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      Erik Kain

      Erik Kain

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      Erik Kain writes about movies, TV shows and video games at Forbes.


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      Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
      Barbie (2023) The ribald humor is just clever enough to please older viewers while flying over younger viewers’ heads. - Forbes
      Read More | Posted Jul 24, 2023
      Oppenheimer (2023) It's the delivery that leaves me a little cold, a little dizzy but not fun-dizzy. The twists that make a film like Interstellar so powerful simply don't work in a true story quite as effectively. - Forbes
      Read More | Posted Jul 21, 2023
      Mission: Impossible - Dead Reckoning, Part One (2023) Mission Impossible: Dead Reckoning Part One is a gripping, exciting, often quite funny, occasionally quite sad tour de force that unleashes the rambunctious action this franchise is known for in bigger, more audacious ways than ever before. - Forbes
      Read More | Posted Jul 13, 2023
      Asteroid City (2023) At once delightfully quirky, genuinely hilarious and profoundly sad. - Forbes
      Read More | Posted Jul 07, 2023
      The Flash (2023) A dull, overly-saturated CGI action movie mess, that’s both half an hour too long (as per usual!) and rushed. - Forbes
      Read More | Posted Jun 20, 2023
      The Last Kingdom: Seven Kings Must Die (2023) The movie is a rushed mess, trampling over characters from the show, throwing together a conflict that is both jarring and unnecessary, and creating stakes that feel forced at best. It’s hard to care about any of it. - Forbes
      Read More | Posted Jun 13, 2023
      Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse (2023) Across The Spider-Verse is a beautifully animated film that’s bursting with wild color and inventive artwork. It takes everything from the first movie and does it bigger. - Forbes
      Read More | Posted Jun 02, 2023
      The Little Mermaid (2023) This is an absolutely delightful picture and is quite possibly my favorite of all the princess live-action remakes. Much of that is due to the powerful performance -- and singing chops -- of lead Halle Bailey as Ariel. - Forbes
      Read More | Posted May 31, 2023
      Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 (2023) James Gunn sticks the landing with the third and final Guardians movie. It’s an emotionally powerful, wildly inventive, often hilarious tour de force farewell for our ragtag band of intergalactic space heroes. - Forbes
      Read More | Posted May 06, 2023
      The Super Mario Bros. Movie (2023) It’s a great, fun, beautifully animated story of Mario, Luigi, Toad, Peach, Donkey Kong and a colorful, zany cast of Nintendo characters. - Forbes
      Read More | Posted Apr 07, 2023
      Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves (2023) It’s written by people who clearly love D&D. The spirit and humor and silliness and adventure that a good session of tabletop gaming consist of all carry over into this film in the best possible way. - Forbes
      Read More | Posted Mar 20, 2023
      Ant-Man and The Wasp: Quantumania (2023) nt-Man 3 is a fun if predictable superhero movie that gets a few big things wrong, but bounces back on the strength of its leads, with both Paul Rudd and Jonathan Majors knocking it out of the park. - Forbes
      Read More | Posted Feb 23, 2023
      M3GAN (2022) M3GAN leans hard into the genre tropes, often to great success. It’s a movie where half its gags are the titular doll’s facial expressions... No wonder, then, that this is a movie that’s constantly winking at us. - Forbes
      Read More | Posted Jan 10, 2023
      Avatar: The Way of Water (2022) It’s predictable, shallow and bombastic. This is a low-brow action movie dressed in the glitzy trappings of a high-brow sci-fi flick. Once you take off the 3D glasses, or the rose-tinted ones, the illusion is shattered. - Forbes
      Read More | Posted Dec 19, 2022
      Disenchanted (2022) Disenchanted ends up feeling like the kind of movie that’s been stuck in development hell for a decade-and-a-half: Messy, half-baked despite such a long gestation period, and lackluster compared to the original. - Forbes
      Read More | Posted Nov 18, 2022
      Black Adam (2022) Tepid. Lukewarm. Mediocre. Bland. Sluggish. Perfunctory. Dull. Anemic. - Forbes
      Read More | Posted Oct 21, 2022
      Thor: Love and Thunder (2022) If you’re looking for a fun, lighthearted action rom-com with a likable lead and plenty of laughs, Thor vs Gorr with a side of Korg is an enjoyable two-hour diversion. Nothing more, nothing less. - Forbes
      Read More | Posted Jul 11, 2022
      Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness (2022) Doctor Strange In The Multiverse Of Madness is a mostly terrific return to the magical misadventures of Stephen Strange and friends. - Forbes
      Read More | Posted May 09, 2022
      The Northman (2022) It is a visually stunning, breathlessly violent, bone-crushingly metal take on Viking legend. - Forbes
      Read More | Posted Apr 25, 2022
      Uncharted (2022) A fun, rollicking adventure flick with likable protagonists, fun puzzles and big set-pieces -- what’s not to love? Isn’t that basically the gist of the games? - Forbes
      Read More | Posted Feb 23, 2022
      Ghostbusters: Afterlife (2021) It's a great movie in its own right, and honestly it has better pacing than the original. - Forbes
      Read More | Posted Nov 22, 2021
      Eternals (2021) I really enjoyed Eternals despite it being too long, and one of the reasons was the humor. Another was just that it felt kind of quirky and different from most Marvel movies these days. - Forbes
      Read More | Posted Nov 08, 2021
      Dune (2021) Dune is a visual feast and a space opera tour de force that should please fans of the novel despite some small changes and its missing final act. - Forbes
      Read More | Posted Oct 25, 2021
      The Witcher: Nightmare of the Wolf (2021) All told, Nightmare of the Wolf is a welcome addition to the books, shows and video games in the ever-expanding Witcher universe. - Forbes
      Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2021
      Fear Street Part One: 1994 (2021) Far from a subversion of the genre or a fun homage to 90s' horror, Fear Street: 1994 is derivative, shallow and painfully generic, playing it safe at almost every turn. - Forbes
      Read More | Posted Jul 07, 2021
      Black Widow (2021) Black Widow mixes great action with a tedious script, predictable plot and overly long runtime. The results are mixed. - Forbes
      Read More | Posted Jul 02, 2021
      Cruella (2021) The performances are solid, the casting is great and the costumes -- well the costumes are gorgeous. But Cruella plays it too safe and never really finds its feet, let alone its voice. - Forbes
      Read More | Posted Jun 01, 2021
      Army Of The Dead (2021) Army of the Dead is good mindless fun, but it's far too derivative to ever be truly great-even as a zombie flick. - Forbes
      Read More | Posted Jun 01, 2021
      Mortal Kombat (2021) Mortal Kombat is one of those rarest of creatures: a video game movie adaptation that actually works, and does so by leaning into everything that makes both video games and movies fun. - Forbes
      Read More | Posted Apr 26, 2021
      Wonder Woman 1984 (2020) It's not as good as the first one, but I enjoyed it a lot more than most of the DCEU movies, including Aquaman and Justice League. Perhaps I would have liked it better if the first Wonder Woman wasn't so many leaps and bounds better. - Forbes
      Read More | Posted Jan 04, 2021
      Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) (2020) The humor and zany action throughout the film were on point, and Robbie is clearly having a great time as Harley Quinn, a role she was born to play. - Forbes
      Read More | Posted Feb 10, 2020
      Jumanji: The Next Level (2019) Go see it on the biggest screen with the best sound you can find and enjoy it for what it is -- a charming, funny movie about being stuck in a video game with some of cinema's most endearing stars. - Forbes
      Read More | Posted Dec 18, 2019
      John Wick: Chapter 2 (2017) In the end it's a shallow sort of fun, a flimsy facsimile of the first film's frenetic genius. Perhaps this was an action movie that didn't need a sequel, after all. - Forbes
      Read More | Posted May 31, 2017
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