DARK WATER (Walter Salles, 2005)

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One of the better Hollywood remakes of an Asian horror movie. I liked how it focused more on the psychological drama (maternal love, abandonment issues) and minimized the cheap scares (although I missed the elevator scene, definitely the scariest one in the original).

On the flip side, it was affected by some pacing issues and a wooden Dougray Scott (he was supposed to play Wolverine?!).

I wish Jennifer Connelly didn’t suffer from the Oscar curse (Winter’s Tale! Noah!) because she was just fantastic in this one.

Rating: ★★★☆☆

(Originally published July 3, 2017.)

 

THE SISTERHOOD OF THE TRAVELING PANTS (Ken Kwapis, 2005)

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Why can’t all jeans be magical and fit all shapes and sizes? It would definitely help me save a lot from buying bigger ones every year.

Loved the cast of (then) young women, although a pre-Emmy America Ferrera was the clear standout.

Those express shipping fees must have cost a fortune, no?

“But Tibby, the pants have already worked their magic on me. They brought me to you.” 😭😭😭

Rating: ★★★☆☆

(Originally published July 5, 2017.)

MOVIE REVIEW: THE INCREDIBLES 2 (Brad Bird, 2018)

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SPOILER ALERT!!

I liked how they switched up the traditional gender norms that had Mr. Incredible acting all Mr. Mom. I just wish they chose a much different (and less predictable) villain, especially considering its take on feminism. Overall, it needed much better pacing, too.

Although I laughed really hard in that diner scene with Violet, it was Jack-Jack who obviously stole the whole movie. I would gladly pay to watch a spin-off with him fighting a raccoon for two hours.

Rating: ★★★☆☆

(Originally published June 19, 2018.)

MOVIE REVIEW: THE STAR (Timothy Reckart, 2017)

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A surprisingly decent retelling of the Nativity story that could very well have been an extended episode of Superbook. It had some fine voice performances from the hilarious Aidy Bryant as Ruth the sheep and Gina Rodriguez as Mary (as in the Virgin, wink, wink).

Rating: ★★★☆☆

(Originally published June 20, 2018.)

MOVIE REVIEW: UNSANE (Steven Soderbergh, 2018)

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The entire film was shot using an iPhone and I couldn’t even take a decent selfie with one.

Too many implausibilities made it fall short of being a gripping thriller.

Claire Foy (who looked and talked like Sarah Paulson) was terrific as a troubled woman who might be one fry short of a Happy Meal.

Rating: ★★★☆☆

(Originally published June 11, 2018.)

MOVIE REVIEW: NOW YOU SEE ME (Louis Letterier, 2013)

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I hate this trend of movies dumbing down the audience by explaining everything in the ending. Leave something for us to think about please.

Now You See Me will trick you into thinking that it’s a great movie. You’ll be entertained up until the predictable ending. Just like magic.

It had a clever magic sequence at the start. It was a common card trick but I completely fell for it. You will, too.

Rating: ★★★☆☆

(Originally published June 9, 2013.)

MOVIE REVIEW: SIDE EFFECTS (Steven Soderbergh, 2013)

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Interesting thriller that might have worked better if it wasn’t paced like Solaris.

Woman’s married to Channing Tatum and she’s still depressed and suicidal. There’s a scientific term for her condition: crazy.

Kidding aside, this is a mildly entertaining thriller dealing with depression and prescription drugs. To say more would ruin the fun.

Rating: ★★★☆☆

(Originally published June 9, 2013.)