Movie Review – Man of Steel

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It’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s – Kal-El, son of Jor-El, from the planet Krypton.  In this dark Superman reboot directed by Zack Snyder (300, Watchmen) and written by David S. Goyer (Blade: Trinity) and Christopher Nolan (Batman), Man of Steel steps out of the cheesiness and into maturity of the modern serious Superman.  […]

Review – Star Trek Into Darkness

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, it’s a fun ride, sweetly comical, heartfelt, visually spectacular, action-packed, and delivered with bullet speed. Even with the introduction of the villain […]

Movie Review – Arthur Newman

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) a very troubled young woman who is, in her own way, also trying to re-invent herself. It doesn’t […]

Review in 100 Words – Trance

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 the services of a mysterious hypnotist (Rosario Dawson, Sin City) as he eludes the threats of gangster head (Vincent Cassel, Black Swan).  The tale spins unpredictably, […]

Movie Review – Olympus Has Fallen

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 into a merciless killer. Is this an unwitting audition for a James Bond role? Say it is or isn’t so, he is worth considering […]

Movie Review – The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

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 , from the BBC TV series Sherlock) is recruited by wizard Gandalf the Grey (Ian McKellen) to join the band of dwarfs on […]

Movie Review – Skyfall

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 (American Beauty, Revolutionary Road), this episode takes a dark direction, taking Bond to his origins as he confronts his […]

Review in 100 Words – Cloud Atlas

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 portrays the theme that people are bound throughout eternity by unseen forces (short of touching on “souls”). Great acting, visually well-executed and […]

Review in 100 Words – Magic Mike

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, Matt Bomer, and Adam Rodriguez, it reels you in with raunchy stage moves and a rhythmic soundtrack. Channing plays older brother figure to young Alex, who soon gains […]

Review – The Avengers

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 longstanding original characters: Thor, Iron Man, Captain America and the Hulk. The Black Widow and Hawkeye, later characters, […]

Review – John Carter

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 an epic fantasy adventure that’s visually astonishing. Based on a series of books by Edgar Rice Burroughs, John […]

Review – This Means War

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)? In This Means War, directed my McG (director of Charlie\’s Angels and executive producer of shows like […]

Review in 100 Words – Safe House

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 South Africa. Sadly, the plot twists are completely predictable with a few “jump in your seat” moments. Denzel […]

Review in 100 Words – Sherlock Holmes – A Game of Shadows

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. Some liberties taken with historical events tend to stretch credibility. But given the spirit of the movie, it’s easier […]

Review – Immortals

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, to say the least, if you love the type of action sequences as seen in the film 300 or love […]

Review in 100 Words – Moneyball

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 Michael Lewis’s book about the cash-poor Oakland A’s general manager Billy Beane (Brad Pitt) breaking from the decades old traditions of finding baseball talent […]

Review in 100 Words – Killer Elite

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, Statham plays a reluctant assassin forced to carry out orders to save his mentor (Robert De Niro) held captive. Clive Owen plays his […]

Review – Fright Night (2011)

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 responsible for disappearances of his neighbors, but that he is might be a vampire. He turns to illusionist (and self-proclaimed) vampire slayer, Peter Vincent […]