15
Sep

The Bookshop (7.5/10)

Review Good costumes & art direction (+1/2) Very talented cast (+1) Solid story & characters (+1) Ending is good, but not great (+0) If only to see these three great actors work together, the movie is worth the price of admission. The story is good, and while it’s not the great ending I was expecting, […]

9
Sep

En guerre (6/10)

Critique Jeu convaincant de Vincent Lindon (+1) Sujet un peu trop extrême gauche à mon goût (-1/2) Images et traitement visuel percutants (+1/2) Attentes moyennes, rencontrées (+0) Avec des préjugés (que je reconnais) anti-syndicalistes, j’allais voir ce film un peu à reculons et espérait qu’au moins, les acteurs seraient bons même si le sujet ne […]

8
Sep

La Tenerezza (Tenderness) (8.5/10)

Review Sharp, fascinating characters (even the kids) (+1) Big plot twist in the middle (+1) Dark, emotional story (+1/2) Met (high) expectations (+1) This is one of those movies I really like because it’s not relying on guns, explosions, blood and/or Hollywoodian chase scenes. It manages to pull you in with intelligent characters that go […]

7
Sep

Searching (7/10)

Review Solid plot (+1) Love John Cho (+1/2) Met expectations (+0) Convincing acting (+1/2) This is a serious thriller featuring an actor I really like (John Cho) in the role of a smart father desperately looking for his daughter, who has mysteriously disappeared. The investigation is clever, the clues to what is really going on […]

2
Sep

L’ultime voyage (6.5/10)

Critique Attentes moyennes–rencontrées, même  un peu surpassées (+1/2) Personnages intéressants (+1/2) Bonne intrigue, sans plus (+0) Fin satisfaisante (+1/2) Film charmant, touchant et bien monté, souffre de quelques petites invraisemblances, mais vaut la peine si ce sujet vous intéresse. Score: 6.5/10

1
Sep

The Happytime Murders (6/10)

Review Medium expectations — met, not exceeded (+0) Good puppet work (+1/2) Bad taste humor (+1) Melissa McCarthy (-1/2) Decent story (+1/2) Did not sustain my interest until the end (-1/2) I love muppets and this Henson Alternative production takes them where few (other than Peter Jackson and, perhaps, Joss Whedon) have taken them. It’s […]

1
Sep

Crazy Rich Asians (7/10)

Review Great character & cast (+1) Great sense of humor (+1) Slightly predictable plot (-1/2) Makes you want to visit Singapore (+1/2) A delightful movie, surprising and endearing all at once. Did not expect much, turns out to be a very good surprise. It’s like “My Big Fat Greek Wedding” with Asian folk. Score: 7/10

29
Aug

Mission Impossible – Fallout (3.5/10)

Review How many MI has it been yet? Four? Five? A dozen? I’m a glutton for punishment (also, there really was nothing else to see), so I inflicted this dull, unimaginative movie upon myself. What was I thinking? It had a few good moments (mostly featuring Henry Cavill or Simon Pegg), but I should have […]

29
Aug

Papillon (6.5/10)

Review I’ve never seen the original, and that’s probably a good thing. When the first (1973) version is portrayed by Steve McQueen and Dustin Hoffman, the bar is set pretty high. I’ve also never read the book, so I approached this with a fresh eye. It’s a good story, and I’m a big fan of […]

29
Aug

Le rire de ma mère (4.5/10)

Critique Film que j’aurais sans doute plus apprécié si la vie de couple représentait un quelconque intérêt pour moi. Dans le concret, c’est un film bien monté et exécuté, mais sombre, douloureux, et (pour moi) peu divertissant. J’ai tout le long éprouvé de la difficulté à croire (ou même comprendre) le divers personnages. Trop psychologique […]