Underworld Rise of the Lycans (2009) Review

Underworld: Rise of the Lycans is a 2009 American activity blood and gore movie coordinated by Patrick Tatopoulos and featuring Michael Sheen, Bill Nighy, Rhona Mitra, Steven Mackintosh, and Kevin Grevioux. It is the third (sequentially, the principal) portion in the Underworld establishment and a prequel to the 2003 film Underworld.

The film centers basically around the starting points of the characters and the functions that lead up to the Vampire–Lycan war. Kate Beckinsale, who featured in the past Underworld motion pictures, shows up quickly toward the finish of the film.

The film recounts the tale of Lucian, the main werewolf brought into the world fit for taking human structure and the first to be known as a Lycan. Viktor, a vampire senior, brings up the youngster, imagining a race of Lycan slaves guarding the coven's post during the day and filling in as workers for the vampires around evening time.

The timberlands and the wide open are loaded up with savage werewolves conceived from William's frenzy, and human aristocrats have taken to asking Viktor for insurance against the monsters: he concedes it in return for accolades of silver, which empowers him to monitor his slaves.

As Lucian grows up, he and Viktor's little girl Sonja (Rhona Mitra) experience passionate feelings for, and in their grown-up years they start a cryptic close connection. Sonja is careless and disobedient, and one night Lucian gets away from the shackles keeping him from diverting werewolf and salvages Sonja from his werewolf brethren. Regardless of recognizing that Lucian protected his girl, Viktor can't pardon the break and has Lucian whipped and detained.

Escape Room (2019) Review

Escape Room is a 2019 American psychological horror film[4] directed by Adam Robitel and written by Bragi F. Schut and Maria Melnik.
The film stars Taylor Russell, Logan Miller, Deborah Ann Woll, Tyler Labine, Jay Ellis, Nik Dodani, and Yorick van Wageningen, and follows a group of people who are sent to navigate a series of deadly escape rooms.
Development of the film began in August 2017, then under the title The Maze, and the casting process commenced. Filming took place in South Africa in late 2017 through January 2018.
Escape Room was released in the United States on January 4, 2019, by Sony Pictures Entertainment, and grossed over $155 million worldwide.
The film received mixed reviews from critics, who praised the atmosphere and cast, but criticized the familiar plot and its failure to take full advantage of its premise. A sequel, Escape Room 2, is planned for release in 2021.

Newness (2017) Review

Newness is a 2017 American romantic drama film directed by Drake Doremus from a screenplay by Ben York Jones. It stars Nicholas Hoult, Laia Costa, Courtney Eaton, Danny Huston and Esther Perel.
The film had its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival on January 25, 2017. It was released on November 3, 2017, by Lost City.
Martin (Hoult), a pharmacist, and Gabriella (Costa), a physical therapy assistant, live in Los Angeles where they both frequently use an online dating app to hookup with people. After a night of bad dates, the two return to the app where they match with each other and agree to meet at a bar.
They spend the rest of the night talking and Martin mentions he used to be married. They then go back to Martin's apartment and have sex.
Soon after, the two begin a relationship and Gabriella moves in with Martin.
On a visit to Martin's parents, his father reveals to Gabriella that his mother has dementia. She also sees various photos around the house of Martin's ex-wife, Bethany and of an unknown girl. At home, Gabriella gets upset that Martin never mentioned his mother's condition or the girl in his childhood photos.
He accuses her of being nosy and angrily reveals he had a sister that died when she was 16. They have a heated argument where Gabriella storms out. The next day, an acquaintance invites Gabriella to a dinner party while Martin goes clubbing with his co-workers.
They both end up cheating but confess their infidelity the next morning and decide to seek therapy. Through therapy, they decide to begin an open relationship.

Pokémon Detective Pikachu (2019) Review

Pokémon Detective Pikachu is a 2019 mystery film directed by Rob Letterman. Based on the Pokémon franchise created by Satoshi Tajiri and serving as a loose adaptation of the 2016 video game of the same name, it was written by Letterman, Dan Hernandez, Benji Samit and Derek Connolly, from a story by Hernandez, Samit and Nicole Perlman.
The film was produced by Legendary Pictures in association with Toho. It is the first live-action Pokémon film.
Ryan Reynolds stars as the voice and facial motion capture of Pikachu, with Justice Smith, Kathryn Newton, Suki Waterhouse, Omar Chaparro, Chris Geere, Ken Watanabe and Bill Nighy in live-action roles.
The plot follows aspiring trainer Tim Goodman and the titular Pokémon as they attempt to uncover the mysterious disappearance of Tim's father, Harry.
Filming took place from January to May 2018 in Colorado, England and Scotland. Detective Pikachu was released in Japan on May 3, 2019 and in the United States on May 10, 2019, distributed by Warner Bros.
Pictures in RealD 3D, Dolby Cinema, 4DX, and ScreenX formats. It is the first Pokémon film to be distributed theatrically in the United States since Pokémon Heroes (2003) and the first to be distributed by Warner Bros. since Pokémon 3 (2001).
The film received mixed reviews from critics, and has a worldwide gross of over $433 million, it is the second highest-grossing video game film adaptation of all time behind Warcraft, another film produced by Legendary Pictures. Development of a sequel was announced in January 2019, before the release of the film.

12 Strong (2018) Review

12 Strong (also known as 12 Strong: The Declassified True Story of the Horse Soldiers) is a 2018 American action-war film directed by Nicolai Fuglsig and written by Ted Tally and Peter Craig.
The film is based on Doug Stanton's non-fiction book Horse Soldiers, which tells the story of U.S. Army Special Forces sent to Afghanistan immediately after the September 11 attacks.
The film stars Chris Hemsworth, Michael Shannon, Michael Peña, Navid Negahban, Trevante Rhodes, Geoff Stults, Thad Luckinbill, William Fichtner, and Rob Riggle.
Principal photography began in January 2017 in New Mexico. The film was released in the United States on January 19, 2018 by Warner Bros. Pictures, in standard and IMAX theaters.
It received mixed reviews from critics, who praised the cast and action but criticized the by-the-numbers execution and lack of hindsight of the War in Afghanistan.

The Ritual (2017) Review

The Ritual is a 2017 British horror film directed by David Bruckner, written by Joe Barton, and starring Rafe Spall, Arsher Ali, Robert James-Collier, and Sam Troughton. The film is based on the 2011 novel of the same name by Adam Nevill.
Five friends—Phil, Dom, Hutch, Luke, and Rob—meet at a pub and discuss plans for a group holiday. Rob suggests hiking in Sweden, but gets rebuffed. Afterward, Luke and Rob leave to purchase alcohol, but interrupt a robbery in progress.
Luke hides while the thieves harass Rob for his valuables. Luke continues to hide, torn with indecision over how to intervene before the thieves kill Rob for defying them.
Six months later, the remaining four embark on a hiking trip along the Kungsleden in northern Sweden in Rob's memory. A day later, Dom injures his knee. Hutch suggests they cut through the forest rather than use the longer marked trail in the hopes of sparing Dom further suffering.
Upon entering the forest, however, the group encounters strange phenomena, including a gutted elk hanging from several branches and strange symbols carved in the trees. As night falls, a torrential rainstorm forces them to find shelter.
They come upon an abandoned cabin, so they break in and stay for the night. Inside, they find necklaces bearing similar symbols and a wooden effigy of a decapitated human torso with antlers for hands. The next morning, the group awake to find Luke's chest bleeding from strange puncture wounds and a naked Phil praying to the effigy.
Disturbed by their unconscious actions, the group tries to find a way out. While discerning their location, Luke spots a large figure amongst the trees, but Dom doubts him. In their ensuing argument, Dom calls Luke a coward for letting Rob die to save himself.

Gifted (2017) Review

Gifted is a 2017 American comedy-drama film directed by Marc Webb and written by Tom Flynn. It stars Chris Evans, Mckenna Grace, Lindsay Duncan, Jenny Slate and Octavia Spencer. The plot follows an intellectually gifted seven-year-old who becomes the subject of a custody battle between her maternal uncle and maternal grandmother. The film was released on April 7, 2017, by Fox Searchlight Pictures, and grossed $43 million worldwide.
In a small town in Pinellas County, Florida, seven-year-old Mary Adler lives with uncle and de facto guardian, Frank. Her best friend is her 43-year-old neighbor, Roberta. On her first day of first grade, she shows remarkable mathematical talent, which impresses her teacher, Bonnie Stevenson. There, despite her initial disdain for average children her own age and her boredom with their classwork, she begins to bond with them when she brings her one-eyed cat, Fred, for show-and-tell.
Later, she defends a classmate from a bully on the school bus by hitting the bully in the face. After the incident, the principal encourages Frank to send Mary to a private school for gifted children, offering the opportunity of a scholarship. However, Frank turns it down. Based on his family's experiences with similar schools, he fears Mary will not have a chance at a "normal" childhood.
It emerges that Mary's mother, Diane, had been a promising mathematician, dedicated to the Navier–Stokes problem (one of the unsolved Millennium Prize Problems) before taking her own life when Mary was six months old. Mary has lived with Frank, a former college professor turned boat repairman ever since.