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A very interesting story is marred by clumsy execution. Clive Barker is working with one of his original stories but he doesn't have strong enough experience as a director yet to pull off the complex high wire act this film needs to make it work.
He's too in love with his monsters making them a bit too cartoonish, his characters are not portrayed strong enough to pull off the sometimes-clumsy dialogue.
Main characters Boone and Lori are too broadly drawn and Craig Sheffer and Anne Bobby can't add any depth to them in time to rescue the film.
But at its core 'Nightbreed" is quite arresting. The story is quite insightful about human nature and the real monsters in the world.
"Nightbreed" is ambitious but falls a bit short of Clive Barker's genius story potential due to clunky execution.
"American Ultra" is an interesting idea not executed very well. It needs to be taken much more seriously than its casting and execution provides.
A burst of celluloid adrenaline, "M:I - Rogue Nation" is thrilling from beginning to end without sacrificing story.
This time around, Ethan Hunt and his crew are on the run from the CIA, following disbandment as he tries to prove the existence of the Syndicate, an international criminal consortium.
Like usual, Tom Cruise fully commits to his portrayal of Ethan Hunt and in "Rogue Nation" manages to astound with his commitments to stunts and an occasional well-placed zinger.
His supporting team gels excellently with Cruise, but this time around it's Rebecca Ferguson that breaks out and almost steals the movie with her seductive, athletic portrayal.
"Rogue Nation" continues the "M:I" renaissance with thrilling results.
There's been many films made about the disastrous financial crash of the late 2000s and "The Big Short" may be the best and scathing yet.
Adam McKay expertly blends comedy and drama and delivers one of the scariest movies of the year. A tale of human greed, made even scarier by the fact that it was all true, is compelling and quite infuriating.
"The Big Short" boasts an impressive cast and they all deliver. Christian Bale and Steve Carell have the showier roles and they revel in them. Brad Pitt is understated yet strong, Gosling is appropriately smarmy. The performance are important to emphasize as without them "The Big Short" would have had a tough time working.
The film is definitely politically planted to the left and while that helps with the tone of exasperation it needs, it diminishes the impact the film needs to fully reach all of its audience. The film does sheepishly skirt the fact that our protagonists ultimately benefited from this disaster - and despite the admiration they deserve for spotting a big problem - all they did was make money from it and did not attempt to actively change it. By exposing that raw truth, "The Big Short" could have been scarier.
With that said, it is still an incredible film and one of the best of the year. It's a film to be watched by all despite the fact that at the end of the day - it didn't change things one bit.
George Miller unleashes a feverish, ferocious film and it's an intense wild ride.
Acrobatic "Mad Max: Fury Road" is thrilling and treats the audience to some astonishing action sequences. But the action doesn't dull the emotional impact and that's mainly due to Charlize Theron's fierce performance.
"Mad Max: Fury Road" is a ride worth taking. Wall-to-wall pumped-up adrenalized fun, it's ridiculously good.