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Insidious: The Last Key is directed by Adam Robitel, and it stars Lin Shaye, Leigh Whannell, and Angus Sampson in a horror film about a haunting investigation going on in Elise's (Lin Shaye) childhood home that causes Elise and her crew to take care of the demon that haunts that house. I enjoyed the first and third Insidious movies, second not so much but could've been so much worse, and I wasn't too fond of the trailers for this, but I wanted to see it because horror is one of my favorite genres as it's probably the only genre that makes me feel like I'm in there, trying to figure out the situation, even if it may not be the case with a lot of horror films that I've seen. So as a January horror film that's the fourth one of a franchise, I was really surprised to realize that I actually like it, even though it's not as good as the first and third one. Lin Shaye is really good in this that really manages to carry a film by herself. Some of the scares did get me, and I do think that the tunnel scene is the scariest part of the film. There are some jokes that did get a laugh out of me, and I was curious to see where it's going, even if the story isn't quite necessary other then Lin Shaye's character where the beginning of this is interesting to say at least. There's some twists that I didn't necessarily see coming, but then there's are some parts that I didn't care for. There were some issues that I had that one of the scares didn't really work for me, and some of the humor was either not working, or just makes me cringe to sit through at times. I'm hoping that this is the last movie as it's stretching a bit too much, but I couldn't say that I wasn't entertained by it as I was.
When the Bough Breaks directed by Jon Caesar, and it stars Morris Chestnut, Regina Hall, and Jaz Sinclair in a psychological thriller about a married couple that wouldn't be able to have a child together, until they brought a surrogate mother to create a child for them, the problem being, the surrogate mother has a crush on the husband to the point that she's obsessed with him and stalks him. I heard that this movie is terrible from every critic that I follow, except for Brad Jones who enjoys this film in a trashy way. Watching Unforgettable made me want to watch these type of films and have fun ripping them apart. With this however after watching it, I was really mad at it and I rather watch Unforgettable instead. Morris Chestnut and Regina Hall are great in this, and are way too talented to be in this type of film. It was kind of nice that this wasn't your typical stalker kind of film, but I couldn't say it was better that way. That's all I really got for positive aspects, so let's get to why I hate this film. This movie is really stupid that really could've be over easily if there was better sense of communication, and if they take advantage of the discovery that they found of the surrogate mother. It takes itself too seriously in what it's doing that I honestly hope that it was having fun along the way, getting more crazy as it goes, but the film never felt like it goes too far and embraces it. I couldn't care for the characters, it's just silly to watch, and things just happen for no reason that wouldn't be remotely possible. The only time that I actually laughed in this, was the way the climax ended that I thought was hilarious in the way it was executed. Other then that, I couldn't get into it as a trashy film, and I just hate the movie for what it is.
Creep 2 is directed and co-written by Patrick Brice, and it stars Desiree Akhavan and Mark Duplass in a found-footage horror film about a videographer that wants to make her web-series a success, but not many people are watching it, and Sara (Desiree Akhavan) comes across a job on Craigslist for a videographer, which is from Aaron (Mark Duplass) I haven't heard about this movie until I just look on 100% list on Rotten Tomatoes from Wikipedia, and when I was watching the first one with my friends, only to see if they even like the first one, and want to watch the sequel. Of course we wanted to see it on Netflix and managed to do so, only to the mid-point where my friends had to go home while I stayed in my place and watch the rest of it, which I thought was a great film, even if I don't think it's as terrific as the first one. Mark Duplass is still great in it with his creepiness and you're just not sure about what he's going to do as his main goal. Desiree Akhavan is really good that I really need to see her directorial debut Appropriate Behavior, and I feel like it made a lot of sense of why it's being filmed. The movie is smart, and there are a lot of humor that I thought was well done, in fact, maybe even funnier than the first one. The writing by Mark Duplass and Patrick Brice is good that gives us a bit of a new identity in Mark Duplass's character, while the 2 main leads have some great dialogue together. There are some creepy moments in here, but I thought the scares in this are either lacking, or not as effective as the first one was. Some people may not be positive on the ending here, and even though it's not controversial here, it's the way it's handled here that might make some people not happy, even though I thought was fine. Creep 2 is not as good as the first one, but I'm surprised that it's even great enough for me to be entertained of a found-footage sequel.
Spielberg is directed by Susan Lacy, and it stars Steven Spielberg in a documentary about the life of Steven Spielberg in how he started his film debut, how he comes up with his films, and how he managed to become one of the most successful directors of all time. When I was going to the guide of DirecTV, I recently come across this, and didn't even know about this at all. So when I record this and watched it, I thought Spielberg is a very touching tribute to the director that shows the achievements of what he has done. It shows the production of a lot of the films that Spielberg managed to create, and they are really interesting to watch and you end up having more knowledge of the films that you know and have a bit of a different opinion of what you see in the films that he has made. The interviewers are interesting to watch, and seeing Steven Spielberg go into such detail of his passion of films is really something to see. The pacing is tight that never felt too long or too short that you want to see more of, and the beginning of the film where it shows a lot of Steven Spielberg's films was really cool and it shows how far he has gone from his career. Spielberg is a fascinating documentary that I might try to review all of his films that he directed.
Madea's Witness Protection is directed and written by Tyler Perry, and it stars Tyler Perry, Eugene Levy, Denise Richards, and Doris Roberts in a comedy film about an accountant whose business is not doing well because the charities that the business were giving the money to were part of a Ponzi scheme, and the family has to stay in Madea's (Tyler Perry) house for protection for a couple of months until the matter is settled. The character Madea I find to be funny in some movies, and she can be unfunny in other films that the character is in. So for watching something like this, I can say that this film is at best, all right. The acting is fine, and I did laugh at a lot of jokes, especially at the beginning where the family goes to Madea's house. It's not nearly as melodramatic as Tyler Perry's other films, and I did like seeing Madea bringing some goodness in the family, even though I knew that was going to happen in Tyler Perry's typical films. As for flaws, well it loses its steam by the end of it in terms of the jokes here as they were starting to become unfunny. The whole mob situation wasn't really as big of a deal as the movie was making it to be, even to the point that I think they don't even mention them by the end of it. The religion aspects sort of meanders the movie along and was kind of there to bring some of the Christian religion onto this film. The movie is just sort of there to exist for Madea fans who still enjoy them, and while Madea's Witness Protection is better than his recent ones like the Madea Halloween films, it's not funny enough for me to like it and wouldn't really bother watching this again for a while.