Zaki's Corner

Zaki's Corner is not a Tomatometer-approved publication. Reviews from this publication only count toward the Tomatometer when written by the following Tomatometer-approved critic(s): Zaki Hasan
Rating Title/Year Author
Spider-Man 3 (2007) Zaki Hasan A forced, altogether unsatisfying conclusion to a series that had hit some pretty satisfying creative highs during its short lifespan. EDIT
Posted Mar 22, 2019
Spider-Man 2 (2004) Zaki Hasan Displays the kind of poise and confidence that can only happen when you're following on from a critical smash that also became one of the most successful movies of all time. EDIT
Posted Mar 22, 2019
Spider-Man (2002) Zaki Hasan Watching Spider-Man today, it's easy to see why it worked as well as it did, while also fully acknowledging those parts of the machinery that have gathered some rust in the interim. EDIT
Posted Mar 22, 2019
A Sicario (2015) Zaki Hasan Not merely an engrossing drama. Not merely a challenging thriller. One of the best movies of the year. EDIT
Posted Mar 22, 2019
C+ Captain Marvel (2019) Zaki Hasan A rare misstep from a franchise factory that otherwise strides the movie landscape so assuredly. EDIT
Posted Mar 7, 2019
B Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows (2011) Zaki Hasan 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. EDIT
Posted Feb 16, 2019
B+ Sherlock Holmes (2009) Zaki Hasan 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. EDIT
Posted Feb 16, 2019
A Selma (2014) Zaki Hasan 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. EDIT
Posted Feb 16, 2019
B- The Siege (1998) Zaki Hasan Unfortunately, the movie's ignorant portrayals of other cultures while espousing a message of brotherhood comes across as not a little hypocritical. EDIT
Posted Feb 16, 2019
C San Andreas (2015) Zaki Hasan Per San Andreas, if the big one hits, just sit back, cross your fingers, and wish the Rock was your dad. EDIT
Posted Feb 16, 2019
C+ Alita: Battle Angel (2019) Zaki Hasan Never quite manages to be more than the sum of its many engaging parts. EDIT
Posted Feb 16, 2019
B- Sabotage (2014) Zaki Hasan 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. EDIT
Posted Feb 13, 2019
C Robin Hood (2010) Zaki Hasan 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. EDIT
Posted Feb 5, 2019
A Creed (2015) Zaki Hasan 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 EDIT
Posted Feb 4, 2019
Rocky Balboa (2006) Zaki Hasan The premise of Rocky Balboa is pretty preposterous, yet somehow it manages to work because Stallone imbues the proceedings with such heart and pathos. EDIT
Posted Feb 4, 2019
Rocky V (1990) Zaki Hasan 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. EDIT
Posted Feb 4, 2019
Rocky IV (1985) Zaki Hasan 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. EDIT
Posted Feb 4, 2019
Rocky III (1982) Zaki Hasan 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. EDIT
Posted Feb 4, 2019
Rocky II (1979) Zaki Hasan 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. EDIT
Posted Feb 4, 2019
Rocky (1976) Zaki Hasan 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. EDIT
Posted Feb 4, 2019
C Ronin (1998) Zaki Hasan Weaves a complex (and convoluted) tapestry of danger, betrayal, and a seemingly unending stream of car chases. EDIT
Posted Feb 4, 2019
B+ Rosewater (2014) Zaki Hasan [Jon] Stewart has made a confident entree onto the directing scene that demands to be noticed. EDIT
Posted Feb 4, 2019
B+ Rumble in the Bronx (1995) Zaki Hasan 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! EDIT
Posted Feb 4, 2019
King Kong (2005) Zaki Hasan 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. EDIT
Posted Feb 4, 2019
Munich (2005) Zaki Hasan Munich is a film that not only needed to be made, but one that could only be made by Steven Spielberg. EDIT
Posted Feb 4, 2019
A Ransom (1996) Zaki Hasan Ransom represents the rare breed of Hollywood thriller, combining crackerjack thrills with an intelligent, plausible, and dramatic script. EDIT
Posted Feb 4, 2019
B+ Rambo (2008) Zaki Hasan 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. EDIT
Posted Feb 4, 2019
B Quantum of Solace (2008) Zaki Hasan 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. EDIT
Posted Feb 4, 2019
B Prometheus (2012) Zaki Hasan Even when its reach doesn't quite meet its grasp, it still deserves to be seen. EDIT
Posted Jan 28, 2019
B- Predators (2010) Zaki Hasan Comfortably sits just ahead of the second [Predator], and miles ahead of the two Alien crossovers. EDIT
Posted Jan 28, 2019
C- Pixels (2015) Zaki Hasan Can never quite muster the interest or ability to make us look past the inherent ridiculousness of its premise. EDIT
Posted Jan 28, 2019
A Pleasantville (1998) Zaki Hasan Its true strength lies in what it says not only about life, but about ourselves. EDIT
Posted Jan 28, 2019
C- Oz the Great and Powerful (2013) Zaki Hasan 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. EDIT
Posted Jan 28, 2019
On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969) Zaki Hasan The single most emotionally charged and unexpectedly fulfilling entry in the entire [Bond] series. EDIT
Posted Jan 28, 2019
A- October Sky (1999) Zaki Hasan 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. EDIT
Posted Jan 28, 2019
B+ Office Space (1999) Zaki Hasan 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. EDIT
Posted Jan 28, 2019
A Ocean's Thirteen (2007) Zaki Hasan A chance to watch this skillful coterie of actors get together once again and do their thing (and do it well). EDIT
Posted Jan 28, 2019
C- Glass (2019) Zaki Hasan 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 EDIT
Posted Jan 24, 2019
D The X-Files: I Want to Believe (2008) Zaki Hasan 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. EDIT
Posted Jan 6, 2019
B Non-Stop (2014) Zaki Hasan 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. EDIT
Posted Dec 21, 2018
B+ Noah (2014) Zaki Hasan 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. EDIT
Posted Dec 21, 2018
D+ A Night at the Roxbury (1998) Zaki Hasan There just isn't very much going on that's terribly funny. EDIT
Posted Dec 21, 2018
A The Nice Guys (2016) Zaki Hasan Who says nice guys can't finish first occasionally? EDIT
Posted Dec 21, 2018
B- Need for Speed (2014) Zaki Hasan A satisfying bit of here-and-gone sensory stimulation that delivers exactly the kind of high-octane, high-velocity thrills promised by the title. EDIT
Posted Dec 21, 2018
A Bumblebee (2018) Zaki Hasan The most emotionally resonant and fulfilling Transformers since the feature series first rolled out in 2007. EDIT
Posted Dec 21, 2018
B Aquaman (2018) Zaki Hasan It's big and splashy, a visual feast with real stakes, but also with an earnestness it wears proudly on its sleeve. EDIT
Posted Dec 19, 2018
A Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018) Zaki Hasan This is a love letter to the entire five-plus decades of Spider-Man's history. Genuine stakes, genuine heart, and genuine laughs. EDIT
Posted Dec 17, 2018
D Robin Hood (2018) Zaki Hasan I'm seriously done with ever needing another telling for the rest of my life. Done done done. EDIT
Posted Dec 10, 2018
B- Punisher: War Zone (2008) Zaki Hasan Punisher: War Zone proudly wears its ambitions on its sleeve, and delivers exactly what its title promises. EDIT
Posted Dec 6, 2018
B Muppets Most Wanted (2014) Zaki Hasan 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. EDIT
Posted Nov 26, 2018