Passengers (2016)

Passengers (2016)

An accident on a colonization ship causes one man (Chris Pratt) to wake from suspended animation ninety years too early. Alone on a luxury liner, with no one to talk to, no hope of returning to stasis, no future, and in a state of suicidal despair, he begins to obsess about one of the sleeping

Lucy (2014)

Lucy (2014)

Lucy (Scarlett Johansson) is forced to become a drug mule for a new synthetic narcotic with unknown properties. When the plastic bag inside her ruptures, the massive dose of the drug initiates changes in her, allowing her to access more and more of her brain’s capacity. As her powers grow, and her death from the

Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones (2002)

Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones (2002)

This film has a vast advantage over the other two prequel films: it has parallel stories. The Anakin stuff is again pretty bad, with Christensen putting in a career-mutilating performance as he and Natalie Portman utter uncomfortable “romantic” dialog. But with this film, if we removed the bad material, there’s still something left. Obi-Wan has

Star Trek: Insurrection (1998)

Star Trek: Insurrection (1998)

In Perfectlandia, where the perfect people live their perfect lives, the outside world upsets perfection when a damaged Data reveals a Federation spy mission. The Federation is working with the Son’a, an aggressive species that violates many Federation rules, to screw with the perfect folks. Captain Picard and company must discover why Data was damaged,

Pacific Rim: Uprising (2018)

Pacific Rim: Uprising (2018)

It’s ten years after the close of the breach in Pacific Rim and Jake Pentecost (John Boyega), the previously unmentioned son to the first film’s stern, dead father figure, is threatened with jail or a return to the jaeger program. He chooses the latter and joins ever-squinting Nate Lambert (Scott Eastwood) in training a bunch

The Mask of Fu Manchu (1932)

The Mask of Fu Manchu (1932)

Sir Lionel Barton (Lawrence Grant), who is the definition of an Englishman, has discovered the tomb of Genghis Khan. This news worries the always-worried but also stiff upper-lipped Nayland Smith (Lewis Stone) of the British secret service. He knows that Dr. Fu Manchu (Boris Karloff) wants the mask and sword of Genghis Khan to make

Embers (2015)

Embers (2015)

In the near future, a plague has stripped humans of a majority of their memories, and it continues to destroy any new ones in a matter of minutes or hours (it isn’t clear which or if it varies with the individual). For nine years, a young woman and her artistically inclined father have survived in

Alien: Covenant (2017)

Alien: Covenant (2017)

The crew of a colony ship is awakened by an accident—except for their synthetic, Walter (Michael Fassbender), who was awake—and while making repairs, picks up a signal. The new, uncertain captain, who needs the approval both of the crew and of God, decides to follow the signal to its Earth-like world which might be a

Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi (1983)

Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi (1983)

This film is a lot of fun, no question. I enjoyed it when I first saw it and still do. That doesn’t mean it isn’t a disaster, just an enjoyable disaster. The problems really start with the acting. Yes, all the first six films have poor acting but among the original trilogy, it stands out

Star Trek: Into Darkness (2013)

Star Trek: Into Darkness (2013)

After a terrorist kills Christopher Pike and escapes with extra-super-duper beaming to the Klingon home world, Kirk is sent to kill him. Kirk decides instead to capture this mysterious man… OK, it’s Khan. We all know it is Khan. The second Abrams-verse Trek film has all the same positives as the first, and all the

The Cry of the Werewolf (1944)

The Cry of the Werewolf (1944)

At a horror museum, while the tour guide (John Abbott) gives speeches on werewolves, Doctor Charles Morris (Fritz Leiber)—doctor of…history maybe, or voodoo—researches a werewolf woman. He’s murdered, seemingly by a wolf, and his scientist son (Stephen Crane) and the son’s semi-sister/girlfriend (Osa Massen) play detective to find the murderer. Police detective (Barton MacLane) also

I’ll Never Forget You (1951)

I’ll Never Forget You (1951)

Nuclear Scientist Peter Standish (Tyrone Power) expresses his displeasure with the modern world to his co-worker (Michael Rennie), who tries to pry Standish away from his home and weird thoughts of time travel. Soon after, a lightning strike sends Standish back in time to 1784 and into the body of his ancestor. There he meets