Movie reviews of Filipe Freitas

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

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Poster for Temporada

Temporada

6

Disillusion, frustration, and affliction counterbalance friendship, self-discovery, and hope. Oliveira’s direction is virtuous and his vision substantiates humanity...

20 may

20 may

Poster for Grass

Grass

7

The classical music is occasionally intrusive while the black-and-white cinematography is aesthetically appropriate for a type of fiction embroiled in a deceptively philosophical guise.

16 may

16 may

Poster for Sauvage

Sauvage

6

At once unpolished and corrosive, Sauvage/Wild is immersed in a grim reality. This character study forces us to reflect on behaviors and choices, and ultimately fear, emptiness, and loneliness.

14 may

14 may

Poster for The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind

The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind

5

Ejiofor recreated the story with the best intentions, equally incorporating the political turmoil that was affecting the country. However, he seemed more concerned in touching our hearts with immoderate melodrama than providing an absorbing narrative depleted of that upsetting tonal familiarity that is commonly associated with emotional true stories.

12 may

12 may

Poster for Brothers' Nest

Brothers' Nest

7

Boasting a fantastic score by Richard Pleasance and his Pleasantville band, the film takes some time to build up, but the writing is effective, pointing out to a tough, unrelenting, and intense final part where the brothers’ loyalty is put to test.

8 may

8 may

Poster for Lemonade

Lemonade

6

It’s a well-acted, if too polished, exercise tinged with sadness and hope alike. Still, the valid ideas had a considerable margin for improvement.

6 may

6 may

Poster for A Vigilante

A Vigilante

6

The idea in this classically suspenseful story sounds a lot better than its execution. The director cooks it slow and steady, balancing the tension throughout. Yet, she never provides that spine-chilling effect one constantly seeks in a film of this nature.

2 may

2 may

Poster for The Pigeon

The Pigeon

5

Besides conveying both the purity and naivety of Yusuf’s personality by depicting his stronger affinity with birds and detachment from people, this bittersweet drama also makes us think about work and eke out a living. Still, I struggled to empathize and connect emotionally with the central character.

29 april

29 apr

Poster for High Life

High Life

8

High Life is a mesmerizing, cerebral collision of uncontrolled human impulsivity and troubled survival.

26 april

26 apr

Poster for Glass

Glass

3

Problems with this film: the ideas simply don’t breathe, the narrative is more viscous than fluid, the dialogue is stiff, the connections are simplistic and amateurish, and the performances have no room to shine.

25 april

25 apr

Poster for Triple Frontier

Triple Frontier

5

Mildly enjoyable, Candor’s platitude is pumped up by some good, if intermittent, thrilling scenes and the sharp duality that confronts amorality - in the face of greed - with the unselfishness that ensues redemption.

22 april

22 apr

Poster for Us

Us

8

Even with some over-the-top extravagance popping up here and there, the inventive script definitely puts Peele among the greats of the genre.

20 april

20 apr

Poster for Shazam!

Shazam!

7

The nature of the dialogue oscillates between witty and imbecilic, which didn’t bother me at all in this context, while the fast pace and high-energy scenes help to project the attractive visual style.

17 april

17 apr

Poster for Her Smell

Her Smell

5

Firstly mounted like a humorless bizarre circus and then transforming for the flimsy redemption of its protagonist, Her Smell lacks essentially a tuneful note, lingering too much time in an uncomfortable dissonant universe.

15 april

15 apr

Poster for 3 Faces

3 Faces

7

Panahi refuses to abandon his art; and if his film meditates about cultural tradition, it also works as a metaphor by targeting those who disregard artistic life, seeing it as a minor craft. He gets everything under control with his camera, which, observing quietly, inflicts a decent low-key treatment in a peculiar road movie marked by slightly intriguing moments.

12 april

12 apr

Poster for Quién te cantará

Quién te cantará

4

Laced with revelational yet laborious self-examinations, this is a sleep-inducing melodrama that never earns what it works so hard to accomplish.

12 april

12 apr

Poster for Girl

Girl

6

Despite ambitious and perfectly plausible in its complexity, the story could have taken the tension further, never entering into a thought-provoking territory.

9 april

9 apr

Poster for The Realm

The Realm

6

The Realm doesn’t cover new ground in the shadier tactics of politicians, but is ingeniously acted and well-meaning in its efforts to denounce their outrageous behaviors, impudent attitude, and obsession for power.

8 april

8 apr

Poster for Dragged Across Concrete

Dragged Across Concrete

3

Largely shot in lurid, gilded tones that serve to paint oppressive environments, Dragged Across Concrete is a tremendous misfire that even the most vehement fans of cop thrillers should have trouble to connect.

4 april

4 apr

Poster for Long Day's Journey Into Night

Long Day's Journey Into Night

6

Bi Gan presents us impasses and ambiguities along the way that by no means are resolved. I take my hat off to him in terms of filmmaking, yet the experience would have been better if the script had a less blurred nitty-gritty and more bite.

1 april

1 apr

Poster for Clergy

Clergy

6

Although far from outstanding in its execution, the film served to re-initiate inflamed yet necessary debates about well-known abuses in the Catholic Church worldwide.

29 march

29 mar

Poster for Pity

Pity

5

Pity is morbid and ludicrous nonsense that grows tiresome, loaded with grief-imbued close-ups, trapped in a rigid pace and unchangeable atmosphere, and failing to unlock much of the positive indications patented in its inaugural phase.

27 march

27 mar

Poster for Fighting with My Family

Fighting with My Family

4

Energetic fights at the sound of hard rock music are intercalated with scenes soaked in melodramatic gimmick, which never worked for me. Already twisting in my seat, I was gladdened when, finally, the credits started to roll.

26 march

26 mar

Poster for Custody

Custody

8

Custody is heartbreaking, but never feels manipulative, thanks to the believable performances. Indeed, both Ménochet and the young newcomer Gioria were perfect choices for their roles.

22 march

22 mar

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