The Babysitter (1980)

★★☆☆ – (1980) – A mysterious young woman enters the life of a small family and gradually adds to their dysfunction. Quietly engaging throughout, though the soft tone does border on dull at times. Never does anything highly profound, but goes unexpected places while continually building a mild mystery.

The Cable Guy

★½☆☆ – (1996) – A man having a relationship issue befriends a psycho who tries too hard to fit into his life. The protagonist’s dilemmas are too typical, while the antagonist adds nothing but corny excuses as to why TV might make someone nuts. Forces a social point in the end, but like all else before it, nothing is ever funny or convincing.

Us

★½☆☆ – (2019) – Replicants of ordinary people arrive to replace them, but a girl who was once lost to a vision of herself intends to end the takeover. Though the premise promises strangeness of a high degree, the outcome is only minimally enjoyable thanks to criminally underdeveloped characters and a crawling pace. More time is spent on lame boat jokes than bolstering appeal in the human spirit or social commentary.

Glass

★½☆☆ – (2019) – Three men with comic book character traits sort out their good vs. evil issues in an asylum. The attempt to combine Unbreakable with Split never gels because in any remotely realistic situation these men would never be allowed to co-exist in close proximity. Couple that with the worst security in film history and we’re left with a dim story that moves too slow and ends without bestowing a single emotional trait.

The Invitation

★★☆☆ – (2015) – A couple is invited to a reunion where cult members introduce them to their way of life, but (at first) don’t press their agenda. An incredibly slow builder that sprinkles in enough intrigue throughout to hold attention. Has a few brushes with suspense, but ends with a purpose that’s shattered by the overall lack of human emotion.

Alleluia

★★★☆ – (2014) – A couple that manipulates themselves travel around to financially deceive others, yet their plans always end up in violence. Not easy to explain, which is great since it’s also difficult to know what will happen from one scene to the next. Pulls you along with a firm, psychotic grasp from startling start to disturbing finish.

Resolution

★★☆☆ – (2012) – A junkie’s friend attempts to detox him in the house where he’s squatting, but finds trouble of the strangest varieties. Seems to confuse on purpose, which is fine since the quirks are easy to sit through. The main problem is how tiring the druggie becomes only moments into the film. Odd, but hardly gripping.