Movie Review: The Shallows (’16 Jaume Collet – Serra)

Starring: Blake Lively, Brett Cullen..
Director/s: Jaume Collet – Serra
Genre/s: Thriller

No, the film that stars Gossip Girl alumna Blake Lively isn’t the most spectacular and ground breaking film but it was a decent popcorn movie especially for the summer. The narrative is generic and sometimes on the edge of ridiculousness. But the film
had some high points. It was a thrill adventure. You root for her. You feel for her. You just have to be on her side and I think that part of reaction to the film is strongly attributed to Blake Lively’s undeniably solid presence and performance. It was actually a film that is entertaining enough and I can’t complain with that. It allows me to enjoy such film and for what its worth – I thought they did a good, decent job! 7

Movie Review: Finding Dory (’16 Andrew Stanton)

Starring: Ellen DeGeneres, Dianne Keaton, Eugene Levy, Kaitlin Olson, Ty Burrell…
Director/s: Andrew Stanton
Genre/s: Animation

Finding Dory had managed to maintain its charm. The story is a bit generic but I digress. It was still something with the right mix of hilarity and emotions. The phasing is lovely. The visuals are still a treat. It is entertaining at its best and voice acting is spot on.  The film in over all is just delightful and pleasant. 8

Movie Review: Now You See Me 2 (’16 Jon M. Chu)

Starring: Jesse Eisenberg, Mark Ruffalo, Woody Harrelson, Daniel Radcliffe, Lizzy Caplan, Morgan Freeman, Dave Franco…
Director/s: Jon M. Chu
Genre/s: Mystery, Suspense

A star-studded piece with more twist, turns and a bigger product than its predecessor indeed. But the generic story writing and a little anti-climactic phasing makes the film underwhelming. On my own point of view, the film isn’t bad. It had some good moments with visuals that I actually enjoyed as well. The actors were pretty good too albeit some uninspired moments. Nonetheless, I thought it wasn’t able to sustain the goodness of the first but it was able to do some damage control in parts. Oh, I think Lizzy Caplan was pretty terrific. Lol. 5

Movie Review: Me Before You (’16 Thea Sharrock)

Starring: Emilia Clarke, Sam Claflin..
Director/s: Thea Sharrock
Genre/s: Romance, Drama

There is no denying that lead stars Emilia Clarke and Sam Claflin have this solid chemistry and charming rapport but that didn’t really save the film’s flaws. The script is a let down. The subject matter had a messy treatment. The phasing is a bit all over the place. The acting was decent and actors did what they could give with the said material. It lacks romantic feels though but even with an ample amount of what the film has, Emilia and Sam showed dedication and in parts got allured with that chemistry. 5

Movie Review: X-Men: Apocalypse (’16 Bryan Singer)

Starring: James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Oscar Isaac, Nicholas Hoult..
Director/s: Bryan Singer
Genre/s: Science & Fiction

The newest installment of the X-Men franchise is a hit and a miss. The visuals were again stunning. The actors lived up to their characters especially James McAvoy and Michael Fassbender who were again the anchor of the film. The action sequences were thrilling enough and it is packed with punch and kick – no pun intended – that allows the viewers to enjoy every scenes and characters fight scenes. Now what I didn’t like is the story telling as I felt like the film was a big disjointed. The phasing is quite jarring and the overall writing is a bit flawed. Nonetheless, the film once again is an entertaining piece and will cater to a lot of audience. 6.5

Movie Review: The Nice Guys (’16 Shane Black)

Starring: Russell Crowe, Ryan Gosling, Matt Bomer…
Director/s: Shane Black
Genre/s: Comedy

Smart. Clever. Funny. The Nice Guys is such a treat and it is quite addicting. Sure, that was over the top but I digress. The film is funny and the palpable chemistry between Russell Crowe and Ryan Gosling brought a new dimension to the film’s already solid story telling and phasing. The beauty of the film is that it didn’t try too much and the comedic timing is effortless the laughter became so natural. I loved it! 8

Movie Review: Alice Through The Looking Glass (’16 James Bobin)

Starring: Johnny Depp, Anne Hathaway, Mia Wasikowska…
Director: James Bobin
Genre/s: Science & Fiction, Fantasy

Alice Through The Looking Glass is such a disappointment. Sure the visuals are still something to recognize for but the totality of the film felt dark, gloomy and a let down. It just feel like even the whole cast didn’t really feel – feel the film. The phasing is a mess. The script is dull. The whole thing is just a big ball of boring beautiful cinematography. And as much as I enjoyed Anne Hathaway and Johnny Depp during the first one, in here, I just felt cold and dispireted. Such a let down. Sigh. 4