Passengers

Rating: 3.5 of 5  

I’ve been interested in seeing Passengers since I first saw the trailer. Shiny sci-fi with a bit of romance, a bit of fun and a bit of danger. Even a mystery to unravel. Plus a chance for two endearing actors to prove themselves in a starring vehicle.

Then after hearing . . . → more

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

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

Interstellar

Rating: 3.5 of 5  

Christopher Nolan… I don’t even know where to begin. Which is, I guess, a good thing. His movies are not simple. They are not straight forward and easy to analyze. I like that about them. But it also means there is no clear cut – this was a good movie or I . . . → 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

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

Star Trek Into Darkness

Rating: 3.75 of 5  

This review is not going to be fair. I just want to be clear about that upfront. And it’s not because Into Darkness wasn’t good; it just wasn’t what I wanted it to be.

I wanted it to be surprising and inventive. I wanted it to be smarter than I am and . . . → 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

Battleship

Rating: 3.5 of 5  

It doesn’t happen often, but Battleship surprised me. I expected it to be big and dumb and flashy and loud, lots of special effects and little story and less characters. But, I was curious and thought a little bit of big and flashy might be fun. Plus Taylor Kitsch never hurts.

Instead, . . . → more