Not technically a re-make of Alfred Hitchcock's first American film in 1940, "Rebecca" is based on the same 1938 Gothic novel by Dame Daphne du Maurier. Fans of the Hitchcock movie will quickly realize that A) Director Ben Wheatley is no Alfred Hitchcock, B) Lily James is good, but is no Joan Fontaine, and C) Armie Hammer is definitely no Laurence Olivier.
So if you're familiar with the film, it will fall short as an unworthy copy of the movie you know...and for everyone else who just learned a paragraph ago about Hitchcock's version, this "Rebecca" won't register as more than an empty drama.
Indy, eery sci-fi flick, "The Vast of Night" wants to pull you in to its very own Twilight Zone, and yet it never fully grabs a hold.
After successfully teaming up for "Patriots Day," "Deepwater Horizon" and "Lone Survivor" (we'll forget about "Mile 22" for now), actor/producer Mark Wahlberg and director Peter Berg finally release a dud with the Netflix action-comedy, "Spenser Confidential."
A horror-film re-make hitting theaters in late February? Nothing about this movie demands that you should go in with elevated expectations, but "The Invisible Man" surprisingly has more meat on its bones than you'd ever imagine. In fact, it's 2020's first, dare I say, great film.
Blake Lively does her best, but her best is not nearly enough to save "The Rhythm Section," a movie that throws its hat into the ring early on as one of the biggest duds of 2020.
New on Netflix is the mystery/thriller, "Earthquake Bird," starring Alicia Vikander, Riley Keough and Naoki Kobayashi.
NETFLIX has surprisingly been putting out some of this year's best films, from "Triple Frontier" to "The Dirt," to "See You Yesterday." With the trippy, mind-screwing sci-fi/mystery/crime/thriller "In the Shadow of the Moon," it adds another entry into the fold that deserves serious consideration.
Hugo Weaving's niece, Samara Weaving is fun to watch, but "Ready or Not" finds itself caught between horror and comedy...and it comes up short in both areas.
Director Richard Linklater has been on quite a roll with a string of fantastic films, but even the greats deserve a mulligan.
Look, this movie is not for everyone. But welcome to the new sub-genre of horror, the Ari Aster film.
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