Monsters

Rampage

Dwayne Johnson is at the height of earnestness as Davis Okoye, a primatologist in San Diego. It is hammered home that he likes animals more than people, but it is more accurate to say that he likes George, a big albino gorilla that he rescued from poachers. Luckily for us, this duo can talk to …

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Annihilation

Natalie Portman plays Lena, a biologist grieving her military husband who has been MIA on a secret mission for a year. When he suddenly walks into her life, strange, cold, not really recognizing her–and really really ill–she is compelled to find out what happened to him. The “secret” part of the mission involves an anomaly …

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The Mummy (2017)

My expectations really weren’t that high, and I guess you could say they were met, but as the inaugural film in what Universal hopes will become a massive “classic monster” franchise – which will include such perennial faves as the invisble man (Johnny Depp’s been cast), Frankenstein (Javier Bardem) and the like – the whole …

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The Shape of Water

Sally Hawkins stars as Elisa, a doe-eyed mute woman who works as an overnight cleaner – alongside co-worker Zelda (Octavia Spencer) – in a research facility in 1962 Baltimore. One otherwise inauspicious evening, a new “asset” is brought in for observation: an amphibian man (Doug Jones) captured in South America by sadistic official Strickland (a …

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Kong: Skull Island

Set in the 1970s, Kong: Skull Island follows a team of soldiers, scientists, and explorers who join forces to determine whether a unique ecosystem exists on a remote, mysterious isle. Bill Randa (John Goodman) hypothesizes that nuclear bombs dropped on the island were not just tests, but rather a calculated effort to destroy something alarming. …

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Godzilla (2014)

When my most-anticipated sci-fi re-imagined remake of the summer proved to be a dud (sorry, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, you kind of sucked), I understandably wasn’t rushing to plunk down good money for the other old-but-new marquee name at the multiplex: Godzilla. I wasn’t sure why, yet again, this film was being …

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The Host (Gwoemul)

I haven’t had this much fun at the movies since Babel! No, really, now…. The Host is a silly horror movie which is so danged non-stop entertaining that I left the theater giggling, with a jaunty spring to my step. Sure that sounds totally cheesy, but I can’t remember the last time when I’ve had …

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Cloverfield

As my friend and I left the advance screening of Cloverfield, JJ Abrams’ latest production (note: NOT direction), we suddenly found ourselves paced on the sidewalk by a wide-eyed fanboy. He looked at us sheepishly—and more than a little excitedly—and asked, “Did you guys just get out of Cloverfield?” Uh…. yes. “It was AWESOME! Do …

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Pacific Rim

I don’t understand the appeal of watching giant robots smashing things to bits. No, I take that back. I liked The Iron Giant, and Studio Ghibli does fantastic things with robots. Maybe I hate anything with giant robots that resemble Transformers, which I loathe (at least the movies). The success of the stinky Transformers films …

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