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Tuesday, January 16, 2018

[7.50/10] I, Tonya (2017)

I, Tonya (2017)

Quick Review: Driven by Robbie's true emotional roller coaster ride of a role that equals the triumph of her character's triple axel achievement, and well-accompanied by Janney's determined portrayal of her harsh, cruel, overambitious mom, "I, Tonya" tells its outrageous fact-based story with passion, dark sense of humor, and profound emotion, and the end result is an exciting, yet bittersweet doc-like sports biopic with a trashy vintage vibe that is just as edgy as the blade of an ice skate.

Monday, January 15, 2018

[5.50/10] Devil's Gate (2018)

Devil's Gate (2018)

Quick Review: With its ominously dim, sepia-toned color scheme, neat cinematography, and good-to-great practical and CGI effects, this well-made indie flick is a fine example of how to execute good visuals with a limited budget, and though "Devil's Gate" seems like an inventive blend of horror, sci-fi, and drama in the first half of its eerily intriguing alien -themed plot, delivering some solid chills, it becomes a hot mess during its third act, with the cheesy payoff being another let down.

Sunday, January 14, 2018

[7.25/10] The Greatest Showman (2017)

The Greatest Showman (2017)

Quick Review: Enjoyable, magical, and always dazzling to look at, "The Greatest Showman"'s formulaic plot barely matches its gorgeous period production design, and remarkable visual artistry, but the film's catchy, pretty spectacular musical numbers, and the tastefully-chosen cast with brilliant singing and dancing skills, headed by Hugh Jackman in a role that was meant for him, make this original musical an absolute treat for the eyes and ears alike.

Saturday, January 13, 2018

[6.50/10] The Commuter (2018)

The Commuter (2018)

Quick Review: Yes the whole thing is a little too far-fetched and often absurd to be any probable, but that barely makes the intricate plot less intriguing or twisty, in spite of all its flaws, which Liam Neeson's strong presence will help you overlook. Set mostly on a train, "The Commuter" is hardly impressive visually, and yet Serra's untypical directing decisions and technical tricks give the film an underground stylishness that goes well with its rough feel, high tensity, and hard-hitting action.

Friday, January 12, 2018

[7.50/10] Paddington 2 (2017)

Paddington 2 (2017)

Quick Review: One of the very, very rare cases in which the sequel does surpass the original, from the wonderfully-executed fully animated opening sequence to the emotional finale, this one is a pure delight to experience -- sweet, vigorous, witty, and never losing its exciting sense of adventure, "Paddington 2" blends live-action and animation to deliver an entertaining family-friendly story, revolving around the adorable CGI titular character, to whom the movie owns all of its big charm.

Thursday, January 11, 2018

[6.25/10] Ferdinand (2017)

Ferdinand (2017)

Quick Review: With its adorable protagonist, who's hugeness equals the gauge of his heart, "Ferdinand" might not have the deepest, more emotional or memorable story, nor it's particularly laugh-out-loud funny, but thanks to its beautifully-made, cutesy animation, brisk pacing, and sympathetic animal characters, it's a delightful entertainment for all the younger audiences. The dance off midway through is the true highlight, and the energetic goat Lupe easily steals the entire movie.

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

[5.75/10] Bleeding Steel (2017)

Bleeding Steel (2017)

Quick Review: Ranging from pretty action packed, especially during the thrillingly long opening sequence, to overly dramatic, and literally goofy, Chen's latest sci-fi caper suffers big time from identity crisis as it shifts tones quite chaotically, which makes it inconsistent, along with the messy plot, but in terms of entertainment, "Bleeding Steel" is a brainless fun, worth seeing for the exciting stunts, fast-paced fight scenes, cool special effects, and the fantastic shooting locations in Sydney, AU.

Monday, January 8, 2018

[7.75/10] Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (2017)

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (2017)

Quick Review: Filled with anger, grit, and violence, "TBOE,M" seems straightforward at first, because of its deceptively simple plot and small town setting that masks its potential, but in fact the film's revenge-driven story gets more harsh, intricate and unpredictable with each next scene, thanks to the highly intelligent script, which balances out dark humor and intense drama effortlessly, with the help of McDormand's phenomenally determined performance.

Sunday, January 7, 2018

[6.75/10] The Florida Project (2017)

The Florida Project (2017)

Quick Review: During its first half, "The Florida Project" is so random, plotless, and improvised, it feels like a project instead of a proper feature indeed, but as the film progresses, the story becomes more focused and profound, and starts to evoke some genuinely raw emotions in the viewer through its harsh depiction of present day destitution and single parenting struggles, which contrast dramatically with the movie's vibrant cinematography, which is as colorful as the natural characters.

Friday, January 5, 2018

[7.00/10] Lady Bird (2017)

Lady Bird (2017)

Quick Review: Truly beautiful in its simplicity and fully driven by Saoirse Ronan's bravura main performance as the feisty, opinionated and very rebellious teenager Christine, who owns ever moment she's on screen, even when she shares it with the also superb Laurie Metcalf as her concerned mother, "Lady Bird" is surely one of the finest films about adolescence with all its intriguingly awkward and often fascinating story, even if it's not for everyone, due to its immensely indie feel.

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

[4.50/10] Inside (2017)

Inside (2017)

Quick Review: Reasonably slick in execution, and atmospheric in tone, yet very Americanized, and not even half as gory, disturbing, or effective as the French original "À l'intérieur", "Inside" is yet another terrible and beyond unnecessary attempt at a horror remake, which aims to differ itself by changing certain parts of the horrific story, but the ideas its creator has in mind are so cheesy and ludicrous, they instantly kill all the credibility factor, along with the mediocre performances.

Monday, January 1, 2018

[8.00/10] The Killing of a Sacred Deer (2017)

The Killing of a Sacred Deer (2017)

Quick Review: Another truly out-of -the-ordinary feature by Lanthimos, inspired by Greek mythology, and vaguely open to interpretation, "The Killing of a Sacred Deer" depicts a hauntingly odd and pretty enigmatic, yet mesmerizing story about karma, nemesis, and oblation, whose sense of dread elevates with each scene, and culminates in a macabre finale, accompanied by a hair-rising score, and led by a stellar cast, who deliver unsettling performances.

Sunday, December 31, 2017

[6.50/10] Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle [3D] (2017)

Jumanji [3D] (2017)

Quick Review: Finding the balance between refreshing and nostalgic by being respectful to the original, but also throwing a few surprises to set itself apart, "Jumanji" fully embraces its 'goofy fun' approach instead of trying hard to be more than a pure popcorn flick, and the end result is an energetic, briskly-paced, action-packed, and adventurous romp with lush 3D visuals and top-notch CGIs, which lets its hilarious cast to enjoy themselves in their challenging roles and bring the big laughs.

[6.75/10] Battle of the Sexes (2017)

Battle of the Sexes (2017)

Quick Review: Deeply concerning the genre equality issue that is still relevant nowadays, this in one one hand a significant biopic about male chauvinism, but its importance does not take away from the fun, because on the other, "Battle of the Sexes" is an amusing dramedy with a touch of romance and great 70s look which revolves around a historical sports rivalry that never fails to entertain, mostly thanks to the two outstanding lead performances, with Stone really bringing her "A"game.

Saturday, December 30, 2017

[7.25/10] Mudbound (2017)

Mudbound (2017)

Quick Review: Having a historic and emotional value, "Mudbound" is an affecting story built on the bumpy relationship between a black and a white family that depicts poverty and represents the difficult time period through its dim color palette, fuzzily vintage shooting style, and simplistic yet genuine production design. The exceptional cast is what makes this film so impactful, with every one of them being raw and beyond credible in the often intricate situations their characters are all put it.

Friday, December 29, 2017

[7.00/10] Thelma (2017)

Thelma (2017)

Quick Review: As shivering as its chilly setting, yet somewhat tender and beautifully subdued, this oddly captivating supernatural thriller from Norway successfully sets itself apart by cunningly avoiding most of the overly familiar cliches typical for the sub-genre and telling an uncommon story that blends such themes as forbidden romance, telekinesis, self- discovery, and telepathy, constantly throwing curveballs in a twisty way that showcases "Thelma"' creator's out-of-the-box creativity.

Thursday, December 28, 2017

[4.50/10] Flatliners (2017)

Flatliners (2017)

Quick Review: Both, unnecessary and lifeless, Arden Oplev's remake of the 90's movie of the same name not only fails miserably to improve upon the original, but judged merely by itself, "Flatliners" is an incapably-executed and poorly-directed effort that is neither clever enough as a sci-fi flick, nor even remotely scary as a horror one, due to a derivative script lacking in originality and fresh ideas, and an otherwise pleasant cast, who's characters are, funnily, dead from the neck up.

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

[6.50/10] Bright (2017)

Bright (2017)

Quick Review: A somewhat unique genre mash up that blends action, comedy, and fantasy in a perky, if hardly seamless way, "Bright" would have worked better as a TV series due to its somewhat convoluted plot with way too many elements to be fully developed in 2 hours, but this cop buddy creature caper with many cultural and racial references still entertains with its unusual concept. Smith and Edgerton are spot-on in their roles, yet too bad the amazing Rapace is so underused.