FANTASTIC BEASTS AND WHERE TO FIND THEM (2016)

For a spin-off, Fantastic Beasts seems pretty detached to the Potterverse. Apart from essentially connected to Grindelwald, it is a(mericanized) whole new whimsical world with its own terms and rules. The storyline feels underdeveloped and crammed up, which is rather disappointing considering JKR writes the screenplay herself. She supposedly has plenty of time to tell…

MALEFICENT (2014)

Remember, this is made by Disney. So you shouldn’t be surprised if they tone it down since it appears they target younger audience unlike SNOW WHITE AND THE HUNTSMAN that decided to go to a darker path. As a result, MALEFICENT becomes a much heartwarming tale than it’s supposed to be, but I LOVED it….

PHILOMENA (2013)

Frears triumphantly blend a touching journey of a mother finding her long lost son with Coogan’s comedy wits into a delicate brew of a heart-stirring tale.

THE LORAX (2012)

Adorably funny and lovable. The Lorax is a classic tale with a strong and touching environmental message. It could’ve been better if they showed more of the story of The Lorax itself and the forest’s animals (which was the only best part of this film, sadly). Still, very recommendable for children.

EXTREMELY LOUD AND INCREDIBLY CLOSE (2012)

I understand why most critics giving Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close bad reviews. I know how odd and peculiar the story and (specially) Oskar are. If you’re familiar with Foer’s novels, you’d know that they are always that quirky (see Everything Is Illuminated which has been also adapted to the big screen played by Elijah…

THE DESCENDANTS (2011)

‎”Paradise can go fuck itself.” The Descendants surprised me by its often comedic manner. The adapted screenplay is pretty much solid and well-written (loving the voice-over narration and the hysterical remarks!). However, The Descendants is a little bit overrated with all the awards hype. I do enjoy Clooney’s performance in this side of drama, but…

HUGO (2011)

“It was the kindest magic trick ever I’ve seen.” Hugo finds its way to our heart through courage, good faith, lost passion and broken dream. A well-executed, heartfelt, and honest storytelling.