We Have Always Lived in the Castle

Three remaining members of the Blackwood family reside in near isolation until a distant relative arrives, threatening the family fortune and the family secrets. The HighsSome of the cinematography is nice. Most of the outdoor scenes are beautiful, and the space of the mansion is captured well. The performances here are good in the sense that there…

Aladdin (2019)

The street rat Aladdin (Mena Massoud) falls in love with the Princess Jasmine (Naomi Scott) and, seeking a way to win her heart, discovers a magical lamp containing an all-powerful genie that can grant three wishes. The HighsThe best part of Aladdin is, without a doubt, the costumes and set pieces. The city of Agrabah really comes to…

The Mist

A mysterious cloud of fog covers a small town in Maine, trapping members of the community inside a local grocery store. David Drayton (Thomas Jane) will do anything to keep his son alive, even if it means braving the otherworldly creatures lurking in the mist. The HighsThe plot of The Mist is certainly the best part of the…

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…

Tolkien

Witness the early years of one of the most influential writers ever, J.R.R. Tolkien, as he navigates life and love and loss. His friends and experiences will play an instrumental part in the formation of his fictional masterpieces. The HighsThe best parts of Tolkien are the performances. Nicholas Hoult and Lily Collins do an excellent job, and their…

The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

Evil has awoken once more, and the Dark Lord Sauron is searching relentlessly for the Ring of Power. After receiving information that the mysterious heirloom in his possession is actually the One Ring, Frodo (Elijah Wood) leaves his home to keep it safe from the wicked servants of Sauron. Along the way, a company of…