Timecrimes

★★½☆ – (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.

Get Out

★★½☆ – (2017) – A black man and his white girlfriend visit her home where sadistic events involving hypnotism transpire. Incredibly unique and unnerving during the first two thirds, with the proper blends of tension and humor. Comes close to falling apart in the muddled final act, but the theme of oppression is never lost.

Rings

★★☆☆ – (2017) – Victims of a tape that kills them a week after their initial viewing pass on the curse to others for survival, until the tape changes. Although there is a new spin put forth with the strange new images and mystery behind them, this can’t hold a candle to the original’s similar quest. Not the easiest to follow, mainly due to the flat characters and a flatter pace.

Rear Window (1998)

★★☆☆ – (1998) – A paralyzed architect spies on an artist he believes murdered his own wife. A pale comparison to the original film, but has the distinction of featuring a disabled Christopher Reeve, which is both commendable and depressing. The story and its strive for suspense are weak, but the cast does maintain respectability.

Rear Window (1954)

★★★☆ – (1954) – A wheelchair bound photographer spies on a suspicious neighbor he believes murdered his own wife. Absorbing from the start thanks to likable characters whose purposes with each other border on dysfunction. The mystery aspect is solid as well and, despite a few corny moments, proves the nature of humanity’s need to peer in on other lives.

Green Room

★★★☆ – (2016) – A punk band that stumbles upon a murder is trapped in a seedy club and set-up for their own deaths. Takes a little while to get going on, and not all points are razor sharp, but when this hits high notes it knocks them out of the park. Often tense, incredibly violent, and ultimately disturbing.

Don’t Breathe

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★½☆☆ – (2016) – Three young thieves break into the house of a blind man, and quickly find themselves his prey. An unusual blend of Saw, Seed of Chucky, and The People Under the Stairs that turns anything suspenseful into a joke if relating to comparisons. A mass of cliches that may please genre newcomers, but nothing new is ever presented.

The Purge: Election Year

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½☆☆☆ – (2016) – A senator who opposes Purge Night becomes the focus of purgers. A contender for one of the worst scripts ever shot for a major motion picture, as the dialog merely inflicts racism among characters who do nothing but state their social status amid a supposed social nightmare. There’s hardly anyone on the streets of this daunting night, meaning tension is lost to awful actors who strike poses in place of striking fear.

Purge

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★☆☆☆ – (2010) – In an alternate future, people are genetically enhanced to not show emotion in their provided social status, but some oppose this action. Does an okay job attempting a dystopian look from a technological standpoint, but the budget is simply too small to make it fully work. The story is a pitiful blend of confusion and characters who lack any sort of emotional significance.