• Freaky

    Freaky

    ★★★½

    The plot of Freaky is easily summarized as a body-swapping slasher film. We have seen many variations of body-swapping movies over the last several decades in America, such as Big, Freaky Friday (all versions), 13 Going on 30, et cetera. However, I do not recall any others who used the story trope to become the basis for a horror film. This is a welcoming change, for sure. I think the movie is an enjoyable watch. Because it is a horror film, this movie is definitely not everyone's cup of tea. So, viewer discretion is necessary.

  • The Silencing

    The Silencing

    ★★

    It is such a mediocre story that isn't fully committed to being a typical police procedural. We are constantly shifting between character points of view as the story goes along. One side is the local Sheriff. The other side a reclusive alcoholic with a troubled past. Both parties are involved in tracking down a bad guy. But each one has a different method of approach and purpose for accomplishing their mission. The movie's production is high in quality, but the story did not really hold my attention and interest.

  • Batman: Soul of the Dragon

    Batman: Soul of the Dragon

    ★★★

    Here is another installment in a string of feature-length animated films from DC Comics and Warner Brothers Animation starring America's favorite gothic caped crusader. I mostly enjoyed watching this movie, especially when I compare it to a few of the other recent animated movie releases that occur within the DC Universe. A few personal observations from my initial viewing of Soul of the Dragon would be as follows. Act One: James Bond, Act Two: Enter the Dragon, and Act Three:…

  • The High Note

    The High Note

    ★★★

    Although the story seems like another variation of A Star Is Born or a hybrid of the plotline for becoming an entertainment success in Los Angeles, I found the movie entertaining enough. It's definitely worth renting for a relaxing afternoon viewing. Just do not expect the story to be life-changing or pack an emotional gut punch.

  • Max Winslow and The House of Secrets

    Max Winslow and The House of Secrets

    ★★★

    For a family-friendly movie, I found it to be pleasantly enjoyable to watch. Its plot blends the elements of a teen drama, an escape room, and an academic competition. It then adds Alexa Voice Control and a slight dash of science fiction for a bit of fun. Do you remember Steven Spielberg's Ready Player One? I briefly thought about that movie while watching this one. There are numerous similarities in both stories, such as a competition among a group of…

  • Greenland

    Greenland

    ★★½

    This movie feels pretty tame for an end of the world story featuring Gerard Butler. Greenland tends to lean towards the drama and emotion of the story. It does contain plenty of visual disasters throughout the entire movie. But it does not feel like an empty shell of doomful mayhem like Butler's other apocalyptic movies. Although a decent production, this movie is not going to be appearing on my list of favorites.

  • Escape From Pretoria

    Escape From Pretoria

    ★★★

    Harry Potter portrays a South African political prisoner who MacGyver's his way out of prison with two of his fellow inmates in 1979. I will dub this movie: Harry Potter and the MacGyver of Pretoria. The story takes its inspiration from actual events. I could not help but remember Ben Stiller's television mini-series Escape at Dannemora. It is similar in concept and also pulls its inspiration from a factual incident. I liked Escape From Pretoria, but I would definitely recommend Escape at Dannemora over it any day of the week.

  • Waves

    Waves

    ★★★★

    This movie is a story told in two parts. The first half is about selfishness, self-loathing, and hate. It contains the clichés of an after-school special about a teen who abuses prescription drugs. The second half is about unconditional love, forgiveness, and the bumpy road through the grieving process. The constant change of the aspect ratio would usually annoy the hell out of me. But in this movie, I can see how it compartmentalizes the different emotional states in life…

  • Console Wars

    Console Wars

    ★★★½

    This documentary is a fun walk down memory lane. It resides strictly in the realm of the early competition wars with the home video game consoles. In my own family, we played Nintendo and Atari throughout those years of the 1980s and early 90s. The documentary focuses on the competition between Nintendo and Sega during those early years. It was a decent viewing and a nostalgic walk down memory lane.

  • The Last Full Measure

    The Last Full Measure

    ★★★½

    Here is another war centric movie filled with an all-star cast of actors portraying veteran soldiers. The structure of the story is all too familiar of a design. It is from a landlocked point of view from a homeland perspective. In this case, a person who works at the United States Department of Defense is the centric figurehead who learns about those who are courageous enough to be dispatched to other countries during wartime to fight for American patriotism. Its…

  • New Jack City

    New Jack City

    ★★½

    It was good, but it could be better. It is clearly a dated movie with a narrow view of the drug-dealing culture in New York City. Having Chris Rock portray a drug addict is different from the rest of his roles. I will give some credit to this movie for that little bit of change. And then having Ice T portray an undercover cop in this movie years before his recurring role in Law & Order SVU is a prediction in…

  • Hurricane

    Hurricane

    ★★★

    It is not a jaw-dropping, award-winning movie by a long shot, but this movie is a decent watch. The entire story is about the Royal Air Force running low on fighter pilots during World War II, so they enlist Polish pilots for extra assistance. Of course, the drama ensues when several members of both sides appear to dislike each other with a passion. I probably enjoy watching movies that occur during World War II, to put it simply. Therefore I found watching this one rather intriguing.