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Ilan Preskovsky

Ilan Preskovsky
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
1/5 15% Transformers: The Last Knight (2017) The problem with the latest Transformers, like all of its predecessors, is that it is just woefully incompetent.‐ Channel24 (South Africa)
Read More | Posted Jun 23, 2017
3/5 68% This Beautiful Fantastic (2017) This Beautiful Fantastic is the sort of film that would be all to easy to pick apart if it weren't for just how likeable and charming the whole thing is.‐ Channel24 (South Africa)
Read More | Posted Jun 16, 2017
2/5 37% The Hunter's Prayer (2017) As is typical of these sorts of c-grade genre pictures, there's nothing massively wrong with it but there's next to nothing that's particularly good about it either.‐ Channel24 (South Africa)
Read More | Posted Jun 16, 2017
2/5 16% The Mummy (2017) If you're looking for a good Tom Cruise vehicle and/ or a good "creature feature", this really isn't it. Not by a long shot.‐ Channel24 (South Africa)
Read More | Posted Jun 9, 2017
1/5 42% Song to Song (2017) No, the addition of actual music legends like Iggy Pop and Patti Smith doesn't help one bit. They just end up looking bad by association.‐ Channel24 (South Africa)
Read More | Posted May 26, 2017
3/5 88% 20th Century Women (2017) it's impossible not to admire it for both the complexity of its ideas and the ways in which it handles them, [but] I would be lying if I said that I found it a particularly easy film to embrace.‐ Channel24 (South Africa)
Read More | Posted May 12, 2017
4/5 56% Rules Don't Apply (2016) Rules Don't Apply is an ungodly mash up of screwball comedy, dark characters drama, quirky romance and ol' Hollywood nostalgia but then, if you're at all like me, such a description should only make you want to see it all the more.‐ Channel24 (South Africa)
Read More | Posted May 5, 2017
2/5 32% In Dubious Battle (2017) It makes a poignant case for protecting the rights of workers by putting constraints on those in power but its sympathetic, heartfelt message doesn't quite make up for how inert the film is dramatically.‐ Channel24 (South Africa)
Read More | Posted Apr 21, 2017
3/5 22% American Pastoral (2016) It's a film that's much easier to admire, basically, than it is to like. That's not half bad for an adaptation of such a difficult novel but it doesn't make for the must fulfilling cinematic experience.‐ Channel24 (South Africa)
Read More | Posted Apr 21, 2017
2/5 43% Gold (2017) Gold takes one part Romancing the Nile (minus the romance), one part The Wolf of Wall Street and one part, oddly enough, Fool's Gold and churns out something hopelessly and profoundly mediocre.‐ Channel24 (South Africa)
Read More | Posted Apr 7, 2017
2/5 23% The Bye Bye Man (2017) A highly derivative horror flick that fails miserably to live up to even its humblest of inspirations.‐ Channel24 (South Africa)
Read More | Posted Mar 31, 2017
3/5 90% John Wick: Chapter 2 (2017) The action scenes in John Wick 2, on the other hand, are carefully choreographed and portrayed with minimal editing or quick cuts. This gives the film a definite step up above most of its contemporaries.‐ Channel24 (South Africa)
Read More | Posted Mar 17, 2017
3/5 76% Kong: Skull Island (2017) Kong: Skull Island is far from the major return we might have hoped for of one of cinema's most memorable monsters, but it's bright and rollickingly fun.‐ Channel24 (South Africa)
Read More | Posted Mar 10, 2017
4/5 88% Jackie (2016) Jackie stands as one of the best films in a quality awards season and one that both subverted and far exceeded my personal expectations.‐ Channel24 (South Africa)
Read More | Posted Mar 3, 2017
4/5 93% Fences (2016) Washington has referred to Wilson as an American Shakespeare and, amazingly, that's not quite as hyperbolic as it sounds.‐ Channel24 (South Africa)
Read More | Posted Feb 27, 2017
4/5 82% Denial (2016) Denial is a film that may lack in terms of cinematic scope (you won't lose much watching it on TV, in other words) but it is nonetheless a compelling, intriguing drama with excellent performances and a level of timeliness that is almost shocking.‐ Channel24 (South Africa)
Read More | Posted Feb 10, 2017
1/5 10% Fifty Shades Darker (2017) Anything that even remotely worked about the first film was largely removed for the second film and what was already bad in Fifty Shades of Grey became significantly less tolerable in its followup.‐ Channel24 (South Africa)
Read More | Posted Feb 10, 2017
1/5 7% Rings (2017) I remember nothing about the Ring 2 beyond a few rubbish CGI sheep but I can't imagine that it was anywhere near as bad as this sequel/ reboot.‐ Channel24 (South Africa)
Read More | Posted Feb 3, 2017
2/5 72% The Birth of a Nation (2016) Honestly, you'd be better off just reading about Turner's life instead -- especially if you top it up with a viewing of 12 Years a Slave.‐ Channel24 (South Africa)
Read More | Posted Jan 13, 2017
4/5 95% Manchester by the Sea (2016) Manchester by the Sea, for this reviewer at least, is a classic case of a film that is immensely admirable and yet all but impossible to even remotely like.‐ Channel24 (South Africa)
Read More | Posted Jan 6, 2017
3/5 58% Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life (2016) If your child (or you, for that matter) are the right age, this is one of the better live-action holiday offerings out there and one with its heart firmly in the right place.‐ Channel24 (South Africa)
Read More | Posted Dec 30, 2016
2/5 41% Office Christmas Party (2016) Office Christmas Party suffers from Project X syndrome, where there seems to be the idea that depicting a really raucous, unhinged party on screen is a perfectly acceptable replacements for writing genuine jokes.‐ Channel24 (South Africa)
Read More | Posted Dec 16, 2016
4/5 85% Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016) If you're one of those who (factually but wrongly) derided the Force Awakens for sticking too close to formula, this is undoubtedly the Star Wars film for you.‐ Channel24 (South Africa)
Read More | Posted Dec 16, 2016
1/5 22% Inferno (2016) Ifran Kahn, like Ian McKellen before him, is the only person in the whole cast who looks like he's having fun at all.‐ Channel24 (South Africa)
Read More | Posted Dec 9, 2016
1/5 83% A United Kingdom (2017) [Though] without its faults, the strength of this movie lies solely on the shoulders of its stars.‐ Channel24 (South Africa)
Read More | Posted Dec 9, 2016
5/5 95% The Edge of Seventeen (2016) One of my very favourite films of the year.‐ Channel24 (South Africa)
Read More | Posted Dec 9, 2016
5/5 98% Hell or High Water (2016) Dryly funny, quietly moving and, quite simply, one of the very best films of the year.‐ Channel24 (South Africa)
Read More | Posted Nov 4, 2016
4/5 89% Doctor Strange (2016) Though I saw it in 3D, I fully intend to see it again in IMAX -- I can't imagine a film this year better suited to that format.‐ Channel24 (South Africa)
Read More | Posted Nov 4, 2016
2/5 45% Hands of Stone (2016) This rags-to-riches boxing film can't help but avoid comparisons, but nothing about Hands of Stone comes close to capturing either the scrappy beauty of the original Rocky nor its rather silly but endlessly uplifting and entertaining sequels.‐ Channel24 (South Africa)
Read More | Posted Oct 21, 2016
4/5 63% The Magnificent Seven (2016) The new Magnificent Seven, though seriously flawed in one or two aspects, is actually a very successful remake and a really solid film in its own right.‐ Channel24 (South Africa)
Read More | Posted Sep 23, 2016
3/5 60% War Dogs (2016) If you're in the mood for nothing but a fun time at the movies, War Dogs isn't a bad choice but it's nothing to rush out and see.‐ Channel24 (South Africa)
Read More | Posted Sep 2, 2016
4/5 59% The Light Between Oceans (2016) The Light Between Oceans probably isn't for everyone and it does rely on perhaps one contrivance too many to go down as a total classic but it's a very fine piece of work nonetheless.‐ Channel24 (South Africa)
Read More | Posted Sep 2, 2016
2/5 25% Pelé: Birth of a Legend (2016) There's clearly a good film to made about the life and career of Pele but, sadly, Pele: The Birth of a Legend is very much not it.‐ Channel24 (South Africa)
Read More | Posted Aug 19, 2016
3/5 72% Our Kind of Traitor (2016) The film feels a lot more throwaway than other recent Le Carre efforts like the rather ponderous A Most Wanted Man and the quietly terrific Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy, but there's still plenty to enjoy here for fans of the genre.‐ Channel24 (South Africa)
Read More | Posted Aug 5, 2016
2/5 26% Suicide Squad (2016) For the first third of Suicide Squad, it looked like DC was finally well on its way after the major failures of Man of Steel and Batman V Superman. Sadly, the film doesn't end there and goes on to squander its potential for another 90 minutes after that.‐ Channel24 (South Africa)
Read More | Posted Aug 5, 2016
3/5 No Score Yet Nobody's Died Laughing (2016) For all of the film's tendency towards the celebratory and complimentary, Pieter-Dirk Uys himself gives the film more than its share of playfulness on one hand sharpness on the other.‐ Channel24 (South Africa)
Read More | Posted Aug 1, 2016
3/5 74% Ghostbusters (2016) Not every joke lands, to be sure, but Ghostbusters is unquestionably a superior comedy -- it's just the actual Ghostbuster-iness of it that occasionally lets the side down.‐ Channel24 (South Africa)
Read More | Posted Jul 29, 2016
3/5 76% Lights Out (2016) Lights Out doesn't exactly reinvent the wheel, nor steer it in any particularly interesting directions but it's a very solid piece of genre filmmaking that promises even better things to come from its newbie director.‐ Channel24 (South Africa)
Read More | Posted Jul 22, 2016
2/5 21% Marauders (2016) It just isn't particularly well told, with both character motivations and plot twists alike lacking much in the way of coherence and proper development. ‐ Channel24 (South Africa)
Read More | Posted Jul 15, 2016
3/5 87% The Idol (Ya Tayr El Tayer) (2016) There's certainly enough here to make The Idol worth seeing - most especially in its largely terrific first half.‐ Channel24 (South Africa)
Read More | Posted Jul 15, 2016
1/5 16% Ice Age: Collision Course (2016) Even Scrat, who would usually provide some much-needed, silent-movie-era slapstick fun in the earlier Ice Age films under performs here.‐ Channel24 (South Africa)
Read More | Posted Jul 8, 2016
3/5 18% I Saw the Light (2016) I Saw the Light is still actually worth seeing, thanks purely to a true powerhouse of a central performance.‐ Channel24 (South Africa)
Read More | Posted Jun 24, 2016
3/5 74% The Keeping Room (2015) It's a film that is easy to admire and even think about but by refusing to let down its guard and occasionally have at least a little fun with its storytelling, it's not one that's likely to stay with you beyond a few scenes.‐ Channel24 (South Africa)
Read More | Posted Jun 24, 2016
3/5 30% Independence Day: Resurgence (2016) It's not that it's an absolute stinker like some of the dreck that returning director, Roland Emmerich, has been involved with in the intervening years but it does fall into that old sequel trap of believing bigger is always better.‐ Channel24 (South Africa)
Read More | Posted Jun 24, 2016
4/5 79% The Conjuring 2 (2016) A really solid, nicely creepy little haunted house flick that easily stands out from a crowded and more often than not disappointing crowd.‐ Channel24 (South Africa)
Read More | Posted Jun 10, 2016
4/5 27% Before I Wake (2016) Before I Wake may be flawed and it may have a terribly generic title but it's a rare exception of real quality in a genre that has been sadly lacking in exactly that for far too long. ‐ Channel24 (South Africa)
Read More | Posted May 20, 2016
3/5 63% The Man Who Knew Infinity (2016) The film does raise some interesting questions... but the script by director Matt Brown never quite makes the leap from dryly interesting to truly emotionally and intellectually engaging.‐ Channel24 (South Africa)
Read More | Posted May 20, 2016
3/5 48% X-Men: Apocalypse (2016) It falls safely behind both Deadpool and Civil War in this year's superhero movie stakes but it's still much better than Batman V Superman.‐ Channel24 (South Africa)
Read More | Posted May 20, 2016
2/5 44% The Angry Birds Movie (2016) If you're wondering how on earth they're going to make a movie out of a bunch of games with nary a narrative between them, I'm afraid that the Angry Birds movie does nothing to actually answer that question.‐ Channel24 (South Africa)
Read More | Posted May 13, 2016
3/5 17% Ratchet & Clank (2016) Ratchet & Clank is very easily the best film based on a video game ever.‐ Channel24 (South Africa)
Read More | Posted Apr 29, 2016