Magic Camp

‘Magic Camp’ is a 2020 Disney family comedy that you can stream on Disney+, it stars Adam Devine (Workaholics), Jeffrey Tambor (Arrested Development), Gillian Jacobs (Community), and Nathaniel Logan Mcintyre (David Makes Man). Andy (Devine) returns to a prestigious magic institute as a camp counselor where he was once a stand out magician. He has been given a bunk of newbies who struggle in magic. He must help them pull together and win the coveted golden hat that goes to the best bunk.

‘Magic Camp’ is a typical Disney movie where a rag tag team pulls together to accomplish their goal. What is surprising about this movie is their casting choice in Adam Devine, I love Devine, I find him hilarious. His comedy however, is very raunchy, just take ‘Workaholics’, ‘Jexi’, and ‘Game Over, Man!’ for instance, so Disney casting him in this is an odd choice. Devine plays a great part though, even with his comedy toned way down. ‘Magic Camp’ is a heartfelt movie that the whole family will love. I give it a 6.5/10.

Unhinged

First let me start off by saying, and I’m sure this speaks for movie lovers across the board, it is great to have movie theaters opening back up. It’s probably the best place to be for social distancing. We needed this, 2020 needed this, and ‘Unhinged’ is the perfect movie to kick things back off.

‘Unhinged’ is a 2020 thriller/horror staring The Gladiator himself Russell Crowe, Jimmi Simpson (It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia), Caren Pistorius (Mortal Engines), and Gabriel Bateman (Child’s Play). ‘Unhinged’ is the story of two people who are having a bad day, and road rage going horribly wrong. When Rachel (Pistorius) is running late for work she gets stuck behind a stranger (Crowe) at a green light. When the stranger continues to not move, Rachel becomes more and more aggravated until she lays on her car horn and goes around him. Little does she know the Stranger is having a worse day and now he’s hell bent on showing Rachel what a bad day really is.

‘Unhinged’ is relentless from start to finish. It will have you sitting on the edge of your seat the entire time. Road rage can happen anywhere, anytime, and that’s what makes ‘Unhinged’ real. Kuddos to Russell Crowe on bringing this one home. I have to go with a 10/10.

What Keeps You Alive

‘What Keeps You Alive’ is a 2018 thriller/horror staring Hannah Anderson (Jigsaw), Brittany Allen (It Stains the Sand Red), and written and directed by Colin Minihan. ‘What Keeps You Alive’ is about a couple, Jackie (Anderson), and Jules( Allen) who go to Jackie’s childhood cabin to celebrate their one year anniversary. Once there, Jules finds out how Jackie really is, a psychopath who is determined to kill Jules.

I normally don’t mention the director, but serious kudos to Colin Minihan for writing and directing this one. It’s good, I mean damn good. The two stars are relatively unknown, but their acting in this film is incredible. Hannah Anderson will have you believing she’s a bonafide psychopath by the end of the movie. This movie is intense right from the start all the way to finish, it’ll have you on the edge of your seat the entire time, and is full of surprises and twists. I give it a 10/10. As you already know, I don’t just hand out tens. The movie has to be spectacular and blow me away. The story, and acting did just that in this one. I have never heard of it before I watched it, it’s one of the more underrated horror movies out there.

Logan Lucky

‘Logan Lucky’ is a 2017 crime/comedy staring Channing Tatum (Magic Mike), Adam Driver (Star Wars: the Rise of Skywalker), Seth MacFarlane (The Orville), Riley Keough (The Lodge), Katie Holmes (Dawson’s Creek), Daniel Craig (Casino Royale), Farrah Mackenzie (Dolly Parton’s Coat of Many Colors), and Hilary Swank (Million Dollar Baby). Two Brothers Jimmy (Tatum), and Clyde Logan (Driver) decide to rob Charlotte Motor Speedway during Nascar’s biggest race. They need the help of master safe cracker Joe Bang (Craig), only problem is Bang is behind bars, so they must bust him out and get him back before anyone notices he’s gone.

First off ‘Logan Lucky’ has a blockbuster cast, and the story is great. Think of ‘Oceans 11’ except with rednecks, that’s the easiest way to describe it. First and foremost it’s a heist movie, and it’s a great one at that. It’s full of twists and turns and an elaborate plot. There’s not really a movie quite like it, it’s a much watch. You can currently check it out on Amazon Prime, I give it a 9/10.

Almost Love

‘Almost Love’ is a 2020 Rom-Com staring Scott Evans(Grace and Frankie), Augustus Prew (Kick-Ass 2), Michelle Buteau (Always Be My Maybe), Colin Donnell (Chicago Med), Zoe Chao (Downhill), Kate Walsh (Grey’s Anatomy), and Christopher M Gray (The Mist). ‘Almost Love’ follows the story of a group of friends all in different stages of their love lives. It follows a gay couple in their fifth year together and their relationship is on the rocks, a married couple who have been together fifteen years and are thinking about calling it quits, a woman who starts dating a homeless man, that she didn’t know was homeless, and a high school teacher who thinks she’s in love with one of her students.

I typically stay away from Rom-Com’s, as you can tell from my other reviews, but I gave this one a shot. I find most Rom-Com’s cheesy and just not for me. It has a couple of note able actors/actress’s in it, and I have to admit, ‘Almost Love’ surprised me. The story line is good, the acting is great, and it sucks you in. It has drama, comedy, and it manages to pull at your heart strings. I found myself cheering for the characters as they went through their struggles with love. Not only is it a good Rom-Com, but it’s a good movie. You can currently find it on Netflix. I give it an 8.5/10.

You Should Have Left

‘You Should Have Left’ is a 2020 horror/mystery by Blumhouse Productions staring Kevin Bacon (Footloose), Amanda Seyfried (The Clapper), and Avery Tiiu Essex. A Husband rents a house in the countryside of Wales for a vacation with his wife and their six year old daughter. The family starts having strange nightmares, and the house may not be what it seems.

I had my reservations about this movie. I don’t think Kevin Bacon is a strong lead, but Blumhouse always puts out strong movies so I figured I would give it a shot. The acting is solid especially from Avery Tiiu Essex, she holds her own with a much more experienced Amanda Seyfried and Kevin Bacon. Kevin Bacon also pleasantly surprised me and did a good job as the lead role.

‘You Should Have Left’ has the creepy factor going for it, and what I like most about this movie is it leaves a lot up for interpretation. However, parts of it drag more than most Blumhouse movies. I give it a 6.5/10.

Home is Where the Killer is

‘Home is Where the Killer is’ is a 2019 thriller you can find on Netflix. It stars Stacy Haiduk (The Young and the Restless), Kelly Kruger (Blue Mountain State), Beth Littleford (Drillbit Taylor), Anne Leighton (Grimm), and Christopher Sean (Days of Our Lives). Nicole Turner (Kruger) is down on her luck after a bout with cancer. She rents a room in Julie Thomason’s (Haiduk) house. Little does she know her landlord is crazy and will do anything to keep her there.

This is an interesting movie, the story plot is good, the actors and actresses aren’t really known, and the acting is bad and way over the top. This deserves to be on lifetime, but as I say if it’s not a Netflix original it’s probably trash. It has flashes of being good, but overall the bad acting and over the top cheesiness ruins it. With the story line though, if a good director got a hold of this, and hired some good actors, this would be a great film. However, that’s the case with most cheesy movies. If nothing else is on I would say give it a watch, but you’re not missing anything either. It’s your run of the mill movie, I give it a 5/10

Come to Daddy

‘Come to Daddy’ is a 2019 horror/thriller staring Elijah Wood (Lord of the Rings), Stephen McHattie (Watchmen), Madeleine Sami (The Breaker Upperers), Martin Donovan (Big Little Lies), and Michael Smiley (Luther). Elijah Wood’s character receives a letter from his estranged father who walked out of his life when he was five years old. He takes this as a chance to reconnect with him by going to visit him. Problem is, his dad isn’t what he expected.

I really like Elijah Wood, and Daniel Radcliffe, but it’s not because of ‘The Lord of the Rings’ series or the Harry Potter movies. It’s because of all the random insane rolls both take on ever since the movies listed above. I love it, and ‘Come to Daddy’ is no different for Elijah Woods. This movie starts out slow but once you get to the half way point the movie takes off hard. It has one of the bloodiest and most unique on screen kills I’ve seen, and that’s up there with Terrifier’s sawing the naked upside down woman in half. If you love these random Radcliffe and Wood roles like I do, and want to see Wood go ham on some people, then ‘Come to Daddy’ is for you. I give it a 7.5/10.

Population 436

‘Population 436’ is a 2006 mystery/horror staring Jeremy Sisto (Clueless), Fred Durst (Limp Bizkit), Charlotte Sullivan (Rookie Blue), and Frank Adamson (Dolores Claiborne). A census taker (Sisto) is sent to the small town of Rockwell Falls, whos population has remained at 436 for the past century. He quickly learns the small town is hiding something sinister.

This has a real Stephen King-esque feel, think ‘Salem’s Lot’ and ‘Children of the Corn’ mixed with ‘The Wicker Man’. It’s not a real well known movie and appears to be on the low budget side, but for being a B horror movie it’s pretty solid. The story line is good, and so is the acting. Even though Stephen King didn’t have anything to do with this film, if you’re a fan of his style, you’ll enjoy this movie. You can find this hidden gem on Amazon Prime. I give it a 7/10.

The Night Clerk

‘The Night Clerk’ is a 2020 thriller staring Tye Sheridan (Ready Player One), Ana De Armas (Knock Knock), John Leguizamo (To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything! Julie Newmar), Helen Hunt (Girls Just Want to Have Fun), and Jonathon Schaech (That Thing you Do!) ‘The Night Clerk’ is about a young man (Sheridan) who works at a hotel as the night clerk. He suffers from Asperger’s syndrome and has several hidden cameras in the rooms in order for him to study and mimic people which helps him with his social awkwardness. He ends up witnessing a murder on one of his live feeds.

‘The Night Clerk’ has a great cast, Tye Sheridan really nails his role as a man with Asperger’s Syndrome, and the story is there. However, after that, that’s it. It falls flat, and I mean it falls hard. This story has so much potential, but nothing happens. Sheridan witnesses the murder in the beginning of the film, and that’s it, that’s the most action the movie has. It’s a disappointment with the caliber cast and story line. I would pass this one up, but if you do want to watch it, you can find it on Netflix. It falls into what I’ve said before, if it’s not a Netflix original it’s probably not worth watching on Netflix. I give it a 5/10.