Thor: Ragnarok

Rating: 3.25 of 5  

Ragnarok is a good Marvel movie. But it isn’t a good Thor movie.

The standalone movies each have (rather) had distinctive styles. An Iron Man film is contemporary and flashy with trusty sidekicks Pepper and Happy and Rhoddy and quippy one-liners. Captain America lost both his sidekicks (the Roaring Commandos) and his . . . → more

Passengers

Rating: 3.5 of 5  

Passengers is the sort of movie that, though it’s a big sci-fi spectacle, is ok if you wait to catch on tv. Not because the visual effects aren’t pretty, they totally are. But because, as enjoyable as it is, it’s a small story that isn’t compelling enough to need to see . . . → more

Passengers

Rating: 3.5 of 5  

I’ve been interested in seeing Passengers since I first saw the trailer. Shiny sci-fi with a bit of romance, a bit of fun and a bit of danger. Even a mystery to unravel. Plus a chance for two endearing actors to prove themselves in a starring vehicle.

Then after hearing . . . → more

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

rogue one

Rating: 3.75 of 5  

The best thing about Rogue one is the expansion of the Star Wars universe.

For those who read the novels, it’s been expanded for some time. But for those of us who only watched the films, this is new territory. And it’s the perfect intersection of audience desire and Hollywood mechanics. . . . → more

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

Rating: 3.75 of 5  

You know those movies where the crew says they’re probably all going to die but they go in and fight against impossible odds and manage to (mostly) survive? Rogue One isn’t that story.

This is good, gritty sci-fi. It’s rough characters that would be more complex in a smaller movie but are . . . → more

Dr. Strange

Rating: 4 of 5  

tldr: It’s Inception meets The Matrix in super hero form. Which, how has no one done Inception meets The Matrix before? They fit too perfectly together. I actually review the movie with the rest of my reviews.

On this side, I kind of don’t want to talk about the casting and I . . . → more

Dr. Strange

Rating: 4 of 5  

While I knew a bit about Dr. Strange going in, like the character’s name and his look and that he messed with reality, I didn’t really know his history or the mythology around him. So, it was quite refreshing to not know what was coming for this character as the story progressed.

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Captain America: Civil War

Rating: 4 of 5  

I rather feel like I said most everything I needed to in my review of Captain America: Civil War. Because with good movies, words don’t really capture everything that’s done well. It’s the sort of thing you go watch again instead of write about.

I guess the most interesting thing is . . . → more

Captain America: Civil War

Rating: 4 of 5  

When a movie does so many things well, it’s hard to find the words.

It’s a lot easier to point out flaws, to identify where it could have been better and what they should have done. But Captain America: Civil War is a solid movie; probably my favorite Captain America movie and easily . . . → more

Huntsman: Winter’s War

Rating: 3.5 of 5  

You can read my review for Huntsman: Winter’s War to see what I liked and didn’t like. Suffice it to say, I liked it enough to say all the rest of this…

The fantastic thing about this movie is that it features a lot of interesting, powerful women. That the story is . . . → more