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Monday, February 19, 2018

[4.50/10] Accident (2017)

Accident (2017)

Quick Review: You know exactly what to expect from a film with such a reveling title, and although first-time director Dan Tondowski tries to shake things up a bit in the second half, adding a backstory, the movie becomes so ridiculously over-the-top in the final act, it loses all of its credibility, and becomes a nonsense that will make you roll your eyes in disbelief. Nevertheless, "Accident" is reasonably well-crafted, and those who suffer from claustrophobia may find it stressful at times.

Sunday, February 18, 2018

[6.50/10] Phantom Thread (2017)

Phantom Thread (2017)

Quick Review: Toned-down, if still exquisite, crafted with elegance and precision, and poetic in execution, "Phantom Thread" is focused on the draining relationship between the moody, pretentious, and egocentric designer, portrayed truly masterfully by Daniel Day-Lewis, and his muse- and-abuse love interest Alma, but the lack of an actual plot-line takes away from the film's quiet intensity, which Paul Thomas Anderson tries to compensate with an overbearing score that often distracts.

[6.75/10] The Square (2017)

The Square (2017)

Quick Review: Pretty much unlike anything you''ve seen so far, Ruben Östlund's latest feature is random, untypical, fascinating, wise, clever, satirical, and plain odd all at once, which makes it difficult to fit in any particular genre, hence it won't be understood or enjoyed by all those who prefer their films easy-to-get, but "The Square" deserves kudos for its performances, originality, and moral messages, plus, it possesses a sophisticated style that matches its truly artful approach.

Friday, February 16, 2018

[9.25/10] Black Panther [3D] (2018)

Black Panther [3D] (2018)

Quick Review: Racially significant, socially relevant, and respecting the vibrant beauty of the African culture and precious family values, without compromising on the big thrills, this origin story screams 'black power' in every frame, offering a dazzling 3D imagery of Wakanda which perfectly blends the traditional and futuristic, as well as some masterful combats, and tribal beats. Although Boseman fully rules T'Challa, Jordan and the sassy female supporting cast shine as much, if not brighter.

[4.00/10] Daddy's Home 2 (2017)

Daddy's Home 2 (2017)
  
Quick Review: Yet another cliched and pointless been-there-done-that comedy sequel set during Christmas which is also a very cheap gimmick, "Daddy's Home 2" contains one or maybe to moderately funny scenes, with all the rest following the old and worn out grandparents-parents-kids formula without providing any actual laughs. The sub-par script entirely wastes the talent of its gifted cast, and yet the film should be grateful to Mel Gibson, who makes his parts fairly watchable at least.

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

[8.00/10] Molly's Game (2017)

Molly's Game (2017)

Quick Review: Using its wittiness, sharp writing, and bright dialogues as a driving force to tell the amazing story of a former skier-turned-poker princess, and further enhanced by the masterful direction, cutting-edge editing, and clever plotting, "Molly''s Game" may be 140 minutes long, but it is so engrossing, and deeply absorbing, you won't want it to end, as it manages to be super intelligent without ever losing its sense of fun. Chastain's committed turn as Molly is absolutely sensational.

[6.00/10] Cold Skin (2017)

Cold Skin (2017)

Quick Review: The sluggish pace may be a bit demanding for some, as well as the fact that it features only two, if pretty well-aced, actual characters, but Xavier Gen's period monster movie still absorbs with its nostalgically old-fashioned story line about mythical sea creatures, also providing a few solid thrills here and there. The deserted island setting, murky cinematography and blue-ish, very muted color scheme combined generate a chilling tone that will give you the shivers for sure.

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

[6.25/10] Braven (2018)

Braven (2018)

Quick Review: Set against the all so snowy backdrop of the Canadian mountains to create a chilling visual effect, and featuring a cold-blooded villain to match the harshness of its environmental conditions, "Braven" is a bit slow at first, as takes its time to introduce all the characters, but as soon as the action starts, it picks up its energy and transforms into a decent little action flick with credible characters, realistic situations, taut chases and shootouts, and a tense score to vigor it further.

Monday, February 12, 2018

[3.25/10] Fifty Shades Freed (2018)

Fifty Shades Freed (2018)

Quick Review: The silliest, corniest and also the most sloppily-directed and shoddily-executed of all three, this god-awful final chapter in the so 'popular for all the wrong reasons' erotic trilogy is an utter cheese-fest from beginning to end -- if you can get through the phony acting, stupid dialogues, maddeningly sappy plot, far-from-kinky sex scenes, and the poor attempts at thriller in the third act, you might survive "Fifty Shades Freed", and thank God you never ever have to see it again.

[5.75/10] Downsizing (2017)

Downsizing (2017)

Quick Review: Overly ambitious in concept,  yet weak in execution, as it raises too many questions whose inexplicable answers remain vague, "Downsizing" deserves some credit for its reasonable originality, good intentions, and hesitant attempts at moral messages about the future of humanity, but the direction it goes after the protagonist's 'downsizing' totally ruins its initial potential, plus, the unbalanced script neglects most of the great supporting cast, relying desperately on Damon.

Sunday, February 11, 2018

[4.50/10] The 15:17 to Paris (2018)

The 15:17 to Paris (2018)

Quick Review: Probably supposed to be inspirational, but sadly ending up being surprisingly uninspired in execution, Clint Eastwood's bluntest film in his career aims to honor the heroic act of three American young soldiers, portrayed inadequately by the actual persons, but watching 80 minutes of a corny, uneventful, and often dull backstory with zero impact or zest for that matter just to witness the intense final final act feels like a tiresome wait for a train, so long you think it will never arrive.

Saturday, February 10, 2018

[4.75/10] Wonder Wheel (2017)

Wonder Wheel (2017)

Quick Review: One of Allen's worst efforts, for a movie with such a title "Wonder Wheel" has zero wonder about itself apart from a few visual tricks, though the overuse of color saturation, fuzzy filters, and radiant lighting make the 1950s tone of the film feel forced and kinda fabricated. Moreover, even the mostly spot-on casting can't mask the corniness of its formulaic 'love triangle' plot about rivalry, jealousy, and manipulation. Winslet shines, but Timberlake feels awkwardly out-of-place.

Friday, February 9, 2018

[6.50/10] 12 Strong (2018)

12 Strong (2018)

Quick Review: A real extraordinary actual story, executed in a bit more conventional way than it deserves to be, "12 Strong" is intrepid, heroic, inspiring, and above all respectful to the unimaginable feats of the dozen American soldiers it honors, but the more common representation of the events takes away from the depth and emotional impact. That said, the fine camera work, barren yet pretty scenery, and thrilling battle scenes make it technically strong, plus, all the cast do a great job.

Thursday, February 8, 2018

[5.50/10] The Cloverfield Paradox (2018)

The Cloverfield Paradox (2018)

Quick Review: The last moment connection with the original make it some sort of prequel, but that aside "The Cloverfield Paradox" is simply a contrived clutter of a sch-fi thriller that pretends to be 'a crazy space ride' with random shocks, but in the end very little about it makes sense. The first-rate production values give this surprise Netflix release slick feel and although the cast is well-picked, they barely share any real chemistry which lets it down further.

[6.75/10] The Ritual (2017)

The Ritual (2017)

Quick Review: What starts off as your typical lost-in-the-woods affair with a lot of familiar elements gets into a tense creep-fest with a sense of obscure mystery that keeps the viewer intrigued -- the deeper the characters enter the forest the more scary "The Ritual" becomes with the chilling third act clearly explaining the film's title. The mythical creature is as macabre when it is unseen in dark as it is in its full appearance, but the film itself doesn't provide all the answers at the end.

Monday, February 5, 2018

[8.00/10] All the Money in the World (2017)

All the Money in the World (2017)

Quick Review: An unnerving albeit compelling real-life story, masterfully translated to the screen by Ridely Scott, who demonstrates he has still got his mojo through the thoughtful plot structure, skillful direction, neat pacing, sleek cinematography, and the ability to constantly maintain the tension, "All the Money in the World" is a truly accomplished hijack drama further elevated by Plummer's pretty powerful portrayal of the greedy and stone-cold J. Paul Getty.

[5.00/10] Suburbicon (2017)

Suburbicon (2017)

Quick Review: A clumsy mash-up of supposed-to-be intricate murder mystery, an underdeveloped subject matter of racism, and a comic touch of social satire, "Suburbicon" proves that director George Clooney and The Cohen Brothers responsible for the peculiarly dull script are so not 'a match made in heaven', in spite of its big potential to be something thoroughly original, the superb cast, and the enchantingly vibrant vintage visuals which give the movie a bit of a fantasy feel and look.

Sunday, February 4, 2018

[7.00/10] A Fantastic Woman (2017)

A Fantastic Woman (2017)

Quick Review: A wonderfully-told and outstandingly-acted Almodovar- esque Chilean love-knows-no-limits drama dealing with a sensitive topic, but in the most subtle and delicate way possible, "A Fantastic Woman" is entirely driven by its protagonist Marina, following the struggles and difficulties she goes through, after the death of her elder partner. The key twist in the middle is not entirely unpredictable, but it's still effective, even quietly shocking, and will make all your emotions boil up.