Atlanta Movie Reviews: Underworld: Blood Wars, A Monster Calls

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Oscar favorites are still playing, plus a new acclaimed drama hits the screen.


monster-calls-posterAs tends to happen once we enter a New Year, studios release films that wouldn’t have seemed to last at any other time throughout the year. This year’s first film of that nature is the sequel Underworld: Blood Wars.

Starring Kate Beckinsale as Selene, a vampire hunter who’s shaped other Underworld films before this one. While the first installment was a general box office success, the films to follow weren’t as well regarded, both by audiences or critics. This new film follows suit. The film falls into a cliche-ridden trap full of dull dialogue and silly effects. The only audience this film is destined to find are hardcore fans of the franchise.

A real treat, however, is the film adaptation of the hit novel A Monster Calls. The film follows 12-year-old Conor (played by newcomer Lewis MacDougall) as he deals with his mother’s impending illness. Richly told through a powerful story of childhood grief, A Monster Calls works on multiple levels.

The effects, especially in regard to the titular monster (voiced by Liam Neeson), are top notch. The cinematography and tone are gritty and dark, in an endearing way, tahnks to director J.A. Bayona. And, the cast is superb, with Felicity Jones giving another brilliant performance that should have her in the Oscar conversation.

The story is brutal and heartbreaking, if not hopeful and inspiring, as well. Make sure to bring some tissues.

Other films playing the big screens this weekend include award season heavyweights La La LandManchester by the SeaHidden Figures, and Fences.

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Scottie Knollin is a member of the Georgia Film Critics Association. Find his reviews and review roundups here each week and in more depth at!