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  • The Girl with All the Gifts

    The Girl with All the Gifts

    ★★★

    Every now and then, The Girl with All the Gifts' screenplay feels an urge to retell, reshape and even reset the rules of the game - hence its need to be constantly explaining those changes through expository dialogue.

    The funny thing is that it's not really hard to make a zombie movie make sense: all you need is get things straight on how the virus is passed over, what the symptoms are and, of course, how to deal with it…

  • Top Spin

    Top Spin

    ★★★

    On one hand, Top Spin gets it right: it picks three characters to be under its spotlight and stick to them - which allows those three teenagers to be more than just stats on the screen; on the other, it fails on its attempts to discuss the way American parents exploit their athlete children as a way of fullfilling their own dreams - something Trophy Kids does way better.

    Still, the film is always engaging and instructive, not only showing…

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  • Backtrack

    Backtrack

    ★½

    WARNING: SPOILERS AHEAD.

    To begin with, the main conflict is based on one of the most annoying horror clichés ever: the memory loss one.

    Ok, whatever. A lot of other movies do so and some of them are pretty good, aren't they? I mean, what really pisses me off is that the screenplay is not smart enough even to set its main conflict and stick to it: first, we're led to believe it's all about what Adrien Brody's character has…

  • The Forbidden City

    The Forbidden City

    ★★½

    More often than not, Hollywood films take two hours to tell a story that would take just a few days to happen in real life. Back in the 1910's, however, one could also find wannabe epics like The Forbidden City, that tells in sixty minutes a tale that crosses two generations.

    I wish the oversimplification of the plot were the film's biggest flaw, though: much more fascinated by its romanticized ideas of an ancient and wild Chinese culture than by…