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 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…

Insomnia

Well-known detectives Will Dormer (Al Pacino) and Hap Eckhart (Martin Donovan) are dispatched to a rural Alaskan town to solve the murder of a teenage girl. The HighsThe performances here are fantastic. Al Pacino does an excellent job portraying the seasoned, intelligent detective. The viewer can really feel Dormer’s exhaustion and unraveling mental state as the…

Triple Threat

A billionaire’s daughter is intent on bringing down a local crime syndicate and, when a bounty is placed on her head, an unlikely team of mercenaries must join together to protect her. The HighsThe fight scenes involving Scott Adkins are the best thing about this film. There are some other okay action moments, and some of…

Panic Room

Meg (Jodie Foster) and her daughter Sarah (Kristen Stewart) lock themselves in the panic room of their new house when three men break in looking for a hidden fortune. The HighsThe performances here are overall very good. I’ve seen a lot of dislike for Jared Leto’s portrayal of Junior, but I think he accomplished exactly what…

John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum

John Wick’s actions in the previous film – killing a member of the High Table – has labelled him excommunicado. With a $14 million dollar bounty on his head, he has few friends and nowhere to run. The HighsI love that Chad Stahelski returned to form with Parabellum, and fights here are actually exciting and frenetic. In Chapter…

The Standoff at Sparrow Creek

After a mass shooting at a nearby police funeral, Gannon (James Badge Dale) finds himself sequestered with the local militia that he is a part of. Evidence indicates that one of his colleagues executed the massacre, and he is determined to discover their identity before the police arrive and wreak vengeance upon them all. The HighsMost…

Jurassic Park

After creating an island park full of living dinosaurs, John Hammond (Richard Attenborough) invites a team of scientists and his two grandchildren to tour the park before opening it to the general populace. Sabotage cripples Jurassic Park, and the visitors fight for their lives against prehistoric predators. Jurassic Park was one of the very first films that…

The Hole in the Ground

Sarah (Seána Kerslake) and her son Chris (James Quinn Markey) have left everything behind and are making a new life for themselves in backwoods Ireland. Due to a series of strange and disturbing occurrences involving a deranged neighbor and a mysterious sinkhole in the woods, Sarah begins to question the identity of her son. The Hold…