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Menorca (2016)
3 days ago via Rotten Tomatoes

Rather dull and monotonous, Menorca is a character drama about a woman going through a midlife crisis. The story follows a soccer mom named Claire who abandons her family and takes up a hedonistic life as a waitress at a strip club. Claire is kind of an interesting character and even somewhat sympathetic; trapped in a life she didn't want and feeling disconnected from people. And Tammy Gillis gives a fairly strong performance. But the plot doesn't really go anywhere and Claire doesn't really change or have any transformative revelation. Despite a promising start, Menorca ends up being pretty pointless.

Leatherface (2017)
5 days ago via Rotten Tomatoes

An incredibly ugly and gruesome horror film, Leatherface is a needless prequel that accomplishes nothing. After being committed to a children's psychiatric hospital Jed Sawyer breaks out during a riot with three of his fellow patients who have taken a nurse hostage and are making a run for Mexico, and leading the hunt for their capture is a rogue sheriff whose daughter was killed by the Sawyers. The performances are rather underwhelming; even seasoned actors Lili Taylor and Stephen Dorff aren't able to do much with the material. And the violence is excessively gory and the tone is really dark. One of the worst entries in the franchise, Leatherface fails to reenergize the series or provide a satisfactory origin to this classic horror character.

Three Wise Guys
5 days ago via Rotten Tomatoes

A goofy satire, Three Wise Guys delivers some festive holiday laughs. When the pregnant mistress of a Las Vegas casino owner runs off he sends three henchmen after her to bring her back, but she proves to be craftier than they expected. Featuring Eddie McClintock, Jodi Lyn O'Keefe, Judd Nelson, Tom Arnold, and Katey Sagal, the film has a pretty decent cast. And there are some fun allusions to the Nativity story, though a few of them are a bit contrived and cheesy. Also, the comedy is kind of hit and miss; getting a little too screwball and farcical at times. Yet despite its problems, Three Wise Guys is an entertaining film that has the Christmas spirit (in an odd sort of way).

Christmas Inheritance
6 days ago via Rotten Tomatoes

Christmas Inheritance is a clichéd and trite holiday comedy from Netflix. When her drunken attics get headlines painting her as a spoiled, rich, party girl, Ellen Langford is sent by her father to his hometown to deliver the annual Christmas letter to a family friend and get in touch with her small-town roots; but it comes with the catch that she must go incognito so that she doesn't get special treatment. The writing is really bad, as the plot is full of all the standard tropes and the characters are all one-dimensional stereotypes. And the town is sickeningly Rockwellesque, with its goodhearted townsfolk and quaint shops. None of the acting is very good, but then again, they don't have much to work with. Still, some of the comedy is kind of funny, and Eliza Taylor and Jake Lacy do a pretty good job at delivering the laughs. Formulaic and uninspired, Christmas Inheritance tries too hard to be heartwarming and fun, and ends up feeling forced and manipulative.

A Christmas Prince
7 days ago via Rotten Tomatoes

The original Netflix film A Christmas Prince is a rather bland and cheesy romantic comedy. Rose Mclver stars as an aspiring reporter who gets her big break when she's assigned to cover the Christmas coronation of an elusive playboy prince who may abdicate the throne, and to get the scoop she goes undercover as a tutor for his younger sister. Mclver gives a serviceable performance, but she doesn't have a lot to work with; as the writing is poor and her co-stars don't bringing anything. And the plot pretty much telegraphs where it's going from the very start, leaving no mystery or suspense. A Christmas Prince has a bit of charm to it, but it's poorly executed and has no passion.