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.

Prisoners Review


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Prisoners is a suspense masterpiece that keeps audiences on the edge of their seats. Hugh Jackman and Jake Gyllenhaal go overboard with their roles. I have never seen Jackman nor Gyllenhaal play intense roles so well. Prisoners is skeptical, haunting, chilling, you will be asking for more.

Prisoners focuses on a father named Keller Dover (Jackman) a man that takes his family to a neighbors house for a Thanksgiving Dinner. After the feast is finished the children scatter and do their own thing while the grown-ups socialize. Hours later Dover’s daughter goes missing and there is only one clue to her missing. The stranded RV, since Dover’s daughter wanted to play on the RV, but was denied by her brother. That is introduced to Loki (Jake Gyllenhaal), a detective assigned to the case. Also we are introduced to the main victim Alex (played by Paul Dano): a man with an IQ of a ten year old but may have something to do with Dover’s daughter. However, with very little evidence and Loki’s trouble of understanding the situation, Dover chooses to put risks into his own hands.

Prisoners honestly is paced just the way it should be. The film literally grasps every key moment to the missing of Dover’s daughter. The people being listed, the search parties, and the forces between Dover and Loki is just engrossing. The film had the message listed “Every Moment Matters.” In that case the movie felt like the whole attention span on it mattered the most.

Prisoners is fairly disturbing on one hand. The fact that Alex gets kidnapped by Dover and punished for answers. At moments (I am not giving away details) but the scenes were quite disturbing where at times I felt I could not handle it.

Overall, Prisoners is one of the best thrillers of 2013. It left me in shock by the ending, but also amazed by how my mind was blown away. It is a two hour and thirty-two minute film. It just feels like ninety when you get into it. Four stars.

Wolf of Wall Street Review


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This Christmas may have had more adult movies than children’s movies, but Wolf of Wall Street was a lethal yet sensational masterpiece. The film is quirky, raunchy, mind-blowing, and you will not want it to end. Leonardo DiCaprio knocks his performance out of the ballpark.

Wolf of Wall street focuses on the true story of Jordan Belfort (DiCaprio). Belfort is man who starts his Wall Street business in an auto body shop. He rounds up his own team of brokers and works his way up to make a bunch of money. However, the money being so much money that he does not know what to do with it.

I have seen many films relating to Wall Street business. These films ranging from Wall Street and Wall Street Money Never Sleeps. In those films the strategies to buying and selling stocks made it look like a learn it yourself deal. Not in the Wolf of Wall Street. Belfort makes a script for his brokers and teaches them speaking and selling strategies to sell successfully. That was appealing because that just proves that the more stocks sold, the crazier the movie gets.

Focusing on DiCaprio, I thought that DiCaprio really went over his head in this film. All at once he plays a drug addict, an alcoholic, and one of the wealthiest stockbrokers. What appealed to me was how he can pull of this movie being an insanely mad character. It is not because he has experience, or because of his looks, but with working with Scorsese on numerous occasions, he chooses his roles carefully.

The length of Wolf of Wall Street was Three hours. I have heard from many different sources that the film could have ran for literally four hours. I asked myself what would the extra hour be? Tons of more drugs, sex, and mayhem. If that could have happened, I would have been all for it. Since I was laughing up a lung the entire time.

Wolf of Wall Street is however not a movie intended for children. It is very vulgar and can be quite off limits with how the film goes. But to whoever can handle the obscure content and vulgarity, it is a thrill ride that you will never forget. Four stars.

The secret life of Walter Mitty Review


Brilliant, colorful, spellbinding,-a film that is wonderful in so many ways. That is The Secret Life of Walter Mitty. Ben Stiller directs and stars in this mind-blowing film. It will leave you thinking at one moment and being amazed the next. Sean Penn also is the supporting actor. Both Stiller and Penn are Phenomenal.

The Secret Life of Walter Mitty focuses on a man named Walter Mitty: nerdy, quirky, lonely, and main character (Stiller). Mitty works for Life Magazine putting images together. However he is assigned to do a photo assignment for a man named Sean O’Connel (Penn). O’Connel is an adventurist doing photography in the Himalayas. Mitty struggles to find a picture in a timeline for O’Connel. Therefore, he goes on a crazy journey to find the picture.

This movie had good lighting. Most of the film seemed to have mostly blue. At times I felt the blue color was overdone, however I think it fit the film in the end. Not because the Himalayas has a bunch of blue in the background, but it helps define the spirit of the film.

Also Stiller is a laid actor in most of the films he has done, including this one. In this film, his character is a man who zones out. When that happens he imagines explosions like it is actually happening. That concept may have been over exaggerated, but it got me going for hoping for more suspense. That happens many times to the point where Stiller’s character actually faces reality.

Walter Mitty is carefully paced, it just requires attention. May seem boring for some people, but it is a classic. Just requires some attention and understanding. I walked in the theatre not expecting much, and walked out being blown away. Three and a half stars.