Annabelle Comes Home (***) – Time to close the case

Annabelle Comes Home is a fun film. It's not an essential one.

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Captive State (**) is a long shot

"Wyatt and co-writer spend so much time setting up the labyrinthian plot, we are allowed little time to invest in learning much about any particular character. The end result plays more sterile than it probably should. The surprise we're expecting is more of an obligation than a relief. "

The Conjuring 2 (****) secures Wan’s spot at the top of Horror

The Conjuring 2 - 2016 Director James Wan Screenplay by Wan, Chad and Carey Hayes, David Leslie Johnson Starring Vera Farmiga, Patrick Wilson, Frances O'Connor, Madison Wolfe, Simon McBurney, Franka Potente, Bonnie Aarons So difficult is it to pull off a movie about a haunting or even more, a possession, that it makes one want to shout from the hills and declare a … Continue reading The Conjuring 2 (****) secures Wan’s spot at the top of Horror

The Conjuring: Because we’re running out of horror titles

The Conjuring - 2013 Director James Wan Starring Patrick Wilson, Vera Farmiga, Ron Livingston, Lili Taylor Screenplay Chad and Carey Hayes The path has been taken so many times by now it's a wonder it ever works at all.  It's about technique and its more than a little about feigning surprise.  I think that might be why Patrick Wilson can do … Continue reading The Conjuring: Because we’re running out of horror titles

Safe House: Bullets, Crunching Metal and Quick Cuts

Safe House - 2012 Directed by Daniel Espinosa Starring Denzel Washington, Ryan Reynolds, Brendan Gleeson, Vera Farmiga, Sam Shepard,  Rubén Blades, Robert Patrick, Liam Cunningham Screenplay by  David Guggenheim "I need to find out who this Matt Weston is right now..." is a demand made by CIA Deputy Director Harlan Whitford.  This after the safe house in which … Continue reading Safe House: Bullets, Crunching Metal and Quick Cuts