All posts by Tarek Fayoumi amateur film critic in Chicago!

I am someone who strives to become a professional critic. I watch and review many movies. I view the eyes of movies as something as an art form. I have followed many critics over the years, but once I was thirteen I knew writing film reviews was going to be my passion. I learned from watching multiple episodes of Ebert And Roeper in my teen years, and then in middle school I began writing film reviews for a newspaper club. I am also an avid fan of the arts of Chicago including Theatre, Comedy, and music. Films, however, are my primary focus.

Gravity review By Tarek Fayoumi


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Nothing can defeat a space adventure that Gravity is. Gravity is visually-stunning. Sandra Bullock and George Clooney are spectacle in this cinematic experience where viewers feel they are part of the suspense. Especially in IMAX 3D. There have been several space movies that have captivated me, and at first with Gravity I was worried about it at first with the fact it is only ninety-two minutes. Where as most space movies go like two hours flat. However, it was a ninety-two minute thrill ride that I will have to experience again once it re-releases in IMAX January 31st. It is so worth it even for a second experience if it has already been seen once.

The story follows a space mission involving two astronauts in space Ryan Stone (Bullock) and Matt Kowalski (Clooney). Both are traveling space together and working on space mechanics in space. However within minutes of their procedures, things start falling apart. Satellites crashing, metal objects flying everywhere, and the home base getting destroyed. This leaves only Stone and Kowalski to find a way to survive so many stories high into space with probably very little or maybe even know help. In IMAX the suspense feels real, and you feel like literally you are joining them in the process of trying to survive.

I was blown away by this movie. I am a fan of many space movies like Apollo 13, ET, 2001: A Space Odyssey, and many more. It makes you look back at these space films wondering how space can be. It especially makes you think about what would actually happen if you could go to space in your life. How would you prepare? What can possibly go wrong? Gravity leaves you asking yourself all of these questions and actually makes the film become a more inviting experience when it gets even more suspenseful.

This is  Alfonso Cuaron’s tenth installment. I remember the most previous sci-fi movie he directed was back in the year 2006 and the film was Children of Men. For the editing he had his editor who edited his film Children of Men to edit Gravity. That editor is Emmanuel Lubezki. I will say honestly the editor deserves credit for editing this roller coaster ride of a movie. He made the space scenes so visual and was able to capture a variety of facial expressions of Sandra Bullock. Those facial expressions make audience feel that we can feel the emotions of the danger that Bullock’s character is experiencing.

Do they make it out of space alive? If you have not seen it Find out and see it for yourself. Three and a half stars. It is now playing in 3D for a limited time but if you really want the experience it returns to IMAX January 31. Do not miss it.

Ride Along Review


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Ride Along appears to seem like a film that may look as if it is a typical cop-comedy film.  It kind of is one of those films. What is entertaining about it the most is the dialogue and humor between Kevin Hart and Ice Cube. However, for Kevin Hart fans who are fans of his comedy and fans of other cop comedies like White Chicks21 Jump Street, and many others, than this film may be worth your time. Just do not assume it will be considered best comedy of the year or anything like that.

Ride Along focuses on a man named Ben (Hart) who is an avid online gamer of video games, a man who is obsessed with his girlfriend, and of course a man of high hopes to get into the police academy to become a police officer. He has two goals at once: to marry his girlfriend Angela and to become a hardcore police officer. Only conflict though, his colleague James (Cube) is Angela’s brother and is also his colleague in the police force. He has much more experience in the field of being a police officer than Ben does.

With James being a ruthless and self-centered jerk, he has low expectations of Ben and is really against him marrying his sister. However, he is also aware that Ben is so obsessed with being an officer and wants to impress Angela. Therefore, James makes a deal with Ben. In order for Ben to marry his sister, he must join him on a “ride along” to prove he is worthy enough to be in the academy and has got the guts to marry his sister. Which honestly, in no doubt will not be as smooth.

I was laughing during the movie. I am a person that when something is funny I will just start laughing and cannot help it. With Ride Along I was honestly surprised that I was laughing that much. Since before the movie I was thinking to myself that it was going to be boring or one of those films that is over-advertised and not actually a classic like it seemed to be advertised. 

The film is funny, but as it progresses, it just relies on the violence and the dialogue to find the funny. It had a plot structure but honestly was not really focusing on the plot to captivate its audience. It relied too much of the Kevin James dialogue and the quirky car chases, and quirky violence to find its funny.

Ride Along is a decent comedy. However, it is one I was impressed with for a few portions of it, but still think it could have been improved a ton. If you are looking for a comedy this may be worth a shot but it is also one I would just wait for DVD honestly. Two Stars.