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

  • Rogue

    Rogue

    ★★½

    The story is interesting but a weak screenplay and over reliance on action scenes keep the movie from being more than okay. And boy howdy are there some awful CGI moments. Megan Fox gives a convincing lead performance and is the films most redeemable quality.

  • Dark Skies

    Dark Skies

    ★★½

    The cast here does a good job (particularly Keri Russell) but sadly the film is extremely predictable, relies on too many horror tropes, and prefers to shock and disturb randomly instead of flushing out the plot.

  • Poms

    Poms

    ★★½

    The cast here is great. They’re charming and heartwarming and funny as hell. The story is inspirational and moves a tear. The director though needs work. Some shots and transitions were repetitive and choppy with one scene not being consistent with the wind in the actresses hair Blowing one shot and being still the next. The script could’ve used a brush up as well, not quite being flushed out enough. 
    But at the end of the day it’s a feel good movie that made me feel good and that’s really all I can ask for.

  • Venom

    Venom

    ★★½

    Tom Hardy is great here, nailing his comedic moments as well as serving as a great protagonist. Michelle Williams is a great supporting actress. There’s a lot going for it, but alas it’s very undercooked. This movie could’ve stood out and been almost horror like, and an R rating would’ve been beneficial. But the plot is so rushed and underdeveloped that it blurs with every other comic book movie of the last decade.

  • Baywatch

    Baywatch

    ★★½

    The script needs a lot of work. The mystery aspect isn’t there and the villain is very 2 dimensional and unoriginal, despite Priyanka Chopra’s full commitment. The humor lands better than most people have said (in my opinion) but can’t still go a little too raunchy at times. 
    Honestly thought what works is the action sequences and the chemistry between Efron and Johnson. Johnson continues to stretch his comedy chops and Efron proves more than capable to perform as both…

  • Small Soldiers

    Small Soldiers

    ★★½

    Could easily be reduced in run time. Parts of the script are unnecessary, and it lacks heart. What it does successfully is break out of the cutesy family mold that similar films have followed.

  • True Lies

    True Lies

    ★★½

    I wanted so desperately to like this movie. I mainly sought it out because I’m a huge Jamie Lee Curtis fan, and she was definitely the best part of the movie. Maybe this film was good for 1994, but so much of the plot hasn’t aged well. The main character has a lot of fragile masculine issues, along with a lot of outdated language make this film a bit hard to watch. That combined with the clunky tone and narrative, and the almost cringe inducing action scenes make this movie a rough watch. Still though, Jamie Lee Curtis shines as I knew she would.

  • Underwater

    Underwater

    ★★½

    “Underwater” is such a thrill ride from beginning to end! Such a fun monster movie! Would’ve liked a bit more character development, but man this movie made me feel claustrophobic and horrified and I LOVED IT! Definite recommend for horror fans.

  • Bombshell

    Bombshell

    ★★½

    This movie didn’t shy away from showing the evil behavior that Fox News housed with Roger Ailes and gave a very harrowing insight to a toxic work place environment. I appreciated the depths and risks they took in telling this story. I liked the way they told Megyn Kelly’s story at Fox, not portraying her as a hero, and not shying away from her own misdeeds. 
    All three actresses (Charlize Theron, Nicole Kidman and Margot Robbie) were the highlights, each…

  • Ford v Ferrari

    Ford v Ferrari

    ★★½

    While true to its story and anchored by great performances from Christian Bale and Matt Damon, it seemed a little long and followed a familiar arch. Definitely a movie made for people with competitive bones. Overall though, while the movie didn’t break any new ground, it’s a fun feature and a fun bit of history.

  • Last Christmas

    Last Christmas

    ★★½

    The screenplay is a bit  recycled from a lot of other Christmas tropes, but the stellar cast make it enjoyable.

  • Harriet

    Harriet

    ★★½

    Missing some of the lesser known interesting facts of her life, but still delivering a solid tribute with an Oscar worthy performance by Cynthia Erivo.