The Lone Ranger

Rating: 2.75 of 5  

I almost don’t even want to review The Lone Ranger, I just want to talk about when marketing lies. And it’s rare that I get taken in by marketing. But the trailers were about a sort of silly concept with some outlandish action and a little danger – like something trying to . . . → more

Man of Steel

Rating: 2.75 of 5  

It’s not often that my reviews are as colored by other opinions and insights as this one is. But that’s what happens when I wait a week to write it, and in this case I think it makes for a better review.

There was a lot to like in Man of Steel. . . . → more

Red Dawn

I have to admit, I guess from the top, that I’ve never seen the original Red Dawn. But I actually didn’t think this movie was half bad. . . . → 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

John Carter

There’s been a lot of speculation about John Carter, if not by you then at least by Kel and me. Is it the sort of movie, as most people expect, that is horrendous – trite and full of weird aliens . . . → more

The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1

I am definitely in the minority, and I realize that. Breaking Dawn is on track to make $140M this weekend (proving the power of women at the box office when they’re captivated). Many . . . → more

Transformers: Dark of the Moon

I almost don’t want to say anything nice about it, by virtue of it being Transformers. But there are good things in this movie that can’t entirely be ignored. . . . → more

Iron Man 2

This was obviously a sequel that was rushed through production. And the disheartening thing is it doesn’t seem liked execs paid attention to what really made Iron Man so successful. There’s more action and less story. Which is a sign of a rushed script. And the idea that execs think people want more Iron Man than they want Tony Stark, which I don’t think is the case. . . . → more

Green Lantern

This is more what super hero movies have the potential to be. Because action and special effects are easy, decent story is a bonus, any sort of character depth is astounding and applaudable. But this adds thematic depth to the mix which is new and sort of brilliant. . . . → more

I Am Number Four

Impressive, partly because my expectations were so low. I mean, I read the book and it was awful and the first thing I said was that it should have skipped being a book and been a screenplay . . . → more