The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

Rating: 3.5 of 5  

Seeing this Hobbit was an interesting experience because for the first time in a long while I couldn’t remember that much about the book. It’s been 6-7 years since I read it. And I remembered the big set pieces enough to know what to expect from the first movie, and wonder how . . . → more

Wolverine

Rating: 3.75 of 5  

I have to admit that I heard a couple of Collider interviews that pointed out that this isn’t really a comic book movie until the third act and I totally have to agree. It’s thoughtful and interesting and sort of everything I expected the first Wolverine movie to be. But for all . . . → 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

Fast & Furious 6

Rating: 3 of 5  

I really liked Fast 5. And because of that I kind of have a soft spot for the Fast & Furious movies. kind of. I mean, I haven’t seen the first movie in years and would love to rewatch it. I saw the second movie and thought it was ridiculous. Have never . . . → 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

Django Unchained

Rating: 3.75 of 5  

I don’t think anyone would deny that Quentin Tarantino is a talented filmmaker. He also has a style so when you go to one of his movies you pretty much know what you’re getting yourself into.

So, I can’t say that Django Unchained surprised me, especially after seeing the panel at Comic . . . → more

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

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

Peter Jackson is not Tolkien. I know I’m stating the obvious there but after seeing The Hobbit I’m not sure Peter Jackson is aware of this fact. . . . → more

The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2

I don’t even know what to say. And it’s not because I was shocked by the twist ending because I was surprised at how it manifest itself but I was also expecting something. . . . → more

The Bourne Legacy

Rating: 3 of 5  

The Bourne Legacy is a decent reboot. They worked hard to incorporate elements from earlier films and while somethings worked considerably better, others didn’t.

Jeremy Renner makes a good Treadstone agent (even if they’re not calling it Treadstone any more – even if they reinvent it 100 times within different branches of . . . → more