‘Assassination Nation’ Review: Feminist Thriller Calls Out America’s Sexual Hypocrisy​

In a time of #MeToo and endless sexual assault allegations, Assassination Nation is hands down the boldest and fearless film of 2018. It’s a film with a mission so ambitious that American audiences are not ready to watch. It’s a film so unapologetically direct and strikingly relevant that is sure to create controversy. Sam Levinson’s hypnotic political thriller will not be able to escape the inevitable Purge comparisons. But Assassination Nation is what The Purge tries to be and what it should strive to be.

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Top 10 Worst Movies of 2016

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Not all the movies I saw were amazing, but these 10 movies should never be watched again

I love watching movies, and I love reviewing movies, but when the movies are this terrible, then it’s no longer fun. I saw some pretty bad movies and these are the bottoms of the filmmaking barrel. These are the movies that I wanted to walk out of the theaters but sadly did not. I endured these films, and now I’m here to tell you which movies to avoid next time you decide to watch a movie.

Dishonorable Mentions:

10. Now You See Me 2

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The first one was bad. The second isn’t any better. Now You See Me 2 uses mindless magic that aims for shocking and settles for stupidity. Not one magic trick in this movie is real, and it shows. The final “magic” trick is so over the top, and it leaves the film feeling like a huge waste of time.

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9. It’s Only The End Of The World

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The only movie to make my most disappointing movies list and my worst movie list, It’s Only The End Of The World is confusing, pretentious and lazily shot. The over-reliance on close-ups fails on multiple levels, and it wastes its incredible cast.

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8. Pride Prejudice and Zombies

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Based off the best selling book, Pride Prejudice and Zombies fails to become cinematic. When adapting something that has been done better, rely on the thing that differentiates it from its predecessor. Here, it’s the action scenes which are poorly shot and almost non-existent.

7. The Forest

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January horror movies are never good. The Forest fits perfectly in that category. The famous Japanese suicide forest could make a great horror movie, but here the terrible twist and rushed final act leaves The Forest feeling hollow.

6. The Purge: Election Year

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For the third Purge franchise, the third time was not the charm. Election Year was silly, over the top and it failed to capitalize on an okay sequel. If they do another one of these, being subtle goes a long way.

5. Shut In 

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Another horror movie with a terrible twist. Noami Watts disappoints in a rather great year for horror films. Shut In starts off confused, not knowing where to go, and eventually becomes just another boring horror movie about people investigating strange sounds.

4. Careful What You Wish For

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Generic, flat and predictable, Careful What You Wish For is that mediocre teen thriller no one asked for. Nick Jonas tries his best while Isabelle Lucas gives a cartoonish and sexist performance. The forced symbolism and – again- horrible twist ending makes you want to forget that you even watched this.

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3. When The Bough Breaks 

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Following in the footstep of The Perfect Guy, When The Bough Breaks is just another attempt to take your money. Everything has been done better elsewhere hence the uselessness of this movie. I could have done without seeing this one.

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2. The Fifth Wave 

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The YA movies are slowly dying out. Divergent has official die and now The Fifth Wave failed to make a compelling story. Actually, they made a very very atrocious movie. There is a lot of terrible twist in my worst of list, but The Fifth Wave tops the list. It was such a poorly placed twist that it officially flushed away an already shitty movie.

1. God’s Not Dead 2

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No, you cannot get sued for saying”Jesus” in the classroom. But God’s Not Dead 2 would have you believe that. Everything in this movie is what I don’t want in my religious films. Agenda driven, God’s Not Dead 2 paints the false picture that Christians in the United States are persecuted. Top that absurdity with cheesy performances, poor story-telling and you have the worst movie of 2016.

What is your worst movie of 2016? Tell me in the comment section below!

‘The Purge: Election Year’s pitch perfect allegory can’t clean up the rest of the terrible mess – REVIEW

James DeMonaco returns to wrap up his The Purge trilogy with a political metaphor filled horror film

The Purge: Election Year follows the story of the now turned bodyguard, Leo Barnes (Frank Grillo), who tries to save the anti-Purge senator, Charlie Roan (Elizabeth Mitchell). It’s directed by the same man who directed the first two Purge, James DeMonaco. He is back to finish the high concept franchise that he’s been having a hard time perfecting.

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Frank Grillo and cast

The Purge franchise has always had a interesting concept that would be great to explore on film given the current political affairs in the U.S. It does continue to give it’s viewers some rich allegory that closely resembles the terrifying truth. The inclusion of religious metaphors are mostly well done and add to the richness of the overall allegory. The whole concept is stronger than ever and continues to build on.

However, it can get a little over the top and in your face, but it does work nonetheless. The excess use of the confederate flag, the Nazi sign and other controversial symbols got a bit tiresome. However, for the most part the allegory and metaphors work to create some cool themes that need to be explored.

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Given this is suppose to be a scary movie, the scares do not work in The Purge: Election Year. Trying to mimic the James Wan jump scare tactics and creepy imagery, the film fails to draw some creepy moments. The jump scares are just your typical loud boom with an added effort of having a guy in a creepy American mask pop up. Never does the audience get to see the mask because the camera doesn’t focus on the mask. Instead, it tries to focus on the characters being attacked and while the audience does care, it isn’t particularly frighting.

The movie does try to create some creepy and disturbing moments, but the over-the-top bad performances make it more laughable than creepy. The actors don’t seem to understand the line between creepy and over-the-top as every single bad guy’s performance were terrible and laughable. This kept The Purge: Election Year from delivering some very creepy imagery as it should’ve. Showing the evil side of humans can be terrifying and sadly this third entry failed to represent it.

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Frank Grillo and Elizabeth Mitchell

Along with the terrible acting, the horror movie has some of the worst writing of the Purge movies. The movie is filled with unfunny jokes, cliché sass talk and horrible character development. The dialogue isn’t even half decent and when the movie does try to go on the emotional side the script feels forced.

The Purge: Election Year’s close to home political allegory can’t mask the over-the-top acting and cringe-worthy writing. Some of the metaphors and the overall allegory do keep this movie from being a really terrible movie. But, in the end, the third entry in The Purge franchise is a disappointing horror film that never truly holds up to its interesting concept and may just be the worst of the franchise.

REVIEW: D