Review – Star Trek Into Darkness
May 15, 2013 by Merci P.
Star Trek Into Darkness is misleading for all its onscreen lens glare and the U.S.S. Enterprise’s bright bridge deck. One would think outer space is infused with visible sunlight. For the most part,... [Read more...]
Movie Review – Arthur Newman
April 26, 2013 by Tracey Brown
Ostensibly, Arthur Newman is about the title character (Colin Firth) faking his own death to escape his hated life and to start life over again as a golf pro. Along the way, he meets Mike (Emily Blunt)... [Read more...]
Review in 100 Words – Trance
April 12, 2013 by Merci P.
Danny Boyle (Slum Dog Millionaire) is anything but a formula motivated director, and Trance is his latest offbeat psychological thriller. James McAvoy (X-Men) plays the forgetful thief who renders... [Read more...]
Movie Review – Olympus Has Fallen
March 22, 2013 by Merci P.
Finally, an action film that shows the tougher, meatier side of Gerard Butler! Through his character, Mike Banning, Gerard shows off his sophisticated capability as a Secret Service agent who morphs... [Read more...]
Movie Review – Jack the Giant Slayer
March 1, 2013 by Merci P.
Fee-fi-fo-fum, I smell the blood of an Englishman, Be he alive or be he dead, I’ll grind his bones to make my bread. ~Joseph Jacobs, Jack and the Beanstalk (1890) This is not the way the poem... [Read more...]
Movie Review – The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
December 15, 2012 by Merci P.
Travel into the world of fantasy in the first installation of Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit trilogy, the prequel to Lord of the Rings. In this introductory chapter, hobbit Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman... [Read more...]
Movie Review – Skyfall
November 9, 2012 by Merci P.
Bond: the end of the beginning. Daniel Craig is back as James Bond, British Secret Service Agent 007, in what seems to be the final installment of “the making of James Bond.” Directed by Sam Mendes... [Read more...]
Review in 100 Words – Cloud Atlas
October 25, 2012 by Merci P.
Six stories run concurrently with a handful of actors playing several roles – it’s a lot to process unless you have read the book by David Mitchell. This Twyker and Wachowskis collaboration uniquely... [Read more...]
Review in 100 Words – Magic Mike
June 29, 2012 by Merci P.
Warning: this film is not recommended as a date movie. Well-executed, wild, raucous entertainment showcasing the beautiful physiques of Channing Tatum, Matthew McConaughey, Alex Pettyfer, Joe Manganiello,... [Read more...]
Review – The Avengers
May 4, 2012 by Merci P.
The Avengers in 3D is the ultimate experience for anyone who has ever read a graphic novel or comic book of superheroes. Watching them come to life on the big screen is a visual buffet of Marvel’s... [Read more...]
Review in 100 Words – Titanic (in 3D)
April 4, 2012 by Amy Taylor
“Are you ready to go back to Titanic?” Just like Rose, I totally was ready to experience it and you should be too! “Titanic” in 3D has never looked or sounded better. Watching it on televisions... [Read more...]
Review in 100 Words – Wrath of the Titans
March 30, 2012 by Maura Reilly
I don’t think anyone expected a sequel after the 2010 remake of Clash of the Titans failed to impress. It’s also safe to say that my expectations for said movie weren’t that high. I’m pleased... [Read more...]
Review – John Carter
March 9, 2012 by Merci P.
John Carter doesn’t give you much to go on by way of a title, but being directed by Andrew Stanton (Finding Nemo, Wall-E) you can guess there’s probably a lot of CGI involved. True to form, it’s... [Read more...]
Review – This Means War
February 13, 2012 by Merci P.
The secret is out: women can, and do, go out with multiple men. Who can blame them if those men are in the realm of Chris Pine (Star Trek, Unstoppable) and Tom Hardy (Inception, The Dark Knight Rises)?... [Read more...]
Review in 100 Words – Safe House
February 10, 2012 by Maura Reilly
Is Safe House is a safe bet this weekend? You’ve got some tried and true stars: Denzel Washington and Ryan Reynolds and a tried, (albeit tired) and true story line in the new and vibrant setting of... [Read more...]
Review in 100 Words – Sherlock Holmes – A Game of Shadows
December 16, 2011 by Maura Reilly
If you liked the first Sherlock Holmes, you’re in luck. You’ll probably like its sequel since it’s more of the same, just on a grander scale; though this one takes its time getting to the point.... [Read more...]
Review in 100 Words – New Year’s Eve
December 9, 2011 by Maura Reilly
Director Garry Marshall called in all his celebrity favors for his Valentine’s Day follow-up, New Year’s Eve. Despite the star power, the film barely raises above serviceable. The script is tired... [Read more...]
Review in 100 Words – Happy Feet Two
November 18, 2011 by Tracey Brown
Thankfully, Happy Feet Two is not a scene for scene rehash of the original and only the singing and dancing penguins is the same. Mumble is a dad now and he and his son Eric (plus their friends) must... [Read more...]
Review – Immortals
November 11, 2011 by Merci P.
Immortals, directed by Tarsem Singh, is not for the faint of heart. Plenty of blood-spurting action and tough one on one combat make no excuses when it comes to graphic depictions. It could be addicting,... [Read more...]
Review – Machine Gun Preacher
October 3, 2011 by Merci P.
Sam Childers (Gerard Butler) just got out of prison and straight away he’s back into doing the same things he’s always done: drugging, boozing, and committing violent acts. This time, however, his... [Read more...]
Review in 100 Words – Moneyball
September 22, 2011 by Maura Reilly
If you love sports movies about the underdog overcoming the odds, Moneyball is the next generation of storytelling. The talk-heavy script by Social Network scribe Aaron Sorkin and Steve Zaillian takes... [Read more...]
Review in 100 Words – Killer Elite
September 22, 2011 by Merci P.
Adrenaline-pumping, hardcore one-on-one action is why you go see a Jason Statham film, right? Well, his latest flick, Killer Elite, delivers on that promise and more. Based on an alleged true story,... [Read more...]
Review – Conan the Barbarian in 3-D
August 19, 2011 by Merci P.
Enter the world of Conan the Barbarian in 3D and you find yourself among fire embers floating in the air in the opening sequence with digitalized scenery in the background giving it an animated feel.... [Read more...]
Review – Fright Night (2011)
August 19, 2011 by Tracey Brown
Welcome to Fright Night. After witnessing some strange mischief going on next door, High School Senior Charley Brewster (Anton Yelchin) suspects that his new neighbor, Jerry (Colin Farrell), is not only... [Read more...]
Review – The Help
August 12, 2011 by Tracey Brown
If your first reaction to the new Dreamworks film The Help is, “Dear Lord, not another Driving Miss Daisy, where African Americans are still playing servants,” you will be pleasantly surprised.... [Read more...]