• The Hunt

    The Hunt

    ★★★½

    HBO Go.

  • Blood Red Sky

    Blood Red Sky

    ★★★

    Peter Thorwarth's 'Blood Red Sky' offers a pretty decent watch with its fairly simple but well-structured and well-executed plot of horror. The first hour of the movie, in particular, is excellent in establishing the conflicts and characters - that kid character, by the way - is seriously annoying. Too bad the second half doesn't live up to the first and the ending falls flat. About 30 minutes too long but still worth the watch.

    Netflix (IDN)

  • Deep

    Deep

    At a relatively brief 101 minutes, 'Deep' feels too long because there's not a lot going on and the one-dimensional characters get old fast. And even with five(!!!) directors - Sita Likitvanichkul, Jetarin Ratanaserikiat, Apirak Samudkidpisan, Thanabodee Uawithya, and Adirek Wattaleela - involved, the film doesn't do enough with its high-concept premise to feel fresh or exciting.

    Netflix (IDN)

  • Gunpowder Milkshake

    Gunpowder Milkshake

    ★★★½

    Navot Papushado's 'Gunpowder Milkshake' is a colorful, violent good time. It has all of the ingredients for a truly entertaining action flick, even if it doesn't always combine them in quite the right proportions. Karen Gillan, Lena Headey, Michelle Yeoh, Angela Bassett, and Carla Gugino are simply electrifying together.

    amiratthemovies.com/2021/07/21/review-gunpowder-milkshake-2021/

    Netflix (USA).

  • Fear Street: 1666

    Fear Street: 1666

    ★★★

    The wonderful presence of Sadie Sink is sorely missed, but Leigh Janiak's 'Fear Street Part Three: 1666' provides the 'Fear Street' trilogy a modestly satisfying conclusion. This chapter is notably weaker than the previous two chapters, taking some wrong turns with its weird, inconsistent accent and slow, boring first hour, but it still pulls together to a decent ending to a trilogy that has brought teen horror back into fashion.

    amiratthemovies.com/2021/07/18/review-fear-street-part-three-1666-2021/

    Netflix (IDN).

  • Fear Street: 1978

    Fear Street: 1978

    ★★★★

    Leigh Janiak's 'Fear Street Part Two: 1978' is a tighter, more focused, and blood-soaked follow up filled with homages of classic summer camp slashers. The constantly shifting music is also better here. They still play numerous songs from the time period, but there's some room for each one to breathe instead of playing another one every five seconds like the first. Sadie Sink delivers a stunning performance.

    amiratthemovies.com/2021/07/11/review-fear-street-part-two-1978-2021/

    Netflix (IDN).

  • Fear Street: 1994

    Fear Street: 1994

    ★★★½

    Leigh Janiak's 'Fear Street Part One: 1994' has enough scare and gore to give you goosebumps. It is a fun, homage-heavy slasher with the performances in the film are strong throughout. Although the soundtrack contains a lot of great music, they tried way too hard to fit as many '90s songs in as possible and it gets a bit ridiculous in the end.

    amiratthemovies.com/2021/07/03/review-fear-street-part-one-1994-2021/

    Netflix (IDN).

  • Four Good Days

    Four Good Days

    ★★★

    Rodrigo García's 'Four Good Days' tells a story about a mother's relationship with her drug-addicted daughter. The plot is rather simple and formulaic - and overly-melodramatic at times, but it works pretty well, and the characters are mostly likeable powered by deeply felt performances from Glenn Close and Mila Kunis. Serviceable drama.

    kanopy.

  • A Perfect Fit

    A Perfect Fit

    Hadrah Daeng Ratu's 'A Perfect Fit' is an overtly soapy love story full of cringe-worthy plot points and useless supporting characters. Though often feels forced at times, the movie's use of Balinese cultures and traditions is both refreshing and compelling. Well-acted with sizzling chemistry between Refal Hady and Nadya Arina, but the screenplay, penned by Ratu and Garin Nugroho, lacks focus and uses too many clichéd story beats.

    amiratthemovies.com/2021/07/17/review-a-perfect-fit-2021/

    Netflix (IDN).

  • The Ice Road

    The Ice Road

    Liam Neeson returns to sub-zero but 'The Ice Road' is no 'The Grey' (or 'Cold Pursuit') and Jonathan Hensleigh is no Joe Carnahan. It is, unfortunately, just another typical, generic Neeson action romp with shallow story and lack of fleshed-out characters, corny dialogues, and Neeson acting like you would expect Neeson to act. Plain. Forgettable.

    Netflix (USA).

  • Infinite

    Infinite

    Antoine Fuqua's 'Infinite' has a couple of bright spots but the film is unable to recover from the scattered setup of a half-baked storyline about reincarnation and feuding factions. Fuqua's direction is flat, Mark Wahlberg looks tired and barely present, and the film never becomes exciting even in its most action-packed moments.

    Paramount+.

  • Chaos Walking

    Chaos Walking

    Not a total disaster, but Doug Liman's 'Chaos Walking' suffers from shoddy execution of its thought-provoking premise. Tom Holland and Daisy Ridley are well-cast, give strong performances, and work well together. And yet the story is all over the place without real character development. So much of the richness of the story is lost in the movie. A disappointment.

    amiratthemovies.com/2021/07/13/review-chaos-walking-2021/

    CATCHPLAY+.