The Good: It's not a bad concept and has potential. Shailene Woodley turns in a great performance. Theo James starts off sluggish, but turns it around and is solid as the male lead. The characters in the film are well written and pretty deep. The first half of the film is absolutely fantastic and you don't want it to end.
The Bad: Unfortunately, the second act falls apart. Very VERY predictable and this shadowy and intricate plan that the villains unleash is simple and disappointing. The last quarter of the film is a boring shoot out with a very vanilla ending. It's a shame that they could not capitalize on such a great start.
The Good: Unlike any other "super hero" movie you will ever see. While other films of this genre are clearly geared more towards comic book fans, Winter Soldier is a cross-genre film that will appease movie-goers who know nothing about the character or Marvel at all. Parts action thriller, spy film, thrilling drama, and yes ... comic book film, the movie does an amazing job pulling you in no matter who you are. Despite the wider target audience, there is still plenty for the astute fan as the film is chock full of Easter eggs and references that will keep everyone very VERY happy. Possibly among the greatest super hero films ever made, second only (possibly) to Batman: The Dark Knight.
The Bad: Early on, a few of the fighting and action scenes suffer from shaky camera syndrome, which made it hard to follow what exactly happened. There is a slight need for suspension of belief during a few late action scenes as well as parts of the main plot.
"The Counselor" 10 Scale Rating: 5.0 (Mediocre) ...
The Good: The cast is great and doesn't disappoint. At a very basic level, the story is a good one. The director does a solid job of setting things up and getting you interested early on.
The Bad: Boring. Very very boring. It is just slow and overly wordy with several scenes consisting of very lengthy (and uninteresting) conversations. By the time you get to the end, you no longer care what the outcome is.
The Good: The supporting cast was amazing and it's a shame that it was a wasted effort. Ed Westwick (Tybalt), Kodi Smit-McPhee (Benvolio), and Christian Cooke (Mercucio) especially stood out. Paul Giamatti as the Friar stole the show and you simply couldn't wait until it got back to his scenes.
The Bad: The leads were awful, which just can't happen in an adaptation of Romeo and Juliet. I expected better from Steinfeld who in her young career has shown a lot of potential, but she was especially stiff. The film also doesn't stay true to the source material and omits key lines from the play. That decision left me scratching my head.
"The Big Wedding" 10 Scale Rating: 2.0 (Awful) ...
The Good: While they didn't deliver, the cast is a talented group.
The Bad: Despite all that talent, the film fails on every level. A comedy that isn't funny, a character study full of uninteresting people, and a level of debauchery that feels forced. Even De Niro, in all his glory, was awful ... and that was difficult to believe. Just a shoddy effort all around.