– (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.
– (2017) – Med students who kill themselves to explore death return to life haunted by the sins of their past. The previous version worked well thanks largely to a Gothic backdrop, but this one has no such vision. A too polished and too corny remake that features too many characters not worth investing any time or emotion in.
– (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 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.
– (2017) – A boy who has strange dreams escapes disguised creatures from another dimension by slipping into their dimension. Yes, there’s a gunslinger, and yes, there’s a man in black, but not much else is reminiscent of the novels. Very few (if any) characters or situations are explained, rendering this a confusing mess.
– (2007) – A man inadvertently travels back in time to avoid a killer, and gradually learns the dark ramifications of repeating the past. Has a unique premise that takes plenty of unexpected turns, although some events can feel muddled. Has moments that question logic, but is moderately gripping overall.
– (2017) – Tornadoes of sharks summoned at Stonehenge whisk those who try to stop them to different parts of the world. Does squeeze out some fun in the pre-credit sequence, but afterwards takes a steady decline into repetition and boredom. Some actors do teach a valuable lesson though: don’t get too much plastic surgery.
– (2010) – A former soldier is hired to bring in a genetically altered shark/octopus alive, but all the thing wants to do is kill people. Nothing unlike the dozens of other mutant-animal-attack movies, but does begin with a sense of fun at the expense of stupidity. Slows an hour in and becomes repetitive, but does have some dopey highlights.