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Saturday, July 31, 2021

[7.25/10] Jungle Cruise (2021)

Jungle Cruise (2021)

Quick Review: An adventurous trip set against the exuberant backdrop of Amazon rainforest, and filled with thrills, surprises, and dangers, "JC" is an energetic, action-packed, and delightfully old-fashioned escapade with a fairy tale-ish feel, stylish retro vibe, cartoony creature effects, and exquisite CGI scenery, but it's really the enchanting chemistry between Blunt and The Rock that makes this supernatural journey of unveiling a mysterious old legend all the more exciting, zesty, and fun.

Friday, July 30, 2021

[5.75/10] F9: The Fast Saga (2021)

F9: The Fast Saga (2021)

Quick Review: Everything from the tons of useless cameos  and pretty overwhelming amount of characters, to the explosive action set pieces and ludicrously over-the-top chases screams 'more is more' under Lin's BOMBastic direction. And although "F9" has very little to say, let alone to touch with, despite its attempts to evoke emotion in a corny way, it has a lot to show and show off with, and it's fun watching this preposterously overblown caper going out-of-this-world bananas. Literally.

Thursday, July 29, 2021

[6.75/10] Blood Red Sky (2021)

Blood Red Sky (2021)

Quick Review: An effective hybrid between a nail-biting plane hijacking thriller, nasty vampire horror action, and poignant bond-driven mom-son drama, "Blood Red Sky" may be tad overlong, absurd and full of tropes, but it has sharp teeth and works as an intense and thrilling airborne ride with slick gore and creature effects, though the most impressive bit here is Baumeister's transformation from an anxious, overprotective mom with dark and creepy secret to a savage and blood-thirsty beast.

Monday, July 26, 2021

[6.25/10] Till Death (2021)

Till Death (2021)

Quick Review: It gets a bit too silly at times, and the whole thing is far-fetched, but this well-crafted hybrid between a captive thriller and home invasion horror successfully creates plenty of suspense during the taut cat-n-mouse game of survival of its struggling protagonist, which Megan Fox portrays with sheer fierceness and credibility in her determination to save herself and escape from the isolated, wintry setting, which gives "Till Death" a chilling feel, but also beautifully frosty looks.

Wednesday, July 21, 2021

[5.75/10] The Forever Purge (2021)

The Forever Purge (2021)

Quick Review: Slightly superior to the last two, thanks to the genuinely likable Mexican lead couple, and the more dynamic and eventful 'on-the-road survival' approach with a "Mad Max"-ish vibe, "The Forever Purge" offers more of the same in terms of savage violence and sheer chaos, but this time around the anarchy on screen is extreme, even if the racial tension between the characters is the most uncomfortable part of the story, which ends with an irony, but in a moving kind of way.

Monday, July 19, 2021

[6.00/10] Gunpowder Milkshake (2021)

Gunpowder Milkshake (2021)

Quick Review: Essentially, it does have everything on paper to be an adrenaline-fueled feminist assassin action extravaganza -- a killer cast, authentic Neo-noir-ish feel, tasteful direction, wild action sequences with cool use of slow-mo, and plenty of bloody violence, but sadly in reality, "Gunpowder Milkshake" simply lacks zest, energy, and proper thrills to be more than just a visual treat, plus, it fails to take advantage of its brilliant secondary characters.

Saturday, July 17, 2021

[7.25/10] Black Widow (2021)

Black Widow (2021)

Quick Review: More of a 'family' reunion dramedy meets an assassin spy thriller, than your standard MCU 'origin' story, "BW" manifests a less ferocious and more sentimental side of Natasha, which Johansson owns, but it's truly Pugh's show as Yelena, who delivers all the wit and laughs, and though more talky than action- packed, the movie boasts with some stupendous set pieces, notably the prison break, as well as some hard-hitting fights with Task Master, even if he's vastly underused.

Friday, July 16, 2021

[6.75/10] The Tomorrow War (2021)

The Tomorrow War (2021)

Quick Review: Neither clever, nor inventive, and devoid of any logic, if well-crafted, highly entertaining, and led confidently by the lovable Pratt, "TTW" effectively blends time travel and alien invasion tropes to deliver one helluva fun sci-fi adventure with sense of humor that balances out touching family dynamics with flashy action sequences of monster havoc, elevated by high-end CGIs and slick creature design, with the electrifying Female Whitespike battles bringing spectacle and big thrills.

Monday, July 12, 2021

[6.25/10] French Exit (2021)

French Exit (2021)

Quick Review: Michelle Pfeiffer's brilliantly evil-ish, if truly alluring and often captivating lead performance wouldn't let you exit the whole thing early, and though "French Exit" gets a little too silly at times, this surreal family dramedy with dark edge and surprising supernatural bits has its quirky charms, sense of wit, and just enough emotional resonance to be an oddly enjoyable experience that showcases the talent of its star, who portrays the metamorphosis of her flawed character so well.

Tuesday, July 6, 2021

[7.50/10] A Quiet Place Part II (2021)

A Quiet Place Part II (2021) 

Quick Review: The action-packed "Part II" provides 'more of the same' in terms of nail-biting suspense and jolting attacks, but balances it out with big heart and some genuinely touching moments that deepen the bond between the characters, with the most thrilling bits here being the opening flashback set piece of pure monster mayhem, and the third act, whose parallel narrative effectively doubles the tensity and terror, and leaves the ending open.