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Radius [2017]
Rampage [2018] Ratter [2015] Ravenous [2017]
Re-Kill [2015] Ready Player One [2018] Realive [2016]
The Reaping [2007] Rear Window [1954] The Recall [2017]
Red Dragon [2002] Red Eye [2005] Red Riding: The Year of Our Lord 1974 [2009]
Red Rock West [1993] Red Room [1999] Red Sparrow [2018]
Reincarnation [2005] Reindeer Games [2000] Rejuvenatrix [1988]
Rememory [2017] Renaissance [2006] Replicas [2018]
Repo Man [1984] Repo Men [2010] Reservoir Dogs [1992]
Resident Evil [2002] Resident Evil 2: Apocalypse [2004] Resident Evil 3: Extinction [2007]
Resident Evil 4: Afterlife [2010] Resident Evil 5: Retribution [2012] Resident Evil 6: The Final Chapter [2016]
Revenge [2017] Revolt [2017] The Rezort [2015]
The Rhythm Section [2020] Riddick [2013]
The Rift (Dark Side of the Moon) [2016] The Ring [2002] The Ring Two [2005]
Rings [2017] Ringu [1998] Ringu 2 [1999]
Rise of the Footsoldier [2007] Ritual [2013] The Road [2009]
Road Kill [2010] Romeo Must Die [2000] Rorschach [2015]
Ruben Brandt, Collector [2018] The Rundown [2003] Running with the Devil [2019]
The Russian Bride [2019] Rust Creek [2018] Ruthless People [1986]

Radius [2017]


         

Moving along at its own leisurely pace, this film is an extremely personal tragedy that never resorts to sensationalism. A man wakes up with amnesia after an apparent car accident and discovers that any living animal or human that gets within a certain distance from him simply drops dead except for a woman who also has amnesia. This story was well thought out, their actions made sense, they fears and logic were genuine and the ending was disturbing but not unexpected ...although they did manage to throw in a twist I didn't see coming. Nicely played!

Revenge [2017]


         

Reminiscent of I Spit On Your Grave, 3 desert hunters find that, after one of them raped one of the other's mistress and they've left her for dead, they have become the hunted. If you're looking for realism, especially in how much damage a human can sustain and still "walk it off", this film is not for you. But if you're looking for a ultra-violent, blood soaked, no holes barred, thrill ride, here's your E ticket (Disneyland reference there ...see how I did that?). Filmed in Morocco, the desolate desert setting provides an incredible backdrop that adds to the tension.

The Rhythm Section [2020]


         

The death or her entire family in an airline explosion drives a woman into prostitution and addiction. After a stranger shows her the explosion was intentional, she embarks on a personal journey to find, and kill, those responsible. The film is solely focused on our protagonists making the whole affair deeply personal, if not rather overly dramatic, at times. The story has a few twists and was generally slow but provided good tension when needed. Blake Lively did a wonderful job and I found the whole thing to be rather entertaining.

Reservoir Dogs [1992]


         


Quentin Tarantino's first film is also his best film, imo. It's a wacky, amusing, controversial and brutal depiction of a jewelry heist gone terribly wrong with some of the most sociopathically, colorful characters you can imagine. Nobody makes movies like this. Don't miss it.

Ringu [1998]


         


The Japanese film that inspired a franchise in both the U.S. and Japan. Watch a tape, die in 7 days. This Japanese version struck me as rather slow with only a few creepy moments. Although many will disagree with me, I happen to like the U.S. version of The Ring much better. This one is more atmospheric but the other has a much fuller story which this one really needed.

The Ring [2002]


         


The US version of Ringu, about a videotape that causes the viewer to die 7 days after seeing it, maintains the creepiness of the original but adds some seriously intense and shocking moments. This horror treat, that is complex and disturbing with a wholly satisfying story, will get under your skin in a major way.

Rear Window [1954]


         


What would you do if you were confined to your apartment because of an injury? Watch the neighbors, of course. What if you suspect one of them committed murder ...and no one believes you? Suspenseful, classic Hitchcock that ought to especially appeal to the voyeurs among us. James Stewart, Grace Kelly and Raymond Burr are excellent.

The Ring Two [2005]


         


Rachel and son move to a new home in a new town in an attempt to leave the madness of Samara behind. Well... she's back! Pretty good follow up to The Ring. It has a few flaws and contrived bits but overall, it had some good creeps (although not as effective as the first film) and a nice extension to the story that was so much more than just watching murderous video tapes.

Realive [2016]


         

A man, dying of cancer, decides to have himself cryogenically frozen. Little did he realize he would become the first successful cryogenic reanimation sixty years later. Spending considerable time showing us his life before and the psychological issues involved after, the message I got out of it was confusing. It's better to be nothing than to live? Is that what they're saying? Overall, I found this film to be a depressing, disturbing, too clinical and a far too fatalistic version of "be careful what you wish for".

Rememory [2017]


         

The creator of a machine, that allows you to see any of your memories in full detail, dies in his office. Was it murder? This is the story of one man's odyssey to find out how the lives of all those that have been touched by the machine in one form or another have been changed. Peter Dinklage's performance is personal and heartfelt and the story is emotional, disturbing, and totally engaging with an ironic and profoundly sad twist. I've seen very few dramas that effect me on this emotional level. Well done!

Renaissance [2006]


         

A renegade cop searches for a lady whose been kidnapped due to her research into Progeria. I wasn't a big fan of the high-contrast black & white format of animation. Be that as it may, the animation (using motion capture) was impressively done and very smooth. The story, however, was somewhat hard to follow and not that engaging. The end was a big come down. Certainly not a favorite as far as animated films go.

Romeo Must Die [2000]


         

A friendship develops between the son of a Chinese mob boss and the daughter of an African-American mob boss while the two sides are on the brink of a gang war. This is a pretty standard, average, run-of-the-mill mob movie, via Romeo and Juliet, without any particular frills or action scenes except for a few fights to show off Jet Li's talents. Although, the fights were ok, some of the stunts felt more Jackie Chan than Jet Li and included a lot of those cool but physically impossible moves. Overall, good, entertaining film but nothing special.

Rings [2017]


         

A professor finds a copy of the dreaded VHS tape in an old VCR he picked up from a swap meet. When he realizes what it is, he begins conducting experiments in the longevity of the human soul and gets several others involved. Chaos ensues. I'm surprised at the low ratings on this one. Yes, it's somewhat contrived and cliche, nobody's going to win any awards and there's nothing really new here but it was very entertaining, a good continuation of the story with a nice twist, better than Ring 2, and I really enjoyed it quite a bit.

The Rundown [2003]

aka Welcome to the Jungle

        

A mobster sends his retrieval expert to Helldorado, Brazil to find and bring back his son. Of course, things don't go as planned. A generally entertaining adventure but nothing special. Wasn't serious enough to be taken seriously. The writing and the personalities weren't really witty or sparkling enough to be that humorous ...although it did have it's moments. The action, although done fairly well, wasn't particularly memorable or exciting. As a result, not a bad film ...just sort of bland.

Ravenous [2017]

aka Les affames

         

A group of people travel through the wooded countryside as they try to survive the zombie apocalypse. Starting out as 1 or 2 individuals, here and there, eventually they come together as a group. Their stories are extremely personal and if you're looking for emotional realism, this movie's got it in spades. Unfortunately, that's all it has. Very little in the way of any sort of proactive progress ...they basically just wander around. Their actions in the last 15 minutes were foolish and mystifying ...and zombies building towers?? What's that all about?

Rust Creek [2018]


         

Due to a GPS error, a college student, on her way to a job interview in DC, gets lost in the woods of Kentucky when a couple of the locals try to abduct her. She's likable and the bad guys aren't which is exactly the way it should be. After the initial confrontation, however, the film slowed way down into pretty familiar territory with really nothing new to offer. It's not a bad film by any means but it's far more a drama and far less a thriller than expected with a pretty ho hum climax.

Replicas [2018]


         

A scientist, specializing in neural transference, attempts to bring back his family when they're killed in an accident. This film is nothing special, offers nothing new and there are really no surprises to speak of. However, it's quite entertaining, nonetheless. The characters are logical and likable, the emotional side of the story fells real, and the science is quite interesting and, at least, it's sounds plausible. My only gripe is that they took far too long on him trying to resurrect the family making us wait an hour to get to the good stuff.

The Rift [2016]

aka The Rift: Dark Side of the Moon

         

3 agents and a scientist are sent to retrieve a crashed satellite. What they discover is a rift in time-space and something more powerful than death. This lofty and exciting premise was totally wasted is a dismal amateur effort. The writing was 5th grade level, at best, the acting was terrible and everyone's behavior was illogical. The music and score was so painfully out-of-place within this film, it was like constantly being distracted by someone who won't shut up. Not even Ken Foree could save this incomprehensible mess.

Rorschach [2015]


      

First person footage style film of 2 guys, who have an interest in paranormal phenomena, visit a single mom and her 7-year-old daughter who says their house may be haunted. If this had been a major production, I would have been pretty disappointed. But, being as this is an obvious, amateur pet project on no budget, I'm rather impressed. The level of tension just waiting for something to happen is literally painful as you realize these guys are in way over their head. I don't feel the payoff justified the anxiety but still ...kudos guys!

Riddick [2013]


         
  
After being unceremoniously dumped by his fellow Necromongers on an unknown world, Riddick must fight to survive and find a way off planet. The third Riddick film is basically just a different version of the first film, Pitch Black, with a different set of characters. In that film, the monsters came out when it got dark. In this one, they come out when it rains. The rest is just the interplay between characters. But, that was good enough for me. The colorful characters were a treat, the creatures are badass and it's really good fun.

Ringu 2 [1999]


         


I found this sequel to Ringu to be slightly more active than the first film but far more confusing ...I lost the plot somewhere along the way and never found it again. It just didn't seem to flow very well ...despite a couple creepy scenes.

Red Sparrow [2018]


         

A prominent Russian ballet dancer has her career cut short by an accident on-stage. Fearing the loss of her home and support for her mother's medical needs, she agrees to become a spy. My wife and I came out of the theater simply feeling dirty after watching this film. Jennifer Lawrence did a wonderful job and I really wanted to like this movie - espionage thriller with a good, sophisticated story - but I just felt uncomfortable the entire time. It's mostly rape, sex, torture, and anguish without a payoff worthy of what we've had to sit through.

Red Room [1999]

aka Akai misshitsu (heya): Kindan no osama geemu

   


This Japanese film was very badly made and quite unpleasant at the same time. Contestants in a game command each other to do vile and disgusting things to each other until only one is left. Nothing more than sex and violence in about as revolting a way as you can do it with no budget. WARNING: the trailer is easily as disgusting as the film. Move along ...nothing of redeeming value here.

Rampage [2018]


         

After a space station accident, a genetic pathogen crashes to earth turning an ape, a wolf and a crocodile into gigantic monstrosities. This film uses an extremely simple story as an excuse to give us action, spec fx and Dwayne Johnson. So what! This film is absolutely awesome entertainment. I've never been a big fan of Godzilla-type movies as they always appeared cheesy and non-realistic. The effects in this were so real, I wanted get up and run! Don't pass up the big screen on this one. I've now seen it twice!

Ready Player One [2018]


         

In 2045, everyone spends most of their time in a virtual world known as the Oasis. And now you can control the world if you can find the creator's Easter Egg. We've seen this before on numerous occasions so there's nothing new as far as the story goes. But the journey is fantastic! Not only is the virtual world more immersive than any other film I've seen, the constant pop culture references - from The Shining, to disco, to Atari games, to Chucky - was sheer nostalgic joy for an older guy like me. What a trip!

Resident Evil [2002]


         

A virus breaks out in the research lab known as the Hive for the Umbrella Corp basically turning the underground center into a zombie convention. Unknown to the danger, a group of soldiers go in to shut down the main computer system ...which has a mind of its own. Critics have fun tearing down the Resident Evil franchise but I just love 'em. When you go into a movie where it's creators knew full well that what they're making is mindless, escapist entertainment, why should we expect anything more? This is great stuff!

Resident Evil 2: Apocalypse [2004]


         

Alice, our hero from the first film, wakes up in a research lab to discover the virus has infected Racoon City and the city has been walled off and is now full of hungry folk. A high action continuation of the series that is just as much fun as the first. Some of the stunts were a bit outlandish and over-the-top but, like I said before, it's mindless, escapist entertainment so I'd expect nothing less. Plus, we get to add Jill ...another bad-ass female. Gotta love it!

Resident Evil 3: Extinction [2007]


         

A few years have past since Apocalypse and the infection is now world wide. Small pockets of humanity have become wanderers to keep the undead from catching up. Meanwhile, the Umbrella Corp continues to search for Alice and research their T-Virus and Alice has learned a few new tricks. This one wasn't as compelling as the first two entries but it's still incredible fun. Its also an excellent and logical continuation of the story line with the usual great reveal at the end.

Resident Evil 4: Afterlife [2010]


         

Alice has her extra powers stripped away after raiding and destroying Umbrella's Tokyo facility. She goes on a search for a safe haven known as Arcadia. I particularly like this one, most likely for the giant with the axe/hammer. He's just cool! The action tends to be a bit forced and over-the-top (and way too much slo-mo, which I'm guessing is to show off the 3D) but I love it anyway. Good roller coaster ride that rarely let's up.

Resident Evil 5: Retribution [2012]


         

This time, Alice is captured and placed in the last remaining Umbrella facility now run by the Red Queen. She now has to cooperate with the previous Umbrella Execs to escape. The facility makes generous use of clones so characters that we know from the past show up but different. That's an interesting gimmick but there's so much break neck action coming at you from start to finish, there's never any time to develop those characters. Quite a fun roller coaster ride, though.

Resident Evil 6: The Final Chapter [2016]


         

Alice must go back to the Hive to find and release a cure to the T-Virus. This is the only one I had not seen previously and once again they filled it full of some very imaginative scenarios and totally gruesome creatures. My biggest complaint is they went for the super close-up, quick cut, blurry action sequences, which seems to be so popular, but just gives me a headache and I can't tell what's going on. Beyond that, it's pretty much a roller coaster ride like the others and (I know many will not agree) a fitting end to the series.

Red Rock West [1993]


         

A drifter, looking for work, stumbles into Red Rock, Wyoming, and is mistaken for a hit man. Thus begins a series of events reminiscent of Blood Simple on drugs. There are so many twists and turns in this movie that one literally has no idea what's going to happen 2 minute from now. Sounds confusing but it's not. It's tightly written with everything making perfectly logical sense ...even if it doesn't appear that way, at first. Nick Cage and Dennis Hopper are genuinely compelling and the rest of the cast plays their parts to perfection. Very satisfying thriller.

Re-Kill [2015]


         


Presented as a Cops style reality show (complete with commercials and stories of survival), a camera crew follows around R-Division 8, a military group of re-animate (zombie) killers. With the low ratings it got, I wasn't expecting much but I found it to be a low budget gem. Militarily realistic, well made, exciting, lots of zombie action, and a load of mindless fun. Not great but good, escapist, popcorn movie.

The Reaping [2007]


         

A fallen ordain minister, who now debunks miracles, goes to a small, secluded hamlet in Louisiana called Haven where the river appears to have turned to blood. This was a pretty entertaining "science vs religion" story centering around a creepy little girl. Is she an angel? the devil? or something else? The plagues were effectively presented as well as how you'd expect people in that culture to react. Not particularly scary but well worth a watch with an ending that, although not great, did the job just fine.

Rejuvenatrix [1988]

aka The Rejuvenator



A research doctor is trying to develop a way to reverse aging. His financial support - an aging, down-and-out actress - insists that he experiment on her or she'll cut off his funds. Predictable mayhem results. Basically a remake of The Wasp Woman (without involving any wasps), this low-budget 80's schlock film with very cool and gnarly make-up work that, unfortunately, couldn't save the film from it's horrendous acting, worse dialogue and grossly extended scenes that really tests the viewer's patience. Blah.

Red Dragon [2002]


         
  
I saw the classic The Silence of the Lambs ages ago but, for some reason, I never got around to seeing this prequel. Another film I remembered seeing a long time ago is Manhunter ...which is the first film based on "Red Dragon". Both films are equally as good, imo. Edward Norton was excellent as the FBI profiler, Ralph Fiennes' performance is spot-on as the Red Dragon and, of course, Anthony Hopkins is back in his best form as Hannibal the Cannibal. Certainly an intense and worthy prequel!

Reincarnation [2005]

aka Rinne

         

From the director of The Grudge comes this story about a director who is making a film about a slaughter that took place in a hotel 35 years ago. From the time she gets the script, his starring actress is haunted by visions of what really happened. I see a lot of horror movies and I like most of them as I like the genre. But, considering I see a lot, it's very rare for me to see one that is this good! Creepy as hell, the thrill ride never stops and the end is mind blowing. Brilliantly twisted!!

Road Kill [2010]

aka Road Train

         

In the outback of Australia, a group of young people are forced off the highway by a road train (a very long semi). Then things get strange. It's really hard to evaluate this film. The people in it are totally unlikable and dumb as a rock so there certainly isn't any concern about happens to them. But the events that occur are so strange and twisted that I was pretty much glued to the screen to see what would happen next. Overall, not a particularly good or bad film ...just bizarre and, at times, frustrating.

The Recall [2017]


         

Aliens return to Earth to pick up previous human experiments and pick up a few new ones. Like having two different writers, the first half wasn't bad; the characters were likable, smart, pacing was great and it was shaping up nicely. Then there's the second half, which made everyone dumb, the story increasingly outrageous, and, ultimately, it descended into cheap sci fi silliness. They had to invent a slightly unhinged, aggressive character for Wesley Snipes to play as his only real function in the film is to explain things. Everything else he did was superfluous. (sigh)

Ratter [2015]


         

A girl from Wisconsin moves to NYC and becomes the victim of an electronic stalker. Nice premise ...badly executed. This movie is viewed entirely from the stalker's POV so, unless you're a real voyeur who's thrilled watching the rather uninteresting life of an average college student, this movie is not for you. Although our protagonist notices some strange electronic activity, she doesn't even know there's a physical threat until the last 15 minutes, i.e, no tension. And the ending?? (smacking forehead and walking off)

Ritual [2013]


         

Woman calls husband for help as she's in a motel room with a guy she stabbed to death. Husband comes and determines it's self-defense. Even finds a video cam with a recording of a satanic ritual where they sacrifice a young woman. Call the police, right? No, they proceed to do one phenomenally stupid thing after another to the point of me screaming at them. Every scene was a long-winded exercise in patience and the whole movie was silly, pointless, and massively frustrating. Aaaargghhh!!!!

Reindeer Games [2000]


         

A bunch of criminals mistakenly grab the wrong ex-con just released from prison as they plan to rob a casino the ex-con used to work for. I saw the 2 hour 'director's cut' version and almost turned it off as it was boring me to death. When the bad guys showed up, it was no longer boring but didn't get much better either. It's so convoluted with twists and contrivances that it never came off as realistic or even possible and the ending was way to pat and silly. Gary Sinise was the highlight in this marginally entertaining film.

The Road [2009]


         

A man and his son try to survive a post-apocalyptic world on their way to the coast. First the negatives: way too long, way too slow, and painfully depressing. This pretty much sums up the entire film until the seriously unlikely ending. On the plus side, this is an extremely well made film that is extraordinarily authentic in it's depiction of a dying world. The characters were physically, psychologically and emotionally quite distressed and believable. It's worth seeing if you have a tolerance for slow, painful movies. I rarely do.

Ruthless People [1986]


         

A young couple kidnap a rich woman expecting the husband to pay the ransom. But he'd rather she be dead. This classic comedy has several individuals with different agendas all based on false assumptions creating a complicated chaos of catastrophe that's brilliantly written and totally hilarious. Great characters all around and some incredibly good quotable lines. You've missed one of the best comedies ever if you haven't seen this one.

Ruben Brandt, Collector [2018]


         

An animated film about a psychiatrist who enlists the help of his clients to steal 13 masterpieces causing him nightmares. The world, and especially its inhabitants, is rather abstract and feels very Picasso making it a constant visual treat. The characters came off as quite real, despite 3 eyes or a split head, and, although there's no LOL moments, it's all quite humorous and entertaining. I had issues with the ending. Although hopeful, there was a lot of time invested in other story elements that were left unresolved. Odd, but still a fun, exciting watch.

The Russian Bride [2019]


         

A reclusive, retired plastic surgeon, played with a whole new level of creepy by Corben Bernson, finds a new Russian wife, complete with a young daughter, online. I wasn't expecting much as I figured it was going to generally be something about abuse. Boy was I wrong! The insidious nature of the film, and a pinch of the supernatural, keeps the viewer uncomfortable without revealing what's really going on until just the right moment. Then things get ugly. The last half hour of this film is a pure adrenaline, high octane slaughter fest I never saw coming. Awesome!

The Rezort [2015]


         

The world is still recovering from a zombie outbreak that occurred 10 years ago and killed 2 billion people. One way to make you feel better is to go to the Rezort ...an island where you can spend your weekend relaxing, vacationing, and killing zombies. Despite the ludicrous premise that the whole security of the park can be shut down by a computer virus, this was actually the best zombie flick I've seen since The Horde. Good action, smart characters, and an whole island full of zombies.

Red Eye [2005]


         

On the red eye to Miami, a woman is threatened with the death of her father if she doesn't help with an assassination. This was a tense and entertaining movie but everything seemed a bit too structured. There was a lot of dialogue that interfered with someone just doing something ...like warning someone they're going to attack them before they do. Yeah, threats were really big in this film. Neither of the leads were very convincing. Overall, it was a fun thriller without a lot of memorable qualities.

Repo Men [2010]


         

In the near future, you can get artificial organs on credit. Of course, if you default on your payments, you'll have to deal with the repo men. There's something wrong with this movie ...I just can't pinpoint what it is [he says with a furrowed brow]. The acting was competent and the story was interesting, albeit ludicrous. I think the way it was presented just doesn't work right. Perhaps if it was a bit more campy and not so serious. I don't know ...it just didn't feel true to its subject matter and the ending was totally depressing.

Red Riding: The Year of Our Lord 1974 [2009]


         

A rookie journalist investigating the disappearance of children stumbles into a expansive world of corruption. Not only is it excruciatingly slow to the point of despair, it appeared to have very little to do with missing children and everything to do with the journalist whose haphazard investigation just ticks people off and results in several injuries. He's not very smart about it either but, hey ...at least he gets laid every 15 minutes. What a senseless waste of time.

Rise of the Footsoldier [2007]


         

This is a biopic about career criminal Carlton Leach and the murder of his friends. I've seen a lot of gangster biopics and this one didn't strike me as particularly special ...although I will say the acting was very good. Both the camerawork and editing confused me at times. And what is their fascination with the C-word ...Geez, I got tired of listening to it. I'm sure there's many who would really like this film and I didn't think is was bad ...I just found it more annoying than entertaining.

Repo Man [1984]


         

Self proclaimed white suburban punk Otto slips into the repo business about the same time a $20k reward goes out for a '65 Malibu being driven by a mad scientist with the radioactive decaying bodies of 4 aliens in the trunk. Phew! This doesn't begin to describe how totally wacky this film is with some truly magical LOL moments. Yet it's never silly or forced but rather driven by a collection of characters that are nothing short of genius and gags that are perfectly played. Been a cult classic for 35 years and will be one for another 35.

Running with the Devil [2019]


         

When things go wrong on a traffic route for cocaine, the boss sends his top man to monitor a shipment from start to finish to fix the weak spots. Although not rushed, this film never stops moving forward at a brisk pace. Well constructed story with colorful characters that aren't very deeply examined but they're intentionally second to the details of the trip, which is the star of the show. The characters aren't even given names but rather titles; the cook, the farmer, the executioner, the snitch. Larry Fishburn (The Man) in his most despicable role ever. Good fun.

Revolt [2017]


         

A soldier, with amnesia, and a woman wake up in the middle of a wasteland caused by invading aliens. This was a rather good, low budget film considering there's not much to it. Like Monsters, we tag along with the likable couple on their journey to a radio dish in hopes of finding a military outpost. Unlike Monsters, their travels were quite interesting with a variety of characters met, a few alien encounters, and a pretty dangerous situation or two keeping the pacing moving along at a nice, brisk pace with a finale that was logical and exciting. Nice, despite it cliche moments.

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