The film The House with a Clock in its Walls was released on September 21, 2018 and is rated PG for some sorcery, action, rude language. Lewis Barnavelt (Owen Vaccaro) is sent to live with his uncle Johnathon (Jack Black) after his parents’ deaths. He meets his uncle’s friend Florence Zimmerman (Cate Blanchett), who has a love/hate relationship with Johnathon. Lewis learns that his uncle is a warlock.
The former owner of his uncle’s house was another warlock (Kyle McLachlan) who hid a clock in the house that would end the world. Lewis is trained to learn magic in order to help his uncle. This fantastical tale is not as heavy laden with mythic creatures as in the Harry Potter series. It does, however, have two cute creatures, a chair that acts like a dog and a lion-shaped hedge. The acting was good and there were a couple of scenes which had good creep elements which might cause some jump scares. Some scenes were shot in darkness and it was hard to see anything, which would contribute to the scare factor.
I was recently gifted with this movie and I found it enjoyable if a bit dark. The only complaint I might have with the story line is when Lewis goes to school. I felt like these scenes were put in as filler. For the most part, Black, Blanchett, and, to an extent Vaccaro, were the main foci of the film. There are extras with this movie of which the Gag Reel and the Alternate Opening and Ending were of main interest. I give this 4 stars out of 5.
Silencer (not rated) Sep 2018. This movie is classified as an action/thriller, however, the action started at the beginning for a couple of moments when we didn’t have any more until the last thirty minutes of the film.
I felt sorry for the actors because the script, well it sucked, on the good side the actors were decent, the photography was great and the directing and editing were passable. I give this a 3.5 out of 5 stars
Mara was released on September 7, 2018. It is a thriller which revolves around the theory that 40% of people are afflicted by sleep paralysis. In this film, the theory is taken one step further and contends that a sleep demon kills people in their sleep. Psychologist Kate Fuller (Olga Kurylenko) is called when a woman is accused of murdering her husband and their 8 year old daughter (Mackenzie Imsand) is the only witness.
There were a couple scenes at the beginning of the film that made me jump. This was enhanced by the music score. After a while, the tension of the film lost some of its impact. The acting wasn’t too bad, but by the time the demon was seen in the film, I was starting to lose interest. It’s not a great idea to make sleep as the main theme of a movie because I was, as some points, falling asleep myself. Other than the acting, the photography was good.
If you are the sort of person who enjoys these kind of movies, then you will enjoy this film. It had its good moments and its bad moments. I, however, am only willing to give it 3 stars out of 5. The subject matter was weak and the demon was not frightening enough.