Ralph Arida’s reviews

THE LINCOLN LAWYER

Despite its predictability and lack of originality, it still manages to be quite entertaining.

LIMITLESS

Yet another movie that mistakes its premise for its plot.

A PERFECT GETAWAY

Maybe a little less plot exposition and a little more flesh could have, for once, made this thriller a memorable one.

OBSESSED

The only reason why people will go see this film is to see Beyoncé kick the shit out of some white bitch for trying to steal her man.

MARTYRS

Pascal Laugier’s film stands more as a psychological experiment than as a horror film, testing its viewers’ tolerance and limitations.

MY BLOODY VALENTINE 3D

A bloody and side-splitting rollercoaster ride from hell.

SEVEN POUNDS

Overdramatic, overindulgent and overacted, “Seven Pounds” is simply overweight.

CADILLAC RECORDS

One of the most deliciously melodious biopics to have hit the theatres in a long time.

EAGLE EYE

With each movie, LaBeouf slowly establishes himself as the new generation’s leading man.

WHERE IN THE WORLD IS OSAMA BIN LADEN?

While questioning the movie’s relevance as well as the filmmakers’ mental sanity, I could not help but laugh wholeheartedly.

WHAT HAPPENS IN VEGAS

It’s kind of like Vegas: an addictive guilty pleasure.

10,000 B.C.

A prehistoric film done by cavemen.

PARANOID PARK

Although not the most accessible, it is an unquestionable masterpiece.

THE BANK JOB

What is the obsession with robbing banks in the movie business?

THE OTHER BOLEYN GIRL

Although quite entertaining for a period drama, it shamelessly diminishes the gravity of its subject matter.

SEMI-PRO

Ferrell is very funny in this film, but feels reduced to being the film’s clown instead of its lead.

PENELOPE

Starts off as a cute and heartwarming film beaming with humor and charm, but ends up relying too much on the familiar.

VANTAGE POINT

It succeeds as a great action movie, a compelling edge-of-your-seat thriller and mindless entertainment with a hint of realism.

JUMPER

It prioritizes the uninteresting rapports between the two leads and completely neglects its supernatural premise.

PERSEPOLIS

The storytelling is so honest and heartfelt, that even a cynic would embrace this movie unquestionably.

SEX AND DEATH 101

The movie feels like a collage of under-produced skits, that in the end make the movie feel disjointed and boring.

CLOVERFIELD

Makes a monster destroying New York City look convincingly real, and brings you on a hell of a ride doing so.