– (2018) – A spaceship crew experiences problems of the unexplained variety, not the least of which is losing track of Earth. A silly and non-absorbing sci-fi mess that only ties itself to the other entries in the predictable final shot. The story never engages and the comedy is terrible.
– (2017) – People who fled Earth to avoid Godzilla return to destroy him. The action scenes have something of a pulse, but the rest is sheer boredom at its most mundane. The script is particularly awful, as every single line of dialog sounds written by a three-year-old who watches too many cartoons.
– (2016) – A troubled woman learns her role in monster attacks that are befalling Seoul. A unique and refreshing spin on giant creature movies, complete with highly involving characters and a plethora of surprises. Some of the dramatics are on the stiff side, but when all is said and done there’s nothing quite like this, which is a great thing.
– (2017) – A mute woman falls for a creature the government is holding captive as a means to win the space race. Certainly unusual, and does a great job creating sympathy for the central characters. For every moment of wonder, however, there are those of silliness and predictability. A B-movie with art house sensibilities.
– (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.
– (2017) – A group of kids are haunted by a shape-shifting clown when not hounded by bullies. Works incredibly well by presenting personable characters amid horrifying situations (with too much CGI). Mostly leaves adults out of the mix, which is a bit distracting, but does allow us to focus on the camaraderie among the leads, which results in an emotionally satisfying outcome. Pennywise, in his few scenes, is highly effective.