Jam! Movies

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Rating Title/Year Author
3.5/5 Paper Towns (2015) Jim Slotek For all the drama and comedy, nothing much really happens in it - other than the palpable maturation of nearly every character in less than two hours. EDIT
Posted Jul 23, 2015
3/5 Southpaw (2015) Liz Braun Despite brilliant fight scenes and impressive performances, Southpaw is brought down by ham-handed storytelling. EDIT
Posted Jul 23, 2015
3/5 Pixels (2015) Bruce Kirkland Pixels requires a lot of disbelief, but it is a blast to behold and a good way to see Sandler do something at a higher level. EDIT
Posted Jul 22, 2015
X-Men (2000) Louis B. Hobson The best news is that you don't even have to know what a Marvel Comic is to enjoy X-Men. EDIT
Posted Jul 15, 2015
3.5/5 Ant-Man (2015) Steve Tilley Ant-Man is an entertaining blend of a superhero origin story and a caper film, the funniest and most grounded Marvel movie to date. EDIT
Posted Jul 15, 2015
2.5/5 Minions (2015) Steve Tilley An entire movie about them feels like eating a bowl of pure sugar. Which means very young kids will love it, while adults might feel a bit nauseous by the end. EDIT
Posted Jul 9, 2015
2/5 Terminator Genisys (2015) Bruce Kirkland Terminator Genisys does not just reboot the famous franchise, it puts the boots to all the earlier films, their iconic characters and any fans who expected T5 to show more respect for the origins of James Cameron's man vs. machine saga. EDIT
Posted Jun 30, 2015
2.5/5 Magic Mike XXL (2015) Bruce Kirkland A sloppy and often silly road movie that takes most of the same characters we met in 2012 and gives them a last hurrah as macho male entertainers. EDIT
Posted Jun 29, 2015
3/5 Ted 2 (2015) Jim Slotek It gave me at least eight good laughs - mostly from set pieces that had nothing to do with the story. Your mileage may vary. EDIT
Posted Jun 25, 2015
E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982) Louis B. Hobson Time has done little to diminish the power of E.T.'s signature moments. EDIT
Posted Jun 19, 2015
4.5/5 Inside Out (2015) Bruce Kirkland A near-perfect balance of humour, pathos, adventure and poignant emotion. That makes it great entertainment for children and adults. The film is sophisticated, intelligent and heartfelt -- plus a ton of fun, too. EDIT
Posted Jun 18, 2015
2/5 Jurassic World (2015) Bruce Kirkland Compared to Steven Spielberg's much-loved original, this fourth instalment in the franchise is a cruel joke. EDIT
Posted Jun 11, 2015
1.5/5 Insidious: Chapter 3 (2015) Bruce Kirkland What a disappointment this is. Especially coming after Chapters 1 and 2, which both delivered the frights with a slow burn mixed with ingenuity and style. EDIT
Posted Jun 4, 2015
4.5/5 Entourage (2015) Bruce Kirkland It is Piven who is the Gorilla Glue that holds this whole enterprise together. Without Piven's creative insanity, Entourage would not work this well again. EDIT
Posted Jun 2, 2015
2/5 Poltergeist (2015) Liz Braun The audience isn't invested in the characters or their fate. Bit of a problem. EDIT
Posted May 22, 2015
4/5 Tomorrowland (2015) Bruce Kirkland Tomorrowland may be structurally flawed, but it is also wonderfully imaginative, visually arresting and completely daring. That makes it a winner for audiences willing to submit to the awkward flow of the narrative. EDIT
Posted May 21, 2015
Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 (2015) Bruce Kirkland It is listless, boring and as flat to the floor as Paul Blart when he slams down in a coma or gets knocked down by a villain, a vehicle or a horse's hind hoof. EDIT
Posted Apr 17, 2015
4.5/5 Furious 7 (2015) Bruce Kirkland Loud, long and laughably over-the-top, Furious 7 is one of the best pure action movies ever made. EDIT
Posted Apr 2, 2015
2.5/5 Get Hard (2015) Steve Tilley It's like a chocolate wrapped in poop and then dipped in more chocolate. There's no way to enjoy it without tasting some crap. EDIT
Posted Mar 26, 2015
1.5/5 Unfinished Business (2015) Bruce Kirkland Unfinished Business has a big heart, a tiny brain and a lot of bad attitude. That turns it into a murky mess as a movie. EDIT
Posted Mar 6, 2015
3/5 Chappie (2015) Liz Braun An uneasy mix of action and philosophy, with simplistic notions of good and evil and mother love proving to be a distraction from the main event. EDIT
Posted Mar 5, 2015
Gladiator (2000) Randall King By emphasizing big battles and spilled blood, Scott banks on the hope the movie audience will be no more discerning than the Colosseum's screaming mob. EDIT
Posted Feb 22, 2015
1/5 Fifty Shades of Grey (2015) Bruce Kirkland Fifty Shades of Grey only has one shade: tedious self-pity. The other 49 shades promised in the title are missing from the movie version of the infamous novel. EDIT
Posted Feb 12, 2015
2/5 The Boy Next Door (2015) Liz Braun The well-written thriller is a masterpiece of tension, brought to life by strong performances, a clever plot and ... yeah, of course we're joking. It's a crap movie. EDIT
Posted Jan 22, 2015
1.5/5 Taken 3 (2014) Bruce Kirkland With his quirks and thoughtful manner, Whitaker seems to be in a different movie. Neeson knows better, just going through the motions and spouting the idiotic dialogue that Besson and Kamen cooked up in English and Russian. EDIT
Posted Jan 9, 2015
4.5/5 The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014) Bruce Kirkland Wes Anderson's latest opus, The Grand Budapest Hotel, is bloody bonkers and simply splendid. EDIT
Posted Jan 2, 2015
3.5/5 The Gambler (2014) Bruce Kirkland At the risk of overselling what is a good but not great movie, The Gambler is a slick, stylish thriller about gambling, self-destruction and personal redemption. EDIT
Posted Dec 23, 2014
3/5 The Interview (2014) Bruce Kirkland It may be profane and sloppy and silly and insulting to the North Koreans, but The Interview is a guilty pleasure. EDIT
Posted Dec 18, 2014
The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies (2014) Bruce Kirkland The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies is a thrilling and a fitting end to an extraordinary fantasy adventure. EDIT
Posted Dec 16, 2014
4/5 The Imitation Game (2014) Bruce Kirkland There is nothing unique about the film itself - except for the mesmerizing performance by Benedict Cumberbatch in the lead role. EDIT
Posted Dec 11, 2014
3/5 Corner Gas: The Movie (2014) Jim Slotek It is about as good and authentic and funny as we could expect of a movie based on a TV series about almost nothing. EDIT
Posted Dec 1, 2014
2.5/5 Horrible Bosses 2 (2014) Bruce Kirkland Too episodic, too halting, too disjointed to be credited as an accomplished comedy. EDIT
Posted Nov 26, 2014
4/5 The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1 (2014) Bruce Kirkland Mockingjay - Part 1 is as dingy and dark as Blade Runner, but just as fascinating. No more party dresses catching fire. No more fantasy games. In their place is a war tableau that seems realistic, even if this is a futuristic fantasy film. EDIT
Posted Nov 20, 2014
1/4 Dumb and Dumber To (2014) Bruce Kirkland What seemed fresh and silly and naive and hilarious in 1994 - like the cascading joke sequence about the most annoying sound in the world - now seems contrived and repetitive and sometimes repulsive. EDIT
Posted Nov 13, 2014
4.5/5 Interstellar (2014) Bruce Kirkland Interstellar is the most ambitious, intelligent and daring space epic since Stanley Kubrick's masterpiece, 2001: A Space Odyssey. EDIT
Posted Nov 4, 2014
3.5/5 Fury (2014) Bruce Kirkland War really is hell, and Fury shows how. EDIT
Posted Oct 16, 2014
Alien (1979) Derek Tse This 1979 horror-sci-fi masterpiece still holds up remarkably well on the big screen, a testament to the skill of director Ridley Scott. EDIT
Posted Oct 15, 2014
1/5 Left Behind (2014) Liz Braun When you are following in the footsteps of Kirk Cameron, nothing good can come from that. EDIT
Posted Oct 3, 2014
4/5 Gone Girl (2014) Liz Braun Even those who have read Gillian Flynn's novel can expect to be surprised by the jolts and jumps in David Fincher's take on events. EDIT
Posted Sep 29, 2014
2.5/5 The Maze Runner (2014) Jim Slotek The movie whets the viewer's appetite, and then offers up nothing but loose ends and strained credulity. EDIT
Posted Sep 19, 2014
3/5 Swearnet (2014) Liz Braun It just gets sort of stupid. And the movie is too long. But these are minor quibbles. EDIT
Posted Aug 29, 2014
2.5/5 The Calling (2014) Liz Braun It comes to the screen as a clumsy tale, alas, but a strong cast that includes Oscar winner Susan Sarandon elevates matters somewhat. EDIT
Posted Aug 29, 2014
Chicken Run (2000) Louis B. Hobson The claymation comedy Chicken Run is eggsactly what the doctor ordered. It's a witty, high-spirited adventure that will appeal to moviegoers of all ages. Call it chicken soup for the funny bone. EDIT
Posted Aug 24, 2014
Chicken Run (2000) Randall King Indeed, it's the best movie comedy to come out of England since Monty Python packed up the circus. EDIT
Posted Aug 24, 2014
3.5/5 Frank Miller's Sin City: A Dame to Kill For (2014) Bruce Kirkland With nine years gone since the first Sin City film, it was way too long, yet well worth the wait, to finally get the sequel. EDIT
Posted Aug 21, 2014
2.5/5 The Expendables 3 (2014) Steve Tilley The Expendables 3 is like a joke that's been told too many times to still be funny. EDIT
Posted Aug 15, 2014
2.5/5 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014) Steve Tilley I never thought I'd say these words, but here they are: I wish there was more Michael Bay in this movie. EDIT
Posted Aug 7, 2014
4.5/5 Guardians of the Galaxy (2014) Bruce Kirkland The Marvel Cinematic Universe was getting a little too safe and dangerously repetitive. Guardians of the Galaxy gleefully breaks all the rules. EDIT
Posted Jul 29, 2014
3/5 Hercules (2014) Bruce Kirkland Idiocy and excess is rarely this much fun - but Brett Ratner's Hercules is just the kind of macho madness that this comic book version of the myth requires when Dwayne Johnson is the chosen one. EDIT
Posted Jul 25, 2014
Bless the Child (2000) Louis B. Hobson Bless the Child is unsettling but it is never really terrifying. It's closer to a scary dream than a true nightmare. EDIT
Posted Jul 22, 2014