The ABCs of Death 2

ABCs of Death 2, The

★★½☆ – (2014) – Anthology of 26 stories based on each letter of the English alphabet. An improvement over the original, as even the silly segments are handled with some care. “W” is especially disturbing, but many episodes are unique and satisfying in their own way. An overall success.

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

The Hobbit 2

★★☆☆ – (2013) – Varying Middle Earth inhabitants quest for a stone once stolen by a fearful dragon. An overblown assortment of long speeches, last minute rescues, uneven humor, and ridiculously choreographed action. Visually impressive, but the characters haven’t grown since the previous film, which only adds to the emptiness.

Labyrinth

Labyrinth

★★☆☆ – (1986) – A girl is whisked to a dark fantasy world where she must locate and save her brother. The atmosphere is the highlight, as things not often seen are brought to life in freaky fashions. However, the plot isn’t much, the characters are annoying, and the musical numbers are atrocious.

Imaginaerum

Imaginaerum

★★☆☆ – (2012) – An aged musician tries to piece his mind together in his dreams, while his daughter sorts out his physical life. Makes sense in the end, but the thin plot needn’t be so purposefully convoluted. Tries to mask meaning with cheap visuals and emotion with songs that are better heard than seen.