Ralph Doesn’t Quite Break the Internet

Ralph Breaks the Internet is a worthy sequel to the superb Wreck-It Ralph in 2012. But it could have found greater purpose if it had confronted the bigger theme in Ralph’s venture into the internet. Christian Tesfaye awards 7 out of 10 stars.

Bumblebee: the Transformer Movie that Got It

Somehow, the Transformers franchise has yet to be sued for the inanity it has unloaded on audiences for a decade. But Bumblebee is the cinematic treatment the franchise required and audiences deserved. Christian Tesfaye awards 7 out of 10 stars.

Aquaman: Not Deep Enough

Aquaman is the first major cinematic depiction of the superhero of the oceans. Though a mediocre movie with somewhat exciting action sequences, it shows the better path forward for DC’s colourless cinematic brand. Christian Tesfaye awards 5 out of 10 stars.

The Spider-Verse Reaches for Spider-Man 2, Misses

Spider-Man 2 will remain the best Spiderman to have ever graced the screens. Spider-Man into the Spider-Verse comes the closest in unseating that instalment but fails to offer a plotline that is not predictable. Christian Tesfaye awards 7 out of 10 stars.

Creed II Punches below the Belt

Creed II, like most sequels, is a blemish on the original installment, taking for granted the unique touch the previous film brought to the table. Christian Tesfaye awards 5 out of 10 stars.

Widows that Steal the Show

Few movies can tackle complicated themes in a film about a heist. Windows does, portraying a world it refuses to apologise for. Christian Tesfaye award 9 out of 10 stars.  

The Hate U Give: True But There is More

The Hate U Give is one of the most incisive movies to have come out about the shootings of unarmed African-Americans by police officers. It is provocative but also too immodest. Christian Tesfaye awards 7 out of 10 stars. 

Crimes of Fantastic Beasts Franchise on Audiences

Crimes of Grindlewald is the second movie in the Fantastic Beasts franchise. It had a great theme, performances and visual effects but lacks the rich story and characterisation of the Harry Potter series. Christian Tesfaye awards 5 out of 10 stars.

Overlord of Underperformance

Overlord is a horror movie that does not put much effort into a theme, narration and character construction. Christian Tesfaye awards 4 out of 10 stars.

The Nutcracker: Not that Bad

The Nutcracker and the Four Realms has received largely negative reviews from critics. Indeed, some of the performances are bad and the storyline is predictable, but it also has a nice theme and spectacular visual effects. Christian Tesfaye awards 6 out of 10 stars.

First Man: So Good, It’s Above the Skies

Damien Chazelle has for the third time managed to direct a thematically sumptuous movie with excellent visuals. First Man is every beat worth the ticket price and more. Christian Tesfaye awards 9 out of 10 stars.

Cinematic Moments at the El Royale

Bad Times at the El Royal is not a mystery thriller but a brief glimpse into what can occur when many eccentric, less than moral and shifty individuals are confined to a small area. Christian Tesfaye awards 7 out of 10 stars.  

Birth of Good Director, Actress

It has only been three decades since the last – and six decades since the best, and eight decades since the original – A Star is Born was made until the new Bradley Cooper-Lady Gaga vehicle of the same name graced the screens. Its honesty and performances make it the second best one. Christian Tesfaye awards 8 out of 10 stars.

Venom: Toxic to Brain Cells

Venom could have been a good movie if the filmmakers were daring enough to build on the character’s dreadful urges, but it is not to be. Christian Tesfaye awards 4 out of 10 stars.

Mister Rogers: Abbaba Tesfaye’s American Version

Mister Rogers was the American version of Abbaba Tesfaye. Won’t You be My Neighbour? traces the undeniable charm and sincerity that Fred Rogers expressed on TV as he taught children about the more complicated sides of life. Christian Tesfaye awards 8 out of 10 stars.

Johnny English: Man of Little Mystery

Johnny English Strikes Again is the third installment of its franchise. Considering what has come before in the Johnny English series, this is actually not that bad. Christian Tesfaye awards 5 out of 10 stars, mostly for its pitiable character and funny scenes.

The Predator: Overdue for Retirement

The Predator reintroduces a villain any film audience should be acquainted with. This installment of the Predator franchise offers much of the same except an attempt at humour, which does not pay off. Christian Tesfaye Awards 4 out of 10 stars.

Alpha: History of Man, Canine Relationship

Alpha is a buddy movie, between a wolf and a man. It explores one of the earliest relationships humankind formed with a species that would later become dogs. Christian Tesfaye liked the movie’s exploration of humankind’s early bouts of innovation, awarding 6 out of 10 stars.

Even Slender Man Deserves Better

Slender Man, the internet horror phenomenon, has come to the screen. The creature’s characterisation is precise but the environment that the filmmakers create does not fit. Christian Tesfaye awards 5 out of 10 stars.

Miles from Being Good

It is not always that Mark Wahlberg is upstaged, but Iko Uwais succeeds in doing so in Mile 22. Unfortunately, poor writing, direction and choreography make the film unwatchable. Christian Tesfaye awards 3 out of 10 stars.

The Equaliser is at it Again

The Equaliser, the 2014 Denzel Washington vehicle, has received a sequel. Christian Tesfaye hoped it had not, finding the protagonist morally skewed and the narration and plot derivative. He awards 4 out of 10 stars.  

The Meg Swims to Ineffectuality

The Meg features a fearsome villain, the playful Jason Statham and Hollywood resources to make a memorable horror movie. Christian Tesfaye thought the film was unable to live up to the size of its villain, awarding 4 out of 10 stars. 

The Catcher in a Bad Movie

Paul Rudd is putting on a serious persona to play a Jewish man on a mission to assassinate a German scientist during the Second World War. Christian Tesfaye found its theme confused, awarding 4 out of 10 stars.

Cinematic Mission Accomplished

With every single installment, Mission: Impossible is proving itself one of the most sound franchises. Fallout is yet the most exciting and impressive sequel that comes the audience’s way. Christian Tesfaye appreciated its bold theme and fantastic actions sequences, awarding it 8 out of 10 stars.

Gotti Movie Sleeps with the Fishes

John Gotti makes for an interesting screen character. But that is where the genius of Gotti stops. Terrible technical details and bad storytelling are what define this movie. Christian Tesfaye awards 4 out of 10 stars.


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