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

Hanna

Rating: 2.5 of 5  

Hanna is an odd little movie. I was really curious to see what Joe Wright would do with an action film because his other movies are so interesting. And it seems like he tried to blend what he does into the action genre (instead of flat out making an action movie) and . . . → 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 Lookout

Rating: 2.5 of 5  

I was admittedly sort of impressed with this movie. I don’t like gritty films. I don’t like the sort of characters that populate this story. I didn’t really care for the story much.

But then I reached a certain point where I realized this was a smart, tight script that was well . . . → 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

Scott Pilgrim vs. the World

Rating: 2.5 of 5  

At it’s most basic level, it’s well done. It’s sleek and cool and fun.

The concept is definitely fun and interesting and well executed. Story was good and had some nice depth and nuances. There’s some really innovative directing and editing, cutting to new locations in scenes and stuff. Most of the . . . → more

Up in the Air

Rating: 3 of 5  

Up in the Air is a film that’s incredibly topical for our current culture, touching on the zeitgeist of our economic downturn and the emotional ramifications of living in that, hoping to refocus our attention not on our money but on our relationships.

George Clooney is great, giving the story a lighthearted . . . → more

Bella

Rating: 2.25 of 5  

This was an interesting movie. The whole time I was thinking: the characters are interesting, but it has no narrative thread. I don’t know where it’s going which keeps me from becoming immersed in it. The directing is a little avant garde, which works but at the same time sometimes takes me . . . → more

Juno

Rating: 2.75 of 5  

I suspect several people will think I scored this too low. Everyone else I’ve known who has seen it has loved it. It’s like the Little Miss Sunshine of this year; the quiet, quirky critical darling. Juno is lesser for me, though, I think in part because it doesn’t have the wonderful, . . . → more