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Sicario: Day of the Soldado
15 months ago via Rotten Tomatoes

An intense and gritty crime drama, Sicario: Day of the Soldado tackles some very topical and complicated issues. When the Mexican cartels are suspected of smuggling several terrorists over the US-Mexico borer a paramilitary group is assembled to start a cartel war by kidnapping one of the leader's daughters, but when the op goes bad everything changes. Starring Josh Brolin, Benicio del Toro, Catherine Keener, and Jeffery Donavan, the film has solid cast. And, the fight choreography is quite impressive and action-packed. Additionally, the script does a good job at showing the complexities and moral grayness involved in the border war: cartels, terrorism, human trafficking. Sicario: Day of the Soldado is little different than the original, but it's still incredibly compelling and provocative.

He's Out There
15 months ago via Rotten Tomatoes
½

Yvonne Strahovski stars in the indie horror film He's Out There. The story follows a family that heads out to their lake house for a relaxing weekend, but they soon find themselves being stalked by a mysterious figure lurking in the shadows. Strahovski gives a fairly strong performance and the two child actors are pretty good as well (and being real life sisters helps). Also, director Quinn Lasher does an impressive job at building suspense and at creating an atmospheric tone. But there's not much of a plot or character development; particularly in regards to the killer, whose identity and motives are left largely unexplained. However, there is a clever use of a storybook motif that gives the film a dark fairy tale like mystique. While it's kind of a by-the-numbers home invasion film, He's Out There is well-made and delivers some chilling scares.

In Darkness
In Darkness (2018)
15 months ago via Rotten Tomatoes

Natalie Dormer co-writes and stars in the gritty crime thriller In Darkness. When a blind pianist with a dark secret witnesses the death of the daughter of an exiled Serbian war criminal she gets caught-up in a deadly power struggle. Dormer gives an incredible performance, and the supporting cast is pretty strong as well. Additionally, the film does a good job at building intrigue and suspense. However, the plot can be a little hard to follow and some of it doesn't make a lot of sense. Still, script issues aside, In Darkness is a compelling and intense drama.

A Quiet Place
A Quiet Place (2018)
15 months ago via Rotten Tomatoes
½

Emily Blunt and John Krasinski star in the horror thriller A Quiet Place. Set in a post-apocalyptic future, a family attempts to live in complete silence to avoid viscous, deadly creatures that are attracted to noise. Both Blunt and Krasinski give really strong performances and do an excellent job at expressing their thoughts and feelings through their facial and body movements. Additionally, Krasinski's directing style does an impressive job at setting an atmospheric and foreboding tone. And the mystery of what the creatures are and the setup of the post-apocalyptic world are especially well-done. A frightening horror film, A Quiet Place is incredibly intense and full of suspense.

Day of the Dead: Bloodline
15 months ago via Rotten Tomatoes

A horrible bastardization of a Romero classic, Day of the Dead: Bloodline is embarrassingly bad. Several months after the zombie apocalypse a former medical student runs into an undead former patient with unique blood properties, and she comes to believe that he's the key to creating a vaccine. The "acting" is abysmal and the sets and costumes are extremely cheap looking. And the plot couldn't be more trite and predictable. Day of the Dead: Bloodline is a waste of film.