Mockingjack has written 36 reviews for films rated ★★½ .

  • Home for the Holidays

    Home for the Holidays

    ★★½

    Wow this is messy... I wanted so desperately to like it more than I did. I love Jodie Foster, and as the director here I think she does well. But she’s battling a script that is borderline incoherent. She does her best, but my oh my did this script need a second and third rewrite. The dialogue is jumbled like a toddler wrote part of it. The performances here also are pretty great, Robert Downey Jr is particularly fantastic here. I’m thankful Jodie Foster has found better scripts in her later directing outings.

  • American Murder: The Family Next Door

    American Murder: The Family Next Door

    ★★½

    Very lackluster... of course the subject matter is horrifying enough to never look away, but the documentary itself does nothing to shed light on missed facts or give others some new voices. It just feels like an extended news story, which is sad because it could’ve been done a lot better.

  • Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising

    Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising

    ★★½

    There are moments of real fun and comedic bits but overall it simply relies to heavily on the same bits from the first one and the charisma of its stars. Everyone in the cast gives there all, and after all it’s really just about the fun you have.

  • The Christmas House

    The Christmas House

    ★★½

    Some of this is actually really heartwarming. The gay couple storyline actually made me really happy, the entire conversation wasn’t about sexuality, it actually had heart and soul. The main story was okay but had such a recycled plot from 1000 other hallmark movies. And the parent plot Is confusing at best. 
    It’s hallmark so you can’t expect much. Johnathan Bennett though is a standout and deserves better.

  • Christmas with the Kranks

    Christmas with the Kranks

    ★★½

    The plot is a little muddled and it’s message about Christmas is a little sketchy but man this is a fun time. I love every moment Jamie Lee Curtis is on screen, she gives her all just as much here as anything else she’s done. Some of the sequences are delightful and it puts you in the Xmas spirit. And at the end of the day, you can’t ask for much more from a Christmas movie.

  • Ava

    Ava

    ★★½

    This was a disappointment. Let me start by saying I’m a huge Jessica Chastain fan and she’s still great here. She proves to be a great choice to lead an action movie. But she’s almost too good for this movie. The screenplay can’t decide which movie it wants to be; either a assassin on the run story or a dramatic family showcase. The direction doesn’t do much to clear it up, having no creative touch. Colin Firth is a decent…

  • Unhinged

    Unhinged

    ★★½

    Not what I expected from the trailers and in this case that was a bad thing. I thought this was going to be a fun movie but I found it frustrating with its main characters purpose. His motivations are mixed and need a bit more development. It feels like it’s trying to make a statement but instead borders on a bit offensive. Crowe has moments of goodness but at times I can’t help but think he overdoes it. The one highlight is the action sequences are well done and intense.

  • Come Play

    Come Play

    ★★½

    A really intriguing premise that isn’t fully baked. The performances seem a bit untamed at times but are successful most of the time (especially the young man leading the show.) some of the visuals work and others done. Biggest issue is how repetitive some of the scenes feel. It feels like we’ve seen it multiple times. The film would’ve worked a bit better in the mid 2000’s when jump scare horror was all the horror we got, but with such big advancements in horror recently, you can’t help but wish there was more to this story.

  • Blair Witch

    Blair Witch

    ★★½

    While providing some decent jump scares and visuals, the new Blair witch doesn’t add much to the myth that revolutionized horror for a generation. It regurgitates most of its story structure and doesn’t come across as true found footage. It’s a fun sequel but not near as marvelous as it’s original predecessor.

  • Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers

    Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers

    ★★½

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    I love the addition of new character Jamie, and some of the scenes are chill inducing. But much like a number of the Halloween sequels, it pales in large comparison to the original. The twist about Laurie strode never worked (thank you 2018 sequel for clearing that one) and killing her off, not seen, made no sense. I will give the film credit For including a side plot about the dangers of town militia. But overall there’s not much new here and it’s missing the best part of these movies; Jamie Lee Curtis

  • Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Myers

    Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Myers

    ★★½

    I LOVE the Halloween movies and even when they are bad, I will still rewatch them. Thus far this one is my least favorite as it really doesn’t do much to advance the plot. There’s numerous plot holes and confusing character developments. The actual killings aren’t as tasteful as the previous installments either. Overall, I will still rewatch this and enjoy it because it’s a Halloween movies but it could’ve been a lot better.

  • Vampires

    Vampires

    ★★½

    John Carpenter will always be remembered for being a master of horror and gifting us three classics, several B horror films, and a few lackluster films. Vampires falls in the last category. It has a lot of interesting elements and concepts but chooses to become a “dude” movie and focus on violence and cracks some cringe worthy jokes. There’s a lot of crude humor that doesn’t work, and our lead James Woods seems to be very miscast here. If Carpenter…