It: Chapter Two

★★½☆ – (2019) – A group of friends reunite 27 years after battling an evil force that feeds on fears. Does a good job showcasing an assortment of unique F/X sequences, but the human element is too shallow. The kids have become types, and by focusing too much on their past the reasons to save their hometown in the present is lost. Entirely too long, and could have used less false scares against characters we already know survive their childhoods.

Godzilla: King of the Monsters

★★☆☆ – (2019) – Giant monsters are unleashed to deplete the world population, but they’re more intent on wiping out each other. The human characters are forgettable thanks largely to a stale and corny script, but fans of the series won’t care. The entire point here are the F/X filled action scenes, which are pretty effective when not too dark or discombobulated.

Holidays

★★½☆ – (2016) – Anthology of six stories that focus on a bullied teen, an evil spawn, a resurrected creature, fertility rituals, a family search, female revenge, a virtual reality device, and dual murderers, all taking place on separate holidays. Though there are brushes with amateurism and silliness, there are also moments of shock and tension. Nothing stands out as a classic, as even the best tales have lackluster outcomes, but this is enjoyable straight through.

Deathstalker II: Duel of the Titans

★★☆☆ – (1987) – A warrior and a princess aim to reclaim her kingdom from a clone created by an evil magician. There’s a goofy charm persistent throughout, which is a major saving grace since this is pretty dry even with the campy tone. Swords, sorcery, and zombies and in supply, but the plot sustaining them is a bit too thin.