Zaki Hasan

Zaki Hasan
Tomatometer-approved critic
Biography:
Born and raised in Chicago -- with a decade-long detour in Saudi Arabia -- before settling in the San Francisco Bay Area, Zaki Hasan has been a media scholar and critic for more than twenty years. He is a member of the San Francisco Film Critics Circle, and his film reviews and analyses have appeared at HuffPost, Philly Weekly, Fandor, Sequart, and more. He is also co-host of the MovieFilm and Nostalgia Theater Podcasts, and co-author of Quirk Books' Geek Wisdom: The Sacred Teachings of Nerd Culture, as well as a contributor to books on the Star Wars, Planet of the Apes, and Blade Runner franchises. Additionally, he has appeared as a panelist on Al Jazeera America's The Stream and HuffPost Live.

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
C+ 79% Captain Marvel (2019) A rare misstep from a franchise factory that otherwise strides the movie landscape so assuredly. - Zaki's Corner EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 7, 2019
B 60% Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows (2011) Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows doesn't go nearly as deep as I would have liked, but is a mostly-diverting concoction that, thankfully isn't as broad as it could very well have ended up. - Zaki's Corner EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 16, 2019
B+ 70% Sherlock Holmes (2009) The '09 model Holmes is at once a fresh reinvention of the concept for modern sensibilities, and a surprisingly grounded embrace of its pulpy roots. - Zaki's Corner EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 16, 2019
A 99% Selma (2015) Selma serves as a pointed and poignant riposte to our current historical moment. It's an important film about an important story. It deserves to be seen, shared, discussed, and, like the events it depicts, never forgotten. - Zaki's Corner EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 16, 2019
B- 44% The Siege (1998) Unfortunately, the movie's ignorant portrayals of other cultures while espousing a message of brotherhood comes across as not a little hypocritical. - Zaki's Corner EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 16, 2019
C 50% San Andreas (2015) Per San Andreas, if the big one hits, just sit back, cross your fingers, and wish the Rock was your dad. - Zaki's Corner EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 16, 2019
C+ 60% Alita: Battle Angel (2019) Never quite manages to be more than the sum of its many engaging parts. - Zaki's Corner EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 16, 2019
B- 20% Sabotage (2014) There's something deliriously subversive about how proudly Sabotage wields its R rating. And while it's too clumsy to be good, it does tie together in way that's mostly satisfying. - Zaki's Corner EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 13, 2019
C 43% Robin Hood (2010) As the first salvo in a hoped-for franchise, this Robin Hood is pretty much a non-starter. However, as a case study of the Hollwood assembly line run amok, it's earned a peculiar kind of immortality all its own. - Zaki's Corner EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 5, 2019
A 95% Creed (2015) Creed is as gritty and grounded as the original Rocky, and it packs an emotional punch that's as powerful as any in the ring - Zaki's Corner EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 4, 2019
77% Rocky Balboa (2006) The premise of Rocky Balboa is pretty preposterous, yet somehow it manages to work because Stallone imbues the proceedings with such heart and pathos. - Zaki's Corner EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 4, 2019
29% Rocky V (1990) It's become popular in most circles to point to this installment as the one where things went topsy-turvy, but the truth is that Rocky V is far better than most folks give it credit for. - Zaki's Corner EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 4, 2019
40% Rocky IV (1985) It's a bad movie, no doubt, but at the same time, and somewhat paradoxically, it's also a great movie. Figure that one out. - Zaki's Corner EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 4, 2019
66% Rocky III (1982) In Rocky III we begin to see a transformation from the grounded, relatable realm of the first two films into something a little more suited to the Reagan-era milieu in which it was presented. - Zaki's Corner EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 4, 2019
72% Rocky II (1979) Rocky II plays like exactly what it is: a "greatest hits" version of the original, one that's tasked with moving the story forward while also re-playing a lot of the same beats that folks loved before. - Zaki's Corner EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 4, 2019
93% Rocky (1976) By the time Rocky runs up the steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art in one of the single most indelible moments in all of cinema, we feel like we've been with him every step of the way. - Zaki's Corner EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 4, 2019
C 68% Ronin (1998) Weaves a complex (and convoluted) tapestry of danger, betrayal, and a seemingly unending stream of car chases. - Zaki's Corner EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 4, 2019
B+ 77% Rosewater (2014) [Jon] Stewart has made a confident entree onto the directing scene that demands to be noticed. - Zaki's Corner EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 4, 2019
B+ 80% Rumble in the Bronx (1995) Rumble in the Bronx is the type of movie that you watch simply for the sheer enjoyment of it. Sit back, relax, and enjoy the blast! - Zaki's Corner EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 4, 2019
84% King Kong (2005) From dinosaur stampedes to tooth-and-claw fights with Tyrannosaurs to the titular ape's inevitable, doomed climb up the Empire State Building, Kong Version 3.0 is the very definition of spectacle cinema. - Zaki's Corner EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 4, 2019
78% Munich (2005) Munich is a film that not only needed to made, but one that could only be made by Steven Spielberg. - Zaki's Corner EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 4, 2019
A 76% Ransom (1996) Ransom represents the rare breed of Hollywood thriller, combining crackerjack thrills with an intelligent, plausible, and dramatic script. - Zaki's Corner EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 4, 2019
B+ 37% Rambo (Rambo IV) (2008) If you're new to the Rambo phenomenon, it's doubtful there's much here that's going to win you over, but for longtime fans this is a valentine through and through. - Zaki's Corner EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 4, 2019
B 65% Quantum of Solace (2008) While it's understandable that long-term Bond devotees may be left pining for the days when the puns were a bit more plentiful, and the punches a bit less lethal, I for one hope they don't go too far back in the other direction. - Zaki's Corner EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 4, 2019
B 73% Prometheus (2012) Even when its reach doesn't quite meet its grasp, it still deserves to be seen. - Zaki's Corner EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 28, 2019
B- 65% Predators (2010) Comfortably sits just ahead of the second [Predator], and miles ahead of the two Alien crossovers. - Zaki's Corner EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 28, 2019
C- 17% Pixels (2015) Can never quite muster the interest or ability to make us look past the inherent ridiculousness of its premise. - Zaki's Corner EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 28, 2019
A 85% Pleasantville (1998) Its true strength lies in what it says not only about life, but about ourselves. - Zaki's Corner EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 28, 2019
C- 59% Oz the Great and Powerful (2013) Tries mightily to determine precisely what kind of story it wants to be -- a romp or an adventure -- and doesn't quite land at either. - Zaki's Corner EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 28, 2019
81% On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969) The single most emotionally charged and unexpectedly fulfilling entry in the entire [Bond] series. - Zaki's Corner EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 28, 2019
A- 91% October Sky (1999) Put simply, October Sky is a great movie, the kind that restores one's faith in the power of cinema. It deserves to be cherished and treasured. - Zaki's Corner EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 28, 2019
B+ 80% Office Space (1999) For anyone who has secretly longed to flip their boss the finger, or skip work without calling in, Office Space is a cry of encouragement that we're all in the same boat. - Zaki's Corner EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 28, 2019
A 70% Ocean's Thirteen (2007) A chance to watch this skillful coterie of actors get together once again and do their thing (and do it well). - Zaki's Corner EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 28, 2019
C- 37% Glass (2019) Despite being a critique of superhero tropes at a time when those tropes have never been more ubiquitous, Glass never quite gels in a way that lives up to the promise of its premise - Zaki's Corner EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 24, 2019
D 31% The X-Files: I Want to Believe (The X Files 2) (2008) As I watched, I found myself less engrossed in the various onscreen goings-on than I was in what was going through the actors' heads as they gamely went through their paces. - Zaki's Corner EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 6, 2019
B 60% Non-Stop (2014) Offers enough pulpy pleasures to keep audiences engaged and invested during its breezy 106 minutes, but they're just as likely to leave it on the tarmac once the ride is over. - Zaki's Corner EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2018
B+ 76% Noah (2014) Noah is a worthy, ambitious mess of a movie, and as a deeply personal new take on an old tale, it's the kind of mess we could use a bit more often from Hollywood. - Zaki's Corner EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2018
D+ 11% A Night at the Roxbury (1998) There just isn't very much going on that's terribly funny. - Zaki's Corner EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2018
A 93% The Nice Guys (2016) Who says nice guys can't finish first occasionally? - Zaki's Corner EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2018
B- 23% Need For Speed (2014) A satisfying bit of here-and-gone sensory stimulation that delivers exactly the kind of high-octane, high-velocity thrills promised by the title. - Zaki's Corner EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2018
A 93% Bumblebee (2018) The most emotionally resonant and fulfilling Transformers since the feature series first rolled out in 2007. - Zaki's Corner EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2018
B 65% Aquaman (2018) It's big and splashy, a visual feast with real stakes, but also with an earnestness it wears proudly on its sleeve. - Zaki's Corner EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2018
A 97% Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018) This is a love letter to the entire five-plus decades of Spider-Man's history. Genuine stakes, genuine heart, and genuine laughs. - Zaki's Corner EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 17, 2018
D 15% Robin Hood (2018) I'm seriously done with ever needing another telling for the rest of my life. Done done done. - Zaki's Corner EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 10, 2018
B- 29% Punisher: War Zone (2008) Punisher: War Zone proudly wears its ambitions on its sleeve, and delivers exactly what its title promises. - Zaki's Corner EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2018
B 80% Muppets Most Wanted (2014) It's pretty tough to criticize something that stands as such a stubborn testament to the simple, tactile power of felt and fur to draw in and retain our interest and emotional investment. - Zaki's Corner EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 26, 2018
C 30% The Monuments Men (2014) The rare misfire from a helmer who usually evinces just as much self-assuredness behind the camera as he so easily embodies in front of it. - Zaki's Corner EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 26, 2018
C+ 58% Money Monster (2016) It's popcorn catharsis that lets the audience see the bad guys hoisted by their petard, however briefly, while cheering from the sidelines. - Zaki's Corner EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 26, 2018
D 33% A Million Ways to Die in the West (2014) The problem with the film is that Seth MacFarlane (the director) has been tasked with making a leading man out of Seth MacFarlane (the actor). - Zaki's Corner EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 26, 2018
B 51% Meet Joe Black (1998) Meet Joe Black marks the latest in a succession of strong turns by Anthony Hopkins. More than even [Brad] Pitt, the film serves as a showcase for the versatile and talented Oscar winner. - Philadelphia Weekly EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 26, 2018