Reviews

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      Zodiac (8/10)


        A long, somewhat clinical approach to the story of the Zodiac Killer by David Fincher. At the same time it builds good depth in the main characters, and it does not get boring despite is 2.5 hour running time.


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      The Anomaly (4/10)


        What a shame. The first 20 minutes or so this movie keeps you interested trying to figure out what is going on – the audience knows as little as the main character. But the longer it goes on the more boring it becomes…


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      Guardians of the Galaxy (3/10)


        I’ll admit I enjoy sci-fi and generally give any sci-fi movie a go. And this one comes with recommendations galore – inlcuding e.g. a score of 8.2 on IMDB and score of 91% on Rotten Tomatoes, so it must be pretty good.


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      Cube (8/10)


        I had no idea what to expect from this movie – and I think that is the best way to experience a movie like Cube. It is a low budget Canadian (horror-)thriller that doesn’t rely on special effects (even though it uses some). It succeeds by taking the viewer on the same claustrophobic journey as its actors – you don’t know what is going on any more than they do, and it is hard to predict what is coming next…


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      Autómata (5/10)


        Set in a dystopian future, this is the story of an insurance investigator looking into whether robots have been tempered with, by others or even by themselves.

        This movie borrows (heavily) from Blade Runner, I Robot, and District 9 amongst others, and it starts out quite promising.


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      Headhunters (6/10)


        A Norwegian crime thriller based on a Jo Nesbø book about a headhunter with ambitions.

        Various interesting productions have come from Scandinavia over the last decade or so, but I don’t think this is one of them… The storyline is fairly silly, the characters shallow, and the missed forensic clues must be everywhere… Nevertheless it is a pretty enjoyable watch, but a thriller it is not. It is almost slapstick.


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      John Wick (7/10)


        Could this be one of the few movies in which Keanu Reeves actually appears to act well?

        The director of John Wick, Chad Stahelski, was Keanu’s stunt double on The Matrix, and since worked his way into stunt co-ordinator on movies like 300, The Expendables, and The Hunger Games, and this is his first time as director, teaming up again with Keanu.


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      I Origins (6/10)


        I suspect Brit Marling makes some well-considered choices about what she gets involved in. Mike Cahill also directed her in Another Earth (2011) and I feel a bit the same about both movies: interesting premise, but somewhat frustratingly they don’t quite deliver.


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      Fak wai nai gai thoe (3/10)


        A Thai teen horror movie… Why would you watch that…? Indeed…

        It’s not actually that much of a horror movie, more a drama pretending to be a horror movie and it has a clear if simple concept at the heart of it. Maybe there is also a language issue for me as I found it very difficult to feel any kind of connection with any of the characters so you remain a distant observer and you never get into the story or the characters.


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      Celda 211 (7/10)


        A solid Spanish prison drama. The storyline may not be exceptionally original, but it delivers the premise needed for the actors to do their work: the acting is good and keeps you engaged all the way through.

        There are some caricature prisoners (many of the extras were actual convicts rather than actors) but that doesn’t spoil the story or the overall experience.


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