John Wick: Chapter 2

  Is there really a secret underground assassin’s enclave? Well, if it was known, then it would not be a secret anymore. One of the earlier movies I have ever…

Live By Night

Live by Night is a movie set in the 1800’s that explores the world of gangsters. An interesting story of love and crime. However, the scenes at times were too soft for the world of mafias and violence. It lacked bite and mercilessness. More of the ruthless greed and chaos was notably absent from this thriller which was directed by one of the most known actors in the entertainment business, Ben Affleck. 6 out of 10 stars.

Resident Evil-The Final Chapter

  How come horror films are entertainment? How come people pay hard earned cash to watch something so scary? How sadistic is it of human beings that some of the…

Return of Xander

The movie “Return of Xander” was a remake of a classic by Alfred Hitchcock. Selecting Vin diesel for the lead role was a mistake all on its own since he is just muscles and no talent according to the critic. The only good point is that Donnie Yen made an appearance to save the day and the movie. 3 out of 10 stars.

Collateral Beauty

After the 20th century, life became way too complicated for anyone person, or school of thought, to contemplate. Science, art and politics all diversified into so many subcategories, philosophy failed to meld all of them into just one concept and explain. Films like this take romance way too seriously, and in a world where women and children die for petty unnecessary reasons, nothing could really be as dumb and insignificant as romance.
4 out of 10 stars

The Great Wall: Prone To Be Politicized

The Great Wall of China – one of those few historical monuments around the world that completely captures our imagination. Why was it built? How was it built and by…

Assassin’s Creed: Most Sane Video Game Movie

I am not a fan of video games nor do I consider it a sport. This is the most sane video game movie in the history of cinema. And although I do not think Assassin’s Creed was such a bad film. I agree that this is by far the most sane video game movie ever to grace the screen in the entire history of cinema. Six out of 10 Stars

Passengers – A Bumpy Ride Through Space

After this rather fascinating drama plays out, Passengers changes gear and becomes an amateur mystery/romantic movie with an unsatisfying climax. The very philosophical questions either remain unanswered or are given vexing solutions. Seven out of 10 Stars.

Rogue One – A Star Wars Story

There will be a number of Star Wars installments in the offering in the next number of years. That is a good thing. The latest, Rogue One is probably the grittiest, less pessimistic film in the star wars saga. Sadly, George Lucas parted ways from the series and Disney has owned the rights since 2012. However, what is exciting is, the legacy has continued masterfully. A Star Wars Story 7 out of 10 stars.

MOANA : A Timely Movie From Disney

Moana is not one to be discounted. It is a deserving contender for an Oscar nomination this year. Some may miss the theme of the movie, I almost did. It has a message that is timely and important. The exclusive non-white characters come as the Academy Award is accused of lacking diversity. This film is in the league of great works such as Zoolopia and Finding Dory. 8 out of 10 stars

Arrival :A Satisfying Sc-Fi Flick

There has not been exceptional movies shown at Matti Cinema, as the only place to watch Hollywood movies. But rare movies bring the best of movie lovers, audiences and Arrival is one such movie. – 10out of 10 stars

Yenegen Alweldem

Yenegen Aleweldem is a welcome new addition to the list of films that deal with life in Ethiopia under the Derg regime. Though brutal in parts, it is the honesty in the portrayal of a rather cowardly protagonist that makes it stand out. A mainstream audience may, however, miss the presence of a hero – 6 out of 10 stars

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

What did the Harry Potter films offer, which the books didn’t? Not much or, some would say, even less. And I agree, whenever a book is adopted into a movie, character depth is likely to suffer. Potter and Voldemort might have been brought to life with the use of actors, costumes and awesome special effects, but in terms of emotion or spirit, they was always more ‘alive’ in the books. Of course the villains take it too far. They believe wizards are the better species and that humans should be subjugated to them. 6 out of 10 stars.

Doctor Strange – A New Entry to the Avengers Universe

If I had a dollar for every time I saw a bad superhero movie, which almost all are, although I wouldn’t become a millionaire, I could have, by now, bought…

A Visual Feast at the European Film Festival

“It means something for cinema, the issues these films’ advocate and Ethiopia as a whole, that such high-profile individuals find it significant enough to attend. Ethiopians have become much more movie savvy than I thought. And I could just imagine how much more informed they will be after this festival, especially about the current trends of film making, and the prevalent themes of contemporary movies”

Film Review : Inferno

Inferno, for reasons unknown, is being showcased in Ethiopia ahead of its launch in the Western World. The fourth book and third film in Dan Brown’s Robert Langdon series, Inferno follows on from The Da Vinci Code and Angels & Demons. With the previous films having received rather average reviews, this time the focus shifts from plot depth to pure entertainment, which it achieves reasonably well – 7 out of 10.


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