Oliver has written 26 reviews for films rated ★★ .

  • Dune

    Dune

    ★★

    It doesn’t matter how competent the acting is, how unique the visuals are, or how nice the score is because that is mostly undermined by an adaptation that fails to effectively interpret Frank Herbert’s dense novel, and as a result of this and the film’s unsuitably bizarre nature, this is a confusing, laborious mess.

  • Serenity

    Serenity

    ★★

    The story is utterly ridiculous, and even more so once its preposterous twist is revealed, yet the film takes itself so seriously and is acted and presented with such conviction, panache, and baffling irony that it becomes inadvertently hilarious.

  • Bohemian Rhapsody

    Bohemian Rhapsody

    ★★

    Despite a great Live Aid performance, this relatively lazy biopic of the classic, world-renowned rock band and legendary lead singer suffers from a clumsy script, lots of poor editing choices, and an unwelcome, biased view of Freddie Mercury’s sexuality.

  • Halloween

    Halloween

    ★★

    A disappointing sequel to the 1978 original that lacks the unnerving frights and genuine moments of terror that made that film so memorable or even enough tension to make the scare factor work. Here, it just resorts to grotesque violence and contains some irritatingly incompetent characters who are merely serviceable to the plot and there to up the body count. 

    And it is so frustrating to see all its potential washed away by absurdly misplaced and stupid comedic beats while…

  • Cloud Atlas

    Cloud Atlas

    ★★

    The dazzling visuals and painstaking but blatant makeup do little service to this pretentious, incredibly ponderous, and ineptly written adaption to a dense novel that would’ve been best left alone, as the film is utterly forgettable and leaves the impression that its ambitions went further than having a message or meaningful story to tell.

  • Ip Man 2

    Ip Man 2

    ★★

    Nowhere near as good as its predecessor, Legend of the Grandmaster suffers from a significantly weaker storyline that is bloated, derivative, predictable, and overlong, containing less impressive fight choreography, overdramatic music, some silly dialogue, poor acting (mainly from the British), and is much less poignant—especially due to its Rocky-esque formulaic plot that further shows how mediocre this sequel is.

  • The Way of the Gun

    The Way of the Gun

    ★★

    The Way of the Gun lives up to its title with a few skillful gunfights and a tense final showdown. But the film fails to provide any worthy protagonist(s) amid a lackadaisical storyline that could’ve at least been engaging if it weren’t so long. The performances, especially, are predominantly weak, but del Toro and Caan are still decent. Also trying to replicate too many different cinematic tones between Western, gangster, and detective, the final product is a cheap, derivative crime thriller.

  • John Wick: Chapter 2

    John Wick: Chapter 2

    Overly violent, missing the rawness of its predecessor, and characters that have no depth. This film has no tension due to a weak story and is ultimately less entertaining than the first. The execution isn't bad though.

  • John Wick: Chapter 2

    John Wick: Chapter 2

    Stupid movie consists of too much violence with weak characters and plot. Not appalling at the very least for a few engaging scenes, otherwise pretty boring.

  • Mr. Bean's Holiday

    Mr. Bean's Holiday

    ★★

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  • The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari

    The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari

    ★★

    Who is insane?

    Film, like all art forms, is an expression influenced by its time. The bizarre story in Caligari can be a bit of a stretch to comprehend, but that’s expressionism. Also, I can understand how this film is highly influential and is a milestone for early cinema—considered the first official horror film. However, the silence can lose the impact in an hour and twenty minutes if the story’s not all that interesting. Well, the movie itself is silent, and…

  • Black Panther

    Black Panther

    ★★

    Wow, this movie is lame.