Plot: Gary (Adam Scott) and Samantha (Evangeline Lilly) just got married and are ready to move in together – and with Samantha’s son Lucas (Owen Atlas), of course. Gary is excited about becoming a stepdad, but Lucas isn’t easily charmed. In fact, the more time Gary spends with him, the more he is convinced that there might be something actually evil about Lucas. Not in some figure-of-speech way, but in a literal antichrist way. But what can Gary do about that?
Little Evil is fine. It’s not awesomely great, but it has some decent laughs and was entertaining enough.
Plot: Zoey (Taylor Russell), Ben (Logan Miller), Jason (Jay Ellis), Mike (Tyler Labine), Amanda (Deborah Ann Woll), and Danny (Nik Dodani) have all received an invitiation to a very special Escape Room – one that promises 10,000 dollars to the winner. It doesn’t take long for them to realize, though, that the game is literally one of life and death.
Escape Room feels pretty uninspired. A tired rehash of pieces we have all seen before, combined with bland characters. I was quickly bored and basically only finished the film out of lethargy.
Ever since he was a little kid, Mike (Billy Crystal) dreamed of becoming a scarer. Even though he’s not particularly scary, he applied himself and got into Monsters University. But competition is fierce and there are just some scarers who seem more naturally suited to the task – like Sully (John Goodman). The two of them quickly become rivals, until circumstances force them to work together.
Monsters University was nice. It was not as good as the first one, but the sequels rarely are. And it had enough good things to keep you very entertained.
Plot: Will (James Franco) is trying to develop a new drug that is supposed to combat Alzheimer’s. They are testing them on apes already and seeing good results. But right when they’re trying to take this a step further, something goes terribly wrong and Bright Eyes – they’re most successful ape – attacks her caretaker Robert (Tyler Labine). So the experiment is shelved. But Bright Eyes only freaked out because she had a baby – Caesar (Andy Serkis). Will takes Caesar in and soon discovers that he shows extraordinary mental faculties. And since Will’s father Charles (John Lightgow) suffers from Alzheimer himself, Will decides that he will continue the testing quite illegally.
I expected Rise of the Planet of the Apes to suck very hard. But I was pleasantly surprised by it – the performances are excellent, the script didn’t suck most of the time and the CGI was pretty good. Apart from a few moments where they just lost me, I really enjoyed myself.
Tucker & Dale vs Evil starts as so many horror flicks start today: a group of college kids go camping and they happen upon two unkempt Hillbillies, Tucker (Alan Tudyk) and Dale (Tyler Labine). Dale thinks that Allison (Katrina Bowden) is really cute but when he tries to talk to her, he makes a fool of himself and scares Allison. So it comes to no surprise that the kids start to suspect bad things when Tucker and Dale – peacefully fishing – stumble upon them again while they’re skinny dipping. Allison trips, hits her head and knocks herself unconscious. When Tucker and Dale pull her out of the water, her friends run away screaming. When Tucker and Dale take Allison home, the rest of the kids hatch a plan to get her back.
I have one word for you: Hilarious. Tucker & Dale might just be the best comedy I’ve seen all year, but it’s definitely the best horror comedy since Shaun of the Dead (or maybe Homecoming). In short: a highlight.
[If that poster isn’t enough warning: there is a lot of gore and blood in this film and if you absolutely can not stand the sight of it, you might want to skip this film after all. But it would be your loss.]