Movie Reviews: Recent releases prove to be good distractions

Directed by Farren Blackburn, “Shut In” is a suspenseful thriller that highlights the main protagonist, Mary Portman (Naomi Watts), and a tragic car crash involving her son (Charlie Heaton) and her husband. As a result, her husband passes away and the audience is led on to believe that her son, Stephen, is paralyzed.

Mary is a psychologist and one of the patients Mary takes an interest in is a foster child named Tom (Jacob Tremblay) who ends up running away to Mary’s house one night after a huge storm begins to brew.

There were a few obvious jump scares, but not all of them were completely successful along with a few sloppy references to “The Shining,” which I thought were more unoriginal than creative.

“Shut In” was not very good with details. While most thrillers take details from the beginning of the movie and connect them at the end, this movie does not.

While “Shut In” had a very talented cast, I feel as though the plot did not use the actors to their max potential.

The overall idea was interesting. However, the way it was executed was the movie’s ultimate downfall. The ending was predictable by the time the climax of the movie rolled around.


The year is 1926, and Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne) has just completed a global excursion to find and document an extraordinary array of magical creatures. Arriving in New York for a brief stopover, he might have come and gone without incident, were it not for a No-Maj (No Magic, American for Muggle) named Jacob, a misplaced magical case, and the escape of some of Newt’s fantastic beasts, which could spell trouble for both the wizarding and No-Maj worlds.

The tone of “Fantastic Beasts” is more like what the director, David Yates, did with the last couple of Harry Potter movies. Yes, the film contains truly magical moments, like the scene where we first see inside the case of Scamander, which is larger inside than it looks on the outside, but is also full of darker sequences and serious, the movie was obviously fantastic, the special effects weren’t overbearing and the actors seemed to play each part as if they knew it by heart. The film was a great re-entrance to the ‘Harry potter’ films, it was a charming movie with charming characters, and I don’t think it should have been made in any other way. If the movie wasn’t enough to get you emotional, then the soundtrack that might push you over the edge of never-ending feels.


In the film, before he became the hero with mystical powers, Doctor Stephen Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) worked as a surgeon all his life. But, after his car accident and trying to recover from his serious injuries, he meets a mystical being called The Ancient One (Tilda Swinton). What I liked about this movie are the fighting scenes. In 1963 the MARVEL character Doctor Strange was created by artist, Steve Ditko and writer, Stan Lee.

I also liked the special effects how the actors played their roles. I liked how the plot of the movie was done and how the movie was progressed from the beginning to the end of the movie. The movie was amazing, the plot was awesome, and Benedict Cumberbatch played Doctor Strange very well. They added a bit of humor in the movie. I also liked the end credit scene, with Thor (Chris Hemsworth) that will lead up the plot  to the next MARVEL movie and that kind of gives you a hint of what could come.


This Movie Is Based off a True story.

A Ouija board is a board to reach the other side and speak to the dead.

The Stars of the movie are Elizabeth Reaser, Annalise Basso, Henry Thomas, Alexis G. Zall Betty, Parker Mack. The Story is set in 1967 Los Angeles, a widow named Alice Zander works out of her suburban home as a spiritual medium, accompanied by her daughters, 15-year-old Paulina “Lina” and 9-year old Doris; although they stage their scenes, Alice’s real intent is to help people move on.

What I liked about the movie that it started with a board game with some teens who were scared to play the game and Doris the younger girl contacts the board for help, believing she is communicating with her dead father.

What I disliked about the movie is the middle of movie the mother had bought the board after the teens played the night before.