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 Ash Is Purest White

Ash Is Purest White

7

Preserving a detailed, intimate, and observant style, so reminiscent of Hou Hsiao Hsien, Zhangke provides us a culturally intense, consistently-told story with a noir sense of punishment, bitterness, and disillusion. This powerful look at an ever-transitioning Chinese society comes with plausible twists that indicate new times, new realities, and new postures.

18 march

18 mar

Poster for Capernaum

Capernaum

8

It’s all too painful and frustrating, but there are moments of true love and care. My only hesitation has to do with the too optimistic, even naive idea of justice. At once touching and infuriating, the film bursts with irrepressible sadness and deserves kudos for avoiding gratuitous sentimental deflections.

13 march

13 mar

Poster for 24 Frames

24 Frames

6

Although 24 Frames is attractive to the eyes and senses, it requires patience since there are no characters or even a plot to follow. Kiarostami prefers simplicity to opaqueness, and his method is pure, almost symbolizing the vision of a child. Not for everyone, these art forms are to stare at, relax, and enjoy.

12 march

12 mar

Poster for Pope Francis: A Man of His Word

Pope Francis: A Man of His Word

8

A documentary where the pontiff’s inspirational words of wisdom echo like bombs in our deaf ears.

12 march

12 mar

Poster for An Elephant Sitting Still

An Elephant Sitting Still

8

Hu Bo, who could have been a true artist of the cinema, put his spellbinding camerawork at the service of a brutal social exposition with plenty of anger and frustration. The effect is intimidating and very real.

6 march

6 mar

Poster for Museo

Museo

6

Ruizpalacios combines adventurous theft, archeology lessons, family aloofness, and a vitiated friendship all in one. The lens of cinematographer Damián García attractively captures all of this, but part of the energy accumulated during the journey wasn’t always canalized in the right direction.

5 march

5 mar

Poster for At Eternity's Gate

At Eternity's Gate

4

At Eternity's Gate is a superfluous biopic and a tedious experience slightly elevated by Dafoe’s acting efforts.

4 march

4 mar

Poster for Climax

Climax

4

Insidiously vicious, Climax requires patience, a resistant stomach, an all-embracing sense of humor to deal with the nonsense, and lots of tolerance toward its intellectual emptiness.

1 march

1 mar

Poster for Vice

Vice

6

Vice informs galore as it attempts to make the humoresque narrative work in its favor. It doesn’t always succeed and the scenes lack the heebie-jeebies that make political dramas triumph. For these reasons, mixed feelings arise whenever it comes to my mind.

28 february

28 feb

Poster for Shoplifters

Shoplifters

9

Beautifully shot and brimming with precious humane details, the film is always gentle in tone. Nothing surprising here since Koreeda is a creative storyteller that doesn’t need to make a fuss to clearly bring his point of view.

27 february

27 feb

Poster for Western

Western

8

The story takes its time to develop and requires patience at every languid turn, but once you let yourself be enveloped by its mood, it’s all rewards.

26 february

26 feb

Poster for Happy New Year, Colin Burstead

Happy New Year, Colin Burstead

6

Some of the film’s passages struggle with unevenness and the watching is more relaxed and fluid after the sometimes arduous task of identifying who is who.

25 february

25 feb

Poster for Mug

Mug

4

Despite some accurate remarks about her native country, Szumowska couldn’t dissimulate the heavy-handedness in her processes, being less interested in giving a decent resolution to the tragedy than overtly mocking about it. Mug is uninspired and forgettable.

21 february

21 feb

Poster for A Twelve-Year Night

A Twelve-Year Night

7

Brechner forgot to expose an important detail: the political background of the characters. Even so, it was hard to take my eyes off the screen.

20 february

20 feb

Poster for Can You Ever Forgive Me?

Can You Ever Forgive Me?

8

Heller’s expeditious direction and consistent storytelling potentiate both the gravitas and the titillation of an amusing biopic.

17 february

17 feb

Poster for Araby

Araby

6

Even with all its flaws, you will be moved by its humanity, but don’t be surprised if a deep feeling of solitude invades your spirit.

14 february

14 feb

Poster for Suspiria

Suspiria

3

Mediocre at its best, presenting very little substance and lacking interesting character development. The songs by Radiohead’s Thom Yorke provide short moments of pleasure in a film to be quickly erased from memory.

13 february

13 feb

Poster for Green Book

Green Book

8

Green Book is impregnated with funny moments, conveying assertive energy that occasionally resembles the classics. Regardless of the possible nonconformity with the facts, the film was put together in a way that is visually and narratively exciting...

12 february

12 feb

Poster for If Beale Street Could Talk

If Beale Street Could Talk

7

Jenkins exerted the expected sensitivity for each scene, yet some of them worked better than others.

12 february

12 feb

Poster for Bohemian Rhapsody

Bohemian Rhapsody

5

Bohemian Rhapsody is ostentation, offering limited musical insights and dramatic tension within a stereotyped approach. Queen’s burning music is all that's left.

11 february

11 feb

Poster for The Heiresses

The Heiresses

7

Balancing the low-key tones that involve the story with the ever-present inner tension of the main character, Martinessi aims at Paraguayan society. Moreover, the slow developments suit the story well, which, working under the sign of authenticity, stirs up captive emotions. The Heiresses is an understated yet assured work.

9 february

9 feb

Poster for Transit

Transit

7

The extraordinary performances magnify the complexity of the characters, surrounding them with empathy. Still, you will find emotional pain in every each of them. It’s outstanding how quietly the director gets close to these people.

8 february

8 feb

Poster for Blaze

Blaze

7

Capturing the emotional subterfuges of an artist you’ve probably never heard of, the film never felt less than thoroughly lived-in by a cast that was permanently in the care of making this small work a bigger achievement. It’s a lengthy, inebriating, and casually funny experience that didn’t fall into the usual traps of biographical films.

7 february

7 feb

Poster for Bird Box

Bird Box

4

Ms. Bier, whose previous directorial efforts kept toggling between competent and sloppy, fully embraces Hollywood this time with dubious quality, and that comes with a price. Following impossible, far-fetched routes, Bird Box is a lumbering and quite incongruous mess.

6 february

6 feb

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