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.

Skyscrapper High on Lowest Common Denominator

Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson’s new movie, Skyscraper, is one of his worst. It is yet another film that serves commercial purposes without any thought for how serious moviegoers will feel. Christian Tesfaye awards 4 out of 10 stars.

Ant-Man Stays Grounded

Ant-Man and the Wasp is the 20th film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. It is one along a long line movies whose purpose is to supplement the Avengers franchise with largely insignificant plot points. Christian Tesfaye awards 5 out of 10 stars.

Day of Del Toro

The 2015 Sicario has a sequel, and it could have been a letdown. But Sicario: Day of the Soldado follows in the footsteps of the original, delivering a Movie that is as relentlessly suspenseful as it is graphic. Christian Tesfaye awards 8 out of 10 stars.

One of Ocean’s Worst

Hollywood has never starved us of heist movies, but one where an all-female cast pulls of a job has been rare. And that is as unique as Ocean’s Eight gets. It is better than Ocean’s 12, but that is not saying much. Christian Tesfaye awards 5 out of 10 stars.  

Less Incredible, But Still Good

Brad Bird has returned to the director’s chair, this time for a sequel of one of his most acclaimed animated movies – 2004’s The Incredibles. Incredibles 2 is no match to the original, but Bird does deliver a story that is as smart as it is entertaining. Christian Tesfaye awards 8 out of 10 stars.

Min Litazez: Funny Yet Dead Serious

The power of political satires to help us see officials as public servants and government as an end to the state, is often underestimated. The significance of having a much overdue debate on politically hot-button issues cannot be overstated at this point. Min Litazez, a half an hour sitcom, has risen to the occasion and is doing so pretty humorously. Christian Tesfaye awards 7 out of 10 stars.

Solo Except for the Last Nine Movies

Solo: A Star Wars Story entertaining as well as touching. It has fun characters and an uncommon plot. But it is also the fourth Star Wars film since 2015, and thus individual movies have not been able to shine longer. Christian Tesfaye awards 7 out of 10 stars.

Marginal Deadpool

Deadpool is as outrageous as ever in his second outing. The film has a fantastic ending but trails from the perspective of its prequel. Christian Tesfaye gives 6 out of 10 stars.

Life of What Party?

Movies draw too attractive a picture of colleges. They are usually depicted as a place for making lifelong friends, academically excelling and lots of partying. This cannot be far from…

Avengers: Too Nice to be Good

The wait is over and Avengers: Infinity War has hit cinemas. No one is claiming that it is not a good film. But there is no hiding the fact that the movie is predictable. Christian Tesfaye awards 7 out of 10 stars.

Girma Beyene Steals the Show

For reasons that the director of Ethiopique: Revolt of the Soul, Maciek Bochniak, could not comprehend, there has never been a film made about musicians that are nostalgically remembered by the public and are imitated by contemporary musicians. Christian Tesfaye found the documentary enlightening but also felt that Girma Beyene’s part should have received more prominence within the film. He awards 7 out of 10 stars.


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