Dude Rates Movies

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Mission: Impossible - Fallout
C
Christopher McQuarrie — 2018
Tom Cruise, Henry Cavill, Ving Rhames
Friday 10 August 2018

It seems that the way they made this film is by choosing some fancy action scenes to make and then interpolates a story that would somehow involve those scenes. The amount of ridicule this movie subject itself to is too big to fit in this short review. I have a preference for the repetitive shots of the helicopter's indicators that blink red, with more and more of them displaying red as peril intensifies.

Now, it's true that the cinematic quality of action scenes is great, especially the whole arc in Paris. The dedication (and insanity?) of the crew to their craft cannot be understated. In the end it looks like the true Mission: Impossible was happening during shooting, and that the making-of might be more interesting that the movie itself.

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It Comes at Night
C
Trey Edward Shults — 2017
Joel Edgerton, Christopher Abbott, Carmen Ejogo
Wednesday 8 August 2018

✓ Characters communicate explicitly with each other and tell what they see ✓ Characters are cautious and take reasonable decisions ✓ Characters stay with each other for security, they don't split ✓ The atmosphere is scary, without artificial jump scares ❌ The story has a clear resolution

This film gracefully avoids all the horror tropes and proves that it's still possible to make a frightening movie without them. It also throws a lot of intrigues in the air and finishes like they never have been raised. It actually got under my skin, making me imagine all sorts of theories and hypothesis to explain its mystery, even though it's a lost cause considering that the author himself said he added elements to challenge the spectator, without having himself a clear explanation for their purposes in the story.

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Spectre
D
Sam Mendes — 2015
Daniel Craig, Christoph Waltz, Léa Seydoux
Monday 6 August 2018

The traditional Bond formula never fails to deliver a solid entertainment, although Bond's behavior toward women characters still comes out as creepy, and the capabilities of the franchise's budget gives way to too-much.

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On Chesil Beach
C
Dominic Cooke — 2017
Billy Howle, Saoirse Ronan, Andy Burse
Monday 6 August 2018

A young couple suffers the two most important perils of marriage, lack of communication and over-reaction, under 6 hours of being wed. Many critics praised the acting of Saoirse Ronan and Billy Howle, which is surprising considering that their style of diction comes out as very explicit and roman-esque, contrasting with modern naturalistic acting that is usually appreciated from indies. It is, anyway, absolutely consistent with the overall mood of the movie, which explores the nature of love and its complications with an approach that is both simple and epic in its sensibility.

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The Hollars
D
John Krasinski — 2016
Sharlto Copley, Charlie Day, Richard Jenkins
Sunday 29 July 2018

Margo Martindale and Richard Jenkins, seniors among the cast, who play the family's parents, save the movie from the mediocrity of the younger part of the cast. We can understand why John Krasinsky followed this by a movie where he doesn't have to talk since his only dramatic technique seems to exclaim "Whhhat?!" when hearing shocking news. As it turns out, the acting style of The Office isn't perfectly suited for cinema. The story doesn't deliver anything truly remarkable, only the bare minimum for a light-hearted dramedy.

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Hot Summer Nights
C
Elijah Bynum — 2017
Timothée Chalamet, Maika Monroe, Alex Roe
Sunday 29 July 2018

Since it's 35 Celcius (S.I. units bitches) where I live I figured from the title that this would be an appropriate viewing. So I guess to complete the picture I now need to get into dealing weed, seducing the hot girl, and be a bad boy with my Corvette. All pumped up with a hysterical editing and soundtrack, this mixtape of genres succeeds when it doesn't take itself seriously and fails when it does. The result isn't necessarily memorable, but it makes for a pretty cool movie night.

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True Lies
B
James Cameron — 1994
Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jamie Lee Curtis, Tom Arnold
Sunday 29 July 2018

Set years before 9/11 when Hollywood could still joke about terrorism, this masterpiece of a 90's action flick elevates itself way over its French source material, without forgetting to pay tribute to it. After Aliens, The Abyss and T2, it marks the end of James Cameron's nuclear warhead tetralogy, and a turning point into his insane budget and profit ascent, paving the way for his further titanic projects.

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The Abyss
B
James Cameron — 1989
Ed Harris, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio, Michael Biehn
Sunday 29 July 2018

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Lean on Pete
B
Andrew Haigh — 2017
Charlie Plummer, Amy Seimetz, Travis Fimmel
Saturday 21 July 2018

The first act misled me into thinking that this was just a story between a boy and a horse. It almost became boring before I realized that this is a full-featured saga on a lost teenager trying to find his marks. This is a good story, simply told, simply poetic. Boyhood the hard way.

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Disobedience
E
Sebastián Lelio — 2017
Rachel Weisz, Rachel McAdams, Alessandro Nivola
Friday 20 July 2018

I need to stop adding movies on my watchlist because of their poster, just like I need to stop clicking on YouTube videos because of their thumbnail. That was as heavy and gloomy as a tank launching rockets that spread clinical depression when they hit their target.

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Icarus
D
Bryan Fogel — 2017
Thomas Bach, Sebastian Coe, Bryan Fogel
Sunday 15 July 2018

This is about a journalist who uses himself as a test subject for doping. Apparently he also injected steroids into the documentary itself, because its sensationalism sometimes hinder proper informational conveyance. It’s fast-paced editing, dramatic soundtrack and catchline interviewing all around. Unnecessary considering how crazy the base material is in a first place.

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Woman Walks Ahead
F
Susanna White — 2017
Jessica Chastain, Louisa Krause, Boots Southerland
Sunday 15 July 2018

Jessica Chastain typecast as the strong independent woman, Sam Rockwell typecast as the racist American with a loose walking style, the spiritual journey of the white among the natives typecast as boring as hell.

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Incredibles 2
C
Brad Bird — 2018
Craig T. Nelson, Holly Hunter, Sarah Vowell
Sunday 15 July 2018

This is a Monsters University or Finding Dory type of situation. The universe is deepened with some arbitrary story that I’ll forget about in six months. It’s at least well made and entertaining.

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Cars 3
C
Brian Fee — 2017
Owen Wilson, Cristela Alonzo, Chris Cooper
Sunday 15 July 2018

The Cars franchise is probably the most lucrative production of Pixar, thanks to the merchandising around it. For fans it’s anecdotal but for them it’s big money. Fair enough.

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Dial M for Murder
B
Alfred Hitchcock — 1954
Ray Milland, Grace Kelly, Robert Cummings
Friday 6 July 2018

The incredibly clever screenplay seems more suited for a play (which it originally is), than for a screen. The movie eventually confesses its didacticism by going as far as letting the police inspector literally describing out loud the climax.

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Molly's Game
C
Aaron Sorkin — 2017
Jessica Chastain, Idris Elba, Kevin Costner
Wednesday 4 July 2018

Too bad Molly didn’t succeed in her Olympic career because this introduction sequence is stellar in comparison to the rest of the okay movie.

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Groundhog Day
C
Harold Ramis — 1993
Bill Murray, Andie MacDowell, Chris Elliott
Wednesday 4 July 2018

So what happens if Bill Murray feeds a mogwai just before 6AM.

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Revenge
C
Coralie Fargeat — 2017
Matilda Anna Ingrid Lutz, Kevin Janssens, Vincent Colombe
Friday 29 June 2018

When in doubt, apply a dose of rape-and-revenge exploitation garbage to your watching schedule.

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A Quiet Place
C
John Krasinski — 2018
Emily Blunt, John Krasinski, Millicent Simmonds
Friday 29 June 2018

I have two main problems with the movie.

The first one is the usage of a soundtrack, including during scenes where diegetic sounds are important. I’ve already complained about that for Arrival. This movie shouldn’t have a soundtrack at all; everytime the music started I thought it perturbed the otherwise tense and interesting silence.

The second problem is a list of unclear things about the danger at hand and the lifestyle of the characters which range from questionable to inconsistent. The movie can’t explain everything without being too didactic so the benefit of the doubt and suspension of disbelief are working at full thrust, to a level that isn’t really satisfactory[1].

Fortunately the movie offers a great, long, tense, final act where it marks a few points and becomes at least an enjoyable suspenseful flick.

[1] My principal concerns are: - If the creatures can’t distinguish little sounds if there is a greater source of sound (explained with the waterfall) then there is no reason the characters couldn’t at least whisper when inside the house. From outside the house such whisper is of extremely small intensity in comparison to nature’s sounds, just like is a clear voice in comparison to a waterfall. - The characters seem to live quite a reckless lifestyle. They hang out outside, leave their house’s door open, etc. My understanding is that the creatures may be roaming a few hundreds meters from there, searching for sound. Really all the characters should be dead by then; it’s unrealistic to survive that long without making any mistake. - There are two times where the movie shows that the creatures are absolutely strong and indestructible: it can rip a grain silo open, and a newspaper headline mentions their indestructibility. Then there are two times the movie shows effective defense and attack against them: when a car proves to be an effective shelter for at least a few seconds to the kids, and finally the shotgun. Fair enough, the shotgun may work only because the creature is already weakened by its deadly sound frequency (and unfortunately this choice reminds me of Mars Attacks!, and triggers a more parodic reading than a dramatic one).

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Transformers: The Last Knight
F
Michael Bay — 2017
Mark Wahlberg, Anthony Hopkins, Josh Duhamel
Friday 29 June 2018

The editing of this film looks like the cinematographic equivalent of incorrect grammar. It’s a nonsensical mixture of establishing shots, over-stylized composition and hand-held tracking shots. The constant changing of aspect ratio from one shot to another is obviously not helping. This is a feature-length clip whose narration is un-followable whatsoever. Michael Bay started his career as a clip director. He has then proved his ability to do decent cinema, first Transformers included, muzzling his clip-making OCD into reasonable limits that actually defined his style. He has expressed his wish to depart from the transformers franchise since the third installment, and this fifth one feels like an artistic burn-out. Let’s cherish the recent announcement from Paramount that production of the sixth has been abandoned, and look at what Bay can do on new grounds.

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Wild Tales
A
Relatos salvajes
Damián Szifron — 2014
Darío Grandinetti, María Marull, Mónica Villa
Friday 29 June 2018

This is a compilation of short stories, about 20 minutes each, unrelated to each other, but on the same theme of people being in distress. This is glorious to watch. This is the kind of stories that make you ask yourself « How would I react? » and can compare that to how the characters react, learn about their personality from that, and see how it plays out in the end. Excellent.

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Young & Beautiful
C
Jeune & jolie
François Ozon — 2013
Marine Vacth, Géraldine Pailhas, Frédéric Pierrot
Friday 29 June 2018

I can’t quite fully like movies that don’t have an intention (a goal, an objective, something that drives the story somewhere), and as is tradition in auteur-ish French cinema, there is no intention here. Great scenes, acting, etc. The movie wanders around, goes nowhere.

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Jackie
E
Pablo Larraín — 2016
Natalie Portman, Peter Sarsgaard, Greta Gerwig
Friday 29 June 2018

This movie has no plot. It is a clinical examination of a woman in state of shock, followed by her subsequent mourning. The directing and editing is reminiscent of Terrence Malick’s style, with the camera filming the actors’ face 2 inches away from them, cuts from one shot to almost the same one to show fractured continuity, and dialogues about God and whatnot drifting to a voice-over. Also there is a creepy soundtrack. I have no idea what all this is trying to achieve. It was too cerebral for me, I guess.

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Tomb Raider
F
Roar Uthaug — 2018
Alicia Vikander, Dominic West, Walton Goggins
Friday 29 June 2018

So this is it, I never watch an adventure blockbuster ever again. The whole movie is so dull. There literally is a bicycle race and then a race between Lara Croft and petty thieves. WTF is this shit.

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Borg vs McEnroe
D
Borg McEnroe
Janus Metz — 2017
Sverrir Gudnason, Shia LaBeouf, Stellan Skarsgård
Tuesday 12 June 2018

No comment

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A Fantastic Woman
D
Una Mujer Fantástica
Sebastián Lelio — 2017
Daniela Vega, Francisco Reyes, Luis Gnecco
Saturday 9 June 2018

Although interesting at the beginning, the movie quickly slips into a collection of artistic vignettes where there is less and less plot to focus on, eventually delivering underwhelming pay-offs to some of the intrigues raised in the first half.

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Unsane
A
Steven Soderbergh — 2018
Claire Foy, Joshua Leonard, Jay Pharoah
Friday 8 June 2018

This is the movie that Steven Soderbergh shot with an iPhone, to celebrate how such accessible mean of filming marks the democratization of film-making. Well, judging from the result, this is mostly the democratization of 90s-like serie-B film-making. This is bullshit anyway, since the hardest parts of film-making are sound recording and acting. Anyone can buy a reflex camera with nice video support for not that much more than an iPhone and record close to professional-grade videos. So this should definitely be taken as an experiment rather than anything else. Anyway, the screenplay is excellent and the cast, lead by Claire Foy, is very good. Steven Soderberg delivers a solid thriller, as usual, and even knows how to exploit the exotic filming format at hand to make it consistent with the thematics of the movie. Cool.

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Thoroughbreds
A
Cory Finley — 2017
Olivia Cooke, Anya Taylor-Joy, Anton Yelchin
Friday 8 June 2018

It's about two girls. One of them is a sociopath and has no feelings. The other one is normal, but she happens to despise her step-dad. So the first one casually asks why she doesn’t simply murder her step-dad. The story is clever in that the sociopath one is presented as so cold and pragmatic she achieves whatever she wants, but she has a big weakness: because of her inability to feel emotions, she assumes other people act rationally too (as in a cost/benefit analysis) and has a hard time processing how other people’s emotions will interfere with her plans. The movie is very well-made, but it lacks some icing to make it truly excellent. In particular, there is no great scene that stands out, and the resolution fizzles out a bit. In any case, I’ll keep an eye on the director, who makes an impressive directorial debut, and on the two lead actresses (Olivia Cooke, whom you may have seen in Ready Player One, and Anya Taylor-Joy, in Split), both definitely very good.

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Annihilation
D
Alex Garland — 2018
Natalie Portman, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Tessa Thompson
Wednesday 30 May 2018

Poor man’s Arrival approaches DNA the same way astrology approaches astronomy, and we must wait until the final act for the director to finally take his LSD shot and reveal his true intentions, which are, obviously, to put pieces of country music guitar as a soundtrack to a science-fiction movie. The credits visuals are very nice.

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Elle
B
Paul Verhoeven — 2016
Isabelle Huppert, Laurent Lafitte, Anne Consigny
Monday 21 May 2018

Brilliant directing and brilliant acting, especially from Isabelle Hupert, but the unsatisfying resolution is holding me from fully loving it.

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Mother!
A
Darren Aronofsky — 2017
Jennifer Lawrence, Javier Bardem, Ed Harris
Sunday 20 May 2018

The surface-level narration breaks down in unison with the emotional meltdown of the lead character played by a marvelous Jennifer Lawrence. The film can be seen as the unreliable testimony of a woman in state of shock, each exaggeration and inconsistency being exploited to draw the very ambitious metaphor that lies beneath. The result is a spectacular and intensively emotional piece of cinema that leaves an indelible mark on the mind. Fascinating.

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Red Sparrow
C
Francis Lawrence — 2018
Jennifer Lawrence, Joel Edgerton, Matthias Schoenaerts
Saturday 19 May 2018

A good cinematography, decent acting, enjoyable directing and nice screenplay all turn into a perfectly insignificant and forgettable movie. This is the opposite of alchemy.

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Terminal
D
Vaughn Stein — 2018
Margot Robbie, Simon Pegg, Dexter Fletcher
Thursday 17 May 2018

This takes place into a Zack Snyder’s type of world with dark alleys and buzzing neons, and I can only enjoy this type of movies up to some limited value. Margot Robbie killing it as much as the setting allows her to.

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The 15:17 to Paris
D
Clint Eastwood — 2018
Alek Skarlatos, Anthony Sadler, Spencer Stone
Sunday 13 May 2018

Old Eastwood wants to make a feature-film about a 10 minutes event, so he shows us the mildly interesting past of the saviors, sealing it all with ugly patriotic morale

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Game Night
B
John Francis Daley, Jonathan Goldstein — 2018
Jason Bateman, Rachel McAdams, Kyle Chandler
Sunday 13 May 2018

A refreshing nice little comedy. Perfect for a light-weight screening with friends or family or beer.

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A Separation
A
Jodaeiye Nader az Simin
Asghar Farhadi — 2011
Payman Maadi, Leila Hatami, Sareh Bayat
Saturday 12 May 2018

A thoughtful look at a familial crisis in contemporary Iran. The directing is clever and the acting excellent, especially from lead actor Payman Maadi. This is high quality cinema, keeping the story somewhat suspenseful all while having a humanist view of the characters and the context they’re evolving into.

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Avengers: Infinity War
E
Anthony Russo, Joe Russo — 2018
Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo
Thursday 10 May 2018

The latest garbage from Marvel, where uncharismatic characters talk mythological origins nobody gives a shit about and you can know how dramatic it’s supposed to be by measuring the inverse Chris-Pratt-jokes-per-minute

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Alien: Covenant
B
Ridley Scott — 2017
Michael Fassbender, Katherine Waterston, Billy Crudup
Thursday 10 May 2018

The first 10 minutes of this movie must have been designed to showcase 4K because it made me fall in love with my TV set. Also the film is nice.

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Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
A+
Alejandro G. Iñárritu — 2014
Michael Keaton, Zach Galifianakis, Edward Norton
Sunday 6 May 2018

The obsessional usage of the long-take (the movie is one long take, although with ellipsis) allows some spectacular context switches all while maintaining continuity, which is splendid. All the characters are more or less crazy and it all turns into an exquisite cacophony.

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Submergence
D
Wim Wenders — 2017
Alicia Vikander, James McAvoy, Alexander Siddig
Monday 30 April 2018

'the fuck did I just watch. I’ll rate it 5 just in case.

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Glory
D
Edward Zwick — 1989
Matthew Broderick, Denzel Washington, Cary Elwes
Monday 30 April 2018

After having seen Ferris Bueller Day’s Off I wanted to discover more of Matthew Broderick’s filmography, but this boring Oscar-targeted history educative pack will make me stop there.

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Once Upon a Time in America
D
Sergio Leone — 1984
Robert De Niro, James Woods, Elizabeth McGovern
Monday 30 April 2018

Homework, obviously, although the epic poster with the Brooklyn Bridge drove me to it as much as the film’s cult status. It’s an interminable three-acts saga on organized crime whose first act and its poetry on childhood and teenagehood is the only one that I found bearable. They also screw up big time when casting the actress to play the adult Deborah, the overwhelming proof being the comparison between Elizabeth McGovern and adult Jennifer Connely.

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Hostiles
C
Scott Cooper — 2017
Scott Shepherd, Rosamund Pike, Ava Cooper
Friday 20 April 2018

It’s long and a bit too meditative for me, but I enjoyed the great soundtrack and the gorgeous visuals, both classical in their style.

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Akira
E
Katsuhiro Ôtomo — 1988
Mitsuo Iwata, Nozomu Sasaki, Mami Koyama
Sunday 15 April 2018

Homework movie (in many top lists, considered cult, etc). I can’t stand Japanese animation and their feature-length animated GIFs.

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A Nightmare on Elm Street
D
Wes Craven — 1984
Heather Langenkamp, Johnny Depp, Robert Englund
Sunday 15 April 2018

Ready Player One homework. Mostly boring, but watchable.

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Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure
D
Stephen Herek — 1989
Keanu Reeves, Alex Winter, George Carlin
Friday 13 April 2018

The kind of movie I would have enjoyed when I was 7, the mental age of its two bafflingly stupid lead characters

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Grease
C
Randal Kleiser — 1978
John Travolta, Olivia Newton-John, Stockard Channing
Friday 6 April 2018

I GOT CHILLS, THEY’RE MULTIPLYING, AND I’M LOOOOOOOOOSING CONTROL

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The Longest Day
D
Ken Annakin, Andrew Marton, Bernhard Wicki — 1962
John Wayne, Robert Ryan, Richard Burton
Sunday 1 April 2018

Lieutenant Colonel Benjamin Vandervoort: 3 million men penned up on this island all over England in staging areas like this. We're on the threshold of the most crucial day of our times. 3 million men out there, keyed up, just waiting for that big step-off. We aren't exactly alone. Notify the men, full packs and equipment 1400 hours.

Apparently « Show, don’t tell » wasn’t exactly the motto of this theatrical history educative package.

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Ferris Bueller's Day Off
B
John Hughes — 1986
Matthew Broderick, Alan Ruck, Mia Sara
Saturday 31 March 2018

Ready Player One homework. Somewhat feel-good movie that runs well if you don’t expect much from it.

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Ready Player One
C
Steven Spielberg — 2018
Tye Sheridan, Olivia Cooke, Ben Mendelsohn
Friday 30 March 2018

No comment

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Heathers
D
Michael Lehmann — 1988
Winona Ryder, Christian Slater, Shannen Doherty
Tuesday 27 March 2018

So that’s what Christian Slater was doing before embodying Mr. Robot. Well he played even crazier characters back then.

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The Iron Giant
B
Brad Bird — 1999
Eli Marienthal, Harry Connick Jr., Jennifer Aniston
Friday 23 March 2018

It’s good but I don’t get all the fuss.

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Wonder Wheel
B
Woody Allen — 2017
Justin Timberlake, Juno Temple, Robert C. Kirk
Saturday 17 March 2018

No comment

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Downsizing
D
Alexander Payne — 2017
Matt Damon, Christoph Waltz, Hong Chau
Thursday 15 March 2018

Rarely saw a movie straying from its path that much. It seems that the authors had no idea what story they wanted to tell us.

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Murder on the Orient Express
C
Kenneth Branagh — 2017
Kenneth Branagh, Penélope Cruz, Willem Dafoe
Monday 12 March 2018

It seems that Kenneth Branagh’s spectacularly theatrical directing can turn any novel I don’t care about into a somewhat interesting entertainment

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The Revenant
A+
Alejandro G. Iñárritu — 2015
Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hardy, Will Poulter
Saturday 10 March 2018

No comment

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Call Me by Your Name
B
Luca Guadagnino — 2017
Armie Hammer, Timothée Chalamet, Michael Stuhlbarg
Wednesday 7 March 2018

Some shit American comedy features a retarted teenager masturbating into a pie and nobody bats an eye. An intelligent movie features a touching teenager masturbating into a peach and suddenly everyone loses their minds.

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It
D
Andy Muschietti — 2017
Bill Skarsgård, Jaeden Lieberher, Finn Wolfhard
Wednesday 7 March 2018

This shitty composite is not convincing me a second the clown is actually in the sewer. Also there is a fight between two groups of kids where they throw rocks at each others. Don’t do that kids it’s very dangerous!

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I, Tonya
A
Craig Gillespie — 2017
Margot Robbie, Sebastian Stan, Allison Janney
Wednesday 28 February 2018

Margot Robbie produces an original movie on the very bankable subject of ice skating, where she plays the lead whose 80s’ style of clothes and hairstyle showcase the latest sexy fashion, telling the story of a 80s’ scandal few people remember. The movie, which is amazing, proceeds to win four times its budget, be nominated for multiple Oscars and is acclaimed by the critic. Beware Hollywood, because this woman is going places.

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The Shape of Water
D
Guillermo del Toro — 2017
Sally Hawkins, Octavia Spencer, Michael Shannon
Sunday 25 February 2018

I wasn’t convinced a second of this love story. It all unrolls way too fast. She must be a maniac to fall that fast and desperately for a stupid fishman. Also there is this weird shot where the fishman is holding her in his arms and he’s very muscular and she’s like protected by him. Del Toro obviously wanted this iconic shot but the imagery of the powerful protector for the fragile woman comes out as very weird in the movie’s context.

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Only the Brave
B
Joseph Kosinski — 2017
Josh Brolin, Miles Teller, Jeff Bridges
Sunday 25 February 2018

In the vein of Stronger, I like those little movies depicting real incidents and real people. They’re often the occasion to discover some interesting facts or professions, firefighters in this case. <spoiler>I didn’t know the real story and the ending moved me very much.</spoiler>.

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Saving Private Ryan
A+
Steven Spielberg — 1998
Tom Hanks, Matt Damon, Tom Sizemore
Sunday 25 February 2018

Spielberg casually redefining the entire war genre. You don’t have much time to think about it because the proximity with soldiers and the unforgiving depiction of the horrors of war are flooring you the whole time. It’s captivating.

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Phantom Thread
C
Paul Thomas Anderson — 2017
Vicky Krieps, Daniel Day-Lewis, Lesley Manville
Friday 23 February 2018

Although a bit sour, it leaves a peculiar taste the following days that will make me go back to it.

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Roman J. Israel, Esq.
B
Dan Gilroy — 2017
Denzel Washington, Colin Farrell, Carmen Ejogo
Tuesday 20 February 2018

No comment

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Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
A
Martin McDonagh — 2017
Frances McDormand, Woody Harrelson, Sam Rockwell
Saturday 17 February 2018

No comment

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Lady Bird
E
Greta Gerwig — 2017
Saoirse Ronan, Laurie Metcalf, Tracy Letts
Thursday 15 February 2018

So this is the cinematographic adaptation of the Annoying Facebook Girl meme. How attaching she is, cheating her way to NYU and making people call her this ridiculous name like an obnoxious self-entitled teenager. This film doesn’t make you want to have kid, by fear they might turn like her once they reach teenagehood.

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Antichrist
E
Lars von Trier — 2009
Willem Dafoe, Charlotte Gainsbourg
Sunday 11 February 2018

Beyond the cast and special effects, how do you make the difference between that and a shitty art-school’s post-graduate’s movie?

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The Post
A
Steven Spielberg — 2017
Meryl Streep, Tom Hanks, Sarah Paulson
Saturday 10 February 2018

No comment

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Last Flag Flying
B
Richard Linklater — 2017
Bryan Cranston, Laurence Fishburne, Steve Carell
Saturday 10 February 2018

No comment

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The Florida Project
C
Sean Baker — 2017
Brooklynn Prince, Bria Vinaite, Willem Dafoe
Saturday 10 February 2018

No comment

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Suburbicon
C
George Clooney — 2017
Matt Damon, Julianne Moore, Oscar Isaac
Sunday 28 January 2018

No comment

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The Majestic
B
Frank Darabont — 2001
Jim Carrey, Martin Landau, Bob Balaban
Sunday 28 January 2018

No comment

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Independence Day: Resurgence
D
Roland Emmerich — 2016
Liam Hemsworth, Jeff Goldblum, Bill Pullman
Saturday 27 January 2018

No comment

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The Way Way Back
C
Nat Faxon, Jim Rash — 2013
Steve Carell, Toni Collette, Allison Janney
Friday 26 January 2018

No comment

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House of Tolerance
E
L'Apollonide (Souvenirs de la maison close)
Bertrand Bonello — 2011
Noémie Lvovsky, Hafsia Herzi, Céline Sallette
Wednesday 17 January 2018

No comment

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Split
B
M. Night Shyamalan — 2016
James McAvoy, Anya Taylor-Joy, Haley Lu Richardson
Monday 15 January 2018

The second installment of M. Night Shyamalan’s cinematic universe. Take my money and don’t even shut up.

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BPM (Beats Per Minute)
F
120 battements par minute
Robin Campillo — 2017
Nahuel Pérez Biscayart, Arnaud Valois, Adèle Haenel
Sunday 7 January 2018

This was a total identification failure for me. Generally I highly doubt the productivity of stunts and more specifically violent ones. It’s not clear to me whether what was really happening is a real try at changing things or just making as much turmoil as possible before dying. The movie doesn’t even answer that, and choses the long and depressive path of close depiction of death instead. I couldn’t figure out how to enjoy it no matter from what angle I approached it.

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The Godfather
D
Francis Ford Coppola — 1972
Marlon Brando, Al Pacino, James Caan
Sunday 7 January 2018

Marlon Brando and his dental prosthetics mumble mafia shit so as to appear charismatic. Yet another 3-hours long homework that lets me perplex.

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The Brave One
D
Neil Jordan — 2007
Jodie Foster, Terrence Howard, Naveen Andrews
Saturday 6 January 2018

Terrence Howard’s past life has a policeman before he started Terriology has about the shittiest ending you could think about

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Black Mass
C
Scott Cooper — 2015
Johnny Depp, Benedict Cumberbatch, Dakota Johnson
Tuesday 2 January 2018

A plastic assembled Johnny Depp mumbles mafia shit to show what an absolute madman he is. The film is interesting at least for its documentary and historical purpose

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Atomic Blonde
D
David Leitch — 2017
Charlize Theron, James McAvoy, John Goodman
Saturday 30 December 2017

It's all fun and game and you’re about to fall asleep until this insane and brutal long-take wakes you the fuck up. About the only highlight though.

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The Kid
C
Charles Chaplin — 1921
Charles Chaplin, Edna Purviance, Jackie Coogan
Saturday 30 December 2017

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Beauty and the Beast
F
Bill Condon — 2017
Emma Watson, Dan Stevens, Luke Evans
Thursday 21 December 2017

The movie is suspenseful since you don’t know whether the Beast will prefer being freed from his spell by Belle’s love or, horrified by how dull she is, will just accept his fate as it is.

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Star Wars: Episode VIII - The Last Jedi
E
Rian Johnson — 2017
Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Mark Hamill
Wednesday 20 December 2017

It lost me at the moment Luke Skywalker throws the sabre-laser that was the epic McGuffin finishing the last episode, which is a clear way from Disney to communicate that they don’t give a shit anymore

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Come and See
D
Idi i smotri
Elem Klimov — 1985
Aleksey Kravchenko, Olga Mironova, Liubomiras Laucevicius
Wednesday 20 December 2017

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Out of the Furnace
A
Scott Cooper — 2013
Christian Bale, Casey Affleck, Zoe Saldana
Saturday 16 December 2017

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Ever After: A Cinderella Story
D
EverAfter
Andy Tennant — 1998
Drew Barrymore, Anjelica Huston, Dougray Scott
Saturday 16 December 2017

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The Santa Clause
D
John Pasquin — 1994
Tim Allen, Judge Reinhold, Wendy Crewson
Sunday 10 December 2017

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Darkest Hour
A
Joe Wright — 2017
Gary Oldman, Lily James, Kristin Scott Thomas
Saturday 9 December 2017

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Coco
A
Lee Unkrich, Adrian Molina — 2017
Anthony Gonzalez, Gael García Bernal, Benjamin Bratt
Saturday 9 December 2017

Among their recent low-effort sequels, this original gem is welcome from Pixar, and it delivers. The stream of colorful visuals is stunning, the exploration of Mexican culture is original and interesting and it’s sealed with the good old Pixar emotional hammer that makes you leave a few tears behind your 3D glasses. Truly good.

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The Hours
D
Stephen Daldry — 2002
Meryl Streep, Nicole Kidman, Julianne Moore
Sunday 26 November 2017

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Brokeback Mountain
D
Ang Lee — 2005
Jake Gyllenhaal, Heath Ledger, Michelle Williams
Saturday 25 November 2017

I got confused with Ang Lee’s filmography and waited all the movie for one of the two guys to transform into Hulk. What a disappointment.

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The Thin Red Line
C
Terrence Malick — 1998
Jim Caviezel, Sean Penn, Nick Nolte
Saturday 25 November 2017

Definitely the most approachable film from Terrence Malick, and a powerful war movie at that, although the voice-over meditations tend to be either too analytic or too elusive

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Logan Lucky
B
Steven Soderbergh — 2017
Channing Tatum, Adam Driver, Daniel Craig
Friday 24 November 2017

How ironic that Adam Driver has such presence in this nice little movie, while he looks like an annoying and uncharismatic teenager in the new Star Wars movies

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The Nice Guys
C
Shane Black — 2016
Russell Crowe, Ryan Gosling, Angourie Rice
Friday 24 November 2017

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The Big Sick
B
Michael Showalter — 2017
Kumail Nanjiani, Zoe Kazan, Holly Hunter
Wednesday 15 November 2017

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Miss Sloane
B
John Madden — 2016
Jessica Chastain, Mark Strong, Gugu Mbatha-Raw
Wednesday 15 November 2017

<spoiler>Ah the good-old screenplay trick where writers lose track or what they’re doing so they decide all of it was a diabolical plan from the character from the beginning.</spoiler>

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Song to Song
E
Terrence Malick — 2017
Ryan Gosling, Rooney Mara, Michael Fassbender
Saturday 4 November 2017

Terrence Malick has reached his final form, the one of total freedom and no production control at all. The guy gets lost in whatever music festival, big estate, empty open-spaces, receptions and whatnots, filming A/A+ actors and actresses wandering around and mumbling shit. The wide-angle lens that distorts the edges of the frame, making it not even that good-looking anymore, is a good symbol for the overdose of a cloying formula.

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Escape from New York
F
John Carpenter — 1981
Kurt Russell, Lee Van Cleef, Ernest Borgnine
Saturday 4 November 2017

Looks like Carpenter’s low budgets is more suited for horror than for action. This is just really bad.

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All Is Lost
A
J.C. Chandor — 2013
Friday 20 October 2017

Second movie in my J.C. Chandor streak, and an excellent one. There is one character and 4 or 5 lines of monologue in this movie, the well-crafted directing and poignant performance from Robert Redford doing all the heavy lifting, and lifting it up well.