michaelRokeefe

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Greta
(2018)

A sinister relationship
When a young woman named Frances (Chloe Grace Moretz) returns a handbag found on a NYC subway to its owner, a lonely widow Greta (Isabelle Huppert), the older lady is desperate for her to become her friend. A relationship does start to progress, but begins to take a sinister turn as Greta becomes obsessed with the younger Frances. What has potential to be a nice thriller, bogs down and never seems to gain any momentum. Rounding out the cast: Maika Monroe, Thaddeus Daniels and Raven Dauda.

Cult of Chucky
(2017)

Not eager to stay away...Chucky is back
Nica (Fiona Dourif), was locked away in an asylum for the insane wrongly convinced that she was the killer doll Chucky. When her "shrink" introduces a "Good Guy" doll, the blame should be rightly placed. But a new string of bloody and gory deaths plaque the asylum; Nica can only wonder if she isn't crazy after all. Chucky's long-ago bride, Tiffany (Jennifer Tilly) arrives to help Chucky carry out more depraved deeds.

This cast features: Allison Dawn Doiron, Ali Tataryn, Michael Stephenson Kerr, Alex Vincent and Brad Dourif provides the voice of Chucky.

Godzilla: King of the Monsters
(2019)

No battle big enough
A fresh chapter to the King of the Monsters, Godzilla saga. This time out the unstoppable monster is taking on three powerful adversaries colliding with Rodan, Mathra and the ultimate triple threat from three-headed King Ghidorah. It should prove to be a battle royal powerful enough to destroy the world. Giant size entertainment for all ages; CGI is not the best and stupid situations keep my rating down.

Starring are Kyle Chandler, Vera Farmiga, David Strathairn, Ken Watanabe and Thomas Middleditch.

Capone
(2020)

Out of curiosity...addled Al Capone
Much in his prime the King of Chicago during Prohibition has served 10 years in prison for tax evasion. At the age of 47, he is deemed not a danger to anyone and lives out his life suffering from dementia in his heavily guarded home in Florida. The infamous gangster comes to be haunted by his violent past. Tom Brady can be nothing but emotionless playing and old man reliving his life through flashbacks. Due to Capone being the subject; this is watched out of curiosity.

Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween
(2018)

Sometimes trash is treasure
Young friends salvage odd items for their after school junk business. They open an a locked book that sets free a nightmare in form of a dummy named Slappy. In the dummy's pocket are some magic words that releases Halloween monsters. Fun, confusion and a good time for all age audiences. Just relax and enjoy the chaos. Cast includes: Wendi McLendon-Covey, Madison Iseman, Caleel Harris and Chris Parnell.

Amityville: The Awakening
(2017)

Does evil actually dwell here
Joan Walker (Jennifer Jason Leigh) moves to 112 Ocean Avenue in Amityville, New York, forty years after a notorious killing of a family occurred. She is in the hopes that some of the hair-raising rumors are real and there are dark evil powers remaining that can cure her comatose son (Cameron Monaghan). After oldest daughter Belle (Bella Thorne) brings home some friends to watch the movie Amityville Horror in the infamous house...nightmarish activity awakens.

Rise of the Zombies
(2012)

How do you out think a Zombie
Warning: this movie is pretty lame. A surviving group of a zombie attack are forced away from hiding in Alcatraz Prison. These zombies can't scale a fence, but can climb the Golden Gate Bride. Since San Francisco has been been take over, where is the nearest place of safety. This cheesy zombie fest is not of the freshest. Nothing seems to be original.

A decent cast can't save this stinker. Featured are Danny Trejo, Mariel Hemingway, LeVar Burton, Heather Hemmens, Chad Linberg, and Ethan Suplee.

Patient Zero
(2018)

Unexpectedly decent
A highly mutant strain of rabies causes a global epidemic. Infected humans become intelligent killers. Groups of survivors conduct searches for the one man, Patient Zero, who may have the secret to a cure. This turns into a "thinker's" drama.

In the cast: Natalie Dormer, Matt Smith, Clive Standen and Stanlley Tucci.

Destroyer
(2018)

This Detective won't give up
Detective Erin Bell (Nicole Kidman) had her cover blown while undercover infiltrating a California gang. Sixteen years later, the leader of the gang manages to escape. He resurfaces to make up for lost time; meanwhile Erin wants to make up for her past failures on the job and right her wrongs in a life that has failed her. The charismatic detective is determined to take this gangster down.

Kidman proves she can carry the lead. Also in the cast: Toby Kebbell, Sebastian Stan, Shamier Anderson, Tatiana Maslany and Zach Villa.

Reverb
(2008)

It started with an oldie but goodie
Struggling musician Alex (Leo Gregory) locks his band in a studio to lay down some new tracks in hopes of jump starting a new career for the band. The group starts sampling some oldies and discovers a hidden voice. Some mysterious events start happening. Turn up the sound, remix the reverb...what in the hell is the true meaning of the discovered evil message. Is this the beginning of paranormal rock 'n' roll? A slow starter than you can wrap your head around.

Also featured are Eva Birthistle, Margo Stilley, Luke de Woolfson, Neil Newborn and Adam Lannon.

The Plague of the Zombies
(1966)

Grave robbing and scary zombies
A mysterious disease gains epidemic proportions in a tiny Cornish countryside. Empty graves, voodoo dolls and stumbling corpses is enough cause for Dr. Peter Tompson (Brook Adams) and his mentor Sir James Forbes (Andre Morell) to begin an extensive investigation that may be more than they wished to find. Intelligent script with atmospheric intrigue and scares.

Rounding out the cast: Alex Davion, Diane Clare, Michael Ripper and Jacqueline Pearce.

Cloverfield
(2008)

A monster makes it to Manhattan
This sci-fi fantasy starts with a going-away party being interrupted by a huge tremor that causes Manhattan to rumble and shake. When the Statue of Liberty falls and tall buildings crumble, you know this is gonna be big. A monster of epic proportions begins to attack New York City and this small group of friends with camcorder in hand scrambles in the streets to stay alive. The camera work can make you queasy or just annoy you., nonetheless wears out its welcome. Wish I could have seen more of the monster.

Cast includes: Lizzy Caplan, Jessica Lucas, Mike Vogel, Odette Annable, Theo Rossi, Michael Stahl-David and T.J. Miller.

Jersey Shore Shark Attack
(2012)

What character do you want eaten first?
This a parody of the Jersey Shore TV characters. So mad its not funny. Yes, there is some dimwitted situations that deserve a quick belly laugh. CGI of albino sharks attacking young adults on Miami Beach is lame. The script and dialog is like stinky cheese. Do you think they made this flick so bad on purpose. Turn your mind off and relax.

Giving credit for appearing: Jack Scalia, Melissa Molinaro, Joseph Russo, Audi Resendez, Alex Mauriello, Gabrielle Christian and Jeremy Luke.

Brahms: The Boy II
(2020)

A boy finds a new friend
Jude (Christopher Convery) is a young boy that has remained silent after witnessing his mother (Katie Holmes) victimized in a home invasion. The family moves into a mansion for a fresh start for the family. While exploring the woods on the massive property, Jude finds a lifelike doll buried in a shallow grave and takes him home. Everyone thinks that the doll, now named Brahms, will be good therapy for Jude, who starts using his new friend to express his feelings. All is well, until Brahms becomes a bit sinister. Slow in places and predictable. Very lacking in scares, but sustains your interest.

Unlocked
(2017)

Espionage thriller
CIA Agent Alice Racine (Noomi Rapace) is brought in from undercover, still haunted by a previous blunder, to interrogate a foreign messenger suspected of having information about a massive chemical attack on London. Rapace is in full butt-kicking mode in this well paced thriller. Tempo of the action hardly slows down for twists and turns and obligatory violence.

Rapace leads a star studded cast featuring Orlando Bloom, Toni Collette, John Malkovich, Michael Douglas and Ashkay Kumar.

You Might Be the Killer
(2018)

Comedy/horror plus gore
A camp councilor, Sam (Fran Kranz) finds himself fleeing from a masked killer before the camp season even opens. He realizes that he is covered in blood and his fellow counselors are scattered about camp mutilated. Either he was a close witness to the killings...or the killer, himself! He manages to call his horror enthusiast friend Chuck (Alyson Harrington) , for advise to get out of this mind bending situation. The silliness can be forgotten with the help of some exceptionally grizzly kill sequences.

Also in the cast are Jenna Harvey, Patrick R. Walker, Sara Catherine Bellamy, Bryan Price and Brittany S. Hall.

Yeti: Curse of the Snow Demon
(2008)

Crash in the Himalayas
Most of the whole concept is ripped off from the movie and book ALIVE. A college football team crashes in the snow covered Himalayas. The script is pretty bad and the discussion of cannibalism, for the sake of survival, is not a major problem. There is a Yeti-type creature that has the ability to jump in large expanses. It did get a bit gory in a few sequences. An afterthought: minus the Yeti, the movie could be a half decent B movie.

Cast features: March Menard, Peter DeLuise, Carly Pope, Ona Gruer, Adam O'Bryne and Elfina Luk.

You Should Have Left
(2020)

A man beside himself
A wealthy family, former banker Theo (Kevin Bacon), actress Susanna (Amanda Seyfried) and daughter Ella (Avery Essex), vacations in a luxurious remote house in Wales. Theo becomes the target of a menacing spirit that has intentions of making him pay for his past sins. Will really give you the creeps and keep you thinking. The best I have seen Mr. Bacon in a long time. Will heighten anxiety!

All Hallows' Eve
(2013)

Reasons to not trust a clown
A young woman babysitting two children on Halloween night, goes through their candy and finds an old VHS tape in one of the trick or treat bags. The tape features three creepy tales of horror, all linked to together by a maniacal clown. The night grows later and the kids are put to bed; but weird things begin to happen in the house. Scream...it's Halloween.

The cast features: Katie Maguire, Catherine A. Callahan, Marissa Wolf, Brandon deSpain and Mike Giannelli as Art the Clown.

Can't Hardly Wait
(1998)

All for the love of a girl
Newly high school graduates attend a wild party celebrating an uncertain future. Love struck dork Preston Myers (Ethan Embry) , gathers his courage to act on his long time feelings for former prom queen Amanda (Jennifer Love Hewitt). This crowd of mostly horny teens all have different agendas for their life. Some laughable situations. In spite of its stupidity, an enjoyable flick.

My main reason for watching is Lauren Ambrose, a sensible loner, who shares cast credits with Seth Green, Sean Patrick Thomas, Selma Blair, Peter Facinelli and Charlie Korsmo.

1917
(2019)

Stop the sneak attack
During the First World War, the British find themselves deep in enemy territory, and two young men volunteer for a seemingly impossible mission. It is a race against time for two Lance Corporals Blacke (Dean-Charles-Chapman) and Schofield (George MacKay) to dodge the enemy and travel cross enemy territory to deliver a message that should stop 1,600 men from walking into a trap. One of those men--Blake's own brother.

Also in the cast Colin Firth, Andy Apollo, Andrew Scott, Daniel Mayes and Richard Madden.

Bigfoot
(2012)

Couldn't get worse
Two former musicians are still competing; Harley Anderson (Danny Bonaduce) is an obnoxious DJ wanting to promote an oldies concert, but needs to clear some woods for the site. Simon Quint (Barry Williams) is a former lead man, who works to preserve the land and woods. In the meantime, the legendary Bigfoot wanders out of those South Dakota woods. Both have their reasons to capture the mythical creature. This is awful in every sense of the word. Laughable, but not because it is funny.

Also in the cast: Sherilyn Fenn, Alice Cooper, Cynthia Geary, Howard Hesseman and Bruce Davidson, who also directs.

Heebie Jeebies
(2013)

Another must to avoid
This is among the worst to appear on the SyFy channel. A terrifying creature escapes from a notoriously haunted goldmine that's been reopened for the first time in 150 years. A hapless deputy sheriff must gather help to fend of the supernatural monster before it exacts full vengeance on his small Southern town. Mismatched CGI and horrible script. At times some dialog so stupid it is funny.

Cast includes: Robert Belushi, Cathy Shim, Evie Thompson, Michael Badalucco and Marion Ross.

Ender's Game
(2013)

Humanity worth protecting
Superior FX and intelligent action flick that finds an insectoid race returning to infect Earth. The International Military makes use of talented preteens, including Ender Wiggin (Asa Butterfield), to conjure a game plan to battle the second invasion. The characters are developed well for a syfy film and the action is strongly paced.

An outstanding cast also featuring: Harrison Ford, Hailee Steinfeld, Abigail Breslin, Moises Arias and Ben Kingsley.

Deep Blue Sea 2
(2018)

Actually not sequal at all
A psycho billionaire pharmaceutical company magnet (Michael Beach) wants some witness conservationists and researchers to take part in his experiments to try and enhance the intelligence of bull sharks. Things go terribly awry at the isolated research facility off the coast of South Africa. As the drug-enhanced sharks begin to learn extreme hunting skills the humans, after losing total control, have to fight for survival. Made on the cheap and badly needs a believable plot.

Also in the cast: Danielle Savre, Rob Mayes, Adrian Collins and Nathan Lynn.

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