Last Sentinel (2023)
A platoon of soldiers are stranded in an abandoned military base on a near future Earth waiting for the relief or the enemy, whichever comes first.
My thoughts: Slow-rolling post-apocalyptic porn for the climate crowd. The late, third act twist almost makes this one worthwhile. Almost.
When Louis Bloom, a con man desperate for work, muscles into the world of L.A.crime journalism, he blurs the line between observer and participant to become the star of his own story.
My thoughts: An unsettling thriller and dark social satire anchored by Gyllenhaal’s creepy and compelling performance. Like the lurid footage it critiques, it’s impossible to look away.
God Is a Bullet (2023)
Taking matters into his own hands, Detective Bob Hightower tries to infiltrate an evil cult to save his kidnapped daughter and avenge the murder of his wife.
My thoughts: A fairly straightforward ultra-violent revenge-exploitation flick weighed down by arthouse elements and a bloated runtime.
Insidious: The Red Door (2023)
The Lamberts must go deeper into The Further than ever before to put their demons to rest once and for all.
My thoughts: Some good scares in this overly long but satisfying final installment.
Silent Night (2021)
Nell, Simon, and their son Art are ready to welcome friends and family for what promises to be a perfect Christmas gathering. Perfect except for one thing: everyone is going to die.
My thoughts: Tiresome characters, annoyingly mannered performances, and a jarring tonal mish-mash make this one a trying and annoyingly unfunny dark comedy.
So, any recommendations?