Admittedly, I didn't have high hopes for Jon Lucas and Scott Moore's directorial debut 21 and Over. As a tepid fan of their previous script work -- The Hangover Parts I & II, The Change-Up -- I had braced myself for more of the same. What I got wasn't a drastic departure from that, but it nevertheless had its own vibe going, not to mention a steady stream of laughs. But more importantly, 21 also had characters I actually cared about, and that's something I couldn't say for The Hangover.
In Silent Hill: Revelation, director Michael J. Bassett delivers a direct sequel to the 2006 horror film Silent Hill. Loosely based on the third Silent Hill video game, Revelation centers on Heather Mason (Adelaide Clemens), who discovers on her eighteenth birthday that her presumed identity may be false after she's plagued by horrific nightmares. Soon, the disappearance of Heather's father (Sean Bean) spurs the teen's return to the demonic town of Silent Hill, where she and a fellow schoolmate (Kit Harington) must traverse through the terrors within.
Let's dive right into the deep end: If you haven't seen End of Watch, you should. I admit that the idea of a gritty "found footage"-style movie about the LAPD seemed needlessly gimmicky to me, but after about 10 minutes, one pretty much just forgets that Jake Gyllenhaal's patrolman Brain Taylor started off the story with the distracting contrivance of filming everyone in his downtown LA-adjacent precinct.
Directors Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman return to the Paranormal Activity franchise with a new tale of ghostly intervention. In this fourth installment, we pick up where the second film left off, five years after the disappearance of Katie (Katie Featherston) and her nephew Hunter. Now, Katie has reemerged in Henderson, Nevada, where she moves into a house across the street from teenager Alex (Kathryn Newton) and her family. When Alex takes notice of strange occurrences at home, she begins to suspect that her new neighbors may have something to do with it. Soon, she embarks on a documented investigation, along with the help of her good friend Ben (Matt Shively).
What happened to the Die Hard movies? As their titles have become ever more ridiculous, so the features themselves have been dipping in quality, with 2007’s Live Free or Die Hard (Die Hard 4.0 in the UK – we told you the titles were getting worse) a definite series low. Until now that is.
Director Seth Gordon has thus far had a pretty successful career, working on movies like Horrible Bosses, and episodes of Community, Modern Family and Parks and Recreation. Unfortunately, his latest road trip comedy Identity Thief doesn't pack nearly the same punch, in spite of its competent stars Jason Bateman and Melissa McCarthy.
Note: Our apologies, as this review is going up about a month after Frankenweenie was released on Blu-ray. But the good thing about a Blu-ray release is, unlike in the theater, you don’t have to rush out to see it – so consider this our belated, “Go check out this movie!” notice!
What a joy it is to have Tim Burton back with Frankenweenie. Sure, Burton has never stopped making movies, but let’s face it, the past decade and a half have been rough. Movies like Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and the especially terrible (yet incredibly financially successful) Alice in Wonderland felt like copies of copies – someone attempting to “do” Burton, but in an incredibly lifeless way, with none of the truly brilliant, bizarre whimsy he brought to films like Pee-wee’s Big Adventure or Beetlejuice, or the more poignant (yet still oh-so weird) touches in Edward Scissorhands or Ed Wood. The one big exception in the past decade was Sweeney Todd, which was rather delightfully twisted and fun, but it seemed like a blip on the radar, sandwiched in-between other let downs.
Over the years we've seen many variations of the classic zombie film, featuring slow zombies, fast zombies, consumerist zombies, even pet zombies. Warm Bodies has a take on the genre that's entirely new: a zom rom com told from a zombie's perspective.
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