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.

The Endless

★★½☆ – (2017) – Two brothers return to a commune they once escaped from, only to find it’s as strange as they initially believed. The first half is fueled by a rising mystery with intriguing characters and moments. Gets a little too zany for its own good toward the end, and is longer than need be, but always remains worthwhile.

Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom

★½☆☆ – (2018) – A few dinosaurs are rescued from a volcanic realm while a newly constructed breed makes trouble in a facility. Peaks 30-minutes in after an exciting lava chase, but the rest is a contest in which means less: the stale plot or the stale characters. Has some dark moments, but when the only sympathy is geared toward CGI monsters, something is seriously wrong.

A Quiet Place

★★☆☆ – (2018) – A small family continues to outlast creatures that attack anything that makes noise. Somehow won the world over, most likely those in for some decent scares and those who’ve never seen Tremors. While there are inventive moments, there are some illogical ones as well, along with predictability and the sad fact that we have no idea who these people are.

Deep Blue Sea 2

★½☆☆ – (2018) – Scientists in an underwater research facility fight for their lives against flooding and sharks. A veritable blueprint of the first film, so much so that this is far more a remake than a sequel. A failure in either regard, as this lacks the corn that made the original memorable and fun.

Cube 2: Hypercube

★★☆☆ – (2002) – A group of people are stranded in a box of many boxes that can manipulate time and space. No one involved is worth a squat, and nothing they say is remotely engaging. A corny lump of confusion that’s as hard to sort out as it is to not laugh at. Cheap cheese with too much unintentional humor.

Sequence Break

★½☆☆ – (2017) – A young man plays an arcade game that has the power to manipulate time and reality. A dull snoozer that relies too heavily on two characters who have no romantic chemistry, while the rest is too purposefully bizarre to invest any care in. Aims for a Cronenberg vibe, but misses by a mile.