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

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

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

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

Looper

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

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

Snow White and the Huntsman

Rating: 3.25 of 5  

I’m predisposed not to like Kristen Stewart. But I really wanted to like Snow White and the Huntsman so I hoped, at the very least, she’d be good enough not to ruin it. I thought: Please let her be flat. Please let her be unemotional. I’m ok with either of those. (I . . . → more

Battleship

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. . . . → more