SciFi & Fantasy

The Predator (2018)

IMDB: [R]Β When a young boy accidentally triggers the universe’s most lethal hunters’ return to Earth, only a ragtag crew of ex-soldiers and a disgruntled scientist can prevent the end of the human race.
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Rating: [9] πŸ’šπŸ’šπŸ’šπŸ’šπŸ’šπŸ’šπŸ’šπŸ’šπŸ’šπŸ–€
What an unexpected JOY! Assuming you know anything about me or have seen the movies I watch, I’ve got a big soft spot for creature features and scifi. I enjoy a good summer monster flick that doesn’t take itself too seriously. And yet, this one went above and beyond what I expected. The writing kept me smiling, laughing, and saying, “Oh COOL!”Β  …

The House with a Clock in Its Walls (2018)

IMDB: [PG]Β A young orphan named Lewis Barnavelt aids his magical uncle in locating a clock with the power to bring about the end of the world.
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Rating: [9] πŸ’šπŸ’šπŸ’šπŸ’šπŸ’šπŸ’šπŸ’šπŸ’šπŸ’šπŸ–€

Set in 1955 comes a story about a boy, his uncle, and their neighbor. We’ve got hilarious banter, great acting, and an absolutely awe inspiring set design to place it all onto. Overall it’s a fun, creepy, and magical story that makes me want more! …

Venom (2018)

IMDB: [R]Β When Eddie Brock acquires the powers of a symbiote, he will have to release his alter-ego “Venom” to save his life.
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Rating: [7] πŸ’šπŸ’šπŸ’šπŸ’šπŸ’šπŸ’šπŸ’šπŸ–€πŸ–€πŸ–€

At first I was really on the fence about this. I wanted a fun, silly romp with some jokes and fun fight sets. It starts extremely slowly with some tropes built on top of tropes that had my patience running thin. But then, it gave me what I wanted! Some fantastic CGI, fights, and banter! If you can stick it out through the unnecessary setup then you’re in for a joyful time.Β  …

Lake Placid Legacy (2018)

IMDB: [R]Β Legacy finds the team of young explorers out to reveal the secrets of an area removed from modern day maps and hidden behind electric fences. However, once they reach the center of the lake, they discover an island that harbors an abandoned facility with a horrific legacy: the island is home to a deadly predator eager to feast on those dumb enough to ignore the warnings. But before they can turn back, our hapless heroes get dragged into a battle for their lives — and will need to work together if they hope to survive.
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Rating: [5] πŸ’šπŸ’šπŸ’šπŸ’šπŸ’šπŸ–€πŸ–€πŸ–€πŸ–€πŸ–€

Obviously we know what we’re getting into with a creature feature with such a long legacy. (See what I did there?) Honestly, you could have called it Facility by Lake Placid because that’s where the bulk of it takes place.Β Anyway, as I’ve said, I rate things within their genre and what the movie is going for or what I expected. I don’t compare to all movies of all time. But for me, this was pretty meh.Β  …

Jonathan (2018)

IMDB: [UR] This sci-fi-tinged drama follows two brothers living very separate lives – inside the same body. Content to live life in shifts with one another, their delicate balance is ruined when they become emotionally involved with the same woman.
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The description above is one that actually tells the plot the way the trailer does. And while I’m all for avoiding spoilers, I don’t think I can talk about the concept of this film without at least getting this info.

Rating: [6] πŸ’šπŸ’šπŸ’šπŸ’šπŸ’šπŸ’šπŸ–€πŸ–€πŸ–€πŸ–€

This is a pretty good, slow sci-fi drama with some great acting. However I somewhat struggled to rate it. I flip flopped between a 6 and a 7 for various reasons. If you’re into a slower drama with some sci-fi touches similar to Black MirrorΒ then I think you’ll like this one. And I have to give it a kudos for some unique storytelling. However, I found myself almost re-editing or re-writing it as I watched it. Perhaps that’s because I watch… well… a lot of movies. I’m no expert but I know enough about stories to get a little bored when the endings are too obvious. Overall, I enjoyed it and there was some good emotion and character portrayal. …

Next Gen (2018)

IMDB: [TV-PG]Β A friendship with a top-secret robot turns a lonely girl’s life into a thrilling adventure as they take on bullies, evil bots and a scheming madman.
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Rating: [10] πŸ’šπŸ’šπŸ’šπŸ’šπŸ’šπŸ’šπŸ’šπŸ’šπŸ’šπŸ’š

What a GEM of a feature!! If you’re someone that likes a good, family movie that is heartfelt and funny then WATCH THIS! While I feel that Netflix originals can be hit or miss, it’s definitely a hit. Now, when I love a movie I have no problem – in fact a desire – to watch it again soon. I watched this late at night and the next night I put it on again to show my husband. It was such a joy to share it with him and talk about it. It feels inspired by both The Iron Giant and some comedic timing and expressions similar toΒ Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs or Paranorman. …

The Meg (2018)

IMDB: [PG-13] After escaping an attack by what he claims was a 70-foot shark, Jonas Taylor must confront his fears to save those trapped in a sunken submersible.
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Rating: [10] πŸ’šπŸ’šπŸ’šπŸ’šπŸ’šπŸ’šπŸ’šπŸ’šπŸ’šπŸ’š

Big. Ass. Shark. Movie. That’s honestly what you need to know about this movie before going into it. And it’s FIN-TASTIC! Look, I LOVE a good (read over-the-top) creature feature. Anaconda? Done! Deep Blue Sea? A favorite! The Meg? Hell. Yes. …

Mandy (2018)

IMDB: [NR]Β The enchanted lives of a couple in a secluded forest are brutally shattered by a nightmarish hippie cult and their demon-biker henchmen, propelling a man into a spiraling, surreal rampage of vengeance.
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Rating: [6]πŸ’šπŸ’šπŸ’šπŸ’šπŸ’šπŸ’šπŸ–€πŸ–€πŸ–€πŸ–€

If you want a fun, sunny time this ain’t it. Turn back now. If you’re up for feeling like you’re on drugs and drown in some gore, buckle up and let’s go. There’s not a great way to really describe this story. The summary above does a good job but it can’t capture the feeling and slow pacing. The lights, colors, and score make this one part King Crimson music video-the opening track, one part fantasy world, one part acid trip, and one part bloody, culty revenge flick. It’s Not Rated so you’re in for heaps of gore and some extra nudity versus an R-rated movie. (Though personally I feel nudity/sex is often rated much more harshly than it should be.) …