Incarnate-Aaron Eckhardt is a wheelchair-bound exorcist who can enter victims' minds with a dead family and subsequent demons of his own whose demonic nemesis is now possessing a young boy. He's pretty good, but the only frights are jump-scares, and it's PG-13, so you don't even get any of the fun demon profanity we all know and love.
The Lazarus Effect-Olivia Wilde and Mark Duplass are experimenting with a new serum that brings the dead back to life, but then she dies (spoilers) and doesn't come back quite right (sometimes dead is better!). She reveals she went to hell, which is always some version of your past where you ####ed up in these movies, and then sets about recreating hell on earth (while not leaving the laboratory setting the whole time, though). It's tripe.
Those Who Wish Me Dead-Stupid title. Angelina Jolie is a smokejumper (I learned a new word) who finds a young boy who's on the run from mob hitmen Littlefinger and the young Beast actor from the X-Men movies. The boy witnessed a murder or somesuch, so he's gotta be eliminated, though I and lots of other people didn't understand that part without googling. Anyway, eventually there's a huge forest fire, so Jolie and the youngster have to avoid that too. This is incredibly violent, but not too good. Apparently this writer/director's other movies are better. We'll see.
The Woman in the Window (2021)-homage central. Amy Adams is scared to leave her amazing NYC apartment, but then she notices a murder across the way seemingly committed by Gary Oldman against his wife, but then confusion sets in when a different version of the wife (Julianne Moore replaced by Jennifer Jason Leigh!) shows up. Prepare yourself for disappointment when the shocking twist involving the real killer goes down.
Sightless-violin prodigy chick gets blinded when some jerk throws acid in her face and then convalesces with the help of this nurse dude who falls in love with her, but then she starts hearing commotions in the apartment next door (she's got some cushy new digs now) and eventually gets attacked, but the detective isn't much help, and eventually it turns out the nurse guy is actually playing all the male characters, but the blind chick didn't notice , and she's actually being held captive by a deranged fan. Stupid.
The Negotiator-Samuel L Jackson is a hostage negotiator who gets framed for murder to cover up some dirty deeds by the cops, so then he takes hostages himself, and then the other negotiator (Kevin Spacey) has to come engage him in an acting battle for the ages. The winner? The viewer!
Freaks (2018)-a young girl is being kept indoors by her father Emile Hirsch, but then she wanders outside to find Bruce Dern operating an ice cream truck, who reveals to her that she's a freak (has superpowers) and he's her grandfather, and they must attempt rescuing her mother from a prison for freaks. This is actually a lot better than it sounds, but it's a little annoying that once the kid discovers her powers she's absolutely amazing at them immediately. I'd recommend this.
Stargate-James Spader is an Egyptologist who gets brought in to try and get the inter-dimensional portal working, and then he and some soldiers led by Kurt Russell travel to the other side, which isn't as different as you'd like, though it does have cool beast pets and the god Ra is certainly running amok. This is good mid-'90s sci-fi fun, but I can certainly imagine that the tv series it inspired is better, as the premise could seemingly lead anywhere. The possibilities are endless!
The Devil's Own-Brad Pitt is an IRA member in hiding in policeman Harrison Ford's house (little does he know), who eventually gets exposed when Ford and his wife almost get murdered thanks to Pitt's scheming with gangsters, and the family man will have to decide where his morals lie. It's well acted, and the Pitt/Ford scenes are by far the most watchable, but it's not terribly ambitious or engaging otherwise, and the opening shootout in Ireland is ridiculous.
Blood Work-Clint has a heart attack while chasing a serial killer, but then gets a heart transplant and gets back on the case when it's revealed the same killer also killed the woman whose heart he now has. He buddies up with goofy boat neighbor (they live on boats in this movie) Jeff Daniels to track down the killer, and a disappointing finale ensues. 6/10.
Runaway Jury-Gene Hackman is a jury consultant with a highly skilled team of meddlers and astounding technology at his disposal trying to ensure his side wins a case (the wife of a murdered dude is suing a gun company; the shooter killed 11 people total); on the other side is laywer Dustin Hoffman (he's a lot more competent here than in Sleepers), but in between are con artist and juror John Cusack and his sidekick Rachel Weisz, who are playing each side against each other and trying to walk away with the most money possible. It's far-fetched as heck, but pretty fun at the same time.
Cleaner-Samuel L Jackon cleans up crime scenes, but then gets involved in a coverup involving Eva Mendes (whose husband got murdered), who's secretly shacking up with Ed Harris (who is revealed to be the bad guy in a shocking twist). It's one of those movies where everyone's dirty, and it's just a question of getting clean.
Reasonable Doubt-a young lawyer (played by an actor with no charisma) drives home drunk and hits a dude and then covers it up, and then Samuel L Jackson is charged with the crime, so the lawyer makes sure he gets off (guilty conscience or whatever), but then it turns out Jackson may not be so innocent after all. I watch too many movies.
White Noise-Michael Keaton's wife dies, and he gets approached by some death-talker who reveals the wife has been trying to make contact from beyond via ESP. Keaton gets way too into this to the point where demons start stalking him; it turns out some of the voices are from people who aren't dead yet, but will soon be, so he starts trying to prevent those deaths, and that leads him to the main killer, who's being manipulated by the same pesky demons Keaton's been trying to avoid.
Also, I rewatched Shutter Island and liked it more this time, but I'm still not enamored. I have a problem getting emotionally invested in Leo movies (unless he's playing a mentally challenged kid or about to drown, I guess?). This time his kids were drowned by his crazy wife and he's also dealing with concentration camp memories, but I just wanna see more scenes with Jackie Earl Haley (seriously, he rules for those five minutes) and that lady living in the cave. It definitely works atmosphere-wise, but this has to be the most elaborate attempt to make someone stop being crazy ever.
I'm gonna try and watch as many of these recommended ones I never got around to this summer (they better be good):
Cleo From 5 to 7
The Double Life of Veronique
Jeanne Dielman, 23 Commerce Quay, 1080 Brussels
The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp
Little Women (2019)
The Cook, The Thief, His Wife, and Her Lover
Clouds of Sils Maria
Super Dark Times
The Steel Helmet
Stars In My Crown
The Man Who Would Be King
Theater of Blood
Picnic at Hanging Rock
Embrace of the Serpent
Belladonna of Sadness
Celine and Julie Go Boating
Alice in the Cities
Hour of the Wolf
Heart of Glass
License to Drive
They Shoot Horses, Don't They ?
McCabe and Mrs. Miller
The Adventures of Baron Munchausen
Sweet & Lowdown
Withnail & I
Bullets Over Broadway
Hedwig & The Angry Inch
Life Is Sweet
Murder, My Sweet
The Thief of Bagdad
The Harder They Fall
Requiem for a Heavyweight