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1 out of 1 people found the following review useful:
Disturbing and well made, 24 May 2017

I definitely didn't expect much out of this film, but it pleasantly surprised me. As far as low- budget and independent horror films go, this is definitely one of the better made ones. The director really has a knack for building atmosphere and he has a strong grasp on the entire film's production, scares, and acting. The latter especially should be praised, considering the strong work the actors put in throughout this film. Overall, I don't think it's necessarily amazing or anything that comes close to being revolutionary, but it's definitely a worthwhile entry in the horror genre.

0 out of 6 people found the following review useful:
Kind of underrated, 21 May 2017

So there are definitely many flaws with this film. It has some very noticeable clichés and some really dumb moments. However, I still believe it's kind of underrated, which is what I also thought of Prometheus. For all of its dumb moments (and there are a lot) it's still a lot of fun and is successful in moving this franchise even further. I enjoyed what it brought to this world, even if it doesn't do anything original in terms of its execution. The visuals are really well done and the action and thrills are exhilarating. For all of its problems, I think this is a worthy addition to this series.

6 out of 15 people found the following review useful:
Rami Malek is incredible, 14 May 2017

There are definitely different ways to approach this film. It can be darkly comic, but at its core, it's a tragedy with one actor at the center of it who is ready to give it his all. Malek has become a star due to his TV series, Mr. Robot, and here he gets an opportunity to shine even further. The lead character is a tricky one, balancing different story lines and timelines and personality traits while still having to be consistent in characterization. It's not hard to see why Malek was cast here. He has such a bubbling intensity and forceful acting style that comes across natural while leaving a lasting impression, and that's exactly what he does here.

4 out of 9 people found the following review useful:
Not as good as the first, 13 May 2017

Do I think this film is a decent watch? Sure. Is it great? Not by any means, and that is why it's frustrating to see it get such a favorable reception with the usual audience. Marvel makes okay films, but they're all pretty much still being done within the same formula. Th jokes here don't always land, and it tries way too hard to be hip and cool. Despite that, there's still some good chemistry between the characters and some good acting to be found here. The film could have been a lot worse. It's just disappointing that it's not trying to go beyond the barriers set by the first film.

Split (2016/IX)
1 out of 7 people found the following review useful:
Could have been better, but solid, 10 May 2017

I've been going back and forth on whether I want to give this film a 6 or a 7. On one hand, it's way too long. It's 110 minutes and yet it feels even longer than that. It's also simply not as "fun" as I wanted it to be. Instead of not taking it self seriously at all, the film is way too solemn and serious for its own good. At the same time, however, I admire its willingness to be something more than a cheesy horror/thriller, as it is also highlighting the types of mental processes that can occur with this type of medical condition. It's also very well shot, with some nice, fluid camera-work. The acting is also solid, but it's James McAvoy who impresses the most. He is easily the biggest reason to see this. He gives it his all.

Deliberately paced and some complex character work, 7 May 2017

it would be easy for this type of film to simply be a type of action adventure epic in the hands of a lesser filmmaker, but James Gray knows that the strength in the source material of such a story as the one here lies in the persons going through this journey. Charlie Hunnam has always been a reliable actor, but he's never been better than here. He gives an extraordinary performance that would be easy to dismiss as an "easy" one but there are may layers to his character that stand even outside of the page. The rest of the ensemble is solid, but it's his work that resonates. The film makes sure to linger on the moments that count and it's able to tell the life of this man without feeling overwhelming or overstuffed.

Colossal (2016)
1 out of 4 people found the following review useful:
Distinct and unique, 7 May 2017

There seem to be a lot of things going on with this film. Not only is it trying to be a comedy, but a monster, science fiction, and drama film as well. What's surprising is how successful it all ultimately is. It's not flawless by any means. Quite a lot of suspension of disbelief is needed for this to work, and when examined very closely there are a lot of things that would surely fall apart. It's also somewhat inconsistent in its tone, which may confuse a lot of viewers as to its intentions. However, by the end it's quite memorable and charming. Hathaway is quite good in this. It's just a surprise all around.

1 out of 7 people found the following review useful:
Revealing and necessary, 3 May 2017

Films like this are needed. I am sure there will be many people who believe that having so many documentaries about race (this, 13th, O.J.:Made in America) all came out within the same year is too much. To that, I say the more and more films that address these issues, the less people will be able to ignore or pretend that these issues still do exist. What I found fascinating about this is that it's not told in your typical format, and perhaps in that way it's different from those other films. Since it is based on a novel it does present itself as a collection of a man's thoughts on the world that he lives in. It's engrossing, intriguing, personal, and incredibly relevant. Definitely recommended.

Free Fire (2016)
0 out of 1 people found the following review useful:
Enjoyable, 23 April 2017

I definitely didn't have any kind of expectations for this or anything. I found it to be a very enjoyable, if very flawed action thriller. I think its strongest aspect is definitely its cast, who seem to be up for anything the film throws at them. The film also has a very amusing tone throughout, although it's also somewhat inconsistent. The film never truly seems as if it's completely sure if it just wants to be a very silly action comedy or if it wants to be a little bit more serious than that. Because of that it sometimes comes off disjointed, and a lot of its humor doesn't land. I also think the cinematography could have done more to make sure the audiences were following the action along. Still, it's enjoyable for what it is. One can call it Tarantino or Reservoir Dogs-lite.

1 out of 5 people found the following review useful:
Fascinating, 19 April 2017

I think the best thing that one can say about this film is that there's really no guessing where it's going to go, or even, what's going on at any current moment. It makes sense on a purely surface level, but as to what's actually going on is a bit hard to discern. There will be quite a lot of people who don't like this film, possible due to a combination of its pacing and where it eventually goes. I think it's a good mix of horror/drama with a dose of sentimentality. It's definitely not an easy film to categorize. It's a good thing Stewart is able to carry the film quite well.


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