jeudi 30 octobre 2014

The Book of Life — For the kids in all our hearts — 7*/10

The Book of Life is a love triangle princess story with a hefty dose of feminism. It's funny and very colorful, but the story is kind of simple. Nonetheless, it's good entertainment for the young and the not so young.

For everyone who's still a kid.

St. Vincent — It gets weird fast for a good laugh — 7*/10

St. Vincent is slightly offbeat and a mix of different styles. Its strongest appeal is the fact that it often takes unexpected turns in its story. Beside that, the acting is really good and the dialogs are priceless. You'll have a laugh and you'll be touched.

If you don't mind it dirty and weird.

mercredi 29 octobre 2014

Qu'est-ce qu'on a fait au Bon Dieu? — Parfaitement drôle — 9*/10

Qu'est-ce qu'on a fait au Bon Dieu? est tout à fait hilarant si vous comprenez que ce qu'il y a de drôle, c'est le ridicule de la chose. À part une certaine prévisibilité, et une ligne directrice un peu facile, ce film est très fort.

Pour tous, sauf ceux qui se doivent de tout prendre au premier degré.

mardi 28 octobre 2014

John Wick — Wicked action and violence with piss poor story and dialogs — 6*/10

John Wick doesn't have much to offer beyond tight action scenes. You can get an inkling of a parallel criminal world where a certain code of conduct has sway and gold coins are the currency, but that's it. The rest is just a basic revenge scenario of a super killer.

For those in need of an action fix.

dimanche 26 octobre 2014

Best Man Down — An everyday mystery with ups and downs — 8*/10

Best Man Down is not your average wedding story. It's actually closer to a family drama mixed in with a drug story. You'll get drawn in by the events and the characters. Even though it feels simple, the little intrigue is still captivating. At times it's sad, and at others, it's uplifting. The acting is great. The ending is just right. The drama is not overdone.

For those who don't mind a bit of sadness.

mardi 21 octobre 2014

Boyhood — Discover his life one step at a time — 9*/10

Boyhood is not a drama, not a family piece, it's just multiple excerpts from the life of a boy, nothing fancy, just well told. There are no artificial plot pieces, the scenario doesn't follow a story model, the acting is superb, and the unfolding events are captivating even if they don't have an overall cohesive narrative track. It's one of those movie where you keep waiting for "it" and "it" never shows up. The end will leave you with a smile.

A must for everyone, unless you need action.

lundi 20 octobre 2014

Fury — See what it feels like to be outclassed and outgunned — 9*/10

Fury is an excellent war movie. Acting, action, special effects, fights, and realism are all near perfect. It's only weak point would be the slight predictability of the scenario. Still the story is quite captivating.

For anyone who doesn't mind violence.

vendredi 17 octobre 2014

Fat Kid Rules the World — Not perfect, but totally amazing — 9*/10

Fat Kid Rules the World is a coming of age teen story simply told with a lot of realism. This underdog tale has a lot of heart grounded in imperfection. The scenario is seamlessly paced, the story captivating, even if it starts pathetically, and the acting is just right.

For those who like a different story.

Men, Women & Children — A modern portrait that will make a lasting impression — 10*/10

Men, Women & Children is a fast changing movie. It moves between sexy, quiet, dramatic, and even comedic at time with almost seamless fluidity. It is incredibly touching, realistic and modern. It presents to us the connected lives that most people live nowadays. We are not all like this — I'm not at least — but this is a good portrait of where we are. Excellent acting, riveting story, perfect scenario, and more...

A must for everyone.

jeudi 16 octobre 2014

Mommy — Un chef d'oeuvre très difficile à regarder et soutenir sans broncher — 10*/10

Mommy, par Xavier Dolan, est l'histoire de l'univers clos d'une relation très dysfonctionnelle. C'est un drame psychologique très dur et violent d'une perfection difficile à égaler. Tout y est presque parfait, alors je ne nommerai que ce qui fait de cette production un chef d'oeuvre: la psychologie très poussée et parfaitement étalée des personnages, le jeu des acteurs, et le montage.

À éviter pour les sensibles.

mercredi 15 octobre 2014

Here Comes the Boom — A great spectacle for those who like a good mix bag — 8*/10

Here Comes the Boom is highly underrated. It's a mixed story of underdog and Cinderella as well as a great modern tribute to Rocky. Nice acting, lots of action, plenty of laughs and very interesting dialogs. There are some predictable plot elements, but each one of them is underlined with a certain whimsy. There's also a few fakes that show, however, it definitively doesn't take itself seriously.

For a good time and some good action.

dimanche 12 octobre 2014

The Five-Year Engagement — A weird mix that ends up being refreshing — 7*/10

The Five-Year Engagement has a great deal of awkward moments more so than real life but all very realistic. It's funny, but with a slight edge of drama. It is romantic, but with many cold showers in the mix. It has many surprises, yet serves also many clichés. It takes a bit of patience to see the whole picture and its novelty.

For those who don't mind weird, realistic and have enough patience.

samedi 11 octobre 2014

Dan in Real Life — Had a good potential, but turned out as light entertainment — 6*/10

Dan in Real Life starts with a very good introduction, however, after a while it degenerates into a series of easy clichés. The acting is very good, the story interesting, if predictable.

Very light entertainment.

mercredi 8 octobre 2014

A Birder's Guide to Everything — A simple tale of an ordinary teen — 6*/10

A Birder's Guide to Everything is nothing grand, but it is interesting in a simple way. There's a few laughs and a sprinkle of drama in this teen flick. There's nothing raunchy in its story, but there's a tiny flicker of romance. It's greatest attraction is that it is realistic, like a snapshot of an ordinary teen life.

Don't expect too much.

mardi 7 octobre 2014

The Skeleton Twins — Quirky, drama-prone and endearing film — 8*/10

The Skeleton Twins is a nifty little piece. Realistic, simple, dramatic, a little funny at times, and very interesting. The scenario has a good pacing, and the story captures our attention pretty quickly with well chosen plot elements, some novel. The characters are solidly thought out, quirky, and nicely acted.

For those who don't need big deployments and like flick that explore life.

lundi 6 octobre 2014

She's All That — Straight out of the mold for some light entertainment — 6*/10

She's All That is an easy teen romance. The usual trappings are all there, nicely made, but predictable. Beside that, it's real problem are a few filler scenes that aren't done that well. The end is slightly better.

For a brainless movie night.

samedi 4 octobre 2014

Seeking a Friend for the End of the World — Just see it, it's really worth it — 9*/10

Seeking a Friend for the End of the World is an incredibly underrated movie. It doesn't waste time with the intro, it's always very consistent with what's happening (except for food), lots of novel things to discover, great acting, captivating scenario, very interesting characters with great depth, and totally hilarious. Even the end is great.

For comedy and romance seeker.

The Boxtrolls — Be transported by this imaginative and quirky world — 8*/10

The Boxtrolls is extremely imaginative; no wonder it comes from a book. It's a silly animation and obviously for kids, but the world really transports you and the societal commentary will interest any adult willing to put his mind to it. The stop-motion animation and the voice acting are perfect. The only below par character development would be Jelly which is rather flat.

For those open to fantasy.

jeudi 2 octobre 2014

Hector and the Search for Happiness — Very colorful and could have been more — 7*/10

Hector and the Search for Happiness is very interesting for about 2/3 of its length. The problem is that the remaining l/3 falls really flat after the intense and very colorful beginning. Still, it's very entertaining with solid acting, so it's worth the watch.

For happy adventure lovers.

The Equalizer — Lots of action and violence, but no novelty — 6*/10

The Equalizer is a mix of a revenge scenario and an assassin one. It's good entertainment, lots of action and visuals, but not much else. Its only saving grace is that the main characters are interesting and have good interactions. The end is very poor.

For action and violence lovers only.