Movie reviews of Filipe Freitas

These are all the movies and series that Filipe has reviewed. Read more at: Always Good Movies.

Number of movie reviews: 1921 / 1921

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Curiously, the antique visuals lead to a contemporary greatness, and Anderson’s filmmaking accuracy leads to a charming film that works pretty well in French and English. Review

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2021-11-06

2021

There are lots of new wrinkles to ponder about scams and technology today but The Beta Test works better as a mystery than a mystery solve. When it works, it really works, and those strong moments overcome the so-so ones. Review

6.0

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2021-11-05

2021

Anne at 13,000 Ft. is a smartly written, keenly observant, occasionally hilarious and ultimately moving indie drama that arrives with a refreshing energy, leaving a trail of realistic experiences behind. Review

8.0

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2021-11-03

2021

Adapting Eric Jager’s 2004 book of the same name, this is a decently executed film that entertains without dazzle. Review

6.0

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2021-11-01

2021

Pulsing with discomfort and mysticism, this tale poses moral and spiritual challenges, but can also be a bit ludicrous sometimes as with the cathartic street scene that precedes the finale. Review

7.0

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2021-10-29

2021

It’s not a great documentary, yet fairly informative and entertaining... Review

6.0

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2021-10-28

2021

But the film is far from perfect, displaying a few gaps in the plot, which occasionally and unnecessarily link to the previous Casino Royale (2006) and Spectre (2015) while struggling with an extended duration. Yet, this is still a likable spy-action fun with a few unusual twists that, carrying an extra emotional charge, makes it a singular chapter in the Bond adventures. Review

6.0

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2021-10-27

2021

Aggrandized by Faison’s focused performance, this heart-rending drama film will keep you on the edge of your seat, even when the intended authenticity weakens. Review

7.0

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2021-10-25

2021

The sensory visuals, well-tuned by the Spanish cinematographer Oscar Faura, compensate the soporific narration that nearly turns Fever Dream into a one-note psychological drama. Review

6.0

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2021-10-25

2021

It’s all nuanced, carefully presented with duality - also an indispensable element in Bergman’s work - and it doesn’t really click at the first blush. However, after a while, this imaginative dance of characters and plot ambiguities produce the desired effect. Review

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2021-10-22

2021

It’s well done, and the comparisons with Alfred Hitchcock’s The Birds and David Cronenberg’s disturbing oddities are understandable, even if the film doesn’t really reach those superior levels. It’s one of those examples where the message and the execution go hand-in-hand with appreciable results. Review

6.0

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2021-10-21

2021

Lacking ambition, Bye Bye Morons may be digestible if you just want to rest your brain with a sloppy melodrama, but it will be a disaster if you expect a clever plot with excitement and twists. Review

4.0

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2021-10-19

2021

Slow Machine is a character drama, but it’s also about the dynamics and strange encounters in the city of New York. If mumblecore is not your thing, just back off. If that's not the case, don’t sleep on this movie. Review

8.0

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2021-10-18

2021

There’s an experimental vein here that is more than welcome, but it’s not by chance that the word labyrinth is in the title. At least, it was all engendered with a better future in mind, which was Obayashi’s noble last wish and intention. Review

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2021-10-17

2021

Although the film may prevent greater involvement from the viewers - especially in its last third - it’s impossible not to admire how the film was mounted. Review

6.0

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2021-10-14

2021

Whether in agony or incomprehension, I resisted until the end, just to conclude that this indigestible film - assembled with an array of sordid, pretentious and imbecilic ideas meant solely to disturb. Review

3.0

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2021-10-13

2021

Although flawed in spots, the film provides a satisfying blend of unpredictable temper, nostalgia, pain, clemency and eccentricity. Review

7.0

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2021-10-11

2021

If you have a thirst for a pleasurable and quirky love story, this one offers you three refreshing gulps. Review

8.0

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2021-10-09

2021

The tension builds in a slow boil and the film is powerful at times, but this impression becomes dangerously diluted with some less fortunate decisions preceding the ending. With that being said, Ashcroft, unafraid to take some risks, announces himself as one to watch. His work makes the most of the plot’s obscurities and limitations, and Gillies’ dedicated performance gives it a good extra push. Review

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2021-10-07

2021

There’s not much here to cling on to, and maybe Sean, who did some lovely work behind the camera in the past - The Pledge and Into the Wild are good examples - should really think about directorial retirement. Review

4.0

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2021-10-05

2021

This is the first of a two-part adaptation, and I’m already eager for the other half to arrive. If you love to dive in fantastic space odysseys and imaginary worlds, go for it because it’s all done with that harmonious balance proper of the great filmmakers. Review

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2021-10-04

2021

The casting is decisive when it comes to this particular genre, and both the young lead actress and Folsgaard as the patient and caring Thomas/Agnete (we never catch a glimpse of indecision or regret in his eyes, and he sort of trusts time to heal things up) deliver wonderfully nuanced and totally believable performances. Review

6.0

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2021-10-03

2021

More derisive than clever, the film manages to reach the minimum accepted levels of entertainment even without revealing a dash of emotion. The strongest aspect here happens to be the cinematography of Sohei Tanikawa, who had previously worked with the director in six of his works. Review

6.0

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2021-09-30

2021

The characters’ ambiguous behavior plays a central role, and even if the film never materializes in a taut espionage thriller, it provides slick entertainment through baffling betrayals, conspiracy and some satisfying twists along the way. Actually, this period film works better if you think of it, not as a spy thriller, but as a story of love and sacrifice for a greater cause. Review

6.0

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2021-09-28

2021

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