Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Jessabelle (2014) Movie Review and Trailer by The Film Guide

Returning to her childhood home in Louisiana to recuperate from a horrific car accident, Jessabelle comes face to face with a long-tormented spirit that has been seeking her return -- and has no intention of letting her escape.

Jessabelle (2014) on IMDb

Director: Kevin Greutert
Writer: Robert Ben Garant
Stars: Sarah Snook, Mark Webber, Joelle Carter

Jessabelle is a new addition in the horror movies this year. It is in fact a pretty good effort and delivers with a strong story line and a considerable amount of scares. The plot has great margin for performances and has been justified by some really up to the mark acting. The characterization, atmosphere and feel of the movie provides for an unsettling experience that captures interest of the audience. The spirit is well crafted and look pretty scary.

Horror Movie 'Jessabelle' - Official Trailer by The Seven Sees

Sarah Snook is very attractive and comes forward as a good actor. She portrays the subtle change of shades in Jessie's character to perfection. Her performance is fresh and very gripping. Mark Webber plays an honest role and fills in the customary part of the male protagonist. Joelle Carter is mysterious and pretty and her presence keeps the audiences wondering as to how her character is connected to the haunting of Jessabelle. To me Joelle is a very strong reason for the whole suspense of the movie.

Horror fans will find Jessabelle (2014) very entertaining and it is a great movie to watch with friends and family.

Ratings: 3.5/5

Wolves (2014) Movie Review and Trailer by The Film Guide

The coming-of-age story of Cayden Richards. Forced to hit the road after the murder of his parents, Cayden wanders, lost, without purpose... Until he meets a certifiable lunatic named Wild Joe.

Wolves (2014) on IMDb

Director: David Hayter
Writer: David Hayter
Stars: Jason Momoa, Merritt Patterson, Lucas Till

Wolves (2014) is a well-made horror/thriller that shows the coming-of-age story of a werewolf who has no idea of his being one. Cayden Richards in fact discovers his identity as a wolf during a make out session with his girlfriend and eventually finds himself in a pool of blood of his own parents. He flees off to a small town prompted by a fellow wolf called wild Joe. What follows is an extremely interesting story of revenge and love and horror and thrill. 
Wolves (2014) is a very well made movie with reasonable graphics and good acting. The wildness of the creatures is quite attractive and provides a mystic feel to the whole story. The passionate physicality of the leads is a strong visual experience. The anger and ferociousness of the werewolves is also a very appealing facet of the movie. 

Jason Mamoa is powerful and dark. Lucas Till does an above par job playing the lead. He is charming and intimidating at the same time. The female lead Merritt Patterson is very pretty and also has great screen presence, She seems to be the one to watch out for in the future.

All in all a good watch.

Rating: 3/5 

Monday, November 17, 2014

Ouija (2014) Horror Movie Review

Ouija (2014)
A group of friends must confront their most terrifying fears when they awaken the dark powers of an ancient spirit board.

Ouija (2014) on IMDb

Director: Stiles White
Writers: Juliet Snowden (screenplay), Stiles White (screenplay)
Stars: Olivia Cooke, Ana Coto, Daren Kagasoff

Ouija (2014) is a horror flick that centers around two friends who used to play with a Ouija board when they were young girls and thought that it was just harmless fun only for one of them to discover its real power and die in the process. The other friend then calls upon some of her close friends to find out what happened to the deceased girl. They discover the evil powers of the board and have to fight them in order to survive.

Ouija - Trailer #2 by Filmow

The movie combines the mystery of the magical board and the horrors of possession. It is a great mix of youthful friendship and the fight against evil and has some great scares. The atmosphere of the movie is eerie and creepy and the presence of the board is unsettling. The way the board possesses its victims is very well done.

Olivia Cooke, Ana Coto and Daren Kagasoff have all acted well and at no stage does one feel the need for better acting or the lack of portrayal.

Rating: 3.5/5

Monday, November 10, 2014

Nymph (2014) Movie Review and Trailer

Two young American women go on a Mediterranean vacation and uncover the watery lair of a killer mermaid hidden beneath an abandoned military fortress. What was once a carefree adventure becomes a deadly fight for survival.

Director: Milan Todorovic

Writers: Marko Backovic (story), Barry Keating (screenplay)

Stars: Kristina Klebe, Dragan Micanovic, Natalie Burn

Nymph is a creature horror flick that tells the story of a couple of hot friends who set out on an adventure to a secluded island and encounter a killer mermaid. The movie also has a killer on the loose who kills young men and women more like the "I know what you did last summer" killer. Although tried and tested the movie does have an entertainment value and certainly does not bore the audience at all. It is scenic and maintains interest by having some shock value. Also the idea of a killer mermaid is much more exciting than that of a shark or a sea creature, The fantasy of having a mermaid as a lethal monster is fascinating.

Kristina Klebe seems strong and acts well as a serious character with past issues with water. Natalie Burn is very attractive and lights up the screen every time she graces it. Her accent has a special sensuality to it and her body is scorching hot and has been put to great use by the director Milan Todorovic. 

All in all an entertainer if not expected too much of.

Rating: 3/5

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Mom's Night Out 2014 Movie Review and Trailer

Moms' Night Out (2014)

Directors: Andrew Erwin (as The Erwin Brothers) , Jon Erwin (as The Erwin Brothers)

Writers: Jon Erwin, Andrea Gyertson Nasfell

Stars: Sarah Drew, Sean Astin, Patricia Heaton

Moms' Night Out (2014) on IMDb

All Allyson and her friends want is a peaceful, grown-up evening of dinner and fun - a long-needed moms' night out. But in order to enjoy high heels, adult conversation, and food not served in a bag, they need their husbands to watch the kids for a few hours ... what could go wrong?
Mom's Night out is a situation comedy aimed at highlighting the perils of motherhood and parenting. It tells the story of a mother called Allyson who plans an evening out with her friends to break out of the routine that all of them have been following tirelessly. In order to avail the luxury of a carefree night with friends, these women must trust their husbands to take care of the kids and be responsible for this one night. What unfolds is a hilarious story of how dependable men have become on women and how important a mother is to the entire family.

Sarah Drew and Patricia Heaton have acted effortlessly and bring forward the misery of motherhood without making it seem as unwanted. They portray women who love their kids and love being mothers but find it hard to cope up with the tiring routine and responsibility of  parenting.

The story is simple and hence talking too much about it will give too much away. It is sufficient to say that your time spent on this movie is certainly worth it. It has some giggles and some emotional moments that keep a grip on the audience. I recommend it for a nice family time.

Rating: 3/5  

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Big Hero 6 (2014) Pre-release Movie Review

Movie: Big Hero 6 (2014)

Directors: Don Hall, Chris Williams

Writers: Don Hall (story), Jordan Roberts (story)

Stars: Ryan Potter, Scott Adsit, Jamie Chung

The new animated movie called Big Hero 6 is an amazing tale of six friends who under the leadership of Hiro embark on a mission to save a city called Sanfransokyo. Hiro transforms his friends into hi-tech heroes to fight off a devastating event that befalls the city. 
The movie is a great addition to the animated movies genre and the concept and story is very promising. The formula maybe tried and tested but the treatment looks fresh and gives the audiences great entertainment.

Rating: 3/5

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Edge of Tomorrow (2014) Movie Review #DVD #TomCruise

Movie: Edge of Tomorrow (2014)
Director: Doug Liman
Writers: Christopher McQuarrie (screenplay), Jez Butterworth (screenplay)
Genre: Sci-Fi, Drama, Thriller
Stars: Tom Cruise, Emily Blunt, Bill Paxton

Plot: An officer finds himself caught in a time loop in a war with the alien race. His skills increase as he faces the same brutal combat scenarios, and his union with a Special Forces warrior gets him closer to defeating the enemy.

Edge of Tomorrow (2014) is the latest Tom Cruise movie to have hit the audiences. The movie is a sci-fi, drama, thriller that revolves around a love story between two officers who are fighting a war against the alien race. Allied forces officer Cage finds himself trapped in a time loop aster being splattered with alien blood and soon figures that he is not the only one to have experienced the loop. He soon finds Rita a celebrity warrior who has gone through the loop previously only to have an accident take it away from her. What follows, is a constant effort that Cage makes to win a war he cannot possibly lose if he maintains the loop against an enemy that is already using the loop to slowly drain down and defeat the human race. Cage's motive however is more governed by somehow cheating Rita's death which seems inevitable in the process.

Tom Cruise and Emily blunt have put in good performances and the acting overall has been a strong asset of the film. The idea of the film is also interesting and has a lot of margin for acting and storytelling. To me, however the loop has not been tackled too well by the storytellers and the director. The movie seems to be too occupied with repeating the cycle and hence each cycle does not offer too many moments to keep the audience involved. The looping demanded subtlety which the directors failed to achieve. I would have liked lesser loops shown in the movie with each one providing more thrills and a greater junk of storytelling.
The production values are top notch. The aliens are well crafted and the look of the film is slick. The treatment does complete justice to the huge star cast and on those grounds the movie delivers because the audiences are surely bound to be impressed by what they see on the screens. It is equally enjoyable on DVD and in the cinema.

If you are a Sci-Fi fan or for that matter a Tom Cruise fanatic this is a must watch. The movie is good, could have been legendary, but it definitely ranks among the year's to-watch list.

Rating: 4/5