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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




    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


    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…