mercredi 29 janvier 2014

Nebraska - A little of sweet and a lot of sour - 8*/10

Nebraska is about learning to live life as it is dealt to you. The acting is just right, the characters are presented with a lot of depth, the story is intriguing even if it takes a long time to get there, and what little humor there is is very sarcastic, somewhat caustic, and on the dot. The scenario set in rural America is extremely low key and there is very little happiness to be found.

Not for everyone, especially action and glory seekers.

mardi 28 janvier 2014

I, Frankenstein - Much less than it could have been - 5*/10

I, Frankenstein is big on effects, especially in its IMAX incarnation, unfortunately, the story didn't carry the promise it made in the interesting conceptual ideas. The dialogs are flat and uninteresting with a few long winded and boring explanations. The characters lack any depth and some of the actors are not even good, although that might just be because of the terribly written parts they have to play.

Just for the special effects.

vendredi 24 janvier 2014

Brothers - Psychologically very disturbing post war trauma - 9*/10

Brothers is not the only post war trauma movie to combine with family drama, but it certainly merges the two in an heart wrenching way. The acting is impeccable, even the children, the story gripping and the scenario very taut and realistic.

Not for sensitive souls.

The Lucky Ones - Very different story with nice twists - 7*/10

The Lucky Ones doesn't go where you think it will go, not once. Considering we're talking about soldiers, it's an extremely low key movie, yet the story is interesting and you can relate to the characters even if you've never been in the army.

For something different to watch.

jeudi 23 janvier 2014

The Secret Life of Walter Mitty - Go ahead and plunge head first - 9*/10

The Secret Life of Walter Mitty is an excellent work by Ben Stiller both as a director and an actor. The story is extremely engaging, the photography is spectacular, and the score vibrant. You'll get transported almost immediately. Only a few flaws pull it back from a perfect score.

For absolutely everyone.

mercredi 22 janvier 2014

The Guard - Wit, cunning, action and fun in their most simple form - 9*/10

The Guard is a brilliant Irish movie. What makes it so good is the straight face humor and wit of the main character. It is totally off putting at first, right until the moment you start getting it, and then you can't help but appreciate the rest of his personality. The whole flick actually plays the same tune. The intrigue is simple yet very well done, the story is engrossing, and the each character has a compelling personality, even the criminals.

For those who like understated wit.

mardi 21 janvier 2014

Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit - Out of the same old mold - 6*/10

Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit is your basic spy action and suspense. The story is sort of interesting, the plot is different from others, but in the end, it doesn't bring anything new to the table. Don't expect too much, and you might appreciate it.

For those who like the genre.

lundi 20 janvier 2014

Confessions of a Dangerous Mind - Tough raw psychotic show - 7*/10

Confessions of a Dangerous Mind is not for everybody because it  feels like a delusion. Great acting coupled an interesting story keeps you watching, but almost with revulsion.

For those who like twisted minds.

dimanche 19 janvier 2014

The Goonies - It's old but it's fun - 7*/10

The Goonies is the archetypal kid caper where everything is bigger than life, which means there's an overabundance of very fast dialogs, prototypical thin characters, and improbable events. That being said, it's a great adventure that aged relatively well with lots of action, fun and detailed sets.

Great for your kids or the kid in you.

samedi 18 janvier 2014

Super 8 - A kid caper with adult feelings - 8*/10

Super 8 is not your average kid caper. It combines great acting, at least for some of the actors, excellent tension, and solid dramatic undertone, as well as kids in seriously violent scenes.

It's like a modernized The Goonies with a sci-fi twist and a slightly more serious and dramatic feel.

For young teens and adults alike.

vendredi 17 janvier 2014

American Hustle - Gritty crazy spiraling situation - 8*/10

American Hustle is not my kind of movie, but the quality is there: excellent acting and realistic story with an incredibly tight and well scripted scenario that will captivate you, even if it starts on an offbeat that takes a while to shake off. I'll also give Christian Bale, an actor that I rarely like, immense props for such a well played role.

For those who like gritty movies.

jeudi 16 janvier 2014

Joueuse - À être apprécié avec attention - 7*/10

Joueuse est un film qui demande un peu d'analyse pour être compris, ce qui est fort probablement voulu, étant donné de sujet. Bons acteurs, situation très réelle, ainsi qu'un scénario bien assemblé sans éléments prévisibles.

Pour ceux qui apprécié un histoire hors de l'ordinaire.

Despicable Me - To see it is to enjoy it - 8*/10

Despicable Me is a riot. Lots of silly fun, great dialogs and voice acting, as well as some very colorful graphics. Your kids will love and you'll be just as entertained.

For all, except those who take life too seriously.

mardi 14 janvier 2014

The Wolf of Wall Street - The perfect madness of money - 10*/10

The Wolf of Wall Street is powerful movie by Martin Scorsese. With brilliant performance by Leonardo DiCaprio and Jonah Hill, he brutally plunges and submerges us in that crazy world to really make us understand what this whole insanity was about. Laughter, madness, depravity are on the menu, driven by incredible cinematic skills. It's a heavy dose of corruption.


lundi 13 janvier 2014

The Vow - Very light entertainment and fluffy romance - 5*/10

The Vow has a number of flaws and illogical plot points, but if you want to see something romantic you'll be served. Don't expect something real, just beautiful people living an unrealistic love story.

For a girls' night and a nice nude male body.

samedi 11 janvier 2014

47 Ronin - Straight forward with nothing new - 7*/10

47 Ronin has great visuals, good fighting, and nice fantasy elements, but the dialogs are as bad as they come. Nonetheless, it's entertaining. Don't expect too much out of it and you'll be satisfied.

For fantasy lovers.

vendredi 10 janvier 2014

Stuck in Love - A mixed bag of good and not so good - 5*/10

Stuck in Love has several co-evolving stories in it, some are good, some are not. Laughs, oddly accented drama, and wrong headed love is what you'll find in this scenario. The fuck friend is the most interesting, entertaining, and funny character, the others are mostly boring.

For a dreary afternoon.

Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues - Not as good as the first one - 6*/10

Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues lacked the novelty effect of the first instalment. It's difficult to build on something outrageous and make a second chapter just as good. That being said, the fight scene is quite interesting, with a number of good surprises.

For those wanting silly entertainment or more of Ron Burgundy.

jeudi 9 janvier 2014

Saving Mr. Banks - Different and worth seeing - 8*/10

Saving Mr. Banks is a sad story wrapped in an happy story. You'll invariably be irked by some of the characters in this surprising tale, because the acting is beyond reproach, spot on, miraculously steering clear of caricatures or archetypes, if only by a hair. You'll probably shed a tear and have a few laugh as you watch, but this dichotomous scenario, the quirks, the accents, as well as the low key setting, might well be too much for some, but many others will fall in love.

To be experienced.

mardi 7 janvier 2014

Philomena - A touching story with some humor - 8*/10

Philomena is a real story and gives us the benefit of a real ending with the added bonus of being interesting and having closure. It's a touching drama done with a light note. It's not a charged scenario, the characters are done with depth, and the acting is just right.

Unless you need action, you'll like this.

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug - No less than what you expect - 10*/10

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug is what you'd expect after seeing the first installment. Please read my review here to get to know what I think overall. However, now, we get to see Smaug, and he is extremely impressive, the best dragon ever presented on the big screen, by far. The lake town is also meticulously well done.

I'll get picky here and say that the final product is not as good as the first installment, since they created a lot more of material that wasn't in the book. That will offend die-hard Tolkien fans, but I liked what they did. It just didn't feel as wondrous as the rest, though. They deviated more and you can feel it.

For everyone.

lundi 6 janvier 2014

Battle Los Angeles - Brain off and action on - 6*/10

Battle Los Angeles is an action sci-fi flick and that's it, even if there are a few bits of good acting and some emotional moments. It does, however, do it well.

Turn your brain off and enjoy.

samedi 4 janvier 2014

Underworld: Awakening - Not much beyond action and special effects - 5*/10

Underworld: Awakening barely has a story let alone an interesting scenario. It's only compelling features are that you get to revisit an interesting world, an interesting premise, and Kate Beckinsale.

For the fans of the series only or for rabid fantasy addicts.

vendredi 3 janvier 2014

Our Idiot Brother - Clever and effective - 7*/10

Our Idiot Brother is exactly what it says it is without falling into the slapstick routine or juvenile humor. The acting is on the dot, the story and characters interesting, well built, with a scenario that has many laughs and a sound ending.

An easy watch for anyone.

jeudi 2 janvier 2014

An Invisible Sign - Very touching but flawed - 7*/10

An Invisible Sign is the kind of movie that had everything to be different and extremely interesting, but its ending ruined it all. Jessica Alba was incredibly good, the characters are deep, the story is touching and full of details. The scenario should have cut it after he crossed the street after he brought the letter back. That's the realistic and real end point.

If you want something different or are a fan of Jessica Alba.