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

X-Men: First Class

Rating: 3.5 of 5  

In some ways, this was a great movie and in some ways it was uneven (though not nearly as uneven as X2). But the easy stuff first:

I wasn’t thrilled with Kevin Bacon as the villain. In theory I thought it was great, but in execution it made his whole storyline a . . . → more

Wanted

Rating: 3 of 5  

Wanted is seriously badass. If nothing else, you kind of have to love that about it.

The movie follows Wesely Gibson (James McAvoy) essentially through a journey of discovering who he is. His world as a mild mannered accountant is well established in the beginning. I kept thinking how much I couldn’t . . . → more

Atonement

Rating: 4 of 5  

Atonement is a lovely film. It’s simple and straightforward, not lovely because it’s told with a soft lense or because there is a sense of wonder and beauty about it. But lovely because the 1930’s English countryside lends itself toward that, because language and manners were a bit more formal. Lovely because . . . → more

Becoming Jane

Rating: 2.25 of 5  

I haven’t read a whole lot of Jane Austen. Honestly, just Pride and Prejudice after I saw the Kiera Knightley movie. So, I could see elements of that story in this film – and was told there were also elements of Sense and Sensibility and Persuasion. Which, when rendering an author’s life . . . → more