Spontaneous (2020)

Get ready for the outrageous coming-of-age love story about growing up…and blowing up. When students in their school begin exploding (literally), seniors Mara and Dylan struggle to survive in a world where each moment may be their last.

Spontaneous is quite honestly one of the biggest surprises in 2020 (when it comes to film), on the surface it may seem like another high school movie with a bizarre premise of students literally exploding. However there is much more to the film the whole exploding idea can be seen as representing school shootings, those who accidentally overdosed or climate change, in the film Katherine Langford, Charlie Plummer and many others are worried, depressed, scared, develop anxiety because of seeing their friends die, which in a lot of ways is how the younger generation is reacting to the three topics I named earlier. That could be me reading a lot into the film but it definitely shares a lot of connections. As for the acting it’s pretty incredible Charlie Plummer and Katherine Langford are both fantastic, especially Langford who has really shown she has some serious talent it really makes me excited to see what she will do next! The writing is also really well done, with tons of emotional, heartwarming, cute and some surprisingly depressing moments it really adds power to the film and by the end it leaves a pretty big impression on the viewer. Spontaneous also feels very grounded when it comes to the writing, it feels like they actually got writers who know how teenagers talk and act (which only adds to what I said earlier) overall Spontaneous is a unique film that I definitely recommend giving a watch!!

9/10 A

The Lie and Black Box (2020) The first two films of the “Welcome to the Blumhouse” eight film series!

A father and daughter are on their way to dance camp when they spot the girl’s best friend on the side of the road. When they stop to offer the friend a ride, their good intentions soon result in terrible consequences.

The Lie is the first film of the “Welcome To The Blumhouse” eight film series four of them being released this year and the other four presumably being released next year. The Lie is a very appropriate title because the advertising is a damn lie, this is not a horror film. This is a terrible thriller that has one of the most ridiculous twists I have seen this year, scratch that one of the worst I’ve seen in awhile (more on that soon) first off the only positive I can give this movie is the filming, it’s actually quite decent and does give the film at least some sort of atmosphere. However everything else is horrendous, Joey King is terrible which I really hate to say because I do really like Joey King. The problem is her choice in roles and this is honestly one of the worst, everyone else in the film isn’t good either…don’t even get me started on the writing. I can’t believe someone actually looked at this and said “Looks great!!!” There are at points where The Lie tries to be much more than it really is and that’s when it’s at it’s worst, it plays out about as well as soap opera. Lastly there’s the ending which is horrendous as I said before, it’s one of those twist endings where you just want to hit your head against the wall. I really don’t know what else to say, its no wonder this movie was shelved…give this one a huge skip.

1/10 F

After losing his wife and his memory in a car accident, a single father undergoes an agonizing experimental treatment that causes him to question who he really is.

The second film in the “Welcome To The Blumhouse” eight film series, luckily Black Box is far better than The Lie. The premise of Black Box has been done before, but at least a lot working for it. Mainly the acting which is really solid Mamoudou Athie does a very solid job in the leading role, the writing is very solid and does deliver some very strong character moments mostly from Mamoudou Athie’s character Nolan. Unlike The Lie I can definitely say that Black Box is a horror movie, it has some haunting moments with a dark atmosphere that works really well in this movie’s favor. It’s also refreshing to see actually well written characters unlike The Lie, while the characters in Black Box might not be groundbreaking they do have depth to them and are interesting all around. I do feel like Black Box could have explored a little more and tried something a little more new with it’s premise, but for the most part this is a very solid film that I would recommend!!

7/10 B

Save Yourselves and Wolf Of Snow Hallow (2020)

A young Brooklyn couple heads to an upstate cabin to unplug from their phones and reconnect with each other. Blissfully unaware of their surroundings, they are left to their own devices as the planet falls under attack.

Save Yourselves! Is an interesting one, it’s different take on the alien abduction genre and has two fantastic leads. Sunita Mani and John Paul Reynolds both do a fantastic job in their roles, the chemistry between the two is both cute and hilarious. The writing really helps the two make many clever jokes, ideas and helps create a very interesting plot. I do feel that the second half is of the film isn’t quite as strong as the first half simply due to it becoming a little more familiar and I do wish the film went into the whole “dependence on technology” a lot more. But from what was shown this was a very solid movie that I definitely recommend giving a go.

7/10 B

Terror grips a small mountain town as bodies are discovered after each full moon. Losing sleep, raising a teenage daughter, and caring for his ailing father, officer Marshall struggles to remind himself there’s no such thing as werewolves.

The Wolf Of Snow Hallow is a weird but interesting hybrid of different genres, it’s one of the better horror comedies that offer a ton of laughs and have a pretty solid chemistry with the characters, Jim Cummings does a fantastic job in his role as well as directing and writing the film. The film is a ton of fun, it’s a different take on the werewolf movie genre and brings in some new ideas to the table that are quite interesting. The location combined with the filming really brings a lot of life into the film and gives it this thrilling but at the same time comedic atmosphere (thanks to the writing) give this one a look!

7/10 B

2067 (2020)

When Earth’s air becomes unbreathable, a message from the future sends a man on a dangerous mission to an unknown world to save the human race.

For what “2067” is it’s really not bad, hands down the best thing about this movie is the visuals. There is absolutely no denying that the visuals are beautiful and the filming really does that justice as well, the acting is overall pretty okay it’s nothing noteworthy but it could have easily been worse. 2067 also has some character drama that for the most part is pretty decent, but at times that’s when 2067 is it’s own worst enemy. The pacing feels incredibly slow and way too long when it comes to some of the character drama, it just comes to a complete stop all of a sudden. Outside of that “2067” doesn’t really differentiate itself from other films in the genre. Which can be a problem because this is definitely not one of those movies where you will look back to remember very well. 2067 is definitely not a bad movie in fact I recommend giving it a look, just don’t expect anything groundbreaking.

6/10 C+

The New Mutants (2020)

Five young mutants, just discovering their abilities while held in a secret facility against their will, fight to escape their past sins and save themselves.

Well what did you expect…for this to be actually good? New Mutants the last X-Men movie made only by 20th Century Fox, it was originally supposed to release back in 2018. New Mutants constantly got delayed for almost 3 years when it finally came out this year. The only positive I can give New Mutants are Anya Taylor Joy, Masisie Williams and Blu Hunt’s performances were they anything groundbreaking? Absolutely not but they were far better than anything else in this gigantic mess, first off let’s talk about the writing….what a complete disaster. First off the writing feels like something straight out of some edgy fanfiction, with some racist jokes, a sexual abuse joke and tons of poorly written lines it’s enough to make you want to hit your head against a wall. The “horror” aspect in this movie is complete bull crap, it’s very clear Josh Boone or any of the writers don’t know how to write horror, this is a kindergarteners understanding of what horror is. Just because you add a few jumpscares and make the screen dark doesn’t mean it’s a horror movie. It’s one of the worst attempts I’ve seen in quite awhile. Speaking of Josh Boone let’s talk about how he whitewashed two characters in the movie, I’m sure you have heard the controversy so I won’t go on about it, but I feel like it needs to be mentioned because it goes to show that none of the writers or Josh Boone knew what they were doing. Oh yeah and they actually spelled the creator of the New Mutants comic’s name wrong too so that’s an extra slap to the face. Then there’s the pacing and the story itself which I honestly can’t believe they thought this would work. Almost all of the movie is the main characters sitting around doing nothing until the main villain (which by the way is very predictable who it is, all you need to do is watch the first couple minutes of the movie and you will know who it is) appears. That is literally the whole entire movie, nothing engaging, nothing interesting just garbage. Overall New Mutants is garbage and definitely one of the worst X-Men movies, it may not be as bad as Dark Phoenix or X-Men Origins Wolverine but that is really not saying much…

1/10 F

Bill & Ted Face The Music (2020)

Once told they’d save the universe during a time-traveling adventure, 2 would-be rockers from San Dimas, California find themselves as middle-aged dads still trying to crank out a hit song and fulfill their destiny.

I really have to say I’m actually surprised by how much I really liked this movie. Keanu Reeves and Alex Winter really pull it off, they are both hilarious and their performances are quite great!! The humor is genuinely funny, sure not every joke lands but a majority of the jokes landed pretty well there is even some creative ones as well. Speaking of which the writing was quite clever a lot of the time and explored other themes, it’s also pretty heartwarming as well especially towards the end. The movie is very touching and leads to some surprisingly emotional moments and manages to combine that with humor. Which is what I think I loved most about this movie, it manages to combine the humor and the serious moments really well which leads to some excellent results! Overall this is a very satisfying movie that I highly recommend giving a go!!

8/10 B+

Project Power (2020)

When a pill that gives its users unpredictable superpowers for five minutes hits the streets of New Orleans, a teenage dealer and a local cop must team with an ex-soldier to take down the group responsible for its creation.

Project Power isn’t exactly terrible but it is certainly not good either, take away the superhero element from this movie and you are left with a very generic action movie. Jamie Foxx and Joseph Gordon-Levitt were standouts and definitely the best thing this movie has going for it. Both of them are truly giving it their all with a very weak script… Everything else ranged from bad to below average, which is a shame because this movie could have actually worked if it were written better. As a lot of people have pointed out Project Power is mostly a “seen but done better” type movie and that’s honestly the best way to describe it. The movie really does not bring anything new to the table and feels like it just does the bare minimum and calls it a day, Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman’s style just did not work here (to be fair a lot of their other films aren’t much better) overall Project Power is really nothing noteworthy it’s definitely not terrible but not something I would ever recommend.

5/10 C

Sputnik, Before The Fire and Endless (2020)

The lone survivor of an enigmatic spaceship incident hasn’t returned back home alone-hiding inside his body is a dangerous creature.

Sputnik kind of just feels like Alien and Life mixed together but with a different setting. The acting was overall pretty strong as well as the atmosphere that was pretty thrilling at times. My major issues with the movie was the creature’s design and the writing, the design was very basic and kind of just felt like a afterthought. Which is definitely not a good thing because it does take away some of the scares away from this movie, as for the writing it’s not that it was necessarily bad it’s that it was just way too basic. It really doesn’t bring any new ideas to the table and just kind of does what other movies like Sputnik have done before. With that said Sputnik is definitely not a bad movie, there’s a lot to like about it. It just could have been so much more..

6/10 C+

When a global pandemic forces a TV actress to escape to her rural hometown, an intruder from her past proves as dangerous as the encroaching virus.

I feel like the biggest problem with Before The Fire is that it does the bare minimum when it comes to it’s plot, it’s supposed to be a pandemic with a deadly virus but really don’t get much of that. Instead you get some very poorly developed characters having drama between one another, there’s moments where the acting isn’t too bad. But a lot of the time it feels like nobody really cared, the writing really doesn’t do much for the film either. As I said it does then are minimum sure the characters mention the virus but they don’t really show much or try to build up to it. It’s just kind of like “hey virus is happening” okay so what do you want the audience to do with that information? Had this been much better written I feel like this could have been so much better.

1/10 F

When madly in love high school graduates Riley and Chris are separated by a tragic car accident, Riley blames herself for her boyfriend’s death while Chris is stranded in limbo. Miraculously, the two find a way to connect.

This is basically a young adult version of “Ghost” and it’s a bad one. At first it may not seem too bad the performances are fine enough and there are actually some pretty okay moments especially towards the end. The problem is a lot of it is just not interesting, the pacing is very awkward at times. At one point the movie is slow but then towards the end which as much as I liked some of the moments during the last act it still feels like they needed to find a way to end this movie so they just rushed through it to get it done. It doesn’t help that a lot of it just typical YA movie elements that have been done to death numerous times. If you have already seen “Ghost” you have seen this movie, with that said I can’t say the movie is horrendous because I have definitely seen worse plus as I said before when it comes to acting it’s pretty decent combined with some really great moments. But I can say this is a movie everyone will forget about as soon as the movie is over.

4/10 D+

Archive (2020)

2038: George Almore is working on a true human-equivalent AI. His latest prototype is almost ready. This sensitive phase is also the riskiest. Especially as he has a goal that must be hidden at all costs: being reunited with his dead wife.

Archive is definitely a movie that surprised me, it takes elements of Moon, Ex Machina and I Am Mother and does something fresh with it. For a low budget movie the visuals, filming and the setting are very impressive. You would think this movie would have a much higher budget, the acting is pretty strong and the writing actually has some quite powerful moments that goes to certain topics you honestly wouldn’t expect. The ending was the standout it truly does something different and I feel they nailed it, it was definitely a huge risk that could have easily broke this movie into pieces but that’s not the case here! The cinematography combined with the music does a fantastic job of giving the film a atmosphere that really compliments the film! I highly suggest checking this out when you can, the less you know about this movie the more you are going to like it.

8/10 B+

Artemis Fowl (2020)

Artemis Fowl, a young criminal prodigy, hunts down a secret society of fairies to find his missing father.

To say Artemis Fowl is a disaster is the understatement of the year, this movie is the next level of bad. First off let’s talk about the cast, while yes the cast does seem pretty good they are all wasted or just give downright awful performances! One in particular that stood out from being terrible was Josh Gad, why on earth did he look like a cross between Aragon from Lord Of The Rings and Hagrid from Harry Potter? Can somebody please explain that to me?? Alright moving on…the writing was garbage, I genuinely can’t believe someone actually sat down and wrote this. A lot of it makes little to no sense, feels like it was written in less then two seconds and it just feels like the writers didn’t give a crap. The director of this movie is Kenneth Branagh who previously worked on Murder On the Orient Express (2017), Cinderella (2015), Jack Ryan Shadow Recruit, Thor and a few others. Which is baffling because some of the films I mentioned I quite enjoy, but the direction with this movie was just horrendous. Again it feels like there was no amount of effort at all, in fact that pretty much sums up this movie. Effort is nonexistent in Artemis Fowl, at least with some bad movies you can see that the people working on them at least tried. You don’t get that here with Artemis Fowl, it’s one of Disney’s biggest disasters in recent memory if not THE biggest disaster in recent memory with Disney. In terms of the story there is not a whole lot to say here, but from what I’ve heard that got fans of the book really angry was that they completely changed the story…and turned it into uninspired Sci-Fi story because of course they did. The story is just not interesting at the slightest, it’s a story that has been done to death numerous times and has been done better as well. Overall Artemis Fowl is a horrendous movie which I have to say is so far THE worst film of 2020

Disgrace To Cinema F