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Wednesday, March 22, 2017

[5.00/10] Collide (2016)

Collide (2016)

Quick Review: Though completely conventional in terms of plotting and balancing romance and action very lousily, "Collide" is by no means a terrible movie, offering some pretty intense car and on-foot chases, and finely-executed sequences for your entertainment. However, putting the fun bits aside, this mediocre flick is basically a waste of acting talent, as it flaunts some big names among its cast, but due to an uninspired script and poor dialogues, the film fails to take advantage of them.

[6.50/10] Triple 9 (2016)

Triple 9 (2016)

Quick Review: Yes, it has way too much going on about itself, and that combined with the muddled pacing and large crowd of characters turn it into a mess that might confuse the audience in places, but then again, "Triple 9"'s gritty visual style, swanky execution, and top-notch cast make it worth checking out in spite of the fact that most actors just don't have enough screen time to give it their best. The action is solid, but it's the intricate plotting the movie relies on the most to deliver thrills.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

[6.75/10] Toni Erdmann (2016)

Toni Erdmann (2016)

Quick Review: Highly original, very unpredictable, and completely nuts, if pretentious and insanely overlong, "Toni Erdmann" has a lot to express through its complex, oddly engaging story that is equally amusing, quirky, and moving, but it is the deep main characters and the unusual father-daughter bond between them that makes this film special. And at times embarrassing. The title character is really charming in his peculiarity, but he's being somewhat overshadowed by his aspiring daughter.

[4.50/10] Cave (2016)

Cave (2016)

Quick Review: Sure,the Norwegian mountain scenery is nothing short of astounding, especially seen through the blue-green-ish tinted filter of the visuals which creates a chilling tone. But does the film deliver the chills? Well, there are certain scenes in the cave that will surely make you feel uncomfortable, and at times gasping for air, and yet those chills are very few and far between for the fact that the supposed-to-be twisty plot goes in a disappointing direction that lets the movie down big time.

Sunday, March 19, 2017

[7.00/10] Beauty and the Beast [3D] (2017)

Beauty and the Beast [3D] (2017)

Quick Review: Lacking the heart, and soul of the animated classic, yet still very faithful to it, this live-action rendition might be safe in narration, but it really casts a big spell visually. Flashing some gorgeous costumes, prettily-detailed sets, and first-class special effects in cool 3D, "BATB" is enchanting to look at, and thanks to the fun numbers, also a joy to listen to. Watson is cute, Evans is spot-on, but the movie belongs to the Beast and his lovely servants.

Friday, March 17, 2017

[6.50/10] I, Daniel Blake (2016)

I, Daniel Blake (2016)

Quick Review: Loach's minimalistic visual style may be too simple and low-key for mass audiences, but it establishes a high sense of realism that more than suits the film's down- to-earth essence of social drama. Empathic, moving, quietly powerful, and equally funny and miserable, "I, Daniel Blake" is all about facing the horror of bureaucracy, but also tells a powerful backstory that makes an even bigger impact then the central one, with the charming Johns being at the very heart of both.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

[7.25/10] Kong: Skull Island [3D] (2017)

Kong: Skull Island (2017)

Quick Review: Providing fun as big as its monsters, "Kong: Skull Island" is a brisk romp, light on plot if heavy on thrills, that displays the technical skills of its director in marvellous 3D. The stunningly-designed Kong rules the screen in spite of the great cast he shares it with, and the rest of the creatures are no less impressive in terms of CGIs. Shot in various exotic locations, the film flaunts some eye- popping scenery, plus, the final fight is hugely spectacular, as are all the other action set pieces.

[5.50/10] Office Christmas Party (2016)

Office Christmas Party (2016)

Quick Review: Neither an instant Christmas classic, nor a total failure, the sub-par "Office Christmas Party" delivers exactly what its title implies -- loud music, alcohol, cocaine and tons of people celebrating, and it's kind of fun to watch, plus, the 'firm rescue' sub-plot saves it from being entirely dumb. Honestly said, it's the supporting cast that delivers most of the laughs, but the fact that Aniston steals every scene as the angry bad boss cannot be denied.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

[6.25/10] The Girl with All the Gifts (2016)

The Girl with All the Gifts (2016)

Quick Review: A refreshing take on the drained zombie genre, yet still nothing extraordinary, "The Girl with All the Gifts" is a fairly relevant survival story with a few clever ideas on its mind, driven by its cast led by the spirited Nanua. With its credible post-apocalyptic setting, real vague cinematography, and 'camouflage'-y color palette, it demonstrates that a movie could look good with a limited budget too, by creating a tone that's as cool as it is obscure.

Monday, March 13, 2017

[3.75/10] Fallen (2016)

Fallen (2016)

Quick Review: Basically "Twilight" with angels, and lots of cheese, it is a poor attempt at mixing fantasy and romance -- predictable, derivative, and made with little money and even less taste, "Fallen" does not even manage to take an advantage of its charming female lead, providing her with lame material to work with, and a screen partner she has absolutely zero chemistry with. All the fantasy elements lack until the final act, and there is nothing great to say about the use of CGIs, either.

Sunday, March 12, 2017

[6.75/10] Anthropoid (2016)

Anthropoid (2016)

Quick Review: Moving at a rather slow and uneven pace for the most part, until it really explodes in the final thirty minutes, when it gets real ruthless, this based-on-a-true-story Nazi drama succeeds mainly thanks to its humane, yet determined main characters, both not afraid to show fear and self-doubt, played credibly by Murphy and Dornan. Looks-wise, "Anthropoid" is beautifully grim, with Ellis creating a sense of unease with his moody, yet slick direction, full of gorgeously murky shots.

Thursday, March 9, 2017

George Beremov's TOP 20 Best-Reviewed Movies of 2016 PART 2 [10 - 1]

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1. Captain America: Civil War [3D] 

Quote: "...flaunting an accomplished direction that manages its multiple characters flawlessly, as well as tons of literally mind-blowing, larger-than-life action set pieces, executed in spectacular fashion."

2. Zootopia [3D] (9.25/10)

Quote: "...witty, energetic, superbly fun, and packed with many lovable characters, "Zootopia" is an absolute winner on every level, and the best non-Pixar animated film by Disney since "Tangled"..."

3. Deadpool (9.25/10)

Quote: "...balanced to perfection, restlessly energetic, stylishly action-packed, and led by Ryan Reynolds' delightfully goofball, yet passionate performance, "Deadpool" is literally BLOODY awesome..."

4. Doctor Strange [3D] (8.75/10)

Quote: "Though at times it offers more than eyes can take, "Doctor Strange" is strangely fantastic, and yet another dazzling entry in MCU. Cumberbatch owns the title character!"

5. The Conjuring 2 (8.75/10)

Quote: "Helmed once again by Wan, who continues to show his ability to spread dread with skill and style, by utilizing camera techniques that emphasize the atmosphere of the film..."

Quote: "..."Hunt for the Wilderpeople" is every bit as clever as it sounds, mixing elements of a quirky coming-of-age story, and adventurous 'escapism' in an utterly refreshing way..."

7. The Nice Guys (8.50/10)

Quote: "...what makes "The Nice Guys" really special is the unpredictability, and originality of its ingeniously "nuanced" script that is simultaneously hysterical, witty, and raunchy..."

8. Hacksaw Ridge (8.50/10)

Quote: "...followed by a brutal, and hyper violent war story that contains one of the bloodiest, most uncompromising, and skillfully-executed 
battle sequences ever put on film..."

9. Arrival [3D] (8.25/10)

Quote: "With its deeply provoking script built on suspense, perplexity and subtle shocks, as well as the elegant visuals, consisting of impressive shots, realistic CGIs, and dim color palette..."

10. The Handmaiden (8.25/10)

Quote:  "Telling an intricate story of love, lust, passion, betrayal, and deception, held masterfully in a devious cat-and-mouse fashion that maintains the tension throughout its running time..."

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

George Beremov's TOP 20 Best-Reviewed Movies of 2016 PART 1 [20 - 11]

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11. Moana [3D] (8.25/10)

Quote: "With its vigorous and inventively-told sea story full of life, and a title character that is as brave, daring, lionhearted, and wild, as it is delightful, "Moana" is a crowd-pleaser..."

12. Star Trek Beyond [3D] (8.25/10)

Quote: "A notch above "Into Darkness", if one below the original, "Beyond" is, indeed, a beyond epic, spectacle-driven, but still fairly smart and superbly-directed thrill ride of a sequel..."

13. Train to Busan (8.00/10)

Quote: "If you're hungry for a cinematic journey that is exciting, clever, staggering, moving, fun, and running on a high-speed rail, then "Train to Busan" is the right trip to take..."

14. Hidden Figures (8.00/10)

Quote: "...quicky becomes an inspiring crowd-pleaser, with the help of its charming lead threesome, who each dazzle in their feisty roles, fighting for equality and recognition..."

15. Nocturnal Animals (8.00/10)

Quote: "...it also arrests the mind and the heart with its aesthetically-bounded story-within-a-story plot about love, loss, violence and revenge that is equally riveting, disturbing..."

Quote: "Bold, adventurous, amusing, emotionally resonant, and nothing short of astonishing to look at, "Kubo and the Two Strings" is 
yet another diamond in LAIKA's crown..."

17. Finding Dory [3D] (8.00/10)

Quote: "..."Finding Dory" finds its creators at their dor(k)iest, most carefree spirits yet, in the best sense known - sweet and touching, but also energetic, funny, and paced to perfection..."

18. A Monster Calls (8.00/10)

Quote: "Sad, poignant, and rather wise, "A Monster Calls" deals with grief in a darkly unique way, but also conveys a moral message, and 
J. A. Bayona creates a grim atmosphere..."

19. The Jungle Book [3D] (8.00/10)

Quote: "Murkier in tone and less sweet than the 1967's animated classic, but in a refreshing way, this grown-up adaptation is entertaining, adventurous, and a visual wonder to behold..."

20. The Wailing (7.75/10)

Quote: "A smooth blend of oddball Asian mythology, and some classic genre elements, mashed into one gripping whole, and wrapped in a morbid, often chilling atmosphere..."

Almost Made the Cut:
The Shallows (7.75/10)
Quote: "...grows into an exciting, highly taut survival thriller that alternates nasty, hyper- intense shark attacks with moments exposing the physical and emotional struggles..."

Monday, March 6, 2017

[5.00/10] Jack Reacher: Never Go Back (2016)

Jack Reacher: Never Go Back (2016)

Quick Review: Ironically sub-titled "Never Go Back", this Jack Reacher sequel shouldn't have gone back on the big screen in the first place, as it has nothing new to offer -- tediously by-the-numbers, hence too easy to predict, lacking in clever writing and any well thought-out twists and turns and executed very tastelessly, "Jack Reacher 2" is a snooze-fest, whose reasonably action packed final act is the only watchable part, plus, Cruise seems a bit tired of it all.

Sunday, March 5, 2017

[6.75/10] Headshot (2016)

Headshot (2016)

Quick Review: Though a bit similar in style, and sharing the same main star, this Indonesian action movie is not as accomplished as "The Raid". That said, everyone hungry for wild action will be more than impressed with what this flick offers in spite of its conventional plotting - relentless, outrageously violent, and executed in real hectic fashion, "Headshot" is a sheer blood-splattered carnage of a movie that never apologizes for its cruelty, although Iko Uwais' likability softens it down a notch.

Saturday, March 4, 2017

[8.50/10] Logan (2017)

Logan (2017)

Quick Review: Quite grisly in tone, and with a western-like atmosphere that suits it surprisingly well, yet still polished in looks, this one has more of a real-life feel, than a comic-book one, which reflects its gritty nature. Jackman turns in his best Wolverine yet, but it's Keen's as the savage lil' Laura that wows the most. "Logan" is R-rated for a reason -- the action scenes are graphic, gory, and brutal as well as inventively-shot, and the thrilling plot will keep you on your toes until the sad finale.