Catching Fire is incredibly well-done. It's very faithful, very exciting, and really delves into the world we were introduced to in Chapter One. The performances are great, some with much better acting than the first installment. This time I can only speak as someone who HAS read the books, and as a fan, it was everything I wanted it to be and more!
it's like a longer, more boring brother of The Social Network. it lacks the intrigue, the dynamic characters, and the overall good-ness. Benedict Cumberbatch is good as always, but the movie is mediocre at best.
Another solid installment in the Marvel Franchise, Thor: The Dark World continues what Iron Man 3 started by taking characters who worked very well together and letting them road free in their own unique adventures. This time Thor gets to add a science fiction, almost LOTR-fantasy style flick into the mix. Its out there, way out there, and it's for that reason that the movie feels legitimately different and new enough to justify being the 8th Avengers film. If they can keep finding new and interesting ways to give us the characters we love in different types of adventures, this cash-cow will never stop giving. Thor also benefits from really enjoyable performances by a perfectly-picked cast of actors, and arguably one of the most enjoyable crossover cameos in the Marvel world so far. Stick around till the end, the VERY end as always to not miss any of the fun. Thor: The Dark World is well worth the trip.
Machete Kills is like when a kid tells you a pretty funny joke and you laugh and you're both having a great time. Then instead of moving on with your lives the kid wants to tell you the same joke over and over again for the next three days. Then you want to kill him. This is the Machete franchise. Please Machete, don't go to space. Just fade into obscurity.