Mini Film Reviews Volume 51

X+Y (2014)

A socially awkward teenage maths prodigy finds new confidence and new friendships when he lands a spot on the British squad at the International Mathematics Olympiad. This is one of those film which has got potential, the start of this film starting promising but unfortunately begins to falters and it never recover, to be fair with the acting they really try their hardest and it hard to connect with them, also the ending is rather lame and this is so disappointing.

Flag Day

A father lives a double life as a counterfeiter, bank robber and con man in order to provide for his daughter. Surprisingly tender in certain places and it has got some nice moment in this film, despite it has got some pacing problems, Dylan Penn is absolutely amazing but the rest of the acting is just okay but slightly bland, the ending is superb but the rest of the film doesn’t hold your interested and it is too inconsistent.

Ethel & Ernest

In 1928 London milk – man Ernest Briggs courts and marries house – maid Ethel, their son Raymond begins born in 1934. When World War II breaks out Ethel tearfully allow him to be evacuated. Quietly moving and sincere as this is well – made and well – intentioned and the animation look gorgeous, it is certainly watchable and the start and the ending to this film is really good, the midsection falters and it loses some momentum but despite that it still a good film.

Dog (2022)

Two former Army Rangers are paired against their will on the road trip of a lifetime. Briggs and Lulu (a Belgian Malinois) race down the Pacific Coast to get to a fellow soldier’s funeral on time. Actually this is enjoyable and it have some nice moments and the pacing is just perfect, the dog itself and Channing Tatum got chemistry together. The thing is, it never laugh out loud funny and it can be slightly predictable, the PTSD moment in this film is well handled and it is watchable.

Cry Macho

A one – time rodeo star and washed – up horse breeder takes a job to bring a man’s young son home and away from his alcoholic mom. On their journey, the horseman finds redemption through teaching the boy what it means to be a good man. Personally I really like the story to this film, it is well acted and it is a well-meaning film, it might not be Clint Eastwood best films that he directed and this one is not as powerful, despite that it is watchable and it does drawn you in.

Thirteen Lives

A rescue mission is assembled in Thailand where a group of young boys and their soccer coach are trapped in a system of underground caves that are flooding. Well – made film with an all star cast and the acting is really good, the story is there but this film seems rather rushed and it lacking the emotional aspect, it could have been a lot more tense and it doesn’t feel as epic and the pacing is wrong as it is overlong, but despite that it is still a really good film.

Rise Of The Guardians

When the evil spirit Pitch launches an assault on Earth, the immortal Guardians team up to protect the innocent of children all around the world. One of the best animation film as the animation itself look gorgeous, the visual is outstanding and there is a beautiful story that is suitable for all ages and a family viewing, it will moved you and it will wowed you at the same time and overall it will made you laugh, the vocal in this film is superb and the soundtrack is fantastic.

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