Brief synopsis: After suffering a traumatic blind date experience, a single man encounters the woman of his dreams a few months later whilst on his way to a cross-state meeting. High jinx ensues when he mistakenly ends up asking the former blind date to accompany him on a work retreat instead of the woman of his dreams. Is it any good?: No. Fifty-two people have somehow managed to give this a six on IMDB. I can only believe that they all worked on the film. This film is shockingly bad and not particularly funny, a bare minimum for a comedy. I suppose it was always going to be a tall ask if you put David Spade in the lead role.
Brief synopsis: A policeman makes detective in the late eighties after killing a seemingly vicious serial killer whose signature of killing is to liquifies the brains of her victims. Nine years later, she returns. The detective catches up with her again and she tells him that she is trying to save the world. Is it any good?: In The Shadow of the Moon begins well and is quite gripping for the first hour. Unfortunately, after that it hits the bumpers a bit, turning into a confusing sci-fi come conspiracy thriller. An interesting premise ruined by an overcomplicated, too-smart-for-its-own-good script. The ever smarter than your average bear James Cameron already did a similar story you might have heard of.
Brief synopsis: dealing with a disgruntled ex-husband after her divorce, a woman’s life is thrown into more turmoil when she is stalked by a hooded stranger. A chance meeting with a handsome private investigator seems to turn her life about but all is not as it seems with the Romeo private eye. Is it any good?: It’s called Killer Cove on Netflix, which is just as bad as its original title, Fear Bay. I think they probably just put in a few adjectives and nouns into an online title generator and came up with those, suffice to say the film is awful. The best I can say about this film is it was in focus and the beach house is nice.
Brief synopsis: a highly intelligent high school senior girl living in a small town with her father, makes extra money by writing the homework of other less accomplished students. When one student asks her to write a love letter, she finds herself in an unusual love triangle. Is it any good?: The Half Of It…
Brief synopsis: A young married couple are struggling to make ends meet. The wife gets a job working for an eccentric old man and persuades the man to employ her husband to work in the gardens. When the old man dies unexpectedly, he leaves all of his worldly goods to the woman. The couple’s relationship comes under strain as they try to come to terms with their new circumstances. Is it any good?: with a title like Dangerous Lies this film was was never going to be a masterpiece and so it proves. With a convoluted plot and a laborious, bumbling build-up, Dangerous Lies is a bit of a chore to watch.
Brief synopsis: A mercenary for hire, goes to India to extract an incarcerated drug lord’s son after he is taken by a rival drug lord. The job becomes complicated when his team gets killed and the payment for the extraction does not arrive. The mercenary must battle to get the boy and himself out of the city with enemies at every turn. Is it any good?: Extraction is a blast. Bridging both the familiar and unfamiliar - drug lords and gunplay the familiar, the Indian setting being the unfamiliar - and crafts a compelling story with an enigmatic antagonist and simple, straightforward premise - save the boy - the film hurtles through its over one-hundred-minute runtime.
Brief synopsis: A psychotic thriller writer lives out the gruesome scenarios he writes in his books. When a prominent political figure disappears, because of the writer’s actions, it sets in motion a chain of events he could not have anticipated. Is it any good?: The Silence of the Marsh promises more than it delivers. With a muddled story and inconsistent pacing, the film struggles to hold one’s attention through its ninety-minute runtime.
Brief synopsis: A young man, after working on a building site and struggling to make ends meet, decides to rent out apartments to some of his fellow workers. A chance meeting with another man and a spark of inspiration takes his life in the direction of real estate. Their rapid and rise and descent are documented after he is arrested and agrees to tell his story to a journalist. Is it any good?: Rising High or Betonrausch (original German title) is Wolf of Wall Street lite. It is beautifully shot and well-acted but it is not particularly engaging and the story is nothing that has not been seen before. Rising High is passable but not a must-watch.
Brief synopsis: a man moves to a rural townhouse as part of a deal with the federal authorities. The house is old and the man plans to renovate it before his wife, who is expecting their first child, moves down from their old home in Chicago. Strange things start happening around the house. Is it…