jeudi 31 mars 2016

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice — What an ass-kicking movie! — 10*/10

  • Story: Riveting. It's bursting at the seams with action with a souped up little three way plot, good number of different sub-stories and strong emotional involvement.
  • Ending: Solid.
  • Characters: Great take on those classic characters, I especially love this incarnation of Wonder Woman. She's amazing. And I like this version of Alfred. Actually, the only one I find overly simple is Superman, but then, I've always found him rather insipid.
  • Acting: Pretty good. Nothing to complain about.
  • Known actors: Ben Affleck (the best Batman yet), Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Jesse Eisenberg (very surprising role), Diane Lane, Laurence Fishburne, Holly Hunter and Gal Gadot.
  • Visuals: They will draw you in.
  • Special Effects: Perfect.
  • Costumes: Excellent, but why did they put such big breast on Wonder Woman's costume when the actress has actually smaller cups? It's annoying on a particularly good version of the character.
  • Score: Astounding!
  • Synopsis & information
  • Entertainment value: Extremely high.
  • Who is it for? Anyone unless you are allergic to super heroes or do not want to see action.

3D not worth it, but say yes to IMAX. I'm not surprised, considering the quality of the film, that Christopher Nolan is one of its executive producer.

mercredi 30 mars 2016

Reign Over Me — An excellent drama that has its lighter moments — 9*/10

  • Story: Captivating, touching, sometimes sad, sometimes funny, but always great. It's a drama that's not always trying to crush you with sadness or catastrophes. Full of great ideas.
  • Setting: The usual New York upper class.
  • Style: Very frank, realistic and human.
  • Ending: Well done.
  • Dialogs: Excellent.
  • Characters: Well developed, realistic, easy to understand and empathize with.
  • Acting: Superb. Definitively a very strong point.
  • Known actors: Adam Sandler (easily his best role ever), Don Cheadle, Jada Pinkett Smith, Liv Tyler, Saffron Burrows, Donald Sutherland, Mike Binder and Jonathan Banks.
  • Music: Great.
  • Synopsis & information
  • Entertainment value: Very good.
  • Who is it for? Those looking for a human sized drama that's still an entertaining story and has some lighter moments.

lundi 28 mars 2016

Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time — A fantasy film that could have been so much more — 6*/10

  • Story: Interesting, if predictable. The intrigue will get you going for a little while. Solid action with moves that tend to be a bit too much.
  • Setting: The sands of time is an extremely good idea, even if it comes straight from the video game. However, it was, unfortunately, poorly exploited.
  • Pacing: Fast. Action based.
  • Ending: Very weak.
  • Dialogs: Simple.
  • Characters: Unidimensional, with overly simple motivations and reactions that sometimes do not make sense.
  • Acting: Some good, some poor.
  • Known actors: Jake Gyllenhaal, Gemma Arterton, Ben Kingsley and Alfred Molina.
  • Visuals: Beautiful.
  • Special Effects: Very well done.
  • Costumes: I'm not sure if they are realistic, but they sure look like they are, for the most part.
  • Music: Good.
  • Synopsis & information
  • Entertainment value: Good, more if you like fantasy.
  • Who is it for? Those looking for their fantasy or special effects fix.

dimanche 27 mars 2016

Love Happens — Basic but interesting romantic comedy — 6*/10

  • Story: Basic but interesting romantic comedy. Nothing new, just different characters and situations. Funny with a few sentimental moments.
  • Ending: Predictable. The very last scene is hilarious though and a very nice addition. It helps with the cookie cutter ending.
  • Characters: Simple.
  • Acting: Adequate.
  • Known actors: Jennifer Aniston, Aaron Eckhart, Judy Greer, Dan Fogler, John Carroll Lynch and Martin Sheen.
  • Visuals: Nice, but standard.
  • Synopsis & information
  • Entertainment value: Nice.
  • Who is it for? Those looking for a basic romantic comedy and any Aniston or Eckhart fans.

jeudi 24 mars 2016

Someone Like You... — A standard romantic comedy that's easy to watch — 6*/10

  • Story: It's your basic romantic comedy with the same concepts of how love should be that most of its brethren panders to. That being said, the theory within the story as well as the diverse twists and turns do make it interesting.
  • Setting: The usual: apartments in New York City that few people can afford or live in.
  • Style: Funny and light
  • Ending: Way too predictable.
  • Characters: Simple.
  • Acting: Pretty good. It's one aspect that makes this flick special.
  • Known actors: Ashley Judd, Marisa Tomei, Hugh Jackman and Greg Kinnear.
  • Visuals: Slick, as usual.
  • Synopsis & information
  • Entertainment value: Nice.
  • Who is it for? Those who don't mind seeing another standard romantic comedy and any Judd, Tomei or Jackman fan.

10 Cloverfield Lane — A psychologically tense almost claustrophobic intrigue with a solid twist — 8*/10

  • Story: The intro will solidly put you in. The psycho vibe will slowly immerse you. The intrigue will get you going. And finally, you'll probably have a nice smile to see the movie making a sharp turn and going in such a different direction.
  • Setting: Very limited environment that gives a good sense of isolation.
  • Style: Psychological.
  • Pacing: This movie has one pace in the first part and a totally different one in the second.
  • Ending: Great. It's just right. Almost perfect.
  • Dialogs: Very well done. Realistic.
  • Characters: Well thought out. Although you don't feel a lot of depth to them because of how little you get to know them, you know very well who each person his and how they play off each other.
  • Acting: Solid. Absolutely no complaints there.
  • Known actors: John Goodman, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, and Bradley Cooper.
  • Visuals: Well done. Good details, especially in the bunker.
  • Special Effects: Nice. Could have been better. However, we can easily understand that limitation since they were not the center piece.
  • Synopsis & information
  • Entertainment value: Pretty solid, especially if you like the psycho vibe.
  • Who is it for? Everybody should at least try this. It will be a hit with those who like psycho stuff, and don't mind the movie taking a pretty radical turn in style.

The Nightmare Before Christmas — A sort of stop motion holiday musical — 7*/10

  • Story: Interesting and totally original.
  • Setting: Extremely detailed and imaginative world.
  • Style: A musical in Burton's dark humor done in stop motion animation. Only a very small number of spoken sentences.
  • Known actors: Danny Elfman, Catherine O'Hara and Paul Reubens.
  • Visuals: Very good. Very Tim Burtesque.
  • Music: By Danny Elfman.
  • Synopsis & information
  • Entertainment value: Good.
  • Who is it for? Those who like musical and are looking for something very different or hardcore Burton fans.

It was not directed by Tim Burton, but it was produced by him.

mardi 22 mars 2016

The Answer Man — Somewhat different, easy, funny with some light romance — 7*/10

  • Story: Funny, easy to follow, with some lightly touching moments and a bit of romance. Most of the time, it doesn't take the path most followed even if it does stay within the mold.
  • Ending: Predictable, but well rendered.
  • Dialogs: Very sincere.
  • Characters: Nicely fledged, not too simple and interesting.
  • Acting: Solid.
  • Known actors: Jeff Daniels, Lauren Graham, Olivia Thirlby and Kat Dennings.
  • Visuals: Clean and nice.
  • Synopsis & information
  • Entertainment value: Good.
  • Who is it for? Those looking for a comedy that has some real feelings and a touch of romance.

An alternate title for the movie seems to be "Arlen Faber".

samedi 19 mars 2016

Sherlock Holmes — Classic characters modernized with flair — 10*/10

  • Story: Captivating, full of action, laughs, wit, logic, clues, and a grand investigation. Great attention to details.
  • Setting: A gritty, very realistic 19th century London.
  • Style: Grandiose and funny.
  • Pacing: Excellent. All the action scenes expertly separated by a few quiet moments that either heighten the mystery or advanced the story.
  • Ending: Quite good and well built, if not really surprising.
  • Dialogs: Superb, lots of wit.
  • Characters: A modern and expanded version of the originals.
  • Acting: Perfect, except for the rendition of the French language which was atrocious.
  • Known actors: Robert Downey Jr., Jude Law, Rachel McAdams, Mark Strong, Eddie Marsan and Robert Maillet.
  • Visuals: Astounding.
  • Special Effects: Great.
  • Costumes: Perfect.
  • Score: Excellent.
  • Synopsis & information
  • Entertainment value: Extremely high.
  • Who is it for? Everyone looking for action or a criminal intrigue and any fans of Downey, Law or McAdams.

A masterpiece of entertainment by Guy Ritchie.

vendredi 18 mars 2016

The Voices — A very dark type of comedy — 7*/10

  • Story: Weird, with disgust as a by product. Riveting if you like the type. You keep wondering what's going to happen next. You mostly do know, but keep hoping you're wrong. Lots of good scenario choices that are outside what we're usually served.
  • Setting: Simple. Backwater America.
  • Style: Dark, and so offbeat that the humor gets lost in the translation. Multiple bloody scenes. Even so, you can't really call this flick gory. There's enough blood to set the tone, but not enough to be over the top.
  • Ending: Unusual and pretty good.
  • Dialogs: Excellent. That's mostly where you'll find the laughs.
  • Characters: Well thought out and fleshed out, if a bit simple. The secret is in how they are portrayed by the actors.
  • Acting: Solid. Perfect as far as the main role is concerned.
  • Known actors: Ryan Reynolds (really showed his best here), Gemma Arterton and Anna Kendrick.
  • Visuals: Excellent, lots of details.
  • Music: Purposefully at odd with what's happening, a reflection of his mental condition.
  • Synopsis & information
  • Entertainment value: Depends if you like that kind of tale.
  • Who is it for? Those who like their humor dark and like truly crazy characters, as well as Reynolds fans if they don't mind a departure from his usual roles.

mercredi 16 mars 2016

The Lady in the Van — Sad, funny, touching all mixed up in a dry manner — 7*/10

  • Story: Interesting, touching, a bit sad, with some good laughs. Very unusual.
  • Style: Intellectual, dry at times. Low key and ordinary looking, what you'd expect from a biographical flick.
  • Pacing: Somewhat slow. Nothing exciting happening, just life going about its business.
  • Ending: Imaginative and comical.
  • Dialogs: Funny, witty.
  • Characters: Well developed and far from what we normally get.
  • Acting: Solid.
  • Known actors: Maggie Smith and Jim Broadbent.
  • Synopsis & information
  • Entertainment value: Good.
  • Who is it for? Those looking for something based on real events with a mix of sadness and dry laughter.

mardi 15 mars 2016

Bienvenue chez les Ch'tis — Hilarant et à découvrir — 8*/10

C'est hilarant et plein de beaux détails. Pas très innovant en ce qui concerne le déroulement de la relation amoureuse, toutefois, la ne réside pas le génie de pièce, mais plutôt dans ce monde à découvrir avec tous ses idiômes et les personnages autant attachants que drôles.

Synopsis & information

mercredi 9 mars 2016

Kung Fu Panda 2 — A good funny successor to the original — 7*/10

  • Story: Interesting and funny, a whole new chapter with solid ideas. The novelty of the first one (read my review here) is gone, but it retains most of its flair even if it has lost a bit of vigor in its content.
  • Ending: Good.
  • Acting: Nice.
  • Known actors: Jack Black, Michelle Yeoh, Angelina Jolie, Gary Oldman, Lucy Liu, Seth Rogen, David Cross, Jackie Chan and Danny McBride.
  • Cameos: Victor Garber and Jean-Claude Van Damme.
  • Visuals: The quality of the graphics are just not as good as the first one. Still, it's satisfying enough.
  • Synopsis & information
  • Entertainment value: Pretty good.
  • Who is it for? Kids and anyone who liked the first chapter at least a little bit. The most critical fans might be a bit disappointed, but those who haven't seen the original will probably not like this iteration as much as those who have.

Zootopia — Colorful philosophical animated action comedy — 8*/10

  • Story: Captivating, very funny, some silliness, lots of action and an excellent critique on internal bias as well as prejudice, even nudity if done in an anatomically incorrect way. Somewhat linear, but still surprising at times. Solid succession of events with a bit of suspense and intrigue.
  • Setting: Extremely colorful fantasy world with tons of thoroughly well designed details or quirks that make it all feel real.
  • Ending: Good, but not as good as the rest of the flick.
  • Characters: Very well built, and some archetypes are even put in unusual roles.
  • Known actors: Ginnifer Goodwin, Jason Bateman, Tommy Chong, J.K. Simmons, Alan Tudyk and Kristen Bell.
  • Cameos: Shakira and Peter Mansbridge.
  • Visuals: Beautiful, almost gorgeous.
  • Synopsis & information
  • Entertainment value: Very high.
  • Who is it for? Everyone, unless you don't like cartoony animals.

Whiskey Tango Foxtrot — A serious kind of intellectual comedy in a conflict zone — 8*/10

  • Story: Tight, funny imaginative and witty, with nice action for a comedy. Extremely positive women first flick. Will keep you riveted to the screen, that's how good the whole package is.
  • Pacing: Really good roll all the way through. Nothing hectic, just some good rhythm.
  • Ending: Very serious for a comedy, but solid.
  • Dialogs: Perfect.
  • Characters: Excellent work on all of them.
  • Acting: Great.
  • Known actors: Tina Fey, Margot Robbie, Martin Freeman and Billy Bob Thornton.
  • Synopsis & information
  • Entertainment value: High.
  • Who is it for? Anyone looking for a witty laugh, not a silly one and who doesn't mind it getting serious.

Kung Fu Panda — Awesome and original fantasy kung-fu animation — 8*/10

  • Story: Captivating and highly funny, with great details.
  • Setting: Very original animal setting in a fantasy version of some far eastern country.
  • Style: A little bit silly, almost goofy with a strange slice of wisdom cutting right through it.
  • Pacing: Quick and to the point, but not too much so. For some reason, you can really feel his development even if it happens fast.
  • Ending: Sweet.
  • Dialogs: Hilarious and sometimes witty.
  • Characters: The hero, his master and his father have well developed personalities. The other are much simpler but nice too. The bad guy is unidimensional.
  • Acting: Very nice.
  • Known actors: Jack Black (hilarious), Dustin Hoffman (excellent), Angelina Jolie, Jackie Chan, Seth Rogen, Lucy Liu, David Cross, Michael Clarke Duncan and Wayne Knight.
  • Visuals: Beautiful.
  • Synopsis & information
  • Entertainment value: High.
  • Who is it for? Anyone, kids and adults alike, especially Black fans. If you like a good laugh and animation this if for you.

mardi 8 mars 2016

Kung Fu Panda 3 — The least interesting of the series but still funny — 6*/10

  • Story: The story is very light and doesn't involve all the known characters to their fullest potential. More over, the panda culture is grotesque, and the training, as well as the ensuing battle, just too much. That being said, the premise is interesting and the whole flick is pretty funny.
  • Ending: Good, some elements were even kind of super cool, but the circle of power around the petals comes about just too conveniently.
  • Acting: Good. My only complain is that some excellent and very well known actors were given so little.
  • Known actors: Jack Black, Bryan Cranston, J.K. Simmons, Dustin Hoffman, Angelina Jolie, Kate Hudson and Wayne Knight.
  • Cameos: Jackie Chan, Seth Rogen, Lucy Liu, David Cross and Jean-Claude Van Damme.
  • Visuals: Very good.
  • Synopsis & information
  • Entertainment value: Good for the adults, excellent for the kids.
  • Who is it for? For the fans of the series only and kids.

lundi 7 mars 2016

Eddie the Eagle — Funny, light yet inspiring kind of biography — 8*/10

  • Story: A bunch of laughs with a touching moment. Interesting and easy to watch.
  • Style: Funny, even a bit silly for a biographical flick. It's a very light bio, yet inspiring at the same time.
  • Characters: Easy to get attached to, some probably not that close to reality, but with an overall sense of destiny.
  • Acting: Very good.
  • Known actors: Hugh Jackman, Jim Broadbent and Christopher Walken.
  • Synopsis & information
  • Entertainment value: Very nice.
  • Who is it for? Anyone looking for a good laugh in a silly way or those looking for a different kind of biography.

Ésimésac — Un conte fantastique québécois triste, voire un peu lourd — 6*/10

Un deuxième conte fantastique québécois de Fred Pellerin produit au grand écran par Luc Picard avec, entre autres, Sophie Nélisse, Gildor Roy, Marie Brassard et Isabel Richer.

On y retrouve plusieurs des personnages du premier (lire ma critique ici), mais cette fois-ci, l'atmosphère est plus lourde, et l'histoire ne possède pas autant de détails, même qu'on y retrouve certaines longueurs. Cela dit, le conte reste captivant, l'imaginaire fascinant et le lyrisme amusant. Somme toute, un bon divertissement.

Synopsis & information

jeudi 3 mars 2016

The Ugly Truth — Funny witty and somewhat refreshing romantic comedy — 7*/10

  • Story: Very funny and refreshing a number of front. However, he's still vomiting very narrow ideas vaguely describing a very limited gray view of the world which fails to encompass the true rainbow variety of life. That being said, you can't help but cheer them both on and be riveted.
  • Style: Typical romantic comedy setup.
  • Ending: Her last line is priceless which helps deal with the rest.
  • Dialogs: Funny and witty.
  • Characters: Interesting if simple and archetypal. Still, the distribution is unusual.
  • Acting: Good.
  • Known actors: Katherine Heigl, Gerard Butler, Bree Turner, Cheryl Hines and John Michael Higgins.
  • Visuals: Nice.
  • Music: Solid choices.
  • Synopsis & information
  • Entertainment value: Very good.
  • Who is it for? Those looking for a romantic comedy that's refreshing, but not too much.

Triple 9 — Excellent and violent action crime flick with a weak ending — 7*/10

  • Story: Completely captivating, high adrenaline flick with lots of details and a strong intrigue.
  • Setting: There's no pity in this world, just varied interests, to the point where the good soul looks pathetic. It's gritty and dirty.
  • Style: High octane violent action.
  • Pacing: Fast with very few short breaks.
  • Ending: It's a let down. Not as strong as the rest of the movie. The bedside little talk is weak. The sudden appearance nonsensical. What a disappointment.
  • Dialogs: Strong.
  • Characters: Solid, except for the Russians who are a bit pathetic, underdeveloped, almost caricatural.
  • Acting: Great. Except, again, for the Russians.
  • Known actors: Anthony Mackie, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Norman Reedus, Woody Harrelson, Casey Affleck, Aaron Paul, Clifton Collins Jr. and Kate Winslet.
  • Visuals: Strong.
  • Special Effects: Very well done.
  • Synopsis & information
  • Entertainment value: High
  • Who is it for? Those looking for action, intrigue and violence, but do not mind a weak ending. 

Gods of Egypt — Only good for its fantastic visions of ancient Egypt — 6*/10

  • Story: Linear and predictable. Lots of action, romance and a few laughs.
  • Setting: An incredible fantasy version of ancient Egypt, its strongest selling point. Tons of details and great ideas.
  • Ending: Weak, anticlimactic.
  • Characters: Overly simple.
  • Acting: Unimpressive, Butler being an exception.
  • Known actors: Gerard Butler, Geoffrey Rush, Rufus Sewell and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau.
  • Visuals: Spectacular, beautiful, fantastic.
  • Special Effects: Lots of it, but nothing pushed, just tweaked until it was good enough. Unremarkable.
  • Synopsis & information
  • Entertainment value: Meh.
  • Who is it for? Those interested in a fantastic vision of ancient Egypt. All others should abstain.

mardi 1 mars 2016

The Proposal — Sweet and funny romantic comedy with a few interesting nuggets — 7*/10

  • Story: It's a basic romantic comedy and everything is included. A bit of silliness, even wackiness, embarrassing situations, misunderstandings, in-laws, an inspector and a dog. Nothing really novel, except for the initial situation which is definitively the second biggest selling point of this flick. That being said, the laughs are plenty and easy, the story light and easy.
  • Setting: Too rich for middle class, the usual American dream, some down to earth stuff to make it more accessible.
  • Ending: Very sugary, but nice and well acted.
  • Dialogs: Simple and funny.
  • Characters: Simple, but interesting.
  • Acting: Solid for the most part, especially the main parts which is the biggest selling point of this flick.
  • Known actors: Sandra Bullock, Ryan Reynolds, Mary Steenburgen, Craig T. Nelson, Betty White and Malin Akerman.
  • Synopsis & information
  • Entertainment value: Good.
  • Who is it for? Those looking for something romantic, funny and light, but don't require novelty.

Hail, Caesar! — A funny and slightly goofy caricature — 8*/10

  • Story: Very involved, full of details, funny, and interesting.
  • Style: Caricatural. A mix of what the public was perceiving at the time and what we think of that time now, all exaggerated and slightly goofy.
  • Pacing: Never boring, it keeps rolling and rolling and rolling, throwing at us stars after stars.
  • Ending: Nicely done.
  • Dialogs: Funny, even hilarious at times. Mostly second and third degree.
  • Characters: Well built, with a nice range, nothing archetypal, but a lot of surprises and easy to understand.
  • Acting: Great.
  • Known actors: Josh Brolin, George Clooney, Scarlett Johansson, Tilda Swinton, Frances McDormand, Channing Tatum, Ralph Fiennes, Jonah Hill, David Krumholtz, Clancy Brown, Natasha Bassett, Wayne Knight, Jeff Lewis and Christopher Lambert.
  • Visuals: Very nice.
  • Special Effects: Somewhat substandard, but there's very few of them, so you can easily ignore this.
  • Synopsis & information
  • Entertainment value: Good.
  • Who is it for? Difficult to say. Those looking for a goofy yet intellectual kind of comedy with second degree funny dialogs. The setting and the humor is not for everyone.

Solid work by writers/directors Ethan Coen and Joel Coen.