Lights Out (**1/2) but no dance

There are a few scary moments in Lights Out (hint: they don't include Bello), but overall, the film is like a first date movie. The kind you take a girl to when you aren't sure where she is with the concept of a scary movie, but you wouldn't mind having her jump into your arms at least once. That might happen, but no more than that.

The 5th Wave (**) is low impact repetition

There is nothing here distinguishing this film from any of those other stories. The only appeal it can possibly have is if you are young enough to have not been inundated by the other examples and still think that it's pluck that wins out over experience.

Prisoners (****) exceeds the grasp of its flaws

Prisoners - 2013 Director Denis Villeneuve Starring Hugh Jackman, Jake Gyllenhaal, Viola Davis, Maria Bello, Terrence Howard, Melissa Leo, Paul Dano, Dylan Minnette Screenplay Aaron Guzikowski One could say that I am not a fan of Paul Dano or Melissa Leo.  They often play detestable creatures; almost always intentionally.  Many of the best parts of their films involve them losing or being hurt in some way. … Continue reading Prisoners (****) exceeds the grasp of its flaws

Grown Ups 2: High Fiving White Guys…and Chris Rock

Grown Ups 2 - 2013 Director Denis Dugan Starring Adam Sandler, Kevin James, Chris Rock, David Spade, Salma Hayek, Maya Rudolph, Maria Bello, Nick Swardson, Tim Meadows Screenplay Adam Sandler, Tim Herlihy, Fred Wolf It's got Shaquille O'Neal, Stone Cold Steve Austin, Andy Samberg, Milo Ventimiglia, Taylor Lautner and Cheri Oteri.  It even has one of Schwarzenegger's kids.  It even has Nick Swardson, doing what he does … Continue reading Grown Ups 2: High Fiving White Guys…and Chris Rock