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Friday, July 31, 2020

[7.00/10] Breaking Surface (2020)

Breaking Surface (2020)

Quick Review: Deftly capturing the glacial beauty of the Norwegian icy scenery, but also flaunting glorious, if uncomfortable and claustrophobic abyssal shots, "Breaking Surface" is a dexterously-crafted, solidly-acted, unexpectedly convincing, and highly intense stuck-into-the-deep survival thriller, mainly driven by the powerful chemistry, shared by the two sibling protagonists, which submerges you into fear and leaves you gasping for air, delivering underwater thrills that are often hard to endure.

Thursday, July 30, 2020

[6.25/10] Impetigore (2020)

Impetigore (2020)

Quick Review: More sinister rather then genuinely frightening and also taking full advantage of its secluded setting that impresses with its lush setting, this Indonesian horror drags a bit during the first hour, at least allowing us to bond with the main characters and get involved into the mystery around 'back to the roots' story with a grisly twist, and though it takes a while the latter to reveal, "Impetigore" has enough chills and ghastly images to hold your interest and give you the shivers.

Wednesday, July 29, 2020

[4.75/10] Deep Blue Sea 3 (2020)

Deep Blue Sea 3 (2020)

Quick Review: It's technically well- made, with some decent CGI effects and solid underwater camera work, and the floating village setting has an exotic 'grit' about it, but from its inane 'brain-advanced super-smart bull sharks' premise and implausible scientific explanations, to the over- the-top kill scenes and questionable acting, "Deep Blue Sea 3" ends up as a mediocre, unnecessary sequel that provides too much drama and action above the surface, and only some mild thrills below it.

[3.75/10] Fatal Affair (2020)

Fatal Affair (2020)

Quick Review: A rip-off of many other stalker thrillers, hence, fatally hackneyed, largely predictable, and devoid of any suspense whatsoever, "Fatal Affair" has a decent cast who all try their hardest with the flawed script and stereotypical characters they have to work with, but the plot is so derivative and straightforward, albeit awfully implausible in parts, that the film generates zero tension throughout becoming unintentionally comical towards the end, not to say Epps is entirely miscast.

Monday, July 27, 2020

[5.25/10] Feel the Beat (2020)

Feel the Beat (2020)

Quick Review: It's sweet, adorable, enjoyable and feel-good, all the kids are cute as a button, and it's nice to see Sofia Carson's protagonist April growing from extremely obnoxious in the beginning to real likable towards the end, but then again, "Feel the Beat" is your typical by-the-numbers dramedy with been-there-done-that concept, thin script, very predictable story, stereotypical characters, and cheesily sentimental ending that has some fun bits and one or two fun-to- watch dancing routines.

Wednesday, July 22, 2020

[6.00/10] Relic (2020)

Relic (2020)

Quick Review: A bit sluggish even for a slow-burner, this family drama- turned-body horror relies on mood, atmosphere, and sense of dread to sustain your interest until the mostly uneventful first hour, and although the rewarding final act is gross-out creepy, grisly, and fairly frightening, "Relic" refuses to tie up the loose ends around all the 'transformation' mystery, leaving too many question unanswered, and instead decides to play it as a bizarrely sad allegory on the horror of getting old.

Monday, July 20, 2020

[6.25/10] The Old Guard (2020)

The Old Guard (2020)

Quick Review: A ludicrous, prosaic and tonally drab, if violently fun take on superheroes and immortal life, "Old Guard" benefits from Theron's physically tough, but fragile heroine, the strong connection between the characters, the versatile locations, and the outlandishly kick-ass, albeit overly choreographed action, which blends contemporary shootouts and period swordplay, but there is too much melodrama in its lazy plot, the medieval scenes look tacky, and the score is horribly ill-fitting.

Thursday, July 16, 2020

[4.75/10] Desperados (2020)

Desperados (2020)

Quick Review: Pedrad is vibrant, engagingly charming, and at times amusing to watch, but her presence and the summer-y Mexican setting aside, "Desperados" is a desperate, predictable and corny rom-com that feels horribly outdated in premise, yet very 2020 in style, and not in a good way, as it uses crude sexual humor and cringe-worthy jokes in its attempt to deliver laughs, but ends up so embarrassing and awkward to experience, it makes its protagonist disappointingy unlikable.

Friday, July 10, 2020

[4.50/10] Mujeres Arriba (2020)

Mujeres Arriba (2020)

Quick Review: All the three female characters are charming and even funny to watch at times, delivering some amusing verbal and slapstick humor, and the film's look is fresh and vibrant, even if "Mujeres Arriba" has the feel and tone of a modern Latino soap opera, but this Chilean rom-com about lust, sexuality, and relationship problems is as cheesy and corny as a chick flick can get, and it has no clue how to properly celebrate feminism, choosing to be goofily raunchy instead.

Saturday, July 4, 2020

[7.25/10] The King of Staten Island (2020)

The King of Staten Island (2020)

Quick Review: Honest, endearing and candid, but above all enjoyable, funny as hell, and utterly hilarious, and featuring one of the sweetest, good-natured, most likable losers in history, played very wholeheartedly by Pete Davidson, whose character grows naturally and becomes more likable with each scene, "The King of Staten Island" is urban dramedy with equal amounts of raunchiness, wit, laughter, and heart that touches as much as it entertains.