhem of a film with satirical social commentary on power, wealth, and family values, and a touch of occultism may be the deadliest 'hide and seek' game ever put on screen, set out to keep you on your toes with its edgy feel, non- stop tensity and Weaving's furiously badass turn, but also captivate your eyes with its toned-down, gold-tinted slick and stylish visuals.

Monday, August 26, 2019

[6.25/10] Good Boys (2019)

Good Boys (2019)

Quick Review: Playing around with child innocence in an outrageous, if hilarious manner, by offering tons of raunchfest humor, kid-inappropriate jokes, and scandalous situations to shock you out and make you burst into laughter, without compromising on the juvenile charm of its adorably geeky trio of lads who become more likable the badder they grow, "Good Boys" gets weary in its profanity at some point, but it makes up for that with surprising amount of heart and an emotional conclusion.

Friday, August 23, 2019

[6.75/10] Wild Rose (2019)

Wild Rose (2019)

Quick Review: With far more edgy, authentic, and grounded approach at the fairly tired a road-to-stardom scenario, and a-star-is-born turn by Buckley as the troubled, yet spirited, passionate and ambitious UK-based country singer, "Wild Rose" gives an in-depth look at Rose's struggles at balancing her dream career and re- building a bond with her family, but unlike her, the script finely balances drama, comedy and music to deliver one uplifting, moving and funny film, fully in-tune with it itself.

Wednesday, August 21, 2019

[5.50/10] The Rookies (2019)

The Rookies (2019)

Quick Review: Most of the parkour -like stunts are fun and spectacular to look at, the chases are thrilling as well, and HK and Bucharest settings are attractive enough to engage the eye, but this extreme sportsman- turned-special agent crime comedy never manages to balance well the genres it aims to fit in, being pretty unintriguing plot-wise and just mildly amusing in terms of humor, with Jovovich giving a stiff turn as Bruce -- a dull character with superb fight skills and no personality.

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

[3.50/10] Sextuplets (2019)

Sextuplets (2019)

Quick Review: As lame, sleazy and dumbass as a comedy can get, this is yet another hideous collaboration between director Tiddes and actor Marlon Wayans, with the latter being more irritating  than ever due to his multiple 7-role turn, taking 90% of the screen time with a 'varied' acting that ranges from annoyingly over-the-top to outrageously unbearable, and that along with the cheap plot, revolting slapstick, and stereotyped characters make "Sextuplet" "White Chicks"-level miserable.

Monday, August 19, 2019

[6.00/10] Otherhood (2019)

Otherhood (2019)

Quick Review: Though neither that emotional or moving, nor particularly hilarious, this dramedy about three middle aged suburb mothers trying to reconnect with their mature sons is as harmless in its intentions as its consistently pleasurable and often fun to watch, thanks to the vigorous chemistry between its three talented leads and the comic situations their sympathetic characters face along the way, with the NYC surroundings fresh visual element as a backdrop for the sentimental story.

Sunday, August 18, 2019

[8.75/10] Once Upon a Time in Hollywood (2019)

Once Upon a Time... in Hollywood (2019)

Quick Review: Is it for Tarantino's distinctive style, or for the tastefully recreated fuzzy retro visuals, or the stellar work by the brilliantly-paired Pitt and DiCaprio, whose chemistry is off the scale, but "OUaTiH" has to be the most riveting non-plot movie you'll ever see, which is 2 hours of cheeky randomness about zest for acting, narcissism, and hippies, and 40 min of brutal awesomeness, with the wicked third act making up for all the film's narrative flaws.

Thursday, August 15, 2019

[4.25/10] Gwen (2019)

Gwen (2019)

Quick Review: Atmospheric, eerie in feel and look, and authentic in its looks and recreation of time period, this supposed-to-be-haunting Welsh medieval drama with dark overtones and touch of unconventional horror is genuinely mesmerizing to look at, and it manages to generate some real tension through its melancholic mood, but sadly "Gwen" turns out so painfully sluggish, totally uneventful, and generally purposeless, it totally wastes its on-paper potential to be something truly effective.

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

[6.50/10] The Son (2019)

The Son (2019)

Quick Review: A truly unsettling, at times puzzling, yet finely structured tension-builder of a thriller that ably blurs the line between reality and fantasy with its paranoia-driven plot that keeps you wonder who's right and who's wrong until the revealing, if unsatisfyingly abrupt conclusion, "The Son" maintains its eerie tone all the way through, which along with Furriel's intense performance as the distressed and doubtful father make this twisty Argentinian Netflix chiller truly real-life nightmarish.

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Editors Note: CineMarvellous' 10th Anniversary!

Happy 10th Birthday, CineMarvellous!πŸŽ‚

Today is a very special day for us, as it marks precisely a decade since CineMarvellous! was created back on August 13, 2009. We can't believe it's been ten years already. Time passes real fast, doesn't it?

Here's a quick retrospection at everything important that happened since the launch of the site:

- We've reviewed 2,100+ movies so far

- CineMarvellous! has been visited 1,080,000+ times

- We got rid of the 'blogspot' thing and became cinemarvellous.com

- Visitors form exactly 200 countries worldwide have visited the site

- Our official Facebook page has reached 10,000+ fans

- We also created a well-performing Instagram account in March 2018

- We maintain our Twitter account since November 2010

- CineMarvellous! was quoted in the TV spot of the Halle Berry-starring "Dark Tide", as well as on numerous websites online.

- A few years back, our Editor-in-Chief had a monthly column for movie reviews over at White Cat Magazine

- Tvfilmnews.com offered us to re-post our reviews on their site several years ago, which we agreed on

- Even a couple of famous actors quoted us one their sites

- Since the very first day of the site's existence till this very moment, our No.1 Favorite Movie of All Times remained Zhang Yimou's visually-exquisite wuxia masterpiece "Hero"!
Now, it's time to celebrate this wonderful decade we've been online!πŸ₯‚

Thank you or all your love and support, everyone! We are doing it all for you. Passionately!πŸ’–

Cinemarvellous' Team

[8.50/10] Parasite (2019)

Parasite (2019)

Quick Review: Inspired, unsettling, darkly quirky, at times shocking, but also deeply affecting, the brilliantly- conceived, thought-provoking, and delightfully unforeseeable "Parasite" is another masterwork by Bong Joon Ho, who's deft storytelling smoothly shifts tones between stirring 'social commentary' family drama, tension- building thriller, and oddball comedy with pitch-black humor, all resulting in a genre-busting triumph of a film, further enhanced by the exceptional work by its talented cast.

Monday, August 12, 2019

[4.00/10] The Beach Bum (2019)

The Beach Bum (2019)

Quick Review: Korine certainly has color sensation and specific style, as her latest effort is a tastefully- shot film that captures the eye with its lurid visuals, plus, McConaughey gives it his all in a dedicated turn as the reckless rebel, but in the end "The Beach Bum" is a purposeless, moody, pretentious and dull comedy devoid of any humor that gives a shallow look at bohemian lifestyle, and suffers from erratic editing and overly stylized direcion that make it further more unpleasant.

Friday, August 9, 2019

[6.25/10] Fast Color (2019)

Fast Color (2019)

Quick Review: A grounded, toned- down, and uncommonly subtle take on the superhero genre, without the typical for the latter wild action and overuse of CGIs, "Fast Color" may be very quiet and slow-moving, grim in looks, gritty in feel, and with an obvious lack of budget, but it has more than just superpowers on its mind, delivering a clever, yet moving mother-daughter-granddaughter re- connection story that works well on an emotional level, due to the real bond between its leads.

Thursday, August 8, 2019

[4.50/10] D-Railed (2019)

D-Railed (2019)

Quick Review: Shifting from a fake murder mystery with retro looks, to a disaster flick aboutg trail derailment, to an old-fashioned water creature feature, to a supposed to be ghostly supernatural twist in its explanatory finale, "D-Railed" surely suffers from identity crisis as it attempts to cover multiple horror genres, but instead it ends up being one amateurishly- acted and poorly-executed mess of a, well, trainwreck, with the only fun bits being the practical monster and its heavily gory attacks.

Wednesday, August 7, 2019

[6.00/10] The Wolf's Call (2019)

The Wolf's Call (2019)

Quick Review: It's no "Das Boot", that is for certain, and although it's bordering on fantasy due to a pretty far-fetched story, even if pretends otherwise, this passably entertaining French waterlogged thriller boasts with some well-executed underwater sequences as well as authentically atmospheric indoors ones, but it's the clever, fleshed-out characters and taut scenario that elevate the tensity of its nearly apocalyptic plot that succeeds more on mild thrills instead of making sense.

[5.50/10] The Sun is Also a Star (2019)

The Sun is Also a Star (2019)

Quick Review: It has a lovely pair of young stars that are a pleasure to look at, and it benefits from the NY setting that gives it a cool urban sense, but for a film that urges you to open your heart to fate, "The Sun is Also a Star" feels too forced and fabricated to convey its message convincingly, and even though it has its sweet moments and bitter ones, the whole 'romance for a day' meets 'immigration issues' mash-up never finds its smooth balance.

Tuesday, August 6, 2019

[6.50/10] Braid (2019)

Braid (2019)

Quick Review: Surreal, stylish, and sick, "Braid" captivates with its nutty game of a plot that plays more and more tricks on the viewer as the role play develops into something truly grim, violent, and bloody, this chiller won't appeal to mass tastes due to its oddity and perplexing nature, but the clever way it blurs the boundary between reality and fantasy, the real vivid use of color, and dedicated all- female lead trio make this dreamlike experience a viscerally nightmarish trip to outright madness.

Sunday, August 4, 2019

[7.25/10] Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw [3D] (2019)

Hobbs & Shaw [3D] (2019)

Quick Review: Insanely fast-paced and furiously entertaining, this spin- off embraces the wacky absurdity of its inanely fun plot and the stylized over-the-top-ness of its set pieces, delivering one of the deftest stunts and flashiest chases in the series, with the final in-the-rain fight being a slow-mo 'wower', and letting its two action stars to have a blast as the goofy rivals-turned-pals agents, but also its badass female lead to be on par, whilst putting a cool sci-fi twist with its cyborg-ish villain.