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 Claire's Camera

Claire's Camera

7

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

8

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

Dede

7

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

Poster for The House That Jack Built

The House That Jack Built

7

While Matt Dillon is insanely convincing in his performance, Von Trier obtains an extravagant blend of horror and humor from the monstrosity of his character.

17 january

17 jan

Poster for The Favourite

The Favourite

9

Broadening his vision and maturing his signature style, Lanthimos skillfully weaves the threads of a story that never stops to amuse us in a sort of mundanity-meets-elegance.

17 january

17 jan

Poster for Private Life

Private Life

6

It’s a grown-up, patient look at infertility that, even enchanting here and there, misses that little spark that leads to the heart.

15 january

15 jan

Poster for Shadow

Shadow

8

Visually, it never ceases to dazzle our eyes, either through the quasi-monochromatic canvases displaying misty Chinese landscapes or the ingenious costume design. Shadow is a sumptuous sensory feast filled with spectacle, surprise, and madness.

14 january

14 jan

Poster for Everybody Knows

Everybody Knows

5

There’s little to differentiate this film from other generic drama-thrillers out there, and even if the images shine bright, they were not enough to make Everybody Knows glittering like gold.

10 january

10 jan

Poster for The Family

The Family

7

The young Reyes stands out and the production values are strong, with a well-deserved special mention for the cinematography of Luis Armando Arteaga.

9 january

9 jan

Poster for Roma

Roma

10

While the performances are immaculately genuine, Cuarón’s unparalleled direction convinced me in every aspect since he never loses focus with trivialities.

7 january

7 jan

Poster for Colette

Colette

4

Despite some admirable period details, the interesting moments come and go in a perpetual intermittence, becoming increasingly scarce when the story reaches its final part.

4 january

4 jan

Poster for Tyrel

Tyrel

3

Tyrel breaks at the weight of its own ambition, feeling like an undergraduate exercise in tension. Sadly, even that tension is wasted.

3 january

3 jan

Poster for The Guilty

The Guilty

7

With so little, Moller extracted the most of a story he co-wrote with Emil Nygaard Albertsen, also on account of Cedergren’s flawless performance and some clever warps in the script.

2 january

2 jan

Poster for Madeline's Madeline

Madeline's Madeline

9

In addition to the dreamlike tones created, which feel intriguing and disorienting, there is a furious earthly side well rooted in reality.

25 december

25 dec

Poster for Lizzie

Lizzie

4

With such a potential story in hands, Macneill had everything to create greater suspenseful moments with a stronger impact if he hadn’t a heavy hand. A thriller that is never unsettling soon becomes a triviality.

25 december

25 dec

Poster for We the Animals

We the Animals

8

Mounted with arresting visuals and dream-like tones by documentarian Jeremiah Zagar, We The Animals is a strong personal statement sustained by an absorbing narrative.

25 december

25 dec

Poster for The Hate U Give

The Hate U Give

5

Besides didactic, the film carries the expected passion, objection, and anger to transform itself in something dramatically appealing. However, clichés in the storytelling as well as in the visual dynamics are a reality, while the surprises are few.

18 december

18 dec

Poster for Widows

Widows

8

Deftly mounted to please the crowds in obvious ways, Widows benefits from the organized structure of its storytelling and the ability to never slackening in tension or emotion.

17 december

17 dec

Poster for The Wife

The Wife

6

Despite the potentiality, this embittered love tale and domestic drama film never exploded because neither of its characters exploded when they needed and were supposed to.

2018.12.14

2018

Poster for The Ballad of Buster Scruggs

The Ballad of Buster Scruggs

8

This is cinema peppered with generally convincing acting and the superior visual sensibility of French cinematographer Bruno Delbonnel, who had already worked with the Coens in Inside Llewyn Davis. It is original, brainy, and funny.

2018.12.13

2018

Poster for Zama

Zama

8

Filled with situations that mirror the social and racial preconception of the time, this hypnotic tale of punishment and atrocious colonialism is an engrossing experience, likely to be turned into a cult film.

2018.12.10

2018

Poster for The Little Stranger

The Little Stranger

5

Here, the ambiguity doesn’t work as a positive factor and not everyone will have the patience for a family tragedy that on several occasions felt apathetic and calculated. It should go down smoothly with fans of the genre, though.

2018.12.07

2018

Poster for Support the Girls

Support the Girls

4

The stakes of the premise simply aren’t enough to carry this story, thus, the best you will get is Hall’s genuine performance, and Bobo (Lea DeLaria), a quite curious character who should have had more time to shine.

2018.12.07

2018

Poster for Cold War

Cold War

8

It is a simply told, beautifully composed piece of work in which the black-and-white cinematography by Lukasz Zal enhances the dramatic tones of a decadent and ultimately tragic romance.

2018.12.04

2018

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