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How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World

Animated trilogy zooms to conclusion!
An obvious choice as best of the HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON trilogy. THE HIDDEN WORLD provides the discovery of the appearance of an untamed female fire breathing Night Fury that will put solid relationships to the test. Striking animation and awesome visual effects make up the backdrop as Hiccup (Jay Baruchel) and Astrid (America Ferrera) and posse must find a secret Dragon Utopia and the "new" Night Fury ahead of Grimmel (F. Murray Abraham), a ruthless and formidable tyrant. Fun and excitement for the whole family.

Other voice actors include: Jonah Hill, Cate Blanchett, Gerard Butler, Kristen Wiig, Kit Harrington, Christopher Mintz-Plasse and Craig Ferguson.

God's Not Dead: A Light in Darkness

One of the better Christian movies
This is by far the best of the GOD'S NOT DEAD trilogy. A do not miss for anyone who likes movies about God and Jesus Christ. Michael Mason writes and directs this drama that brings together estranged brothers after a deadly fire destroys St. James Church located on the campus of Hadleigh University. Most sequels tend to gradually get worse as they continue, but this film proves the opposite with quality of cast and story. Featured in the cast: David A.R. White, John Corbet, Anne Leighton, Ted McGinley, Mike C. Manning, Tatum O'Neal and David Maldonado.

Knock Knock

Could've been a daydream; nope...nightmare
Directed and written by Eli Roth, KNOCK KNOCK finds a hapless young man named Evan (Keanu Reeves), becoming a random victim of a home-invasion. Instead of a big bad wolf at the door is a couple of stone-cold foxes. The perfect gentleman helps two storm-worn young women into his home only to be tied and tortured. Woefully violated complete with blackmail photos taken of him, Evan is in the middle of a rapid twisting cat-and-mouse orgy of violence. These two hormone charged lasses, Genesis (Lorenza Izzo) and Bell (Ana de Armas) are not ladies.

Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation

Monsters on vacation
Drac (Adam Sandler) is running his hotel business, but he sometimes drifts into depression from remaining single so long. Daughter Mavis (Selena Gomez) arranges a cruise to give everyone a break and let the family spend more time together. The Hotel Transylvania monsters board the ship destined to vacation at the lost city of Atlantis. Drac sees the ship's female captain, Ericka (Kathryn Hahn), and quicker than a bat can blink, he is in love. Over protective Mavis becomes suspicious of Erika learning she is human.

I'm thinking this is the best of the franchise. The story is simple, but the whole family can enjoy. Very good choices of voice actors to go with super nice animation and color. Among the cast: Kevin James, Fran Drescher, David Spade, Molly Shannon, Steve Buscemi, Mel Brooks, Chrissy Teigen and Jim Gaffigan.

Curse of the Nun

Get a grip, girl
Thanks to a new husband, Anna (Lacy Hartselle), is ready to move to a beautiful new home. As she gathers the last of things from her rental house, she can't help but think of her troubled past and her long goth experience. Anna can't stop feeling unworthy of the new life ahead or her. As she tries to finish up and leave, a strange spirit overcomes her and tries to keep her in the house. That spirit seems to be of a deranged Nun somehow stuck in purgatory demanding that young Anna keep her company. The story is tedious making the movie a bit jerky and not scary at all. Rounding out the cast: Brad Belemjian, Alice Raver, Jonathan Everett and Rae Hunt as Sister Catherine.


Distorted, you bet!
Thirty-something Lauren (Christina Ricci) has a bipolar disorder and after the loss of a child is challenged with hearing disjointed voices and hallucinating. She and her husband (Brenden Fletcher) move into a fancy high-rise "smart" building only having her life go from bad to really bad. Lauren becomes suspecting the proprietor of the state-of-the-art building using residents in a brainwashing plot using what is termed "synthetic telepathy". An investigative journalist (John Cusack) offers her help in proving her suspicions.

Izzy Gets the Fuck Across Town

What you do for love
Izzy (Mackenzie Davis) is a young woman that wakes in a fog hung over, a hot mess in a hot mess, distraught finding out from social media that her ex-boyfriend is planning to marry her former best of friends. Izzy is headstrong and determined to bust up the engagement party; a major problem is she has about five hours or so to make it across Los Angles and she is transportation challenged.

This indie-comedy is painfully honest; chaotic, manic and somewhat lewd and crude. Izzy is tattered and torn, her feelings and self-confidence are scrapping rock bottom, but the desire and determination in her heart is not going to let her mission fail. Miss Davis is fantastic and she had me hook, line and sinker. Also in the cast are: Alex Russell, Carrie Coon, Alia Shawkat, Brandon T. Jackson, Haley Joel Osment, Lakeith Stanfield and Rob Huebel.


Art the Clown will more than ruin your Halloween!
Writer/director Damien Leone gives you something you will never unsee. Double dog dare you to "toothpick" your eyes open then rinse with Tabasco. You'll need a shovel to scoop the gore. Extreme is not a limit. Tara (Jenna Kanell) and Dawn (Catherine Cocoran) are a couple young women wrapping up a night of celebrating Halloween drinking and partying hard and stop at an all night diner on the way home. They will soon be joined by a mute and brutal Art the Clown. The rest of the evening is ruthless, bloody carnage filled with disturbing, horrifying mutilation. Violence for violence sake. Not for the faint of heart. David Howard Thornton plays Art the Clown.

Toxic Shark

An acid spitting shark?
What could have been a fantastic fun time, just didn't have the right combination. Days of relaxation at a tropical retreat unfolds to be quite deadly for sexy singles. Social activities in and around the ocean starts turning sour with waning interests and squabbling attitudes. Uh oh; the island guests are rudely attacked by a shark that can spit an acidic toxin that can blind, burn and temporarily paralyze its victims. That's before it can sink teeth into flesh. The ScyFy Channel really knows how to create sharks of interest!

Voyage to the Planet of Prehistoric Women

Bargain basement budget sci-fi
This limited American International Television Release proves a movie can be made with the change in your pocket. Peter Bogdanovich is the "voice over" narrator and directs under the name Derek Thomas. Roger Corman is an "uncredited" producer. The film is thin with extra cheese. A rescue crew of astronauts land on Venus killing a creature resembling a rubber pterosaur that is worshiped by beautiful local women led by bombshell Mamie Van Doren. The women do not speak, but have telepathy and other superhuman powers. The cast also features: Aldo Romani, Roberto Martelli, Paige Lee, Mary Marr, James David, Pam Helton and Margot Hartman.

Curse II: The Bite

It was just a bite
Clark (J. Eddie Peck) and Lisa (Jill Schoelen) are a young couple taking a car trip across America with intent to see how devoted love can be. The trip would be a bore if it were not for some strange situations each involving snakes. Somewhere along the way a snake bites Clark on the hand and oddly enough it was apparently radioactive because the bite slowly transforms Clark's hand into a living snake.

This movie has no connection with the original "Curse" movie. It is not scary, not meant to be funny and lacks anything much redeemable. The cast also features: Jamie Farr, Bo Svenson and Bruce Marchiano.

Lake Placid: Legacy

Not on any map we know
This movie isn't the worst incarnation of the Lake Placid series. This is closer to dark comedy than horror flick. Tolerable acting, but the budget for special effects is a bit light, and a shame too. The cgi most often not believable, but if you're hoping for a big croc...present and accounted for. Not knowing much about the history of the area, but wanting to explore the mysterious lake, a group of young explorers discover an island with an abandoned lab with a horrific past. And before the group of wounded egos can get to arguing real good, they realize they have also discovered the home of a huge deadly predator. Too late to turn back now.

The cast features: Katherine Barrell, Sal Bennett, Tim Rozon, Alisha Bailey and Joe Pantoliano.

Last Woman on Earth

Could it be the end of the world?
Mysterious apocalypse from producer/ director Roger Corman. A successful New York businessman, Harold Gern (Antony Carbone) is relaxing from some legal troubles on vacation in Puerto Rico with his lovely wife Ev (Betsy Jones-Moreland) and his lawyer Martin Joyce (Robert Towne), who also writes this screenplay. After resurfacing from a boat trip, they are unable to breathe without using scuba tanks. It seems all breathable air is gone except for the oxygen given off by the jungle foliage. Could the end of the world be nearing? It doesn't take long for the two men to begin fighting over Ev, possibly the last woman on Earth.

The Curse

This food is not heaven sent
A pretty decent Sci-Fi flick for such an obvious mediocre budget. A struggling Tennessee farmer (Claude Akins) is hoping for a bumper crop to help him get out of debt. One of his sons played by Will Wheaton watches a meteorite land near the farm during a heavy storm. The crops and fruit begin to rapidly grow as if some part of a miracle; but the son believes there is something wrong with the veggies and well water that is making the family sick. The young boy and his sister refuse to eat or drink anything from the farm. It is their belief the strange meteorite has plagued the crops. The movie becomes tense and gory with some psychotic images hard to soon forget.

The Meg

One large predator
An international research crew is in deep trouble when their submersible is force to the bottom of the Pacific by a massive shark. Not just a huge shark, but one that previously has been thought to be extinct. Expert deep sea rescue diver Jonas Taylor (Jason Statham) is hired by a wealthy oceanographer (Rainn Wilson) to save the crew and stop any more threats from the 75-foot-long menace known as the Megalodon. A very predictable spectacle to go along with your typical movie theater treats. Not much of a dialogue, plenty of over acting and one ginormous shark.


A crawl through the jungle
Movies about military snipers seem to garner attention. This movie is a worthy watch. A veteran Marine sniper, Thomas Beckett (Tom Berenger), reluctantly mentors an Olympic-medalist marksman, Richard Miller (Billy Zane), in the jungles of Panama. This moody psychological drama initially is showing the portrayal of the dedication it takes to be a sniper. There is the patience of off and on waiting for that one perfect shot from a great distance to hit the intended mark. It is not easy for either man to completely understand the other as the mission is to "take out" a South American drug lord. Great action and tension with a little over acting, but neither Berenger or Zane can be accused of just going through the motions. The cast also features: J.T. Walsh, Reynaldo Arenas, Ken Radley and Carlos Alvarez.

Mile 22

Action filled confusion
Non-stop action and a highly energetic story taking its tempo from Mark Wahlberg, CIA operative James Silva, that leads a little-known highly prized unit on a special ops job of delivering a vital informant to an airfield for extraction. It is like "cat and mouse" shoot-outs running willy-nilly racing the clock as enemy personage close in. A rambling Wahlberg can cause extra tension, if not take your mind off of trying to figure out a plot. I was hoping for Ronda Rousey to have a more "meatier" role, since she was one reason why I wanted to watch this movie. John Malkovich's character leads to the question...why?

Peter Berg directs and the cast also features: Lauren Cohan, Iko Uwais, Sam Madenia, Natasha Goubskaya, Keith Arthur Bolden and Carlo Alban.

My Friend Dahmer

Compelling insite and unexpected
This is a brilliant, although disturbing glimpse at how serial killers become who they are. Ross Lynch is dynamic as the young Jeffrey Dahmer. It is kind of hard to watch and sad as Dahmer begins to strike fear in those who once liked him and he gradually enters a place that gets dark and darker beyond where anyone can save him. The direction of Marc Meyers is impeccable. Rounding out the cast: Alex Wolff, Anne Heche, Dallas Roberts, Tommy Nelson, Harrison Holzer, Jake Ingrassia and Jack DeVillers.

The Christmas Star

An enjoyable Christmas offering
Two youngsters come to Santa's rescue, so to speak and in turn makes for a merrier Christmas. This Disney Sunday Movie of 1986 is very enjoyable and a shame to be missed. Horace McNickle (Ed Asner) is partner in a heist that manages to walk out of a minimum security prison by "borrowing" a Santa Claus outfit as a disguise. He hides in the basement of an apartment building and is discovered by two impressionable kids, believing he is the real deal. They are easily influenced to help Santa search the loot his partner hid in a department store Christmas decoration. Whimsical and fun. Also featured are: Rene Auberjonois, Fred Gwynne, Nicolas Van Burek , Vickie Wauchope and Jim Metzler.

Christmas in Connecticut

Why remake a classic?
Director Arnold Schwarzenegger just can't capture the humor and outstanding presentation of the original Barbara Stanwyck classic of 1945. Dyan Cannon plays successful cookbook author Elizabeth Blaine trying to fool the TV audience into believing she is a better homemaker and cook than she actually is. Tony Curtis is the lecherous TV producer with a huge ego responsible for pulling off the broadcast featuring Miss Blaine treating a lucky woodsman Kris Kristofferson to an over-the-top Christmas meal. The chemistry is just not there. The whole Christmas theme seems to be missing. I guess you can say that Cannon and Kristofferson may have the physical appeal, but are the wrong couple to recreate any magic. This made for TV movie although is worth watching.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows

Is this a waste of Ninja energy?
Gather the Ninja Turtle movies together giving them each a number and a share fair of folks wouldn't care. Out of the Shadows may actually be a standout even without a ton of plot, despite some callous reviews; but be sustainable with layers of fun and plenty of action. A menacing foe, Shredder has joined legion with a mad scientist Baxter Stockman and a couple of henchmen with good street cred, Rocksteady and BeBop. The underground crime-stopping team of teen turtles decide to go into full throttle action in a brand new battle wagon. Their ability to work cohesively will be challenged. But protecting their beloved New York City is their joint ambition.

Appearing are: Megan Fox, Will Arnett, Alan Ritchson, Pete Ploszek, Noel Fisher, Jeremy Howard, Tyler Perry, Brian Tee , Laura Linney and Stephen Amell.

Dam Sharks

Bull sharks in the river
Of all places for a shark attack - an inland river- is invaded by bloodthirsty bull sharks thanks to a massive storm. To escalate problems, the sharks build a dam out of human remains in order to trap prey. Up river, an ambitious tech firm is hosting a wilderness retreat featuring archery, paintball and a raft race...let the feeding frenzy begin. Swimmers find more dismembered body parts upstream where another damn is being constructed. What will stop the construction of these damn dams?


From less than admirable beginnings
Recounted in this prequel is the formative years of the killer to be known as Leatherface. As a teenager, the psycho, escapes from ten years locked up in a reform institute for problem youth with a couple more "white trash" heathens with an abducted nurse in tow. It is time now for full tilt mayhem with grisly murder the main line of order. This film does sustain a sheer sense of horror, but falls a ton of bloody guts short of showing how Leatherface came to be. Not as scary as it is expected to be.


How revenge relates to Hell
Living in rural Pacific Northwest, Red Miller (Nicolas Cage) is leading a loving and peaceful life with his girlfriend Mandy Bloom (Andrea Riseborough), when a blissful existence is savagely destroyed, when a sadistic cult leader Jeremiah Sand (Linus Roache) has Mandy kidnapped. Red's devotion sends him on a relentless and unstoppable quest to exact bloody revenge. Cage pulls out all the stops and turns in one of his greatest performances in a very long time. Unlike his "Law and Order" image, Roache is satanic and menacing.


Believe the brain, not the eyes
Tom (Topher Grace), recently released from a mental institute, is released to thirty days house arrest...in the very house he was raised and the house his esteemed political father committed suicide. Tom is under sporadic supervision of a hard-nosed parole officer (Patricia Clarkson) . He will have freedom of the house along with his prescribed medications. It will not take long to discover hidden rooms and see unwanted visitors. The young man will have to face his demons; but how will he be able to last thirty days? A bit scary with plenty of room for surprises. Also in the cast: Callan Mulvey and Genesis Rodriguez.

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