DELIVER US FROM EVIL

In a word…dark. Dark mood, dark lighting (sometimes I couldn’t see what was happening). Supposedly based on a true story. Bana is okay as the cop, but Edgar Ramirez is super as the ex-addict priest. The trouble with the film (for me) was its length and the sense of deja vu throughout. Okay, another word…”cliched.” I guess I’m done with demonic possession flicks. Once you’ve seen The Exorcist and experienced its resonance, where do you go from there?

FF=3

WHILE WE’RE YOUNG

I thought this would be an okay rom-com for a late Saturday afternoon, but it turns much darker than you’d expect. An “All About Eve” vibe creeps in along with questions about personal and professional integrity. I was far more engaged than I thought I’d be. Great performances and I fell for Naomi Watts (again).

FF=0

THE FORGER

I rented this thinking it was a caper film but it’s really a family drama. Three generations played to perfection by Plummer, Travolta, and Tye Sheridan (the kid from “Mud”). The art forgery/scam seems like an afterthought.  The boy’s brain cancer sets the story in motion at a leisurely pace. Not for those looking for an action film but it has its rewards.

FF=1.

AVENGER

No funny spandex costumes here.  I rented this TV movie because it stars Sam Elliott.  It’s okay.  Some good action but I expected more twists in a story based on a Frederick Forsyth novel. For Sam Elliott fans only.

FF=2

EVERLY

No, this is not about singing brothers.  This is what grindhouse cinema is all about: non-stop action, low budget, few sets (most of the action occurring on just one set), Swiss-cheese plot, bizarre supporting characters, blood and gore galore but some humor too, and starring Salma Hayek. If you like all of the above and want to rest your brain for 92 minutes, “Everly” is for you.

FF=2