Part Dog Soldiers, Predator, and Terminator, this is a decent sci-fi actioner where the evil military complex sets men against machines to see who are the best soldiers for tomorrow’s wars. Not as good as what it borrows from, but will pass the time. 😐
Part 3 is a prequel, offering backstory on Elise, and her team-up with Specs and Tucker, plus another demonic yarn. Lots of jump scares, handled well enough if you like this sort of thing, with series screenwriter/actor Whannell now elevated to director.
Spidey comes up against two new foes, and one old one. Stronger in its comedy and in the romantic entanglement stuff than in its superheroics, ASM2 ends up nevertheless both soapy and in a rote city smash-up finale against underwritten opposition.
Curious ghostly ‘tales of the unexpected’ vibe; low budget but clever ideas. Quite compelling, with creepy moments and some disquieting scenes. Worth a punt 🙂
Two half-brothers fall out, ending up on different sides of a war. An intermittently spectacular version of an oft-told tale of early Christian times. Ben-Hur 2016 is old-fashioned, but none the worse for it, and there are two great set pieces.
Forgetful Dory goes on an epic journey when she remembers her parents. Gorgeous visuals and packed with gags, even if the short-term amnesia jokes are overloaded. A decent though unsurprising sequel with a scene-stealing octopus and Sigourney Weaver.
Still Shyamalan’s best, this is an excellent slow burn as Willis’ character comes to terms with the fact that he is something more than human. Strong performances all round, this is a salient counterpoint to the overblown superhero films of today. 😀