Well, what happened to John Wick’s dog? It won’t surprise you to learn that Maria and Kaleb have a romantic history. Netflix’s Philippines action movie Maria is a frustrating project.It has a couple of good action sequences, a couple of dull ones, and way too much talking in between the fighting. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Yeah, you’ve seen it all before. Sex and Skin: You know the scene in every assassin-revenge movie where the protagonist takes a shower, rinsing the blood of his/her battered and bruised body, but never shows any of his/her bits? Single Best Shot: In the movie’s best bit of choreographed violence, a medium shot holds on a doorway and window as Maria kicks the snot out of a few goons, their blood splattering on the glass. John Serba is a freelance writer and film critic based in Grand Rapids, Michigan. 1,243, This story has been shared 1,230 times. What happens to her family? Learn how your comment data is processed. When Will 'A Teacher' Episode 4 Be On Hulu? In fairness to Maria, some of the things that hold the movie back also give it some personality. ", ‘Below Deck’ Charter Guest Charley Walters Defends Behavior as “Drama for the Show”, 9 Movies on Netflix To Watch In Honor of Veterans Day, Stream It Or Skip It: 'A Teacher' On FX On Hulu, Where Kate Mara Is A Predatory Teacher In A Relationship With A Student, Kelly Clarkson Nails Steven Tyler's Falsetto in Amazing "Dream On" Cover, NBC News Correspondent Caught Cursing Into a Hot Mic in Viral Flub: "Oh S***, Oh F***". Maria is a slapdash revenge thriller that occasionally overcomes its shortcomings to hit a few high notes. What Time Will 'The Mandalorian' Season 2 Episode 2 Come Out on Disney+? 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Is there a fight scene where the assailants pound each other in a tiny nightclub bathroom stall? This is a direct-to-video actioner all the way, and it can’t shake the negative connotation associated with the DTV tag. Those who lived through the early 2010s may have remembered the string of mediocre media adaptations of Greek Mythology. Here are our guides for the absolute best movies on Netflix, must-see Netflix original series, documentaries, docuseries, and movies. Thursday, October 22, 2020. 3,226, This story has been shared 2,450 times. ), Lazaro is the only source of levity in this grim, stylish, but mostly grim bloodletting. Performance Worth Watching: Playing Greg, the grizzled old cynic who’s always reading a newspaper (a newspaper! The Netflix Original movie Maria serves it cold, cut up with a curvy-bladed knife. He has proven himself to be a fast worker, but he needs to work on his efficiency. Lopez is early enough in his career that I’m curious to see how he develops as a filmmaker. Victor huffs and puffs through most of his scenes, but nobody fears him. Light on plot, but an impressive bodycount and a potential new leading lady in the action genre help Maria stand out. She goes on an all-whiskey diet. 'Southern Charm': Shep Rose Reveals What Girlfriend Taylor Ann Green Did (And Didn't Do) To Lock Him Down. Here are our Netflix guides for the best war movies, documentaries, anime, indie flicks, true crime, food shows, rom-coms, LGBT movies, alien movies, gangster movies, Westerns, film noir, and movies based on true stories streaming right now. Containing a creepy titular character, played by go to creepy character man, Javier Botet, we get a story about sleep paralysis to the extreme and uneasiest. 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She works to undermine the cartel; she walks away in cool slo-mo as a warehouse full of drugs blows up behind her. 644, This story has been shared 581 times. It's Percy Jackson meets Castlevania. 'The Great British Baking Show': Is Hermine on Path to Win the Whole Season? Meet Madison LeCroy’s One Night Stand, 'Southern Charm' Recap: Kathryn Dennis Reveals Hookups with Cast Members Past and Present. Our Call: SKIP IT. 581, This story has been shared 466 times. We recapped every episode — check out the. 1,230, This story has been shared 1,166 times. 688, This story has been shared 644 times. It has a couple of good action sequences, a couple of dull ones, and way too much talking in between the fighting. What Movies Will It Remind You Of? 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