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Cult of Chucky
1 day ago via Rotten Tomatoes

A disappointing entry in this storied series, Cult of Chucky attempts to set a new course and makes a mess of things in the process. After her family is killed by Chucky, Nica is committed to a mental hospital but finds that Chucky has followed her there looking to finish the job. There's also a worthless subplot with Andy (from the first three films) that the writers don't seem to know what to do with but got boxed into by Curse's end credit scenes. And all the old mythology about Charles Ray (aka Chucky) and his voodoo powers gets thrown out and replaced. Still, the kills are pretty entertaining (in a horror movie king of way), and there's a bit of mystery as to which of the two dolls at the hospital is the real Chucky and what his plan is. Cult of Chucky lacks vision and ends up as just another dumb, pointless slasher film.

Lizzie Borden Took an Ax
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From Lifetime comes the TV movie Lizzie Borden Took an Ax, a chilling drama about the notorious killer. Christina Ricci stars as Lizzie Borden, a New England socialite who feels oppressed and resentful toward her parents, and when they are brutally murdered she finds herself as the prime suspect. Told as a murder mystery, there are hints at a possible third party committing the murders, or that Lizzie had a psychotic break and was unaware of what she had done. However, the writing can be a little weak at times as the courtroom drama isn't exactly riveting. Yet the costumes and sets are especially well-done and look authentic to the time period. And the soundtrack, which is made up of modern alternative rock, offers an interesting juxtaposition to the visual aesthetic. Lizzie Borden Took an Ax meanders a bit, but overall it's a suspenseful psychological thriller.

Blade Runner 2049
3 days ago via Rotten Tomatoes

An atmospheric sci-fi thriller, Blade Runner 2049 is a rather mediocre sequel to Ridley Scott's cult classic. The story follows a replicant blade runner who discovers that a replicant has given birth, and then attempts to track down the child. Ryan Gosling and Ana de Armas lead the cast and give incredibly strong performances; especial de Armas, who's extraordinarily compelling as a holographic A.I. that's trying to exist in the physical world. The visual effects and set designs are also remarkably well-done, creating a rich visual aesthetic that's a marvel to look at. And the soundtrack by Hans Zimmer and Benjamin Wallfisch brilliantly compliments the scenes and sets a dark and intense mood. But unfortunately there's not much of a plot, and what little there is isn't that interesting. Still, while its story may be perfunctory, Blade Runner 2049 is a fascinating visual spectacle.

Get Out
Get Out (2017)
4 days ago via Rotten Tomatoes

From Jordan Peele comes the political horror film Get Out. When Chris goes on a weekend getaway with his white girlfriend to meet her family he gets a strange vibe from the black servants, and starts to suspect that something sinister is going on after he recognizes a fellow guest who appears to have been brainwashed. The storytelling is especially well-done and has a Shyamalan-like feel; slowly turning a normal situation into something frightening and bizarre. However, the political theme of the "post-racial lie" is a bit muddled and doesn't really add much to the film (which works better as straight horror). Yet while it has some weaknesses, Get Out is a provocative and disturbing film that delivers a fresh take on some classic horror themes.

Life (2017)
10 days ago via Rotten Tomatoes

Frightening and full of suspense, Life is a terrifying sci-fi thriller. The story follows the crew of the International Space Station as they study specimens brought back by a Mars probe and discover a micro-organism; however the organism begins to rapidly grow and starts attacking the station's crew. Starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Rebecca Ferguson, Hiroyuki Sanada, and Ryan Reynolds, the film has an impressive cast that delivers some strong performances. And the special effects are especially good, particularly the creature deigns; which starts out rather innocent looking and gets progressively sinister and menacing as it grows. The score is also incredibly well-done; capturing the dark and foreboding tone of the material. Yet the plot is rather predictable and somewhat derivative of other sci-fi films. Still, Life is intense and entertaining, and delivers some chilling scares.