Sherlock Holmes: Game of Shadows

Rating: 3.5 of 5  

This is a harder movie to review than it should be.

Because Robert Downey Jr. is incredibly sharp and entertaining. He pulls off the eccentric but brilliant character with a flare that seems realistic however stylized it is. Jude Law as Watson is a strong enough counterpoint to ground Sherlock and make . . . → more

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

Gladiator

Rating: 3 of 5  

Gladiator is more interesting now then it ever was when I first saw it in May of 2000. Because now I have the context of Ridley Scott’s later films (Kingdom of Heaven and Robin Hood) so it’s fascinating to see him working out a particular aspect of his world view.

The movie . . . → more

The Three Musketeers

Rating: 2 of 5  

I have to admit, it was obvious from the trailer that this wasn’t going to be a great movie. But I love the story and I like a lot of the actors and I was so curious I had to go see it anyway. and kind of, it was fun. or at . . . → more

Sherlock Holmes

Rating: 3.5 of 5  

I never really felt driven to see this, because I don’t really love Robert Downey Jr. and I’ve kind of been over Jude Law since 2004 (more for cheating on his wife with his nanny than the massive glut of his movies from that year). What I forgot to factor in, however, . . . → more

Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides

Rating: 3.25 of 5  

Johnny Depp is delightful as ever, but this movie really lacks a certain life and vitality that the earlier films had. There was just some spark that was missing and I think it was a lack of tension on several fronts.

First of all, Rob Marshall did not handle the material well. . . . → more

Water for Elephants

Rating: 3.75 of 5  

I’d read the book, and I don’t particularly like Robert Pattinson, and I both loved and hated the elephant. So my curiosity of this movie had me kind of excited to see it.

I really liked how they evoked the time period. It was so beautiful and kind of magical in a . . . → 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

The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader

Rating: 2.5 of 5  

Dawn Treader is heavy handed, simplistic and weakly written, beautiful but not really interesting. But before I begin my review, I feel like I need to set the context.

I’ve loved the Chronicles of Narnia for as long as I can remember. Different books have been my favorite at different times, but . . . → more

Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time

Rating: 3 of 5  

Prince of Persia is a nice way to start the big, loud, hot summer movie season. It’s a fun movie, light on substance but full of cool parkour action, big special effects a few laughs and a hot guy. Anyone expecting anything else doesn’t realize they’re going to see a Jerry Bruckheimer . . . → more