While it manages to improve on many of the flaws of its predecessor, The Desolation of Smaug overlooks some key issues. It's still stretching a very short source, and it still feels like too little is being added in to fill the gaps. Additionally, it suffers from the same problem as many middle-entries in a series: no real beginning or end. Watching this made me feel even more confident that a two-movie expansion could have worked much better than the three-part epic we got instead.
With such a short source at its heart, Peter Jackson is taking quite a risky move by trying to expand The Hobbit into a full three-course meal. On the positive side, An Unexpected Journey serves a pretty strong appetizer. Its actors do fit their roles well, and the story is presented about as well as it could be. However, an overwhelming amount of CGI laces the obvious filler added in to expand the run time. It feels like a pretty fast-paced movie that takes more breaks than it needs to.
Yet another strong addition to the ever-expanding catalog of Marvel hits. Captain America: The Winter Soldier loads up its screen time with plenty of action, mystery, and added depth to its lead characters.
As with most R-rated comedies, Neighbors attempts to gather many of its laughs from shock value more than anything else. Rogen takes on his typical role of a stoner being forced to do something different. He plays it as well as usual, but it's really starting to get old. This movie didn't feel any different from the rest of the ones he stars in, and that type of flick is just not as funny as it used to be.
They did. At long last, we can finally forgive Fox for The Last Stand. By combining the past characters from First Class with the modern characters from the original series, X-Men: Days of Future Past manages to salvage all of the things we loved about the X-Men franchise and present them in a new, much brighter light. The (new) future of the series is looking very promising.