Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Rating: 3.75 of 5  

Star Wars is once again delighting audiences, though I don’t know that it deserves quite the box office records its setting. Definitely better than the prequels, The Force Awakens introduces delightful new characters, leverages nostalgia to reinvent this universe and does it well.

The bombastic score overwhelms at times. And reinventing the . . . → more

Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Rating: 3.75 of 5  

Full disclosure: I am not a Star Wars fan.

Of course I grew up watching the original three on VHS. I saw the extended cuts in theaters and liked the originals better. I watched the prequels with excitement (until I actually saw Episode I) and curiosity. I know the first Star . . . → more

Avengers Age of Ultron

Rating: 3.25 of 5  

The Marvel cinematic universe continues to unfold. And I have to give them credit that it’s becoming more seamless and more entwined.

I happened to watch Agents of SHIELD, the Dirty Half Dozen before I went to see Avengers Age of Ultron and it was pretty impressive how one picked up right . . . → more

Avengers: Age of Ultron

Rating: 3.25 of 5  

One of the things I like best about Age of Ultron is that despite all the previews and hype everywhere, I still went in not knowing what to expect. And I was surprised. I liked that the pacing of the third act wasn’t typical. I liked that it did the unexpected. I . . . → more

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

Rating: 3 of 5  

There’s a part of me that wanted this to end up with a 2.75 star rating, just so it fell into the 2s, just out of spite. But as disappointed as I was, it wasn’t awful enough to honestly deserve that kind of a rating. And the performances were so very good . . . → more

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

Rating: 3 of 5  

I went into this film with an open mind. No, that’s a lie. I did go into it wanting to be proved wrong; hoping Peter Jackson would impress me with how he pulled it all off. Didn’t work out so well.

The story ends before the title card! I’m sorry that’s kind . . . → more

Interstellar

Rating: 3.5 of 5  

A Christopher Nolan film is never an easy thing to review. It’s full of layers and complications and philosophy. They’re always well executed. And there’s always a darkness to them. Though I almost laughed since this one basically had a Steven Soderbergh cast. Which is not to say it wasn’t well cast. . . . → more

Interstellar

Rating: 3.5 of 5  

Christopher Nolan… I don’t even know where to begin. Which is, I guess, a good thing. His movies are not simple. They are not straight forward and easy to analyze. I like that about them. But it also means there is no clear cut – this was a good movie or I . . . → more

X-men Days of Future Past

Rating: 4 of 5  

Since my review of Days of Future Past takes the time to explain the good and the bad of this film, I’ve decided to use this space to highlight what’s not in the movie.

– Rogue I’ve never thought Anna Paquin was well cast as Rogue. She got the role because . . . → more

X-Men Days of Future Past

Rating: 4 of 5  

I did not expect to love Days of Future Past the way I did.

The concept was complicated and convoluted. There were stories from the set about the script changing or this or that going wrong. I didn’t love any of the earlier films in the franchise, even though X-Men was . . . → more