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

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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: 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

Movie Review: Captain America: Civil War (’16 Anthony Russo & Joe Russo)

Starring: Chris Evans, Robert Downey Jr., Scarlett Johansson, Sebastian Stan, Jeremy Renner, Paul Rudd, Elizabeth Olsen, Anthony Mackie..
Director/s: Anthony Russo, Joe Russo
Genre/s: Science & Fiction, Adventure

It’s ridicuously good! No, I think it was everything you never thought it will be. It was cool, slick, entertaining and overall an engaging experience. Look, I never really expect anything high from the third installment especially if it will follow up a solid showing of Captain America: Winter Soldier but somehow the film exceeded my expectations and gave me more. Sure the writing wasn’t perfect but I didn’t mind. The character profiles are more focused. The phasing is riveting. And the action sequences were all you need to get by! Haha. Seriously, I am more than pleased! 9

Movie Review: Mother’s Day (’16 Garry Marshall)

Starring: Julia Roberts, Jennifer Aniston, Kate Hudson, Jason Sudeikis..
Director: Garry Marshall
Genre/s: Drama, Comedy

When you put together these fantastic actresses in one film, you expect at least some degree of solid film making but like any other occasion themed films, Mother’s Day falls to a problematic setting. The story telling is shallow. The film had some problems in its transition and I thought the overall script is just flawed. There are parts that were funny but mostly it is predictable and corny. I don’t know, I just think that the movie didn’t really work and sell what it wants to do. 4

Movie Review: The Huntsman: Winter’s War (’16 Cedric Nicolas – Troyan)

Starring: Charlize Theron, Chris Hemsworth, Jessica Chastain, Emily Blunt…
Director: Cedric Nicolas – Troyan
Genre/s: Science & Fiction

The Huntsman: Winter’s War is a delightful visual treat. The joy I had with how I was fascinated with the colors, cinematography, visual effects and overall visuals is evident throughout the film. But the film lacks depth or control to its story telling. I find it all bombast of eye treat but nothing about it is really standing out. Not to mention, it boasts a crop of really heavyweight casts but it didn’t somehow suffice what is lacking to its story. At some point, I find the film quite shallow and to its extent – unnecessary. 5