There’s a wide range of styles to choose from this weekend with a crazy animated comedy, a family escape to Mexico, a countryside trip that turns to horror and some intense action in covert op!

Check out our mini-reviews and have a great weekend!

You can still have a longer list of the releases under the “This Friday” section on the homepage.

The Mitchells vs. The Machines

WHY

This new production by Phil Lord and Christopher Miller (The Lego Movie) offer to witness an uprising of robots against humanity and will see how a family save the world! For his first film as a director Michael Rianda (with Jeff Rowe as co-director) brings us a story and a completely crazy humor. It’s not a coincidence with such producers. The current consumer and hyper connected society is not spared! The scenes of the father trying to use a computer are hilarious! The directing is very dynamic with full of really cool visual ideas like the mix of techniques (2D and 3D) as well as its superb art direction giving a touch very different from other current animated films! The rhythm almost never falters and the movie is full of references as for example the environments of the last act which really remind of Journey covers (says one of the characters)! The battle is really excellent mixing choreography and fight in the air! And we particularly appreciate the end credits which show pictures of the department heads in their youth representing perfectly the spirit of the movie!

WHAT

A quirky, dysfunctional family’s road trip is upended when they find themselves in the middle of the robot apocalypse and suddenly become humanity’s unlikeliest last hope!

WHERE

Netflix

The Mosquito Coast

WHY

If you like adventure and thrillers, Apple TV+ has something perfect for you with the new adaptation of the 1981 novel The Mosquito Coast written by Paul Theroux. His nephew Justin Theroux plays the lead role and is also the producer. The story follows Allie Fox, a brilliant inventor, and his family as they flee from American consumer society and, more importantly, from the police and federal authorities. The family lives as much as possible on the fringes of society (no school, no telephone, …) until they have to flee to Mexico. This long run is going to be very intense especially during several sequences like the border crossing of the desert or the meeting with the leaders of a cartel. But the tension won’t calm down once they cross the border with the arrival of various new threats! The casting is really perfect as well as the direction with its many visual ideas and its sublime cinematography! The father of the family is a really interesting character and often goes from a touching aspect to a tyrannical one but never in excess, the dosage is really well done. And he has a lot of work to do with all the tensions inside his own family and the unexpected changes of plan! The various women characters are not in the background and show their determination and power on several occasions. We can’t wait to discover the next adventures of this family!

WHAT

Adapted from the best selling novel, “The Mosquito Coast” is a gripping adventure and layered character drama following the dangerous journey of a radical idealist and brilliant inventor, Allie Fox (Justin Theroux), who uproots his family for Mexico when they suddenly find themselves on the run from the US government.

WHERE

Apple TV+

Things Heard & Seen

WHY

After the excellent Mank, Amanda Seyfried is back on Netflix in a very different genre with Things Heard & Seen which is the adaptation of the novel All Things Cease to Appear by Elizabeth Brundage. The story follows a seemingly perfect couple who decide to move from New York to the countryside. If everything seems perfect at the beginning, things will quickly go wrong, starting with the attitude of the husband (James Norton, seen in The Nevers) who, in addition to cheating on his wife, hides many secrets. And above all with the strange events that appear in the house. We then realise that the house is haunted by spirits, giving rise to a rather intense spiritism scene. The film plays on the great classics of the genre to make us jump scare but also brings some interesting ideas about spirits and offers some surprises. The approach is a bit different and that is appreciated. The cast works well even if we would have liked to learn more about some of the characters and the beautiful cinematography really makes you want to go for a walk in the countryside. Amanda Seyfried plays the role of the young mother who has been abandoned and lost perfectly. And even if the film will then be more confused in its last act (we still try to understand what happened in that final sequence), we still had a good time!

WHAT

A Manhattan couple moves to a historic hamlet in the Hudson Valley and come to discover that their marriage has a sinister darkness, one that rivals their new home’s history. Based on the acclaimed novel by Elizabeth Brundage.

WHERE

Netflix

Tom Clancy’s Without Remorse

WHY

For fans of action and secret special missions, don’t miss this adaptation of Tom Clancy’s book, Without Remorse, which introduces a new character after the famous Jack Ryan and enlarges the Ryanverse! John Kelly (played by Michael B. Jordan, he is also one of the producers) is very different from Jack Ryan, especially in his fighting skills and we have the proof of it from the excellent opening sequence. The action never stops and it’s a very good thing because these scenes are really efficient and very well choreographed like the one in the prison, the plane crash seen from inside or the long final sequence in a hotel. Even if John Kelly is very good at fighting, he is not an invincible superhero and he often comes out of these fights very battered! The rest of the cast is also very interesting like Jodie Turner-Smith that we are not really used to see in this kind of role but also Jamie Bell as a CIA agent without forgetting Guy Pearce! The story is very classic with its conflict between the USA and Russia, its manipulations and its story of revenge for John Kelly but it does not try to be more complex than necessary and we spend an excellent moment that offers its share of surprises, on this subject by the way, do not miss the post-credit scene! Get your combat package ready!

WHAT

An elite Navy SEAL uncovers an international conspiracy while seeking justice for the murder of his pregnant wife in Tom Clancy’s Without Remorse, the explosive origin story of action hero John Clark – one of the most popular characters in author Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan universe. When a squad of Russian soldiers kills his family in retaliation for his role in a top-secret op, Sr. Chief John Kelly (Michael B. Jordan) pursues the assassins at all costs. Joining forces with a fellow SEAL (Jodie Turner-Smith) and a shadowy CIA agent (Jamie Bell), Kelly’s mission unwittingly exposes a covert plot that threatens to engulf the U.S. and Russia in an all-out war. Torn between personal honor and loyalty to his country, Kelly must fight his enemies without remorse if he hopes to avert disaster and reveal the powerful figures behind the conspiracy.

WHERE

Amazon Prime

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