Solomon Kane (2009)

Solomon Kane

After a life of violence and killing, Solomon Kane embarks on the path of redemption. Told in the present day and as a boy, we follow his life.

When a family he is traveling with is attacked, he must return to his murderous ways to avenge their deaths.

This is an action film with a touch of fantasy.

IMDB Score 6.1/10
Amazon Score 3.9/5

Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters (2013)

Percy Jackson

Percy and friends embark on a quest to recover the Golden Fleece and encounter a foe along the way. But they’re not the only ones after the Fleece so it becomes a competition.

This is a good adventure story from the Percy Jackson & the Olympians book series.

 

IMDB Score 5.9/10
Amazon Score 4.0/5

Bridge of Spies (2015)

Bridge of Spies

This is another film nominated for the Best Picture Oscar.

Jim Donovan (Tom Hanks) is selected to defend accused Russian spy Rudolf Abel (Mark Rylance). Meanwhile, Francis Powers is shot down over Russian airspace while piloting a U-2 spy plane. Donovan is contacted, circuitously, to arrange a prisoner exchange. All this happens in the first half of the movie, leaving the negotiation and eventual exchange.

This is a taut drama, involving constitutional law and spycraft.

This is a very good movie as indicated in the reviews.

IMDB Score 7.6/10
Amazon Score 4.5/5

Room (2015)

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Kidnapped at 17, Joy and her 5 year old son Jack live in a 10 x 10 room she calls Room. Joy has told Jack that Room is all there is and what he sees on TV is just on TV. Eventually Joy admits that there is a world outside of Room and plans to escape. But what will the world be like for a 5 year old who’s only known Room?

Room was nominated for an Academy Award for best picture and an enjoyable film.

IMDB Score 8.3/10
Amazon Score 4.7/5

Heavy Metal 2000 (2000)

Heavy Metal 2000

Like many sequels, this doesn’t live up to the potential of the original.

There is just the one plot line and the music plays a much smaller part in the movie. The original’s soundtrack was much better.

IMDB Score 5.4/10
Amazon Score 3.4/5

Odd Thomas (2013)


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Odd Thomas (that’s his real name) can see dead people and bodachs, malevolent creatures attracted to horrible deaths. Odd is also a home-town hero catching killers, but can he protect the most recent interests of the bodachs?

This is actually a fun little film.

IMDB Score 6.9/10
Amazon Score 4.2/5

Goosebumps (2015)

Goosebumps

This is another comedy horror movie without being a spoof like Shaun of the Dead or Zombieland.

Zach moves to Madison, Delaware with his mom, the new vice-principal of his high school. And if that’s not enough, they move next door to R. L. Stine (Jack Black), the author of the Goosebumps books. They find that the creatures of the books really exist in this otherwise sleepy little town.

Zach, Hanna (Stine’s daughter) and Champ go on an adventure when Zach unintentionally releases the monsters from the books and they and Stine have to get them back into the books.

This movie lacks the comedy of most Jack Black movies but is still  decent adventure.

IMDB Score 6.4/10
Amazon Score 4.4/5

A Brilliant Young Mind (2014)

A Brilliant Young Mind

This movie was quite disappointing, I don’t know what I expected but I thought the movie had more potential.

This is the story of a functionally autistic young man who is a math prodigy and his “maths” instructor as they learn and grow as individuals. Nathan is competes to be a competitor in the International Mathematics Olympiad.

IMDB Score 7.2/10
Amazon Score 4.0/5