Avengers: Age of Ultron – 7.5/10

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8.0/10

Age of Ultron is way more fun than its predecesor. Just its first scene is as exciting as the climax in The Avengers, however all the simplicity is gone and we’re left with an over saturated film in every form but somehow that is its strength and logical evolution. Too many characters yet all are interesting and all of them have their shining moments. Too many presentations for future Marvel films yet that made me excited for what’s coming in the next years. Age of Ultron is a disappointing sequel to The Avengers but it’s a funny, exciting and satisfying sequel to the Marvel cinematic universe.

By Enrique López Oropeza

7.0/10

“Avengers: Age of Ultron” is full of action and funny lines.  The movie takes off amazingly, like a Bond film, in the middle of the action; but as it moves on, it begins to lose its track. It looked like if Marvel had to set up specific things for future movies that didn’t fit quite well in this one. They were trying to compress so much information and plot point in a very tight amount of time. The paced was not right; the editor really screwed it up. The final battle is terrible: the CGI looks fake, and characters appear and disappear from the battle randomly – like Tony Stark floating below as he tries to figure out what to do next.  I think that Joss Whedon did the best he could with his hands tied to Marvel’s agenda.

by Oscar Rodriguez Gorriz

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HOT PURSUIT – 4.5/10

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4.5/10

“Hot Pursuit” is flat, predictable and not funny at all. The few action sequences are lame. The good jokes were given away in the trailers and the story is something that you have seen a thousand times before. Sofia Vergara plays her over-acting-typical-role and Reese Witherspoon gives a huge step down, especially after coming from her amazing performance in “Wild”.  “Hot Pursuit” is not worthy of the ticket price; wait to watch it on Netflix.

by Oscar Rodriguez Gorriz

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EX MACHINA – 8.0/10

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8.0/10

“Ex Machina” is an amazing low budget sci-fi drama that happens almost in one building. Domhnall Gleeson, Alicia Vikander and especially Oscar Isaac deliver very strong performances. Just when you think you have seen everything about Artificial Intelligent, “Ex Machina” proves you wrong. It has a very particular take on the topic and director Alex Garland makes a solid directorial debut. The only problem with the movie is that the turning point/climax feels a little bit weak, I think they could push it a little bit further.

by Oscar Rodriguez Gorriz

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CHILD 44 – 7.0/10

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7.0/10

A very interesting story with very strong performances from Tom Hardy and Noomi Rapace. Gary Oldman is totally unused; I would have loved to see more about his character. In parts the movie feels long and without a spine, it swings from one topic to another, which makes hard for the audience to differentiate the main plot from the sub-plots. The Russian accents are just terrible. In the hands of a more experienced director this movie could have been amazing; still, the story is strong enough to keep you interested.

by Oscar Rodriguez Gorriz

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ALEX OF VENICE – 7.5/10

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7.5/10

Actor Chris Messina makes a very solid directorial debut with “Alex of Venice” – he also has a supporting role in the film. Simple camera movements, slow burning rhythm, silent scenes and a beautiful cinematography provide the typical “Idie film” flavor. The stroy is a newer version of “Kramer vs. Kramer”, but flipping the genders; the one that leaves is the father (the one who know all the house duties), and the one that stays with the son is the mother (business woman alienated from the house tasks).  Mary Elizabeth Winstead gives an amazing performance; lately she has been doing smaller films like “Faults” or “Kill the Messenger” and her work has paid off; I hope her career gets launched soon and she becomes a major star.
The only failure of the film is that it doesn’t have a climax; the filmmakers didn’t push the story to a higher point, so it feels a little flat.

by Oscar Rodriguez Gorriz

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SPY – 7.0/10

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7.0/10

Melissa McCarthy may not be able to carry out a film by herself (as she proved it in “Tammy”), but in this one she shows that she can be the perfect lead with the help of a solid supporting cast. The story gets a little too tedious at some point -McCarthy changing and changing her identity and her story for the bad guys; and the bad guys are really stupid. I wished they hadn’t given up the best jokes and some important plot points in the trailer; avoid watching it if you can, so you don’t get spoiled. Jason Statham and Rose Byrne are the best of the movie; the jokes and the action scenes are good. At the end of the day it is a very entertaining popcorn movie.

by Oscar Rodríguez Górriz

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Furious 7 – 7.0/10

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7.0/10

The movie starts really slow, re-introducing characters and trying to remind us what happened in the previous movies. One of the biggest problems is the plot; it doesn’t have a solid spine, it looks more like small tasks that they have to complete to move on to the next; like chapters of a book or episodes. Another problem is that the best cars sequences and action scenes happen at the middle of the movie, so the last act (climax) feels weak compared to what the characters have already accomplished. There are some very bad efforts of the filmmakers trying to give some substance to the story – like the one of Michelle Rodriguez talking to Vin Diesel in the cemetery about leaving to find herself, just to come back two minutes later. Dwayne –The Rock- Johnson was underused, I wish he had more screen time; but I have to say that every scene that he is in, he kills it. Vin Diesel is just getting better and better, he is perfect as the “alpha” of the Furious franchise. The movie is not as good as the 5th and 6th installments, but I gave a pass to a lot of things because I just can’t imagine how hard was to rebuild the screenplay after Walker’s tragedy – and it worked out way better than I excepted. It is a very fun, stupid, entertaining ride. One last thing, that Paul Walker’s tribute at the end of the movie is emotionally amazing.

by Oscar Rodríguez Górriz

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