I dawned on me that I never published my list of movies I watched in April and with May coming to a end in a few days I better get to it.  April was a decent month, I watched a few really good ones.  So let’s do it.

Live by Night (2017)

A group of Boston-bred gangsters set up shop in balmy Florida during the Prohibition era, facing off against the competition and the Ku Klux Klan.


The movie was okay.  Didn’t leave an impression on me what-so-ever.  I wasn’t bored while watching.


Nutshell:  It was okay.
Should I watch:  Sure.  It’s not one to add to the library though.
Where to Watch:  DVD, Netflix Video.


Miss Sloane (2016)

In the high-stakes world of political power-brokers, Elizabeth Sloane is the most sought after and formidable lobbyist in D.C. But when taking on the most powerful opponent of her career, she finds winning may come at too high a price.


I love Jessica Chastain.  This was a good film.  She was excellent and it gives you an inside look at what a lobbyist actually does.  Meaning I knew there were “lobbyists” in DC but I never really knew what their job consisted of.  Really good movie.  I recommend you check it out.

Nutshell:  Watch it and see how corrupt our government really is.  Like we didn’t know already!  Great movie.
Should I watch:  Yes, mos def.
Where to Watch:  DVD, Netflix Video.

Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse (2015)

Three scouts, on the eve of their last camp-out, discover the true meaning of friendship when they attempt to save their town from a zombie outbreak.


I really liked this movie.  Right from the get go, I was laughing and cringing.  Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse is a fun, campy zombie film.  For what the film is, it was executed perfectly at every stage.  I also discovered how hot Sarah Dumont is.  Check it out.

Nutshell:  Fun, gory, zombies.
Should I watch:  Yes, if you like fun horror films in the realm of Cooties and Slither.
Where to Watch:  DVD, Netflix Video.


Split (2016)

Three girls are kidnapped by a man with a diagnosed 23 distinct personalities. They must try to escape before the apparent emergence of a frightful new 24th.



See my feature post on Split here



Nutshell:  Creepy. Decent story. McAvoy is great.  As far as M. Night is concerned it’s a homerun.  If it was a David Fincher film I wouldn’t be impressed.
Should I watch:  If you like creepy and most importantly…..A Twist!
Where to Watch:  DVD, Netflix Video.


The Void (2016)

Shortly after delivering a patient to an understaffed hospital, a police officer experiences strange and violent occurrences seemingly linked to a group of mysterious hooded figures.


I really liked this film.  It had amazing practical effects, a portal to another realm, grotesque gore and hooded mad men.  The movie felt like an unreleased John Carpenter film from the 80s.  I need to watch it again.

Nutshell:  Blood, mystery and madness.
Should I watch:  If you’re a horror film fan, watch it! If not, it probably won’t be your cup of tea.
Where to Watch:  DVD, Netflix Video.


Fear, Inc. (2016)

A horror junkie and his friends sign up with a company that brings their customer’s greatest fears to life.


This movie was not that good.  The story was kind of weak.  I think you can pass on this one.

Nutshell:  Plot was soft.  Ehh
Should I watch:  Pass.
Where to Watch:  DVD, Netflix.


10 Cloverfield Lane (2016)

After getting in a car accident, a woman is held in a shelter with two men, who claim the outside world is affected by a widespread chemical attack.


This was my second time watching this movie.  I feel like it was better this go around.  I had expectations of a clear tie-in into Cloverfield the first I saw it and kind of let the film pass me by as I was awaiting the link.

Nutshell:  Really good film.  Great acting, good story.
Should I watch:  Yes and you don’t need to watch the original Cloverfield prior to this.  It stands alone.
Where to Watch:  DVD, Amazon Prime Streaming


Personal Shopper (2016)

A personal shopper in Paris refuses to leave the city until she makes contact with her twin brother who previously died there. Her life becomes more complicated when a mysterious person contacts her via text message.

This image released by IFC Films shows Kristen Stewart in a scene from "Personal Shopper." (Carole Bethuel/IFC Films via AP)

(Carole Bethuel/IFC Films via AP)

I don’t know about this film.  I’m not sure if I missed it or if the movie didn’t really go anywhere.  Kristen Stewart plays the moody girl with issues, which is her wheelhouse.  The story was flat and the supernatural element was bizarre and didn’t lead anywhere.  This movie is very Euro.  I think people with circular glasses who prefer vinyl records over mp3’s will love it.

Nutshell:  Nothing, it left me with nothing.
Should I watch:  Yes, if you want to see Kristen Stewart’s boobs.
Where to Watch:  On Demand


Get Out (2017)

It’s time for a young African American to meet with his white girlfriend’s parents for a weekend in their secluded estate in the woods, but before long, the friendly and polite ambience will give way to a nightmare.


Mysterious, funny, scary and original.  Get Out is an extremely entertaining film by one of Hollywood’s most exciting new directors.  If you don’t watch this movie, then our relationship is over.  Go now!

Nutshell:  Original, Great film!
Should I watch:  Yes
Where to Watch:  Theaters


Gold (2016)

Kenny Wells, a prospector desperate for a lucky break, teams up with a similarly eager geologist and sets off on a journey to find gold in the uncharted jungle of Indonesia.


This movie was okay.  It wasn’t great but it was definitely interesting and I’m glad I watched it.  It’s based on a true story that is actually pretty awesome.  Matthew McConaughey’s character Kenny Wells is probably one of the most resilient human beings on earth and Edgar Ramirez’s characters is one of the most badass.

Nutshell:  True story, interesting but not that exciting.
Should I watch:  Yes, but not one for the library.
Where to Watch:  On demand.


Casting JonBenet (2017)

The unsolved death of six-year-old American beauty queen JonBenet Ramsey remains the world’s most sensational child murder case. Over 15 months, responses, reflections and performances were elicited from the Ramsey’s Colorado hometown community, creating a bold work of art from the collective memories and mythologies the crime inspired.


I’m a huge true crime fan.  I DVR programs on Investigative Discovery, listen to The Last Podcast on the Left and have read multiple true crime novels.  I know the JonBenet story inside out and I have to say that this Netflix documentary was a bit stale.  For me, it didn’t add anything to the case or conspiracy theories.  I was a unique approach but kind of fell flat.

In case you’re wondering what my take on the murder is, here you go:  I don’t think Patsy or John had anything to do with the death of their daughter.  Neither do I believe the son did it.  I think John, the father, has made a lot of enemies with his big business dealings and someone broke in and killed his daughter.  I don’t think they initially meant to kill her but did and then wrote a note as a decoy.  Listen to the Last Podcast on the Left’s JonBenet coverage.  The guys are crazy and their research is excellent.

Nutshell:  Didn’t impress me.
Should I watch:  Yes, if you know nothing about the case.  If you do, it’s nothing new.
Where to Watch:  Netflix streaming.