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Justice League, an Injustice to Audiences

DC Comic’s version of the Avengers is out, but with little success, either where movie critics or mainstream audiences are concerned. Christened Justice League, after the comic book series it gets its characters from, it is a bad movie even by the standards of many of 2017’s movies in particular, and superhero films in general. Christian Tesfaye awards 3 measly stars out of 10, the proverbial thumbs down.

Thrill, Warmth, Adventure Aboard the Orient Express

If one of the year’s most anticipated movies, Thor: Ragnarok, was a let-down, then the less intensely marketed, rather calm Agatha Christie adaptation that somehow made its way to Matti Cinema’s screens, thanks to an appearance by Johnny Depp, was a delightful surprise. Almost entirely taking place inside the interiors of a train’s carriages, directed with style and acted with care, Murder on the Orient Express is an engaging movie that has inspired Christian Tesfaye to give 8 out of 10 stars

Better than a Ragnarok

The hotly anticipated Thor: Ragnarok has opened in theatres around the world, and in Matti Cinema in Addis Abeba. Marvel’s fans are celebrating – understandable since this is by far the best film to solely star the fictional god of thunder. Christian Tesfaye, likewise, was excited to see the movie but felt cheated by a trailer adorned by Led Zepplin’s Immigrant Song and the film’s funniest moments aggregated into two to three minutes of intensity. He awards 6 out of 10 stars, with the “awesome” Cate Blanchett carrying most of the weight.

Un-American Erdmann

The European Film Festival, an annual event presented by the European Union (EU) has officially begun. The first film to be screened was the German movie Toni Erdmann, which was also nominated for Best Foreign Language Film at the 2017 Academy Awards. But it is a long movie, subtitled and has a theme that is tough to crack, which could hurt Ethiopians’ delicate movie watching sensibilities. But Christian Tesfaye promises it is a journey worth taking, awarding a rare 10 out of 10 stars.

Gory, Contemplative, Above All Watchable Snowman

Critics hate The Snowman. The performances of Michael Fassbender and Rebecca Ferguson were singled out for praise, but the movie has been panned left and right. The mainstream cinema academia felt it did not tell the story correctly. Not Christian Tesfaye though, who sees a promising actor-director relationship in the making. He dares to award 7 out of 10 stars.

2049, Will Be Watched in 2049

Once in a while the exhibitors at Edna Mall, either by default or design, offer their audiences, not a movie where characters punch and kick each other, but one where the pain, joy or mediocrity of life are examined. Blade Runner 2049 is a good example. A sequel to the Harrison Ford starring cult favourite of the early 1980s, it is ideal to those unhurried to ask who am I, or where am I going? Christian Tesfaye must be one of those people, as he awards 8 out of 10 stars.

One Day at The Mosaic

At the backyard of The Mosaic Hotel, an open-air screening of the 2011 movie One Day was held. Christian Tesfaye attended the event, which he liked for its unique method of showcasing a movie but rejected the movie itself, awarding 4 out of 10 stars.

Flatliners Flatlines

Flatliners is a remake of the 1990’s sci-fi horror movie of the same name. It warns of experimentation and analysis and looks for supernatural answers to mental torment. Christian Tesfaye is thus disapproving, awarding a mere 3 out of 10 stars.

The Golden Circle, Not Kingly

The hotly anticipated sequel to the 2015 action extravaganza  Kingsman: The Secret Service has hit cinemas. But Christian Tesfaye almost hopes it had not, awarding 4 out of 10 stars to The Golden Circle.

It is Not Bad

‘It’ is not just a pronoun anymore. It is a movie too. And it has been a novel before that. Adapted from a book by Stephen King, the film introduces Pennywise, a killer clown. But be warned, he does not kill by being funny. Christian Tesfaye is fairly amused, awarding 6 out of 10 stars.   

American Made Cruise

Hollywood megastar Tom Cruise and director Doug Liman, both known for action movies, have collaborated once again. This time though, unlike the previous Edge of Tomorrow, it is for a film that is out of their comfort zones – the crime-drama American Made. The venture has proved satisfactory for Christian Tesfaye, who awards 7 out of 10 stars. 

Dark Tower

Stephen King is where Hollywood goes when content is scarce. Sometimes adaptations of his movies are successful. Other times, as witness Dreamcatcher, just plain atrocious. The Dark Tower is of the latter mould, receiving 4 out of 10 stars from Christian Tesfaye.

The Hitman’s Bodyguard

If Samuel L. Jackson, Ryan Reynolds and Gary Oldman cannot get one to visit the cinema, then Hollywood is doomed. But The Hitman’s Bodyguard is hollow, an ideal definition of lipstick on a pig. Christian Tesfaye awards 5 out of 10 stars.


Kidnap is a tough flick to admire, especially when the whole reason for its existence is the protagonist’s lack of a cellphone. Add to this one too many excruciatingly bad close-ups, and Christian Tesfaye awards 4 out of 10 stars.

Atomic Blonde

Though never as acclaimed as last week’s Dunkirk, Atomic Blonde is an equally impressive film that has been undeservedly underrated by the cinema intelligentsia. Christian Tesfaye awards 7 out of 10 stars.


Christopher Nolan’s new movie Dunkirk has opened to rave reviews and, given its genre, impressive box office numbers. Christian Tesfaye was far less impressed, awarding the flick 7 out of 10 stars.


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