• Old

    Old

    ★½

    M. Night Shyamalan’s latest supernatural thriller film was a mess. A family on vacation was invited by the resort along with a small group of people to an exclusive beach and it takes a turn when they all start aging at an abnormal rate. Such an uneven performance. I liked the kids more than the adult actors. The dialogue was clunky. They over-explained everything yet it still was riddled with plot holes. Instead of organically introducing characters, they made the…

  • Candy

    Candy

    ★★★½

    This crime drama miniseries is a 5 part fictionalized retelling of a true story from the late 70s. Starring Jessica Biel as the title character Candy, a seemingly perfect Texas suburban housewife is accused of brutally murdering her friend Betty, played by Melanie Lynskey (liked her in I Don’t Feel at Home in This World Anymore). Fun casting, everyone did a great job except for the cameo. It turned this into a parody when that person showed up. Luckily Biel…

  • When the Streetlights Go On

    When the Streetlights Go On

    ★★

    I was drawn to this Quibi 10-episode (less than 10 minutes each) crime drama limited series currently on Roku Channel because of the cast. A double homicide shock the teenagers in the small town of Illinois as Charlie played by Chosen Jacobs tries to piece together what happened. It’s nice to see Mark Duplass (Language Lesson) and Kristine Froseth (Looking for Alaska) on screen again but it was short-lived. Jacobs and Sophie Thatcher who played the sister of Froseth’s character…

  • Tragedy Girls

    Tragedy Girls

    ★½

    A disappointing horror-comedy. Starring Alexandra Shipp and Brianna Hildebrand as Makayla and Sadie, high school besties obsessed with true crime, capture the town’s serial killer. While keeping him in captivity they decide to continue the murdering spree to grow followers for their blog. The acting was unbalanced in this. I enjoyed Shipp’s performance. Hildebrand was very stiff as heck. Jack Quaid was good and likable. It’s super tropey with teen drama and antics. At times it felt like a 90s…

  • Language Lessons

    Language Lessons

    ★★★★

    This is a comedy-drama shot entirely through video chat. Starring Mark Duplass as Adam, who was gifted weekly Spanish lessons via Zoom with Carino the Spanish teacher played by Natalie Morales for his birthday. An unexpected platonic bond develops between the two when a tragedy occurs. Duplass and Morales were so endearing in this. The friendship felt genuine and there was a gentleness to it. It’s a human drama with complex emotions. But there was also lighthearted quirky humor that…

  • Last Night in Soho

    Last Night in Soho

    ★★★½

    A visually stunning psychological horror thriller. Starring Thomasin Mckenzie as Elouise, an aspiring fashion designer who has a deep love for the 60s moves out to London for school. She somehow transports back while she’s asleep to that timeframe following a singer Sandie, played by the mesmerizing Ana Taylor-Joy. It takes a dark turn when she blurs the line between reality and fantasy. Mackenzie was charming as a lead and Taylor-Joy was magnificent. The split story has a lot of…

  • House of Gucci

    House of Gucci

    How did Ridley Scott go from directing The Last Duel to this crummy crime drama? Starring Lady Gaga as Patrizia, an assertive outsider marries Maurizio Gucci played by Adam Driver, who comes from a wealthy Italian fashion empire. Patrizia’s drive begins to cause conflicts between the family, the business, and love resulting in betrayal and revenge. All the performances were insane in this, especially Jared Leto and Al Pacino. The accents were egregious, cutting in and out. It’s distracting, chaotic,…

  • The Wolf of Snow Hollow

    The Wolf of Snow Hollow

    ★★★½

    This mystery horror-thriller was a unique spin on the werewolf genre. Directed, written by, and starring Jim Cummings as John Marshall, a high-strung police officer overwhelmed with stress has to deal with dismembered bodies found during a full moon. Performances were fine. Cummings (The Beta Test) nails it when it comes to these unhinged characters. It started slow, spending a lot of time on the uninteresting introduction before the story got started with the main plot. Once it got going,…

  • Spider-Man: No Way Home

    Spider-Man: No Way Home

    ★★★★½

    I just watched the latest installment of this action-adventure superhero following the events from Spider-Man: Far From Home on the plane, and wow, what an amazing ending to this trilogy. Tom Holland returns once again as Peter Parker, this time his secret identity has been revealed. Peter and those closest to him now have to deal with the repercussions of knowing him. He reaches out to Doctor Strange who helps conceal his identity but accidentally unleashes powerful villains he will…

  • Spider-Man: Far From Home

    Spider-Man: Far From Home

    ★★★½

    Finally decided to rent the second installment of the Tom Holland-led Spider-Man action-adventure since the plane was playing the latest one. Holland returns as Peter Parker and the title character, during a school summer trip to Europe, Nick Fury played by Samuel L. Jackson, exhorts Peter to help them destroy mysterious creatures from an alternative reality before they destroy civilization. The action and CGI look great in this. Holland, Jake Gyllenhaal, Marisa Tomei, and Jon Favreau were fantastic. Zendeya’s deadpan…

  • American Refugee

    American Refugee

    ½

    This dystopian action thriller is the second collaboration with Blumhouse and Epix, it says it's a horror but not really. After the American economy collapse and chaos break out, a family seek shelter at a survivalist bunker and must find a way to earn their place to stay. The acting in this was not convincing at all. It’s not long before the danger starts but it’s boring and things don't pick up. This was a poorly constructed survival story, highly…

  • Triple Frontier

    Triple Frontier

    ★★★★

    This was a tense action heist thriller that showcases these actors remarkable talents. Starring Oscar Isaac (Dune, Scenes from a Marriage), Ben Affleck (The Last Duel, The Tender Bar, Deep Water), Charlie Hunnam, Pedro Pascal (recently in The Bubble), Garrett Hedlund as former special force operatives reunites for a high stake heist to steal millions for themselves from a dangerous South American drug lord. A powerful ensemble cast with amazing performances. This was a character study at its core, a complicated…