God’s Not Dead is a drama film about the faith of Josh Wheaton, a college student who is challenged by his professor who tells him there is no God. Josh is a devout Christian who was unfortunate enough to enroll in a class by philosophy professor Radisson who begins day 1 by telling their students that will need to disavow the existence of God in writing or else they will fail in his class. Now he is given the challenge to prove to his professor that God does exist by presenting a well-researched and highly intellectual set of arguments and proof before the semester ends.
The film is nicely produced and the casts are very competent. Although sloppily written and quite preachy, it does compel you to watch it from start to end. It’s not the best movie to watch on Movie2k but if you’ve got nothing else to do, what’s there to lose?
Yet another one of Tyler Perry’s films, The Single Moms Club promises to bring about laughter and even tears from the audience. It’s a story about 5 struggling single mothers who set aside their own personal differences to create a group that give inspiration and support to each other. It stars Nia Long, Amy Smart, and Wendi McLendon-Covey, to name a few.
If you watch free movie streaming, then why not watch The Single Moms Club? Although the film lacks substance and logic, it does touch the realistic challenges that women all over deal with on a day to day basis. The Single Moms Club is a movie about 5 interesting ladies who are quite funny and really good at overcoming the obstacles that come their way.
If you need inspiration, you can draw strength from the characters of this film.
The Grand Budapest Hotel is a comedy film about the adventures of a legendary concierge known as Gustave H. He was well known among European circles during the war, along with his most trusted friend, a lobby boy named Zero Moustafa.
The Grand Budapest Hotel stars Ralph Fiennes, Mathieu Amalric and F. Murray Abraham. It’s directed and written by Wes Anderson, along with Stefan Zweig. The story involves the theft and recovery of a very expensive (priceless) painting from the Renaissance era along with a battle for a huge family fortune.
The film is an old-fashioned kind of comedy materialized by one of the most creative minds in the movie industry. It’s offbeat, charming, and witty, with great performances from the actors. It’s a pure delight to watch on movie2k.
Muppets Most Wanted is an adventure comedy film that tells about how The Muppets got embroiled in a jewel-heist while on a grand world tour. A Kermit the Frog look-alike known as Constantine the World’s Number 1 Criminal, drags them into the crime along with his dastardly sidekick, Dominic.
Muppets Most Wanted is directed and written by James Bobin, and stars Ricky Gervais, Tina Fey, and Ty Burrell, just to name a few. This is giddy entertainment at its best, with infectious songs and humor that will be sure to get laughters from the audience. Although the magic that The Muppets are known for may be somewhat missing on this film, it’s still a silly and well-made film that both kids and adults will enjoy. With free download movies available, there’s no reason why you shouldn’t watch this film.
Need for Speed is an action drama film about a street racer who was framed by his business partner, an ex-NASCAR driver. He joins a cross country race while plotting a revenge. Upon learning of his plans for revenge, his business associate places a bounty on his head.
Starring Aaron Paul, Imogen Poots and Dominic Cooper, Need for Speed is directed by Scott Waugh and written by George Gatins. This film is based on perhaps the most successful racing video game which sold more than 140 million copies around the world.
Anyone who wants an adrenaline fix will certainly find it in this film. Although it sort of glorifies endangering people on the streets and highways, it’s well worth watching especially for people who are yearning for screeching tires and impressive prangs. A must watch film if you watch free movies online.
One of the most talked about films in 2014, Divergent is about a world divided by human virtue-based factions. Tris Prior (Shailene Woodley) discovers she is a Divergent, which means she will never fit in any group. Upon discovering that there’s a conspiracy to destroy all Divergents, Tris seeks the help of Four (Theo James) and together they set out on a journey to find out why they’re considered dangerous.
Based on the best-seller series by Veronica Roth, Divergent is a thrilling action packed film. Aside from the lead roles, it also stars Kate Winslet, Ansel Elgort, Ray Stevenson and Miles Teller. It’s directed by Neil Burger and written by Vanessa Taylor and Evan Daugherty.
Divergent has gotten mixed reviews. It has a rather hazy message and the picture seems like it’s been made in haste. However, the performances of the actors make it a watchable film and young audiences will enjoy this better than the rest of us. If you are fond of watching free download movies, this might be worth considering.
Mr. Peabody & Sherman is one of those films you can watch with your little ones on movie2k. It’s an adventure animation with a twist of comedy. Starring the voices of Ty Burrell, Stephen Colbert, and Max Charles, this film is directed by Rob Minkoff and written by Jay Ward and Craig Wright.
Mr. Peabody is the smartest dog in the world. He and his adopted son Sherman use a time machine called WABAC to go on an exciting adventure. But one day when Sherman uses the WABAC to impress his friend, they accidentally cause a hole in the universe thus changing the world’s most important historical events. Mr. Peabody tries to put things back to the way it was and comes to their rescue.
The film is a fast-paced one with references to significant events in our world’s history. The use of 3D technology definitely shines here, and there’s some humor in the film as well.
Similar to the visual style of blockbuster movie 300, Rise of an Empire is based on the latest graphic novel Xerxes by Frank Miller. Starring Sullivan Stapleton, Eva Green and Lena Headey, it’s directed by Noam Murro and written by Zack Snyder and Kurt Johnstad.
Greek general Themistokles sets out to unite the entire Greece by leading a charge to fight against invading Persian forces lead by Xerxes, a mortal who became a god, and a commander of the Persian army named Artemisia.
300: Rise of an Empire is a rousing, blood-soaked film and punctuates its scenes with intrigues that can keep you at the edge of your seat. However, many critics have noted that it’s a rather dreary film despite the carnage, and if not for the performances of Green and Stapleton, this would be an otherwise boring albeit gory film. If you like to watch free movies online, then it certainly won’t cost you anything to watch this one.
Non Stop is a suspense and action-filled movie starring Liam Neeson, Scoot McNairy, and Julianne Moore. It’s directed by Jaume Collet-Serra and written by Christopher Roach and John W. Richardson.
In the film, air marshall Bill Marks (Neeson) who was on board a transatlantic flight from New York to London, takes action upon receiving SMS demanding that he tells the government to wire $150 million to an off-shore account or a passenger gets killed every 20 mins.
Neeson knows how to play his characters quite well and this is evident in Non Stop. He brings conviction to his role and elevates an otherwise B-movie suspense film into a full-packed action picture. The plot is a little bit fuzzy and the concept is rather frivolous. However, Neeson does an excellent job of making the film entertaining and watchable. Watch this film on movie2k.
The original title of this Japanese film is Kaze Tachinu, and it’s a drama animation about the life of Jiro Horikoshi, the man who created the Japanese fighter planes used during World War II. Starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Emily Blunt, and John Krasinski, The Wind Rises is directed and written by Hayao Miyakazi.
The Wind Rises can be viewed through free movie streaming online. It’s a biography about Jiro, who has always dreamed of designing and flying airplanes. He was inspired by Italian aeronautics designer Caproni. But because he was nearsighted since childhood, he could not qualify to become a pilot. Instead, he joins a Japanese engineering company in 1927 and set out to become one of the world’s best airplane designers.
The Wind Rises is an excellent film and is believed to be Miyazaki’s prized creation. This film soars above child’s play and definitely a great movie to watch.
March 2014 seems to be when the film industry really kicks off this year with some great movies!
There’s something for everyone this month! For the family, The Lego Movie looks like it’s going to be a big hit. A beautiful animation with a great storyline, even adults will be entertained. If you remember Robocop, then you’ll want to see the remake. I’m not always a fan of remakes, but I have to say, this one seems better than the original.
About Last Night is a romantic comedy directed by Steve Pink and based on the play Sexual Perversity in Chicago by David Mamet. The film stars Kevin Hart, Michael Ealy, Regina Hall and Joy Bryant.
If you watch free movies online, you’ll probably know that this is a remake of the 1986 film of the same name starring Rob Lowe and Demi Moore. Just like in the original, About Last Night follows the story of a couple as they try to cope with the joys and pains of being in a serious relationship. There’s really nothing here that’s unique and some elements will be very familiar. However, the comical antics of Hall and Hart make this very watchable.
The film deviates a lot from Mamet’s play, but it works out as far as romantic comedies go because the story balances humor with romance well, and it actually offers a lot of insights into love.
Endless Love is romantic drama and a remake of the 1981 film of the same name, directed by Shana Feste and also based on Scott Spencer’s book. The film stars Alex Pettyfer and Gabriella Wilde, and is available as free movie streaming online.
The movie follows the story of graduating student Jade Butterfield (Wilde) and how she develops a relationship with David Elliot (Pettyfer), a guy who has been attracted to her for a long time. The rest of the movie focuses in their developing love and how their parents try to keep them apart. The plot is hardly original and there are more than a few clichés here, but the characters are very likeable and you’ll find yourself rooting for them.
Endless Love is a love story and the performances of the two leads are commendable. Certain liberties have been taken from the book, but they have turned out well in the film.
3 Days to Kill is an American French action film about a CIA agent starring Kevin Costner, Amber Heard and Hailee Steinfeld. The film is directed by McG and with a screenplay by Luc Besson and Adi Hasak.
Ethan Renner (played by Costner) is a CIA agent who has been diagnosed with brain cancer and doesn’t have a lot of time left. However, he gets offered an experimental drug that could save his life, but in exchange he has to do one more assignment. The storyline is interesting and the action sequences are top notch, and Costner’s acting carries the film. While it’s similar to other action thrillers, the fact that Renner is literally fighting for his life gives it a nice twist, making it a nice watch at movie2k.
That being said, the subplot involving Renner and his estranged daughter isn’t as well developed, but it’s really secondary as the focus here is on the action. Overall it is an exceptionally well crafted thriller that provides excitement and thrills.
Winter’s Tale is a supernatural romantic drama based on Mark Helprin’s 1983 novel of the same name. The film stars Colin Farrell, Jessica Brown Findlay, Jennifer Connelly, William Hurt and Russell Crowe. The film is directed by Akiva Goldsman.
Winter’s Tale is about a burglar named Peter Lake (Farrell) and how he falls in love with a dying heiress and his effort to save her life with his special gift. Anyone who likes to watch free movies online will love this as it manages to sustain the epic feel of the novel. The characters are portrayed well, but the pace of the film slows down in some areas.
Winter’s Tale is a powerful film and for all its supernatural elements, is still a love story and a good one. It isn’t perfect and sometimes the twists and turns don’t turn out well, but overall, Winter’s Tale is an exceptional story and will satisfy lovers of fine films.
Pompeii is a disaster adventure film set in the time of Mt. Vesuvius’ eruption. The film stars Kit Harington, Emily Browning, Carrie Ann Moss and Kiefer Sutherland, and is under the direction of Paul W. S. Anderson.
Available for viewing at movie2k, Pompeii is the story of Milo, a gladiator who has to do everything he can to save the woman he loves. Not only must he fight against corrupt politicians in the process, but Mount Vesuvius is about to erupt as well. There have been many sword and sandal adventures, but Pompeii is one of the best in terms of storytelling and energy, and the 3D effects are spectacular.
The romantic plot of Pompeii is not new, the same old poor boy / rich girl, but the special effects more than make up for it. In short, if you like disaster movies with a touch of romance, you won’t be disappointed with this one.
Vampire Academy is a fantasy adventure film based on Richelle Mead’s book Vampire Academy, which was published in 2007. The film, which is on movie2k, stars Zoey Deutch, Lucy Fry and Danila Kozlovsky and is directed by Mark Waters.
Vampire Academy is the story of Rose Hathaway, a half vampire / human, a Dhampir who is being trained to guard the Moroi (peaceful vampires) at St. Vladimir’s Academy. Those who have read the book will like the adaptation, and Deutch’s performance captures the essence of her character. There are some elements that were clearly borrowed from other films, but it’s not enough to ruin your viewing experience.
Vampire Academy may be similar to a lot of vampire films, but it manages to carve out its own identity, and the backstory is interesting. Even if you have never read the book, there’s enough here to sustain your interest, both in terms of story and visuals.
Devil’s Due is a horror flick about a man who realizes there is more to his wife’s early pregnancy than he thought. The film stars Allison Miller, Zach Gilford and Sam Anderson, and is under the direction of Tyler Gillett and Matt Bettinelli-Olpin.
The story begins with a young couple (Gilford and Miller) who wake up in their hotel room following an evening of partying where something happened neither can remember. Soon after, Samantha learns she is pregnant, and while initially overjoyed, Zach soon notices changes in his wife that suggest something sinister is afoot. As far as free download movies go, Devil’s Due offers plenty of genuine thrills, and the storyline pays homage to classic horror, something fans will appreciate.
Even so, the film isn’t perfect, and it really doesn’t add anything new to the horror or lost footage found genre. But if you’re a horror movie fan this won’t be an issue and you’ll still enjoy it.
Labor Day is a drama film based on Joyce Maynard’s novel of the same name, and stars Kate Winslet, Josh Brolin, Gattlin Griffith and Tobey Maguire. The film is directed by Jason Reitman, who also wrote the screenplay.
The story centers on Adele (Winslet), a single mother and her son Henry, who while shopping for clothes, come across a wounded man (Brolin) and they take him home. It turns out the man is Frank Chambers and is an escaped convict wanted by the police. This free movie streaming suffers from a somewhat melodramatic and unwieldy plot, but the performances of Winslet and Brolin make it compelling to watch.
The adaptation of the novel is well done and there are genuine moments of tension and emotion which make up for the predictable ending and some clichés. Taking everything into consideration, this is a worthwhile film to watch and shows the talent of the lead actors.
is an animated adventure film about a Lego minifigure who inadvertently ends up trying to save the world from an evil Lego wizard. The film features the voices of Chris Pratt. Will Ferrell, Elizabeth Banks, Morgan Freeman and Liam Neeson, and is directed by Phil Lord and Chris Miller.
Available at movie2k, the movie tells the story of Emmet Brickowski and how he learns the diabolical plan of Lord Business to glue the world together and his efforts, along with Batman, Hans Solo, Green Lantern and Abraham Lincoln, to stop him. While the story seems childish, it is well laid out and the movie boasts of a powerful voice cast, some really funny gags and sharp animation.
The movie is colorful and will delight children, but even adults will enjoy the satire and the wit, and the one liners are genuinely funny. There have been many good animated films, and the Lego Movie certainly belongs right near the top.
The Monuments Men is an American German war film written, directed and produced by George Clooney. Clooney also stars in the film with Matt Damon, Bill Murray, John Goodman and Cate Blanchett.
The movie is based on the book The Monuments Men by Robert Edsel, and tells the story of a platoon of World War II soldiers tasked with recovering art masterpieces that the Nazis stole. Given the film’s topic there is a certain nostalgic element to it and the cinematography and production are first rate. The performance of Clooney and the rest of the cast are noteworthy, although the narrative is somewhat lacking.
The Monuments Men is one of the best free movie streaming options available today. It’s a war movie with a touch of comedy, drama and history, and it shows there are some things in the world worth fighting for, a heavy subject, but the film pulls it off.
is a sci-fi action film and a remake of the 1987 movie of the same name. Directed by José Padilha, the film stars Joel Kinnaman as Robocop and also stars Gary Oldman, Michael Keaton and Samuel L. Jackson.
The year is 2028 in Detroit, and policeman Alex Murphy is severely injured after a car bombing. However, Omnicorp takes advantage of the occasion to turn him into a half human, half machine law enforcer. The film, which is available at movie2k, is an improvement over the original in terms of special effects and has a darker theme as well.
There’s more than enough action here to satisfy fans, and the characters are well thought out, although the emphasis is clearly on the action. Usually remakes don’t turn out well, but this is one of those cases where the reboot is actually better than the original and well worth a look.
The Nut Job is an animated adventure comedy about a self-centered squirrel who gets involved in raiding a nut store, not realizing that’s only the start of his troubles. The film, directed by Peter Lepeniotis, features the voices of Will Arnett, Liam Neeson and Brendan Fraser.
If you like freedownload movies, then this is one you won’t want to miss. The story is about Surly the Squirrel, who has been banished from his community because his antics have destroyed their winter food collection. Desperate, Surly and his friend Buddy decide to rob a nut store, not realizing what is in store for them.
While the movie is aimed mostly at young children, there are some elements here to keep even adults happy, and the three main voice actors, Arnett, Leeson and Fraser, are very engaging. The film isn’t perfect, and some elements of the movie might seem too childish, but younger kids are sure to be entertained.
If you’re into free movie streaming you’ll be familiar with Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit. The film is the fifth entry in the Jack Ryan series and stars Chris Pine, Kevin Costner and Keira Knightley and is directed by Kenneth Branagh.
The movie centers on Jack Ryan, who is working as an analyst for the CIA when he unearths a plot by Russian terrorists to attack the United States. Unlike the other Jack Ryan movies, this film isn’t based on any of Tom Clancy’s novels. The story isn’t the most original, but Branagh’s direction keeps the film going, and Pine gives a creditable performance as Ryan.
This reboot of the Jack Ryan franchise runs at a very brisk pace, and while some scenarios are unbelievable, there’s enough material here to grip the viewer. The movie doesn’t do anything revolutionary for the action thriller genre, but it’s a pretty good reboot of the renowned series.
Ride Along is an action comedy flick about one man’s attempt to prove his worth to the girl he loves, and with some funny consequences. The film stars Ice Cube, Kevin Hart and Tika Sumpter and is directed by Tim Story with a screenplay by Jason Mantzoukas and Greg Coolidge.
If you like to watch free movies online, especially comedies, Ride Along is a good choice. It follows the story of security guard Ben Barber (played by Hart) who wants to prove to his brother in law James Payton (well played by Ice Cube) that he’s the right man for Angela, James’ sister. To do this, the guys go on patrol and that’s where the trouble begins.
If you like cop action comedy flicks, Ride Along won’t disappoint, as there are plenty of laughs here. The storyline may be somewhat predictable, but overall Ride Along is a fun movie that showcases the comedic skills of Hart and ice Cube.
That Awkward Moment is a romantic comedy about friends who are trying to figure where their relationships are going. The film stars Zac Efron, Michael B. Jordan and Miles Teller, and directed by Tom Gormican off his own screenplay.
The film is all about that point in the relationship when it is time to take it to the next level, or get serious, hence the title. While the subject is serious the film treats it lightly and to great effect. Gormican has done a good job with the screenplay and direction, keeping the film’s plot moving, and the three leads, especially Efron, portray their roles effectively.
Now available as free movie streaming, That Awkward Moment does have a few awkward moments, and there are some instances that feel contrived or forced. Even so, it is a well made romantic comedy and will appeal to fans of the genre as well those of the lead stars.
I, Frankenstein, which is now at movie2k, is an adventure fantasy flick based on the graphic novel by Kevin Grevioux. The film stars Aaron Eckhart, Bill Nighy, Yvonne Strahovski and Miranda Otto, and is directed by Stuart Beattie.
The film picks up where Mary Shelley’s novel ends, and Frankenstein’s creature is now caught between the centuries old battle of the demons and gargoyles. If you’re into adventure fantasy films with a touch of gothic, I, Frankenstein will be to your liking, and Eckhart is very convincing in his portrayal of the creature. The film may seem a bit too dark and grim at times, but that’s understandable and is pretty much in keeping with the graphic novel’s theme.
The plot might seem contrived, and some of the turns the movie makes seem strange, but all those shortcomings are overshadowed by plenty of well choreographed action scenes as well as some stunning CGI.
Sometime in 1200 B.C., King Amphitryon takes Alcmene for his queen, but not before the Greek god Zeus impregnates her to sire a son who will avenge Alcmene and her people against Amphitryon’s abuse and tyranny.
The Legend of Hercules’ storyline is simple enough:mythical hero is exiled, becomes a slave because of forbidden love, fights his way to regain his kingdom with formidable demi-god powers. You can see this free movie streaming version, though, and bemoan the whittling down of the Herculean lore 12 Labors of Hercules.
The Legend of Hercules has a cast of mostly British and Australian actors. Scott Adkins plays Amphitryon, Roxanne McKee is Alcmene and Amphitryon’s obnoxious son from a previous relationship, Iphicles is played by Liam Garrigan. Hercules is Kellan Lutz who the audience will remember as Emmett Cullen in the Twilight series and Liam McIntyre, who was last seen in the TV series Spartacus, plays his friend Sotiris. Lutz is less remarkably Hercules than his predecessors Steve Reeves, Mr. Universe winners Arnold Schwarzenegger and Lou Ferrigno (the original Hulk when it was a TV series), and Ryan Gosling (yes, he was the title role in the TV series YoungHercules). Lutz simply lacks the acting skills required to rise above the audience’s expectation of a brawny but dumb action hero. Even the lion that Hercules slays isn’t as realistic as other movie lions appear. If the intention was to revive interest in more Greek demi-gods after Perseus (incidentally, Hercules’ great-grandfather), this movie which you can watch on movie2k has failed completely, even with the snatches of arena matches which have obviously been inspired by video games like Spartacus, Gladiator and Ben-Hur.
See unexpected heroism, unflinching humanity, and the all-redeeming power of true love on the free movie streaming movie, The Railway Man, based on the real life story of ex-British soldier Eric Lomax. The movie traces his life after captivity and torture as a POW in 1942 by a Japanese officer and the aftermath of mental anguish from the resulting trauma. Lomax’s wife takes care of him despite her anxiety about the frazzled behavior he exhibits from the moment they first meet. She doesn’t quite understand her husband’s silence and mood swings but she does know that she married a man who bears everything, even humiliation, with dignity.
Lomax is portrayed onscreen with quiet grace by Colin Firth. Nicole Kidman is cast as Lomax’s wife Patti, a woman whose love for her husband will survive any unbearable treatment, even from him. Stellan Skarsgard is Lomax’s best friend Finlay, the keeper of a deep and dark secret but also the holder of the key that finally unlocks it. War Horse’s Jeremy Irvine, portrays Lomax as the young man during the war, and Hiroyuki Sanada as the sadistic Kempeitai officer Nagase Takashi.
In The Railway Man,reconciliation replaces retribution and Lomax does this, incensed as he was initially, together with Finlay, when they discover that the translator who helped torture them during the war now works as a tour guide in the war museum. The horrifying cruelty inflicted on British soldiers who worked on the Death Railway in Singapore is no less reprehensible than the graves the Nazis forced the Jews in the camps to dig, yet Lomax rises above the anger by taking the high road of forgiving his captor and torturer. War is hell but it is what you do afterwards which really lets you survive it. You can download this movie on movie2k.
In the documentary Tim’s Vermeer, Texas investor Tim Jenison’s research project of epic proportions takes on a size larger than life as he attempts to discover what secrets the Dutch maestro of the canvas, Johannes Vermeer, unlocked when he painted the renowned Girl with a Pearl Earring with so much realism short of “copying” it from an actual photo. Jenison embarks on a personal quest from where Vermeer painted in his native Delft in Holland to Buckingham Palace where Vermeer masterpieces are kept.
This highly-entertaining documentary which you can watch through free movie streaming stars Jenison himself in the title role, a narrative that is engaging to watch, mainly because Jenison’s contention (Vermeer’s paintings are reproducible through the use of angled mirror arrangement of simple lenses) is fun to follow. Jenison tells the audience that anybody can create a masterpiece like Vermeer’s The Music Lesson which hangs in Her Majesty’s official London residence. Jenison is all at once amusing, annoying, and admirable as he attempts to learn the Dutch language on a readable level and turns a lathe chair’s legs. He builds a replica of the Dutch maestro’s studio inside his Texas warehouse and brings on artist David Hockney and art professor David Steadman to give blow-by-blow accounts of Jenison’s progress.
Tim’s Vermeer makes the audience realize that this attempt of science a.k.a. computer software in this case to reduce artistic value and undermine God-given creative talent is a furtive, admission that Vermeer may have, indeed, utilized some type of optical aid that was relatively prevalent in his century. Tim’s Vermeer, which is available for viewing on movie2k, may not give the audience the kind of ending they hope for, which is how Vermeer painted all his masterpieces. It does, however, confirm that Vermeer certainly did not paint Woman with a Pearl Necklace by numbers.
What better way to spend a cold weekend winter night than to watch free movies online like the 1955 thriller The Night of the Hunter? Although younger people may not recognize the movie’s biggest stars of that generation, the theme is very much universal: crime does not pay. Harry Powell is a serial killer hiding under the guise of being a church reverend who marries a dead felon’s widow to get to the money he stole years ago. Based on the real life story of Harry Powers who was hanged in Clarksburg, West Virginia for the murders of three children and two widows in 1932, The Night of the Hunter was British actor Charles Laughton’s solitary directorial effort (Laughton was the 1934 Oscar Best Actor for The Private Life of Henry VIII).
Robert Mitchum portrays the role of the misogynist cleric Harry Powell with cool malevolence, a role no less chilling, malicious, and sinister than that of Max Cady, the cruel, cunning, insane rapist in Mitchum’s other great thriller movie, Cape Fear. Shelley Winters Willa Harper is the widow of the dead felon Ben Harper portrayed by Peter Graves who would later become Jim Phelps in Mission: Impossible, and Lillian Gish as Rachel Cooper, the batty old lady who takes in stray children.
The Night of the Hunter was done in black and white by Laughton with eerie musical scoring, strange camera angles, and shadows taking center stages in a majority of scenes. As the movie approaches its climax, Powell and Rachel Cooper figure in a stand-off which is almost as bizarre as the two of them singing a hymn together. Classic movie at its very finest, The Night of the Hunter’s only downside is that this was Laughton’s first and only directorial job. Watch it on movie2k.
Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones marks a significant shift in both location and character from the previous Paranormal franchise series. A group of Latino teenagers investigate the apartment of an old woman who lived in the unit just below them after something ghastly happens to her. They find items used for ritual sacrifices and video equipment circa 1988 apparently used by the previous Paranormal characters Kristi and Katie. Then things get bizarre for the group, especially for Jesse, who finds himself undergoing changes that can only be described as superhuman, malevolent and dark.
Directed by Christopher Landon, son of the late actor-director Michael Landon who was popularly known as Little Joe Cartwright and Charles Ingalls in the iconic television series Bonanza and Little House on the Prairie, respectively, Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones stars Andrew Jacobs as Jesse, Jorge Diaz as Jesse’s friend Hector, Gabrielle Walsh Jesse’s sister Marisol and Gloria Sandoval as the mysterious old woman Anna who left a chockfull of illustrations and notes on the occult in her journal which the trio also finds in her apartment. Molly Ephraim is Ali who informs them that Jesse has supernatural forces which have apparently possessed his psyche and body and now want to harm him.
Landon, who wrote the previous Paranormal series which can be viewed on movie2k, still maintains that obviously recognizable shakily-held camera technique of cinematography, although this movie rewards its audience by the expansion of the Paranormal series’ mythology with interesting details and twists even with the few and brief appearances of returning cast members. There’s a lot of Latino slang and references to Latino culture, including black magic, witchcraft and voodoo the Hispanic way. More sequels might eventually fragment Paranormal’’s franchise, but for now, get invigorated and watch it through free movie streaming.