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  

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

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

Thor – The Dark World

Rating: 4 of 5  

I was expecting this movie to be good. I liked the first one a lot (with only a few qualifications) and I liked the character even more in The Avengers. So, yes, I pretty much expected The Dark World to be good. And even then, I was impressed.

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Iron Man 3

Rating: 4 of 5  

Marvel’s Phase Two shows obvious signs of being post-Avengers. And not just in the characters and the ramifications they have to deal with (Tony Stark, perhaps most of all) but in the studio and writers and directors who have seen what a Joss Whedon superhero movie is and now have to be . . . → more

Looper

Rating: 4 of 5  

There are so many things I want to say about Looper I don’t even know where to start.

The thing about good movies is that you can analyze them inside and out. You can draw out narrative parallels that maybe were or were not actually intended. You can talk in circles about . . . → more

The Avengers

Rating: 4.75 of 5  

I love Joss Whedon.

Here’s the thing, he has been loved by a small percentage of the population for over a decade. He’s an incredibly talented storyteller; unsurpassed with dialog; great with characters; capable of infusing meaning into a fun story. Now is the moment when everyone else figures out how truly . . . → more

Real Steel

Rating: 4 of 5  

The thing I like about Real Steel is, it’s not a movie you need to make allowances for.

With most action movies, you make allowances for the story or the performances or the characters because the action is awesome or the music is cool or something. But with Real Steel the characters . . . → more

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2

Rating: 4 of 5  

It’s a luxury to make a movie like this because all of the emotional resonance and significance has been created in the prior seven films. The characters are already strong because they’ve been developed and the actors have grown into both the characters and their craft so in a way they’re at . . . → more

The Tourist

Rating: 4 of 5  

The Tourist is a lovely mix of silliness and intrigue and romance. The bad guy isn’t who you expect, or at least not completely. There’re two conceits that you kind of have to just accept (the van and the train), but they’re small and everything else is so fun, I’m perfectly willing . . . → more