Category: The Twenty-First Century

Unsane [2018] ★★★

Looking for a solid thriller to get lost in? “Unsane” is the movie for you. Steven Soderbergh, a master when it comes to experimental filmmaking, takes it to a whole new level in his latest mind-bender. The movie was shot entirely with an iPhone 7 plus, but in […]

I Feel Pretty [2018] ★★

I like Amy Schumer. She’s a fearless comedienne who can handle any type of situation. She can also carry a whole movie on her shoulder (see Judd Apatow’s “Trainwreck”), and “I Feel Pretty” is no exception. It would seem like a perfect setup to have her in this […]

Rampage [2018] ★★½

It wasn’t until I spotted an arcade cabinet that has “Rampage” written all over it that I realized that this movie is indeed based on the famous 1980’s game, in which giant monsters are trying to destroy an entire city. The game was fun and straightforward, and the […]

A Quiet Place [2018] ★★★

This is the horror movie we’ve all been waiting for. Director John Krasinski (who would have thought) delivers the creepy goods, leaving us unnerved, terrified, and exhilarated. This is “A Quiet Place” in a nutshell, a tense and extremely well-crafted tale of survival. Krasinski himself plays a family […]

Midnight Sun [2018] ★★

It’s not Valentine, but we got a tearjerker that reminds us that Hollywood doesn’t know how to make good tearjerkers anymore. “Midnight Sun”, starring Bella Thorne as a teenager who can’t be exposed to sunlight due to a rare genetic disease, is manipulative, cheesy, and just downright generic. […]

In Syria [2018] ★★★½

 “In Syria” is a devastating drama that further reaffirms the fact that Diamand Bou Abboud is one of the best Lebanese actresses in the industry. Belgian director Philippe Van Leeuw shot the entire film in an apartment building to depict the lives of a group of Syrian people […]

Tomb Raider [2018] ★★★

How you react to this fresh adaptation of “Tomb Raider” will have a lot to do with your expectations. I didn’t care much for the two movies starring Angelina Jolie (come to think of it, they were awful, despite a good performance from Jolie), so I was certainly […]

Annihilation [2018] ★★★½

 Behold. The best Science-Fiction film of the year so far is upon us. Writer-director Alex Garland follows up his ambitious first feature “Ex Machina” with a mind-bending film that defies the laws of Hollywood. Much like Denis Villeneuve’s masterful “Arrival”, “Annihilation” is a game-changer in the genre, a […]

Veronica [2017] ★★

 I’m calling bullshit on this film’s flashy marketing strategy. By telling people that “this Spanish original film is so terrifying that people can’t watch to the end”, Netflix got my attention. But now that I’ve finally seen the film, I can tell you that none of this is […]

Red Sparrow [2018] ★★½

 Check your brain at the door. This tense, often confusing spy-thriller starring Jennifer Lawrence as a Bolshoi ballerina-turned-spy, gets a lot of things right, but also a lot of things wrong. My advice: go with the illogic or you’ll miss the fun. And there’s plenty of fun in […]