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Rating Title/Year Author
3/5 Joker (2019) Ruth Maramis Joaquin Phoenix's certainly mesmerizing, but his hypnotic quality soon wears out thanks to Phillips' overbearing direction. It's an unrelentingly grim and bleak affair from start to finish, it'd be tough to put on a happy face after you watch it. EDIT
Posted Oct 3, 2019
3.5/5 Downton Abbey (2019) Ruth Maramis Even with certain scenes some period drama fans might consider risqué, overall the movie plays it safe, a feel-good drama that won't ruffle too much feathers. Fans of the series would definitely get the most enjoyment out of this. EDIT
Posted Sep 19, 2019
3.5/5 Official Secrets (2019) Ruth Maramis It might not be the most gripping film about whistleblowers, but still a solid drama in which the cast made it well worth a watch. Keira Knightley delivers a pretty convincing portrayal of Katharine Gun, surrounded by a fantastic British cast! EDIT
Posted Sep 15, 2019
2.5/5 Once Upon a Time... in Hollywood (2019) Ruth Maramis Though there are parts that I did enjoy, there are plenty of scenes that did not sit well with me. The fact that both his male leads remain the same from beginning to end is perhaps a reflection on Tarantino himself throughout his career. EDIT
Posted Jul 31, 2019
5/5 The Farewell (2019) Ruth Maramis Lulu Wang's sophomore directorial work is one I can readily describe as masterful. Awkwafina is simply tremendous & mesmerizing. I sure hope the Academy won't overlook this superb film next year. EDIT
Posted Jul 18, 2019
4.5/5 Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) Ruth Maramis Lighthearted, humorous & fun but not without its poignant emotional moments. Tom Holland rocks as the nimble web slinger who wears his heart on his sleeve & Jake Gyllenhaal in his MCU debut couldn't be more perfectly-cast. EDIT
Posted Jun 27, 2019
4.5/5 Late Night (2019) Ruth Maramis Kaling & Thompson are such an intriguing & powerful new dynamic duo who actually displays character resilience that's truly inspiring. It's also refreshing to see a 'coming of age' story of a woman in her 60s for a change. EDIT
Posted Jun 16, 2019
5/5 Always Be My Maybe (2019) Ruth Maramis Much has been written about THAT Keanu Reeves' cameo, but the secret weapon of the movie is the definitely the charming leads - Ali Wong & Randall Park are now one my of my all-time favorite rom-com couples! EDIT
Posted Jun 12, 2019
3.5/5 Aladdin (2019) Ruth Maramis I went in hoping to be pleasantly surprised and I was! It has its problems, but overall it's a fun affair thanks to its charming leads. Naomi Scott is a revelation with a bold, defiant new song fit for an empowered princess. EDIT
Posted May 23, 2019
3.5/5 John Wick: Chapter 3 -- Parabellum (2019) Ruth Maramis It's an action franchise where absurdity is the norm given the sheer invincibility of the hero. The ultra-stylized action gets so overblown it's cartoonish, but THAT is precisely the appeal of John Wick movies. EDIT
Posted May 16, 2019
3.5/5 Long Shot (2019) Ruth Maramis For any rom-com to work, even the most unconventional one, there would have to be chemistry between the two romantic leads. I'd say Charlize and Seth have a good rapport and comedic chemistry. EDIT
Posted May 5, 2019
4.5/5 Avengers: Endgame (2019) Ruth Maramis For a movie with such a compelling premise and a humongous build-up, it would be a shame if the payoff is weak. Thankfully that's not the case here, and for that I'm grateful. EDIT
Posted Apr 23, 2019
5/5 Be Natural: The Untold Story of Alice Guy-Blaché (2018) Ruth Maramis This film is so overdue, yet it couldn't have come at a more perfect time. As more people are championing gender parity in cinema, this film would likely inspire to keep up the good fight. I can't recommend this film enough to anyone. EDIT
Posted Apr 22, 2019
3/5 The Case for Christ (2017) Ruth Maramis For someone who loves journalism films like Spotlight, The Insider, etc., the investigative aspect certainly appeals to me. No, this film didn't quite rise to the level of those films, but still one that's well worth your time. EDIT
Posted Apr 19, 2019
4/5 Risen (2016) Ruth Maramis Risen is a pretty riveting film from director Kevin Reynolds. No hammy acting or dogmatic bluntness, thanks to Fiennes' layered performance as a conflicted man. I highly recommend for believers and non-believers alike. EDIT
Posted Apr 19, 2019
3/5 Red Joan (2018) Ruth Maramis ...the film barely scratches the surface in depicting a multi-layered woman in one of the most interesting times in history. Director Trevor Nunn depicts a series of espionage activities rather than deliver a compelling character study. EDIT
Posted Apr 15, 2019
3/5 Dumbo (2019) Ruth Maramis Just as the lil' elephant keeps stumbling on its large ears, the movie doesn't always get every step right either. But one thing for sure, the CGI Dumbo is utterly adorable! EDIT
Posted Mar 28, 2019
4/5 Hotel Mumbai (2018) Ruth Maramis The film did a good job making me care about the characters, instead of just showing a play-by-play of a horrifying event. Indeed a grim and unflinchingly-tense film that shows the triumph of human spirits and acts of heroism by regular people. EDIT
Posted Mar 27, 2019
3.5/5 Shazam! (2019) Ruth Maramis Plenty to like here, especially Zachary Levi's unabashedly-exuberant performance in a role he's born to play. I have my quibbles but still excited for what Shazam will do next in the inevitable sequels. EDIT
Posted Mar 24, 2019
4.5/5 The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo (2011) Ruth Maramis What I like most about this movie is the way the story unfolds. I actually like the deliberate, almost unhurried pace, but every moment is never without a sense of dread. EDIT
Posted Mar 18, 2019
4/5 Wind River (2017) Ruth Maramis I love that Taylor Sheridan is just as concerned with his characters as he is with solving a murder case, putting this film far and above a typical CSI or Law & Order's 'whodunnit' episode. EDIT
Posted Mar 18, 2019
4.5/5 Her (2013) Ruth Maramis There are so many rich nuances in this film that I could mull over and contemplate with, it's definitely one of those films that I'd like to watch more than once just to absorb it all again. EDIT
Posted Mar 18, 2019
4/5 The Eagle Huntress (2016) Ruth Maramis Perhaps it's more of a narrative than a documentary, but still it's a wonderful, uplifting story that's skillfully-told. A soaring film in every sense of the word. EDIT
Posted Mar 12, 2019
4/5 Hidden Figures (2016) Ruth Maramis It's an important film to be sure, but also a well-written and well-acted piece that's as inspiring as it is entertaining. It made me laugh and cry, with an ending that made me want to get up and cheer. EDIT
Posted Mar 12, 2019
4/5 Virginia Minnesota (2019) Ruth Maramis In his directorial debut, Daniel Stine is able to weave a charming story that's sweet, poignant, mysterious, and even surreal at times. The cinematography is absolutely stunning and it can be said this is a love letter to Northern Minnesota. EDIT
Posted Mar 11, 2019
4.5/5 Wonder Woman (2017) Ruth Maramis Gal Gadot absolutely rocks as the mighty Wonder Woman, as well as the sweet and compassionate Diana. It's not just the best DCEU film so far, it's a solid and hugely entertaining film, period. EDIT
Posted Mar 10, 2019
4.5/5 Captain America: Civil War (2016) Ruth Maramis It's commendable for having the right balance of story, character, emotion, humor AND high-octane action. The fight scenes are well-choreographed that you can actually SEE the action despite the sheer number of people fighting. EDIT
Posted Mar 10, 2019
4.5/5 Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014) Ruth Maramis The story gives a nod to his past but also boldly moves the story forward. I feel that there's truly something huge at stake here, not just for Captain America, but for everyone in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. EDIT
Posted Mar 10, 2019
3.5/5 Captain Marvel (2019) Ruth Maramis Overall I think Captain Marvel is a fun addition to the MCU canon. However, I can't help but wish I liked her character more by the end of the movie. EDIT
Posted Mar 9, 2019
4/5 Triple Frontier (2019) Ruth Maramis There's plenty to like about this film and I'm glad I saw it on the big screen. The ensemble cast and taut script makes this a journey worth taking. EDIT
Posted Mar 6, 2019
4/5 Ralph Breaks the Internet (2018) Ruth Maramis Visually it's absolutely stunning, the colorful world of the Internet universe is mesmerizing, and the way the characters are 'transported' from one site to another is so fun and clever! EDIT
Posted Mar 6, 2019
3.5/5 Green Book (2018) Ruth Maramis It's one thing to depict racial inequality by presenting facts, but it's truly a moving experience when it's told in such a personal level and see how hearts are being transformed by personal relationships. EDIT
Posted Mar 6, 2019
3.5/5 Far From the Madding Crowd (2015) Ruth Maramis Vinterberg's strength behind the camera is creating a lush and atmospheric look that serves the story well, thanks largely to his frequent collaborator Charlotte Bruus Christensen. EDIT
Posted Mar 5, 2019
4/5 Clouds of Sils Maria (2014) Ruth Maramis It's rare to see such a well-developed, female-centric dramas these days, so kudos to Assayas for writing/directing one that also feels authentic. EDIT
Posted Mar 5, 2019
2.5/5 Pan (2015) Ruth Maramis Overall, all the well intention of the filmmakers involved is swallowed up by overwhelming action and CGI spectacle. It also went on for far too long at nearly 2-hours, but too short on humor and whimsy. EDIT
Posted Mar 5, 2019
3/5 Jurassic World (2015) Ruth Maramis Jurassic World is nothing more than popcorn cinema and no less disposable as the nameless extras gobbled up by Indominous Rex. I suppose if you expect a ton of dino-chomping action and chase scenes, then you probably enjoy this movie. EDIT
Posted Mar 5, 2019
3.5/5 Velvet Buzzsaw (2019) Ruth Maramis Despite its flaws though, props to Gilroy for his creativity and taking us to a world rarely depicted on screen. Heck, the character names alone is ingenious... Morf Vandewalt, Vetril Dease could be such fun band names! EDIT
Posted Mar 5, 2019
4.5/5 Nightcrawler (2014) Ruth Maramis Nightcrawler is a brilliantly-crafted Neo-noir that has a lingering effect long after the end credits. The film was deservedly nominated for an Oscar for Best Original Screenplay. EDIT
Posted Mar 5, 2019
1.5/5 Jupiter Ascending (2015) Ruth Maramis Some dumb action flicks can still be entertaining but to add insult to injury, this movie is also quite boring, and the bombastic action/chase scenes just dragged on for far too long. EDIT
Posted Mar 5, 2019
4.5/5 Ex Machina (2015) Ruth Maramis It's further proof that one doesn't need an astronomical budget or big stars to tell a compelling, memorable story. Dazzling, provocative and haunting... everything you'd expect from a futuristic sci-fi film. EDIT
Posted Mar 5, 2019
4.5/5 The Little Mermaid (1989) Ruth Maramis I still very much enjoy The Little Mermaid, despite some of its narrative problems I mentioned. It's certainly a gorgeous movie and rewatching it was a pretty satisfying walk down memory lane. EDIT
Posted Mar 2, 2019
4/5 Leave No Trace (2018) Ruth Maramis It's an evocative film that allows you to immerse yourself in the characters and analyze your own lives. It may not be a 'fun' film per se, but the emotional resonance is what I love about independent cinema. EDIT
Posted Mar 1, 2019
4.5/5 Thor: Ragnarok (2017) Ruth Maramis You would think it'd be tough to live up to the super fun trailer with the rousing Led Zepellin's Immigrant Song, but the movie manages to do just that... and then some! EDIT
Posted Mar 1, 2019
3/5 Murder on the Orient Express (2017) Ruth Maramis Overall it's a decent adaptation, but I'm not sure if it's really all that necessary. I feel like the rich story would've been better served as a miniseries. EDIT
Posted Mar 1, 2019
4/5 Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017) Ruth Maramis It's great to have a filmmaker who evidently has been a fan of the franchise since he was a kid, but still also an 'outsider' who dared to take the 40-year-old saga into unexpected paths. EDIT
Posted Mar 1, 2019
5/5 Paddington 2 (2017) Ruth Maramis This jolly good fun ride is accompanied by a lively score by Dario Marianelli. A thoroughly joyful experience, this is one franchise I hope will keep on going. EDIT
Posted Mar 1, 2019
4/5 Phantom Thread (2017) Ruth Maramis There's not a lot of action in the film, but yet PTA made even the seemingly mundane act of sewing, cutting fabric, and especially cooking, so intriguing... and suspenseful. EDIT
Posted Mar 1, 2019
4.5/5 The Shape of Water (2017) Ruth Maramis In the end, it's films that I connect with emotionally that I love and remember the most. This one is a masterpiece bear revisiting time and time again. EDIT
Posted Mar 1, 2019
3.5/5 Avengers: Infinity War (2018) Ruth Maramis It's a mostly-thrilling roller coaster ride for Marvel fans, though I wouldn't say it's my favorite in the MCU canon. Some parts are overlong and some went by way too fast. EDIT
Posted Mar 1, 2019
4.5/5 Black Panther (2018) Ruth Maramis Diverse representation alone doesn't make a film automatically good. But Black Panther did the diverse cast justice by giving them something worthy to do in a well-written, thought provoking film. EDIT
Posted Mar 1, 2019