Pokémon Detective Pikachu

In a world where Pokémon coexist with humans, Tim (Justice Smith) teams up with Pikachu to solve the mystery about his father’s disappearance. The HighsThe Pokémon in this film look fantastic. It was such an immense joy to see my childhood realized on screen, and Pokémon Detective Pikachu is a nostalgia trip of the highest order. Almost…

I Am Mother

A girl is raised by the robot “Mother”, specifically designed to repopulate the Earth in the event of a massive calamity. Everything is changed when Mother’s true purpose – and identity – is revealed by a mysterious stranger. The HighsThe robot, Mother, looks great. I couldn’t tell how much was CGI and how much was practical…

The Dead Girl

A dead girl is discovered in the outskirts of Los Angeles, and the lives of those people connected to her are forever changed. The HighsThe performances are easily the best thing about The Dead Girl, with Toni Collette and Marcia Gay Harden being the standouts for me. Collette captured the repressed, angry personality of Arden in a…

The Good, The Bad, The Weird

In 1930’s Manchuria, three Korean gunslingers cross paths in a bloody vendetta over a treasure map containing the location of a lost fortune. The HighsThis film is fun in every sense of the word. The beginning sequence on the train is perhaps one of the most exciting, enthralling openings to any film I’ve ever seen. I…

Hellraiser

Frank (Sean Chapman) searches for a new way to experience pleasure, and ends up being pulled into the realm of the Cenobites – demons of the furthest reaches between pleasure and pain. Years later, Frank returns to the house that his brother Larry (Andrew Robinson) and sister-in-law Julia (Clare Higgins) now occupy. Desiring to regain…

Birds of Passage

Rapayet (José Acosta) is poor and desires to marry Zaida (Natalia Reyes), and thus endeavors to trade marijuana with the Americans. This begins the loss of the Wayúu culture and tradition in a bloody tale that spans twenty years. The HighsBirds of Passage is a very beautiful film. The desolate desert contrasted with the vibrant colors of…

Godzilla: King of the Monsters

Following the events of the previous film, the monster hunting organization known as Monarch have located and secured at least 17 different titans across the planet. A shadowy and nefarious plan to release all of the monsters leaves the fate of Earth hanging by a thread and, once again, Godzilla comes forth to restore the balance….

Godzilla (2014)

Joe Brody (Bryan Cranston) and his son Ford (Aaron Taylor-Johnson) discover a monumental secret in Japan – a monster that feeds on nuclear energy and is bent on reuniting with its mate to spawn more of its kind. As the creatures lay waste to civilization, Godzilla arises from the depths to restore order. The HighsThe monsters…

Trollhunter

Three students follow a reclusive, mysterious hunter believing that he is a bear poacher. What they discover instead will change everything they believe to be true about the world. The HighsThe Norwegian countryside is gorgeous, and it is on full display in Troll Hunter. For someone that has never been to the country, it was really awesome…

The Perfection

Charlotte (Allison Williams) left her life as a musical prodigy to care for her dying mother, and a decade later returns to the academy and mentor she left behind with plans to expose a dark and twisted secret. The HighsI literally can’t think of a single thing that I liked about this film. The LowsLet’s start with…