Argo

Rating: 3.5 of 5  

Argo is one of those hard movies to analyze because a lot of things were really well done without having a significant impact, at least on me.

Everyone always raves about period pieces – the dramatic costumes, the make up or sets or whatever it takes to make us believe we’re in . . . → more

Trouble with the Curve

Rating: 3 of 5  

Maybe I don’t watch enough dramas, but Trouble with the Curve feels a little like a more traditional sports movie, like from the 80s and 90s. The kind that don’t exist anymore. Maybe it’s because it has all the elements of an old school sports movie (like I knew exactly how it . . . → more

The Lucky One

Rating: 2.5 of 5  

I’ve never watched a movie as piecemeal as The Lucky One. There isn’t really an entire scene in the whole movie. It’s 2 lines of dialog and moving on. A nice shot of someone running or walking, moving on. Three lines of dialog… I’m not even exaggerating. I think there were maybe . . . → more

Moneyball

Rating: 3.25 of 5  

Moneyball is not your typical sports-inspirational movie. And I guess that’s to be expected from Aaron Sorkin. Though, I can’t remember if Sorkin wrote the draft that Sony abandoned or if he came in and rewrote it after Sony abandoned a different draft. Either way, the movie has a flavor of Sorkin’s . . . → more

Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps

Rating: 2.75 of 5  

I have to admit, I was surprised by this movie, and that doesn’t happen often. I should have probably given it an extra half star, just for that. But it’s not at all what I thought it’d be from the marketing.

I didn’t like the first Wall Street when I had to . . . → more

Neverwas

Rating: 2 of 5  

This movie has a colossal fatal flaw that I can’t discuss without spoiling everything.proceed at your own risk ยป

The intent of this movie, I think, is to be unique. To play on the recent interest in fantasy films and give it a bit of a twist. The problem is that the . . . → more

The Invisible

Rating: 2.25 of 5  

For starters, this movie is not what it was marketed as. At all.

Oddly, after the big lie that was the trailer, the movie was more emotional than I expected. Which was almost interesting. Except the directing was fairly clunky and paced badly. I wasn’t fond of many of the performances, but . . . → more

The King's Speech

Rating: 3.5 of 5  

Good, quiet sort of British film.

I liked the characters well enough, though I didn’t love them. But the performances were great. I’ve never seen Helena Bonham Carter in such a subdued role but she was fabulous.

The story wasn’t quite as intriguing as I’d liked for it to have been. But . . . → more

Country Strong

Rating: 3 of 5  

One thing Country Strong has going for it is that it’s authentic. It has a rambling, low key sort of atmosphere that serves the story well.

It’s also well cast (I admit, Leighton Meester surprised me). Garrett Hedlund, Gwyneth Paltrow and Tim McGraw are all good, as expected. They capture these broken . . . → more

The Social Network

Rating: 2.75 of 5  

Sorkin and Fincher took a premise that should be anti-cinematic, turned it into a movie full of almost entirely dialog and still managed to keep it engaging and have great energy. It’s an impressive feat.

That being said, I didn’t love it. Not because it was poorly done. Possibly because I watched . . . → more