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?

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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.


Rampage over Artistry

Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson is back. This time around he is battling giant monsters together with his colossal-sized gorilla buddy, George. By the sounds of the plot, audiences may be resistant anticipating that the film is poorly plotted, acted and directed. Rampage is worse though. Christian Tesfaye awards 4 out of 10 stars.


A Quiet Place Indeed

Noise becomes terrifying in A Quiet Place. The film introduces a world where the villains hunt by sound and characters have to remain super inaudible. But the film is not as dull as it sounds. Christian Tesfaye found it one of the scariest this decade, awarding 8 out of 10 stars.


Too Entebbe

Many have tried to reflect upon the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and many have failed to do as such intelligently. 7 Days in Entebbe is one such movie. It has misplaced scenes, a bad third act and is too tame. Christian Tesfaye awards 4 out of 10 stars.


Film Review: Ready Player One: ‘Spielbergian’ Adventure

Steven Spielberg is back, more charming than he has been in a while. His latest movies is Ready Player One, the sort that reminded Christian Tesfaye of the Hollywood titan’s vitality. He awards 8 out of 10 stars.


Pacific Rim Downsizes

Pacific Rim was not a great film, but it had good visuals and a nice score. Take both away, and we have Pacific Rim Uprising. It gives each one of the Transformers movies a run for their money, not in the right direction though. Christian Tesfaye awards 4 out of 10 stars.


Tomb Raider: Grittier but Worse

The Tomb Raider franchise has been resurrected, ditching Angelina Jolie for Alicia Vikander. The film, Christian Tesfaye found, was just as unsophisticated as all the previous video game adaptations ever made. He awards 4 out of 10 stars.


Unbelievable Gringo

Gringo is a welcome respite from superhero and based-on-a-true-story movies. It is about a guy that has been unlucky most of his life but makes up for lost serendipity in a couple of days. Christian Tesfaye found the protagonist unique but the plot fantastical. He awards 6 out of 10 stars.


Red Sparrow Doesn’t Fly

Is it The Spy Who Came in from the Cold? Is it The Manchurian Candidate? No, it is just Red Sparrow, a Jennifer Lawrence vehicle, that is not worth the ticket price. This is a movie about a Russian spy but remains too shallow to be immersive. Christian Tesfaye awards 4 out of 10 stars.


And the Oscar Goes to …

If all that existed were mainstream movies, then 2017 was a terrible year for cinema. Fortunately, there were many great movies with exceptional humour, plot, characters and visuals that graced the big screen. Unfortunately, they have all remained under the radar. Christian Tesfaye sheds some light.


Guardians of the Tomb, Attack Senses Too

Guardians of the Tomb is perhaps the movie of the future. It is an excellent example of the lack of depth and originality of today’s cinema. It lazily puts a group of people in a cave and runs them through a predictable loop of running and hiding before each one of them dies one by one. Christian Tesfaye found nothing of merit here and awards 3 out of 10 stars.


Nothing to be Proud of Mary

Proud Mary is not a movie that exists for a purpose except to be stylish. But it fails even there and falls into a politically incorrect territory. There was little to stir Christian Tesfaye to give any higher than 4 out of 10 stars.


Inconsequential Death Cure

The three-part Maze Runner series that had begun back in 2014 has come to a hilt with a series finale that is subtitled The Death Cure. Its action is bigger but the film remains unsophisticated as always. Citing mainly an unexploited opportunity in the development of the film’s philosophical side, Christian Tesfaye awards 5 out of 10 stars.


Den of Thieves, Sound Plots

There is something different about Gerald Butler in Den of Thieves. He is scarier and unlikable. He is also at his best, starring in perhaps what is his most watchable film since 300. Christian Tesfaye found Den of Thieves a well composed, well-acted action movie that deserves the ticket price, awarding 7 out of 10 stars.


Film Review By Christian Tesfaye: Commuter to Terrible Third-act

Liam Neeson is at it again. He is battling bad guys, this time on a train in The Commuter. But other than that plot element, there is not much to distinguish the film from the multiple action movies that have been trying to emulate the success of Taken. It was hollow enough to get Christian Tesfaye to award 4 out of 10 stars.




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