SKYLINE

Heard nothing good about this one, but figured, How bad can it be? Turns out, Pretty bad. But you make excuses for low budgets. Then came the ending. No excuse for that.  Avoid.  You will not get those 90 minutes back.

FF=4

TOWER HEIST

Despite its cast, this did not engage me.  I didn’t believe any of it for a minute.  The characters didn’t ring true, had no chemistry, and the plot was so full of holes… not offensive, not enough of anything to hate, just blah. You have better ways to spend your time and money.

FF=4

KILLER JOE

I had no idea how raunchy this was, but that’s not what put me off. The beat-down on Gina Gershon was too much. (Granted, if she’d have been male, I would have said she deserved it, but this plus the sexual degradation was over the top.) The film is peopled with the dregs of white-trash America killing or making life miserable for each other.  No hope of redemption here.  You want to get power-washed after it’s over.

FF=4

UNDER THE SKIN

An example of fine visual storytelling with minimal dialogue. The problem is there’s no story — or if there is, someone forgot to tell it. Scarlett Johanssen appears to have prepared for her scenes by injecting herself with massive doses of thorazine before the cameras rolled. A 100+-minute assemblage of cool images around the theme of the unimportance of superficial beauty vs the beauty under the skin. Seriously? I will say that the scene at the beach and its aftermath was =very= disturbing.

FF=4