Plot: Jackson Briggs (Channing Tatum) had to leave the army after a head injury. Ever since his return home from Iraq, he has been struggling, but he is hoping to get back on his feet with a new job. They need the clearance of his commanding officer though, and not just a clean bill of health. When a fellow Army Ranger passes, Jackson gets the chance to talk to Ranger Jones (Luke Forbes), hoping to get his recommendation. But Jones gives him a task instead: he has to drive Lulu, a canine Army Ranger who belonged to the deceased, to his funeral and then to an army station where the severely traumatized dog will probably be put down. Seeing no other way to get the recommendation, Jackson agrees. But driving with Lulu brings its own challenges.
Dog is a bit of tear-jerker, and I do mean that in a neutral way. It sometimes gets to genuine emotion, sometimes it is stuck a little too much in stereotypes. But it is pretty watchable throughout.
Plot: Amy (Kate Lyn Sheil) is convinced that she is going to die tomorrow. This knowledge leaves her a mess. When she tries to tell her friend Jane (Jane Adams) about it, Jane seems to get infected by Amy’s knowledge and grows convinced herself that she will die, too. And no matter who they tell about it, the knowledge just spreads, opening emotional abysses.
She Dies Tomorrow takes the age-old question of “what would you do if you knew that you’ll die tomorrow?” and gives a sobering, slightly depressing, but not unrealistic answer. I thought that it was an interesting one, but the film is a little uneven.
The Bowens move into a new home and quickly realize that there are strange occurrences in their house. At first it’s only the family’s youngest children Maddie (Kennedi Clements) and Griffin (Kyle Catlett) who experience it, although older daughter Kendra’s (Saxon Sharbino) phone keeps acting up as well. When Maddie goes missing inside their house – and can still be heard on the TV, talking to them, father Eric (Sam Rockwell) and mother Amy (Rosemarie DeWitt) start looking for help. Since their circumstances are extraordinary, they have to seek extraordinary help.
Poltergeist was surprisingly inoffensive. I thought that it would very likely make a mockery of the original film. But in fact, it’s not bad – it’s just not as good or charming as the original, making you wonder why they would remake it at all.