I've watched a lot of movies recently:
Green Room - Really good suspense/horror. It's about a punk rock band that, out of desperation, plays a gig at a backwoods white supremacist bar and witnesses something they shouldn't have. They end up being surrounded by Neo-Nazis that want to kill them. Stars Anton Yelchin, Patrick Stewart, and Imogen Poots. 8.5/10
Standoff - Extremely simple plot: Little girl witnesses a hitman (Lawrence Fishburne) doing his thing. He sees her, she runs and ends up at an old farmhouse where a down-on-his-luck ex-soldier (Thomas Jane) lives. The hitman follows her there and the ex-soldier holes up and tries to keep the girl safe. I like that there was very little fucking around before they dove right into the central conflict. All of the backstory was delivered after the fact, while tension was already established. I wish more movies were structured like this. Pretty solid flick; definitely some weak dialogue in spots, but it was believable and it sure as hell didn't waste any time. 7.5/10
Dope - "Dorky" black teenager with potential gets into shenanigans trying to find where he fits in as a black man that's not like other black men in South Central LA. Really fun, engaging movie. It's basically a coming-of-age tale, but one that we haven't seen yet. 8.5/10
Filth - James McAvoy is a police detective and also the most conniving human being alive. This was an excellent character study of someone that's gone too far over the edge to ever find their way back. 8/10
ACOD (Adult Children of Divorce) - Stars Adam Scott as the titular ACOD trying to get his hostile divorced parents to attend his brother's wedding without being assholes to each other. It's supposed to be a comedy; I got 1/3 of the way through didn't find anything amusing, so I turned it off. 2/10
The Shallows - Good grief, Blake Lively is stunning. She goes surfing at a "secret" beach in Mexico and gets attacked by a shark. Really suspenseful and entertaining, but it did kinda jump the rails into fucking retarded territory during the final climax. The first 2/3 is easily a 9/10, but the last 1/3 is more like a 5.5. That comess out to a 7.8; definitely worth a watch, and it was a beautiful thing to look at on the big screen.
The Purge: Election Year - I love The Purge franchise. The concept is incredibly compelling. The first movie wasted the concept somewhat by trying to turn it into a clone of The Strangers. It was too small for such a high-minded concept; that said, I still liked it a lot. Anarchy did a better job showing the scope of the full Purge, and the resistance to it. This one goes further than Anarchy, and I think it's almost as good; there are definitely a few things holding it back though. I thought the presidential candidate (Elizabeth Mitchell???) was way too naive and "girl power"-ish considering her expertise and the world she lives in. The store owner (Mykelti Williamson) was supposed to be the comic relief, but he ended up just annoying the shit out of me half the time. The black school girl with a sweet tooth is so off-the-wall that every scene she's in feels as contrived and forced as humanly possible; seriously, people don't act like that. The head of the NFFA is also too over-the-top in his scenes at the end. That being said, Frank Grillo is great in this role, and the girl that plays Laney Rucker is pretty awesome; plus, the way this parallels our political attitudes and discourse in the US right now is perfect, and terrifying. 7/10