19
Sep

A Simple Favor (7/10)

A SIMPLE FAVOR, directed by Paul Feig, centers around Stephanie (Anna Kendrick), a mommy vlogger who seeks to uncover the truth behind her best friend Emily’s (Blake Lively) sudden disappearance from their small town. Great characters (Stephanie & Emily) (+1) Good storyline (+1) Surpassed average expectations (+1/2) If movies like Searching are too serious for […]

17
Sep

The Children Act (6/10)

In the midst of a marital crisis, a High Court judge must decide if she should order a life-saving blood transfusion for a teen with cancer despite his family’s refusal to accept medical treatment for religious reasons. Wonderful actress (Emma Thompson) (+1) Takes an odd turn in the middle (+0) Great topic, not sure if […]

16
Sep

Predator (2.5/10)

Review Decent male characters, bogus female leads (+0) Boy on autism spectrum is treated as having a superpower (-1) Budget went all on visuals, little on story/script (-1) Good, shallow visuals (+1/2) The science! Oh God, the science! (-1) It didn’t take long that I realized I wanted to leave the movie. But I soldiered […]

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