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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Number of movie reviews: 349 / 349


Poster for Western



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


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



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


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?


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



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



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


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


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


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


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



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



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


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

Poster for Heavy Trip

Heavy Trip


An absurdist, powerhouse folly, which feels spunky enough to honor the musical genre and comes filled with deadpan hilarity to please comedy addicts.

5 february

5 feb

Poster for Daughter of Mine

Daughter of Mine


Whereas Bispuri’s direction is guileless and focused, the script, co-written with Francesca Manieri, could have been slightly adjusted, especially in its final section where the complexity of the situation spins no payoff and got me a bit frustrated.

4 february

4 feb

Poster for Wildlife



This closely observed family portrait, a study of loss and trauma, comes in tones of pervasive sadness. The fully shaped characters convey innate veracity, making us plunge headfirst into their afflictions, hopes, and frustrations.

1 february

1 feb

Poster for The Old Man & the Gun

The Old Man & the Gun


This efficient account charms with a breezy fluidity, also displaying decorous looks and settings that conjure up that slightly opaque glow of the 1980s.

31 january

31 jan

Poster for First Reformed

First Reformed


Brooding in tone and sincerely acted, First Reformed succeeds on the strength of its complex theme, not only examining the hardships of faith but also alerting for the gradual decay of our planet.

30 january

30 jan

Poster for 22 July

22 July


On the one side, Greengrass touches the melodrama through the use of some emotional manipulation, but on the other side, he creates a visceral impact with the horrifying scenes.

28 january

28 jan

Poster for The Sisters Brothers

The Sisters Brothers


With salient dark humor popping out from time to time and a great score by Alexandre Desplat, The Sisters Brothers provides proper entertainment even when things become a bit out of control.

28 january

28 jan

Poster for La caméra de Claire

La caméra de Claire


Not among the director’s best efforts and yet, has the power to captivate us with its lightness, effortless spontaneity, and instinctive charm.

24 january

24 jan

Poster for The Wild Pear Tree

The Wild Pear Tree


The deep meaning of the words blended with the pure, hyper-realistic filmmaking style of Ceylan, makes it a very rich experience.

23 january

23 jan

Poster for Dede



The director addresses vital topics with a competent execution, which only failed in creating a bit more dramatic frisson in some essential parts of the story.

21 january

21 jan

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