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

The Huntsman: Winter’s War

Rating: 3.5 of 5  

I really, really wanted to love Huntsman: Winter’s War. Really. Like one of my new favorite movies kind of love.

It’s fantasy action adventure which is like my perfect genre. It’s pretty and well made. It has an AMAZING song in the trailer (and I love good trailers). I wanted it . . . → 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

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

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

Captain America: The Winter Soldier

Rating: 3.5 of 5  

The Winter Soldier was not quite what I expected. Though, to be fair, I tried not to expect much.

It was much more real world than prior Marvel movies, I think even more so than the Iron Man films. Because Tony Stark as a billionaire playboy doesn’t resemble much of real life even . . . → more

Divergent

Rating: 3.25 of 5  

I really wanted to hate Divergent. I hate the hype over it when the writing in the novel is so elementary. I’m not a fan of Shailene Woodley’s. I didn’t really like Insurgent or Allegiant which makes me hate the hype even more. And now, after seeing the movie, I really hate . . . → more

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

Rating: 3.5 of 5  

I was a bit wary going into this movie. I just finished reading The Dream Thieves and Catching Fire can’t come close to those characters. And the intrigue. And the way the story sinks into you. I’m not sure it would make a great movie but it’s an amazing story.

How many . . . → more

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

Rating: 3.5 of 5  

Seeing this Hobbit was an interesting experience because for the first time in a long while I couldn’t remember that much about the book. It’s been 6-7 years since I read it. And I remembered the big set pieces enough to know what to expect from the first movie, and wonder how . . . → more

Pacific Rim

Rating: 3.5 of 5  

Pacific Rim is soooo cool!

That was my initial impression when they showed footage at Comic Con last year, and also the strongest reaction I had leaving the theater today. But I was also impressed that in the midst of a giant monsters vs. giant robots movie there’s such a strong human . . . → more