– (2017) – A boy who has strange dreams escapes disguised creatures from another dimension by slipping into their dimension. Yes, there’s a gunslinger, and yes, there’s a man in black, but not much else is reminiscent of the novels. Very few (if any) characters or situations are explained, rendering this a confusing mess.
– (2017) – Tornadoes of sharks summoned at Stonehenge whisk those who try to stop them to different parts of the world. Does squeeze out some fun in the pre-credit sequence, but afterwards takes a steady decline into repetition and boredom. Some actors do teach a valuable lesson though: don’t get too much plastic surgery.
– (1977) – A swashbuckling sailor and his comrades travel to a distant land to break the curse of a prince-turned-baboon. While there are moments of adventure and monster activity, everything in between moves incredibly slow. Gets points for imagination, but the excitement factor is bogged down by the languid pace.
– (1958) – A swashbuckling sailor helps a devious magician reclaim his magic lamp in a land of monsters. Though the human element is paper thin, and the pace often sluggish, this deserves a ton of respect for the effective creature moments. Deservedly renown for its F/X, while the plot is a simple means to get to the stop-motion highlights.
– (2016) – A task force struggles to locate six books that can cause the death of anyone inscribed within. Though the initial idea still holds intrigue, the first hour is overloaded with dozens of details regarding convoluted rules. An overlong mishmash of names and identities that serve as a reminder of how this series is more effective when focused.
– (2017) – A space crew hones in on a beacon sent from a planet with reproduction issues. Takes a while to get going, and has plenty of slow spots, but does manage to excite on occasion. Answers questions posed in Prometheus, but not in an air tight manner. Certainly entertaining, and worthy of the franchise.
– (2017) – A military guided expedition to an unclaimed island leads to the discovery of a massive ape. Gets off to a rip-roaring start, but after the first major action sequence, the pace takes a serious hit. Separate parties wander toward a rendezvous point amid sporadic creature battles, yet only one character has a background while others go missing for long stretches. The human scope is empty, but the mystique of Kong is top notch.