CRIMINAL 4.5/10

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Fast food – That is what CRIMINAL is. An action/crime film made by Hollywood the same way McDonalds make its hamburgers: without love, with nothing special, following the same traditional recipe. It has a couple of “interesting” ideas, but unfortunately these weren’t really explored. I went to watch this film because Gary Oldman and Alice Eve, sadly both of their characters are the most underdeveloped ones (and Gary Oldman’s character, God! He has to be the most stupid and useless director in the story of CIA).

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HARDCORE HERNY 8.0/10

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HARDCORE HENRY is packed with action, violence and gore. This movie is not for everyone. Many people walked out of my screening room, but if you know what you are going to and if you enjoy violent action, you will love this movie. Sharlto Copley if definitely one of the highlights. The action is great and the first-person point of view of the camera is not exhausting (if you go mentally prepared for it).

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DEMOLITION – 5.5/10

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DEMOLITION, the new effort of Jean-Marc Vallée, it’s an entertaining dramedy with nothing relevant to say. It is just another rite of a passage like many others movies of the same subject. There is nothing fresh in this movie and most sadly: the unique voice of its director gets lost in a Hollywood-template predictable film. Jake Gyllenhaal and Chris Cooper performances are fine; Naomi Watts is underused; the most memorable performance comes from Judah Lewis, whose scenes with Gyllenhaal are the only thing worth watching.

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THE BRONZE – 4.5/10

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THE BRONZE: predictable with only a few good laughs. I wish Melissa Rauch had found another voice, other than the same squeaky one of Big Bang Theory’s Bernadette (and no, that’s not her real voice, I have heard her talk in person). The problem of the film is that the main character is very unlikable and uninteresting. There are main unlikable character like Johnny Depp’s Whitey Bulger in Black Mass, or James Gandolfini’s Tony Soprano in The Sopranos or Javier Bardem’s Anton in No Country For Old Men, but all of them are very interesting, when Rauch’s isn’t. Sometimes a movie only needs one good unique scene to make it worth watching, the closest to that in THE BRONZE is a sex scene that is weirdly cut and very dark to hide Rauch’s body double, so… nah’, wait to watch it on Netflix.

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MIDNIGHT SPECIAL – 6.5/10

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Let me put it in one line: E.T. with guns. The concept of MIDNIGHT SPECIAL is great, but seems like the voice of Jeff Nichols in his 4th film begins to fade. Not sure if its his fault, maybe he had to compromise some stuff with the studio; like adding those Adam Driver’s comic-relief scenes by the last third of the movie that are completely out of tone with the rest of it. MIDNIGHT SPECIAL is a film where you can feel the screenwriter orchestrating everything (meaning not very natural), for example: How can a father kidnap his own son? Wouldn’t the cult be the kidnappers? Why Michael Shannon doesn’t go to the police and say “hey, I’m his father and she is his mother, stop chasing us”? Why the cult is so calm (hearing a sermon) when their God (the boy) was stolen? Why Joel Edgerton’s character was not merged with Michael Shannon’s, if he has zero development? Well… it has very good acting and very cheap visual effects.

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WELCOME TO ME – 7.5 /10

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7.5 /10

“Welcome To me” is a small indie film with a premise more interesting than what it actually delivers. All the weigh of the movie falls on Kristen Wiig’s shoulders; and she makes an incredible job keeping the story interesting. The problem with the movie is that it didn’t build up; the intensity of the demands of this crazy woman never reach a climax, specially on the third act when they decide to bring a boring and lazy carrousel to the show. It has some really interesting scenes and it handles very serious topics in a very creative way; it is a fine movie that could have been extraordinary.

by Oscar Rodriguez Gorriz

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Mad Max: Fury Road – 9.5/10

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9.5/10

Probably it will be the best movie of this summer. It is very unique; the action never stops and it was filmed amazingly. Tom Hardy, Charlize Theron, Nicholas Hoult and the rest of the cast kill it; with very few lines, they made these characters come to life and develop very interesting relationships. The one little thing that I didn’t like was how the main character was introduced; you root for him without knowing who he is. Also I didn’t get his backstory; I think that all those quick flashbacks could have been clearer  –or cut them out at all. It is the one of the most intriguing and interesting action movies that I have seen lately.

by Oscar Rodriguez Gorriz

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