Nightcrawler – 8.5/10

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8.5/10

Great story, great rhythm, great editing. The mood of this film is extraordinary. The super-high-speed car sequences are masterful. Jake Gyllenhaal owns the role, he blends into the character and invites you to witness the bloody incidents with him. It could have been a perfect film, but it’s limping out of a third act. “Nightcrawler” is missing the “all is lost moment”, that part where usually the character is on his lowest point; sometimes that moment is replaced for moment of weakness and doubt, where the protagonist goal is hanging on a cliff and the next decision that he takes will determine if he succeeds or fails. Gyllenhaal’s character is never in real danger, nor  has to break his brain to take a important decision; he never doubts, he has no weakness. When the end credits began to roll I was expecting another 30 minutes of film. I wanted to see what will lead to the doom of the protagonist or how he will redeemed himself; but well, that never happened.

by Oscar Rodríguez Górriz

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Still Alice – 9.0/10

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9.0/10

“Still Alice” is a slow burning drama. At the beginning it feels like another forgettable movie with great performances, but as the plot unfolds you find yourself hooked and immersed in this moving story. Julianne Moore at her best; one of the most honest performance that I’ve seen this year. And Kristen Stewart is on the right path, I’m glad that she is moving her career away from Hollywood blockbusters (at least for a while) and taking these kind of supporting roles with a lot of layers. “Still Alice” is one of those movies that go so deep into the audience that you will remain seated during all the end credits just listening to the music and digesting the movie.

by Oscar Rodríguez Górriz

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Wild – 7.5/10

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7.5/10
The director of Dallas Buyers Club, Jean Marc-Vallée, brings another drama based on a real life story.  Strong performances of Reese Witherspoon, who plays Sheryl (a woman that embarks into a solo hiking of 1,100 miles), and Laura Dern, who plays her mother. The main problem is that the film is not ‘wild’ enough, not the hiking, not the forest dangers, not even the sex and drugs. The story never builds up; actually its the opposite: the most difficult parts of the journey are at the beginning, when Sheryl is a rookie in hiking, after that all the dangers are overcome relatively easy. The film is full powerful moments where Witherspoon shine,  but at the end you will find yourself asking: Was that all?

by Oscar Rodríguez Górriz

 

Clouds of Sils Maria – 7.5/10

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7.0/10

Finding street parking in Hollywood is like finding the Majola Snake featured in Olivier Assayas’s new film “Clouds of Sils Maria.” Luckily, I knew where to look (I used to live nearby where cash  and drugs were tossed up and down in a tennis shoe from a stucco balcony across the street.) and snuck past security to view the recently overbooked AFI screening. Playing the aging actress Maria, Juliette Binoche is as marvelous and at home in her role as Kristen Stewart seems flat and out of place playing her assistant. All the scenes of Alps vistas and moody interiors play out gracefully (except for a goofy X-Men parody), but ultimately this film misses the potential of its subject matter and its lead talent by delivering a wink rather than a snakebite.

by Scott Gist

8.0/10

Juliette Binoche gives an amazing performance but perhaps the biggest revelation is Kristen Stewart. She proves to be the female-Keanu Reeves, that when cast in the right role she gives warmth to an easily forgettable character. The heart of the film lies on those intimate scenes between Binoche and Stewart even though nothing appears to be happening at first glance. Here lies what can be considered the film’s greatness and failures: the editing. Long scenes slowly escalating to something we never see and therefore is implied, repeat another 15 times and you’ve got this film. Again, this formula sometimes works tremendously but in the end it turns out to be repetitive a bit frustrating.

by Enrique López Oropeza

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Big Hero 6 – 6.0/10

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6.0/10

“Big Hero 6” is a one-character circus show, and unfortunately it is not the lead one. The only reason it can be considered an entertaining and funny movie is because the charming and amusing Baymax, the big white robot that helps 14-years-old genius Hiro to overcome his problems and solve the mystery that he is after. The rest of the character have one-dimension. That BH6 is a movie for kids doesn’t mean that it can’t have interesting characters (like Toy Story, UP, or any of the films of Hayao Miyazaki). Its biggest weakens is the antagonist, with fake motivations and predictable turns. The animation, the characters design and the action sequences are amazing, I wish that BH6 had surprised me scene after scene as the Lego Movie did.

by Oscar Rodríguez Górriz

Birdman – 8.5/10

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8.5/10

The first half of “Birdman” miraculously transported me three feet above my seat – hovering just like Michael Keaton’s character in that glorious first shot of Alejandro González Iñárritu’s brave new film. Perfect pacing with staccato jazz rhythms. Perfect flowing imagery. Perfect performances. There may never have been a role as nuanced, frenetic, heartbreaking and hilarious as this one by Keaton. In fact, all the actors shine. The second half, unfortunately, with a few too many feel-good-but-you-know-its-ironic moments, left me a bit lower – just one inch in the air. And why do so many movies nowadays turn the camera away from the main character at the climax of the film? Isn’t involvement more entertaining than surprise? Anyway, “Birdman” is a cool movie. Check it out.

by Scott Gist

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The Skeleton Twins – 10/10

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10/10

My favorite movie of the year, so far. Bill Hader and Kristen Wiig deserve and award for their performances. There is an amazing chemistry between them and they bring a freshness to the screen that I haven’t seen in a while. Its a very fun drama, full of unique moments.  Director Craig Johnson easily twist every cliche scene in a fantastic way, even the typical suicide note is unique. Even the ending is a little predictable, the movie finds its way to touch the audience. You can’t miss it!

By Oscar Rodríguez Górriz

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