The Nightmare

½☆☆☆ – (2015) – Faux documentary about a bunch of people who describe their dark brushes with sleep paralysis. An excruciating experience that gets old five minutes in, but insists on dragging out stories that get less involving the more they expand. Might have worked as a short, but this is full length torture of bad actors pretending to have real plights.

Super 8

★☆☆☆ – (2011) – A group of kids filming a movie witness the start of a monster invasion. Tries incredibly hard to come across as a Spielberg movie, but can’t come close to matching the heart and humor of his early films. Every character and action goes through tired motions and can’t create a single emotion or a sense of fun. Predicable and soulless.

Life

★★☆☆ – (2017) – A space station crew is stalked by an alien that increases in size as it kills. Has too many moments that remind of superior films (Alien, Gravity, Species) and is nearly destroyed by a lousy script that has characters constantly saying and doing stupid things. Does have occasional tension, and the conclusion is effective even though it’s the result of incompetence.