Brightburn

★★☆☆ – (2019) – A married couple takes in a child from another world and later discover his malicious nature. Moves so fast in the early stages that none of the characters or the overall situation is fully established. While there are a few shocking and gruesome moments, there are also too many illogical and aggravating ones, mostly dealing with the rather dim parents. Worthwhile, but hollow.

Edge of Tomorrow

★★★☆ – (2014) – A reluctant soldier is forced to relive his dying day over and again in order to figure out how to save the world from an alien invasion. A successful blend of Groundhog Day and Starship Troopers that has plenty of innovative ideas to call its own despite combined ideas. A tad dry in the area of soul, but packs in plenty of action wallops atop some truly humorous moments.

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.

Happy Death Day 2U

★★☆☆ – (2019) – A girl once forced to live her dying day over and again is pulled into a dimension where she’s forced to live her dying day over and again. While this doesn’t necessarily duplicate the original verbatim, it does feel awfully familiar and has an equally lame outcome. However, more fun is had this time around, thanks to the zanniness, though some comedy and schmaltz feel forced.