In his debut, John Derek is fine in this courtroom drama/exploration of the root causes of criminality, but Bogart appears to be going through the motions here. For my money, Nicholas Ray is one of the more overrated filmmakers in movie history, and 'Knock on Any Door' manages to get especially preachy toward the end.
Somewhat original (for movies) take on superheroes, with "real world" teens attempting to take up crime-fighting, and all the inappropriateness, profanity, and violence you might expect from that scenario. Potty-mouthed Chloe Grace Moretz is great as Hit-Girl, but Aaron Taylor-Johnson is also very good as the geeky, title hero. Nic Cage, however, gives an Adam West-like performance that's one of his best in years. Not as enthusiastic about 'Kick-Ass' as some people seemed to be, but I still liked it.
Good sequel, even though some of the budget restraints seem a little more obvious this time, and the film lacks Matthew Vaughn's directing flair. The story, involving teenagers trying to balance their real lives with superheroing, works pretty well. Some have criticized the dark humor and violence as being unpleasantly off-tone with the first 'Kick-Ass', but I felt it was a logical escalation. The unpleasantness is certainly toned down a bit from the Mark Millar comics. Similar to last film's Nic Cage, a surprisingly good turn here from Jim Carrey -- one of his better recent roles, in fact.
Weird that this is the only western Jack Lemmon ever starred in. He's great as a hotel clerk with romantic notions about the West, who wrangles a spot on a cattle drive from trail boss Glenn Ford. Along the way, he discovers his inner cowboy and learns about the "real" West. Interesting moments that dispel Lemmon and the audience's ideas about westerns, but aside from his performance, the film's story is only sporadically interesting.