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  • The Raid 2

    The Raid 2 (2014)

    April 11, 2014

    This was one of my most anticipated movies of the year, and therefore I had such high expectations. Therefore I must say, that even though it wasn't what I was expecting, it still was pretty effing amazing! I'm still amazed at how they managed to make all those stunts look so real, and just simple deliver more and more, every time going one step further. Although I still felt like the running time of 2 hr and 30 min, was too long, mostly because of all the plot and new characters being introduced. But once the action started going on one after another, I didn't want the movie to end. I felt like the second half was way better because it was all about the action instead of setting the story and characters. Two new characters that I really enjoyed and hoped they had more on-screen time were the 'Hammer Girl' and the 'Baseball Bat Man' because the way they fought was very new to the movie, as well as extremely refreshing and gritty. But my favorite, hands down was 'Hammer Girl', not only because it was the first female to be incorporated in both The Raid movies, but also because of her skills. I really was expecting her to be more on the movie, or just to have a more important role, but at least when she was on-screen she kicked ass. And finally, the last fight was one of the best I've seen, it kept me on the edge of my seat and it just made a knot out of my nerves. It was extremely well staged and just unbelievably full of adrenaline. Overall, it is one of the best action films I've seen, and even though I'm not quite sure if it's better than the first. I'm 100% that it's nothing less impressive and action packed than the first movie, if not it exceeds it in unbelievably creative action sequences, while the pace of the story is not as great as its prequel.

  • The Trials of Cate McCall

    The Trials of Cate McCall (2014)

    April 05, 2014

    Excellent performance by Kate Beckinsale as well as a very intriguing story about different type of battles.

  • Stage Fright

    Stage Fright (2014)

    April 05, 2014

    I liked that it reminded to those good old horror movies from the 90's and giving that kind of vibe. But also, the addition of the musical element wasn't bad because it made more fun. However, I still felt like they could've played more with the whole theater/play situation instead of shying away with crowd-full musicals. The deaths were good, and had some very real makeup effects, but as they prefer eased with the story, they kept getting tamer and less over the top. Overall the acting was good, and even though the story and the whole killer reveal wasn't very impressive, it still managed to involve me into the movie and just enjoy it. And finally, I liked how the ending evoked many other horror movies with the mirror scene, by giving it that sense of suspense and horror without feeling too clichĂ (C).

  • The Grand Budapest Hotel

    The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014)

    April 04, 2014

    This was an spectacular getaway of a movie. Masterfully directed by Wes Anderson and beautifully looking, with his unique and branded style. It also had Avery engaging story that featured enough mystery and whimsical comedy to keep you entertained and amused. But more importantly, I really enjoyed the whole narrative and how it incorporated to the movie and revealed itself very gracefully. The acting was excellent as well, led by an exquisite performance from Ralph Fiennes and newcomer Tony Revolori, but also from all its main cast (F. Murray Abraham, Jude Law, Saoirse Ronan, etc.) who was very vast and that were splendid in every bit of scene, even the most minimal ones, they were simply gems of the whole movie. This is one of those movies that not only is it visual but the whole package from beginning to end, and even during the end credits, you get to enjoy. Overall, this was a wonderful movie that surely its and addition to cult classic movies and to Wes Anderson's repertoire.

  • Alice, Sweet Alice (Communion)

    Alice, Sweet Alice (Communion) (1976)

    March 30, 2014

    It wasn't gory or full of scares, but it did had an excellent performance from Paula E. Sheppard. It also had some good suspense, but still, the discovery of the killer felt misplaced-shocking-but too soon. And the end was ambiguous and at the same time extremely creepy. To me it felt as not being one of the best horror movies from the 70's, but somehow it managed to be very creepy and be a leader of many similar movies that came out later on.

  • The Den

    The Den (2014)

    March 29, 2014

    This new "found footage" movie had a kind of different feeling to it in the beginning, but it lost it in the end with all it's nonsense and ambiguity. I do have to say, that it had some actual scares, but none of them was a standout. But oddly enough, it felt kind of original, because of how it was recorded.

  • Snowpiercer

    Snowpiercer (2013)

    March 29, 2014

    Excellent movie centered on a post-apocalyptic world, action packed, suspense and excellent performances from all its cast. It also had a very interesting and original story that kept getting better as the plot progressed. It is a great effort and first English language film of Joon-ho Bong, who hopefully will deliver more noteworthy movies in the future.

  • Bad Words

    Bad Words (2013)

    March 29, 2014

    This was very funny and different to any other movie I've seen of this genre. It featured a great cast, and some very funny one-liners, as well as some great sequences with Jason Bateman and young actor Rohan Chand. This was an excellent first directed movie from Jason Bateman, who proved to have great potential making movies. Because not only is a very raunchy and not very ordinary comedy, but it also has a very important and meaningful backstory, that not only does it make you laugh but it makes you reflect and think about it. And even though it's main character played by Bateman, was very dislikable and a douche, he proved to be someone that had his reasons and this was just a way of entertainment in the most terrible ways, but nonetheless extremely funny!

  • Grand Central

    Grand Central (2013)

    March 23, 2014

    This was. Very different kind if love story, because it wasn't very conventional in overflowing the audience with love demonstrations but rather with occasional affairs. The acting from Tahar Rahim & LĂ (C)a Seydoux was very good, and the characters were very odd and hard to read. And maybe that's why I didn't felt as involved with them because it was hard to understand their actions because you didn't don't what was in their minds. However, it did had some emotion to it, as well as some suspense.

  • 13 Sins

    13 Sins (2013)

    March 22, 2014

    This new remake had the benefit of changing some factors from the original that made it better and more understandable. But it lacked the surprise factor of most of its challenges. I liked the whole family setting and the personalities of each member, specially Rutina Wesley's character. On the other hand, the acting was really good too, specially from its main protagonist played by Mark Webber but also from it's supporting cast. Furthermore, I also liked better this ending, because it wasn't that dark and upsetting, but instead it was played with more dark humor.

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