If you’ve seen the first film, then you’ve seen this sequel’s identical plot beats of getting lost, yelling, being chased, becoming separated, and concluding in a creepy old house.
“The Purging Hour” is too vague about its mythology and too dull as a movie to come anywhere close to earning a recommendation.
It’s fine as the kind of movie you land on by happenstance and opt to stay there out of curiosity, boredom, or because you dropped the remote and don’t feel like picking it up.
On a scale of sighing yawn to jaw on the floor, “it’s fine, I guess” is the maximum amount of enthusiasm to be marshaled for “The Shallows.”
While its soap opera satire might fizzle, the enchanting artistry behind Anna Biller’s Technicolor romance mixed in a pulp fiction mood absolutely sizzles.
"The Purge: Election Year" inspires minor food for thought while entertaining with a vibrantly violent blend of suspense and satire.
The movie is marred by the distinguishing characteristics of something that went through a wringer of rewrites and re-edits, paring it down into a predictable supernatural drama.
“Doomed” is an emotional portrait of a close-knit cast and crew finding camaraderie in a common cause under unusual circumstances.
Penned by “Feast” co-writers Patrick Melton and Marcus Dunstan, “The Neighbor” is a spiritual successor of sorts to the pair’s “The Collector” and “The Collection” movies.
The actors’ earnestness balances with the filmmakers’ sarcasm to strike the right mood of weirdness that is sometimes amusing, sometimes revolting, but usually entertaining.
For fans, “Batman: The Killing Joke” is popularly regarded as one of the greatest Batman tales ever told. For the film, it’s “just another” animated Bat movie.
If a Jason meets Freddy madman stalking teens in tank tops is enough to make “Knucklebones” worth a watch, you don’t need me raining on the parade with critical comments.
“The Gateway” is precisely the sort of inspired indie effort that fledgling genre filmmakers with minimal resources and maximum outside-the-box initiative should make.
“The Amityville Terror” is what you get when limited time, a limited budget, and limited enthusiasm come together to pinch out an unoriginal horror film.
The movie brims with nightmarish nuance, though its late inning struggle to remain cohesive comes at the cost of undercutting its overall impression.
Second guesses and conflicting intentions create a tone so disoriented, the likeliest audience reaction is utter uncertainty over what to make of the movie.
"Assassination Classroom: Graduation” trades in a fair slice of the first film’s weird whimsy for a follow-up filled with bleak backstory.