WHILE WE’RE YOUNG – 7.5/10

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7.5/10

Noah Baumbach’s new comedy explores several serious topics that make it entertaining and funny. Even when the movie has a couple of memorable and very unique sequences, a lot of the turns and plot point are very predictable. The music and the production design are smart choices. The only thing that left me unsatisfied was Ben Stiller; he is a great comedian and his lines will make you laugh, but I never felt attached to his character, I couldn’t care less to what happens with his life. Casting someone that is not that associated with Hollywood’s simplistic comedies would have helped the film. On the other hand, Naomi Watts is brilliant.

by Oscar Rodriguez Gorriz

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JAUJA – 6.0/10

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6.0/10

A movie with very slow rhythm and very long takes. If what you are looking it’s a conventional story, this is not for you. Jauja opens more questions than what it answers. The director, Lisandro Alonso, doesn’t make an effort to help the audience to understand his ideas – and is not that he has to. Viggo Mortensen, as always, is very precise and truthful in his role ; the cinematography (in a 4:3 aspect ratio) is stunning. Jauja is one of those movies that when you ask to the audience what was it about, everybody will give you a different answer.

by Oscar Rodriguez Gorriz

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IT FOLLOWS – 6.5/10

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6.5/10 “It Follows” is about a sexually transmitted ghost (STG?) that follows you until it kills you. Despite the strange premise, the ghost’s eerie stare, ever-changing sexually explicit appearance, and slow creep toward its victims make this film surprisingly unnerving. Tense moments of suspense sometimes give way to slower sequences and plot holes, but horror fans will likely enjoy the retro 1980s feel reminiscent of classic horror movies. Though this film may delight horror fans, it may not be for everyone. Its spotty plotting and strange sexual elements may turn off general audiences. So make sure you’re a fan of horror with an open mind before giving “It Follows” a try.

by Kemmy Moran

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The Divergent Series: Insurgent – 4.5/10

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4.0/10 The first Divergent movie was an OK young adult movie but a lazy film overall. Insurgent is just lazy. The addition of great acting talent like Watts or Spencer may seem like a sign of improving what was wrong in the first installment, however they are vastly underused here. Shailene Woodley talents can’t save this boring film with generic action scenes. The good news is that after watching Insurgent you can appreciate how good The Hunger Games and The Maze Runner are so far. SPOILER WARNING: what an anticlimactic end for Winslet’s character!

By Enrique López Oropeza

5.0/10 I like sci-fi. I like movies with a female character in the lead. Sadly, Insurgent fails on both counts. First, its world, a postapocalyptic society disguised as an utopia doesn’t even bother with suspension disbelief as it shows a caste-system society that wouldn’t last a week. Second, its female protagonist, as brave and smart as she strives to be, ultimately keeps getting rescued by her male counterpart over and over again. What should have been a worthy adversary for The Hunger Games franchise, is just a generic set of action pieces with a female lead that is in constant need of a man saving her.

By Miguel Valdez-Lopez

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WHAT WE DO IN THE SHADOWS – 9.5/10

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9.5/10

One of the funniest, offbeat comedies to hit movie theaters in years, “What We Do in the Shadows” is a horror/comedy mockumentary that tracks the everyday problems of vampire suitemates in New Zealand. The premise of adding a hipster millennial to the group, who introduces these old-school vampires to modern technology like Google and Ebay, allows for some fresh and unexpected jokes in a tired and overdone genre. The pacing is consistently quick and fun so that there’s never a dull moment, and the story builds to a climax when zombies and werewolves come into the mix. Original and hilarious, “What We Do in the Shadows” is a must-see for anyone looking for a laugh.

by Kemmy Moran

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CINDERELLA – 7.0/10

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7.0/10

Telling once again the story of a girl who wins a kingdom for simply being (shoe) size 3, “CINDERELLA” is a live-action fantasy that does little to distance itself from harmful advice such as “you need a man to be happy”. Helmed by Shakesperian connoisseur Kenneth Branagh, it presents a sweet and steady Lily James as the pumpkin riding girl, and Cate Blanchett as a lukewarm villain (not her fault: probably trying to humanize a one-note villain, but ultimately failing to do so). With a wonderful production design, but somewhat over-the-top costumes (more fitting at a quincieañera ball), and almost non-existant musical numbers (for better or worse), the film barely rises above “decent” material: entertaining, but uninspired, not memorable. The splendid THE PRINCESS BRIDE does more for fairy-tales, fantasy in general and young female audiences for the matter.

by Miguel Valdez-Lopez

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Unfinished Business – 5.0 / 10

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5.0/10

The premise of the movie is great, but the final result it’s not. Vince Vaughn has to try to make fresher jokes; watching him doing the same things movie after movie it’s just boring. The best thing of the movie is Nick Frost, but his screen time is very short. Two times Academy Award nominee Tom Wilkinson is completely unused; he has already proved his great comedic chops in “The Full Monty” and in “The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel”, but here he was just given terrible lines. Dave Franco it’s ok as a supporting, but he only makes me wonder how would this movie work out replacing Vaughn with Bill Hader, Franco with Jonah Hill and Wilkinson with Bill Murray…. I guess much better.

by Oscar Rodríguez Górriz

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