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
A Zack Snyder's Justice League (2021) Zaki Hasan The changes in both tone and tempo are so multitudinous as to make Zack Snyder's Justice League essentially a different movie. Not so much an extended cut or a director's cut, but the definitive cut. EDIT
Posted Mar 18, 2021
B- Wonder Woman 1984 (2020) Zaki Hasan Wonder Woman 1984 is mostly fine -- I certainly didn't regret having watched it -- but it's disposable and surface-level in a way the first one wasn't. EDIT
Posted Dec 25, 2020
B Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) (2020) Zaki Hasan It's not about stopping a blue beam that's shooting into the sky. Instead, it's about a group of very different women learning to value each other while kicking a lot of tail along the way. EDIT
Posted Feb 20, 2020
B- Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (2019) Zaki Hasan A marked qualitative step down from its immediate predecessor, but it nonetheless ably closes the book on the Skywalker Saga (for now) and proves the Force is still a force. EDIT
Posted Dec 18, 2019
C It: Chapter Two (2019) Zaki Hasan As the ballyhooed wrap-up to a collective five-hour epic, It: Chapter Two feels rushed in a way that's frankly perplexing given how much time is spent on the slow burn for the first two thirds. EDIT
Posted Nov 19, 2019
C Terminator: Dark Fate (2019) Zaki Hasan It all has a bit of a karaoke feel. Preexisting archetypes go through predetermined plot points in hopes of arriving at a preordained sequel. We've done this before. We're going to do this again. EDIT
Posted Nov 1, 2019
C Maleficent: Mistress of Evil (2019) Zaki Hasan Jolie is great, Pfeiffer is great, but despite its lead character's impressive wingspan, this second Maleficent fails to cast much of a shadow. EDIT
Posted Oct 29, 2019
C- Gemini Man (2019) Zaki Hasan It checks all the requisite boxes, but also comes off like a wayward artifact from a bygone era. EDIT
Posted Oct 13, 2019
B Joker (2019) Zaki Hasan Joker is raw, unsettling, and experimental, anchored by an absolutely mesmerizing central performance. EDIT
Posted Oct 5, 2019
D Rambo: Last Blood (2019) Zaki Hasan The character deserved better than Last Blood, and so did we. EDIT
Posted Oct 1, 2019
C- Never Been Kissed (1999) Zaki Hasan Attempts to tap into the sense of missed opportunity that one inevitably leaves high school with. Unfortunately, it fails to offer anything other than that same old crop of clichés. EDIT
Posted Aug 28, 2019
C Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw (2019) Zaki Hasan While Johnson and Statham have bags of charisma to spare, all that does is keep this from being worse than it is. EDIT
Posted Aug 15, 2019
C The Lion King (2019) Zaki Hasan No doubt, it's impressive to look at. A visual feast. But it also lifts its heart and emotion wholesale from the 1994 version and counts on your preexisting affinity to carry the day. EDIT
Posted Jul 31, 2019
B+ Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) Zaki Hasan A sterling example of the MCU at its best: Likable hero, interesting villain, compelling premise, solid performances all around. EDIT
Posted Jul 15, 2019
C The Ghost and the Darkness (1996) Zaki Hasan Hopkins' direction is competent, and Goldman's screenplay merely serves its purpose. EDIT
Posted Jun 23, 2019
JFK (1991) Zaki Hasan JFK is so effective that regardless of one's agreement or disagreement with the conclusions director Stone draws from his considerable research, there is simply no denying its success as a work of remarkable persuasive power. EDIT
Posted Jun 16, 2019
C+ Men in Black: International (2019) Zaki Hasan MIB: International is a bit like the CSI: Miami of alien hunting sci-fi action-comedies. Sure, it'll do in a pinch if that's what you're in the mood for, yet it lacks the extra something that made the original stand apart. EDIT
Posted Jun 14, 2019
C+ Dark Phoenix (2019) Zaki Hasan Dark Phoenix feels in many ways like a vestigial remnant from a past life, but it's also one last hurrah for a series that's been a steady presence for almost twenty years. EDIT
Posted Jun 6, 2019
B Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019) Zaki Hasan This is a deeply silly movie that knows when to play things totally straight. That might sound like damning it with faint praise, but it's really not. EDIT
Posted May 31, 2019
C Aladdin (2019) Zaki Hasan If you're a fan of the original, one has to wonder, why not just watch that? Why indulge the company's incessant need to churn out this endless parade of karaoke cosplays instead of giving us whole new worlds? EDIT
Posted May 24, 2019
B John Wick: Chapter 3 -- Parabellum (2019) Zaki Hasan This isn't a movie you watch for story, but the stuff you do watch for is present in ample supply. EDIT
Posted May 23, 2019
B- Pokémon Detective Pikachu (2019) Zaki Hasan As someone far outside the target demo, I found Detective Pikachu unobjectionable, if forgettable. But as for the generation(s) steeped in the minutia of this stuff? Warner Brothers is sure to catch them all. EDIT
Posted May 10, 2019
A Avengers: Endgame (2019) Zaki Hasan Spellbinding, surprising, and immensely satisfying. Eleven years, twenty-two films, one singular cinematic achievement the likes of which we've never seen before and aren't likely to again for a long time to come EDIT
Posted Apr 25, 2019
D Hellboy (2019) Zaki Hasan Imagine a film where almost every single creative choice constitutes some kind of a misstep, and you have a sense of what this is like. EDIT
Posted Apr 12, 2019
B Meet Joe Black (1998) Zaki Hasan 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. EDIT
Posted Apr 11, 2019
A Star Trek Beyond (2016) Zaki Hasan A welcome refresh that again grounds the series in the spirit of idealism and optimism that were at the forefront of creator Gene Roddenberry's thinking, and which have no expiration date. EDIT
Posted Apr 11, 2019
C+ Star Trek Into Darkness (2013) Zaki Hasan Gleefully scavenges familiar moments from prior iterations of the brand, but with none of the accrued emotional heft. EDIT
Posted Apr 11, 2019
A Star Trek (2009) Zaki Hasan The 2009 model Star Trek is laced with the fresh thrill of discovery. EDIT
Posted Apr 11, 2019
D Star Trek: Nemesis (2002) Zaki Hasan The least involving, least cohesive movie in the entire ten picture catalog. EDIT
Posted Apr 11, 2019
C- Star Trek: Insurrection (1998) Zaki Hasan Content to skate on the pre-existing audience's fondness for these characters and the Star Trek brand. EDIT
Posted Apr 11, 2019
A- Star Trek: First Contact (1996) Zaki Hasan First Contact just works. It works as a rousing chapter in the Star Trek saga, and to a lesser extent it works as mainstream entertainment EDIT
Posted Apr 11, 2019
C- Star Trek Generations (1994) Zaki Hasan Pretty much everything from the time Kirk leaves to the time he reappears is a distraction. EDIT
Posted Apr 11, 2019
C James and the Giant Peach (1996) Zaki Hasan ...valiantly attempts to convey the amazement and childlike sense-of-wonder so characteristic of the late Dahl's books, and while it does succeed occasionally, more often than not it falls flat. EDIT
Posted Apr 11, 2019
B+ The World Is Not Enough (1999) Zaki Hasan All the various gears and pulleys that go together to make a Bond film run like a well-oiled machine are at work here. EDIT
Posted Apr 9, 2019
B+ Shazam! (2019) Zaki Hasan Shazam! has big action, big laughs, and a big heart underneath. EDIT
Posted Apr 8, 2019
A Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country (1991) Zaki Hasan It's at once gripping, humorous, emotional, and immensely satisfying. An appropriate and fitting farewell to the finest crew in the fleet. EDIT
Posted Apr 8, 2019
C Star Trek V: The Final Frontier (1989) Zaki Hasan The real tragedy of Trek V is that there are faint glimmers throughout, poking through the wreckage, of the deeper meaning the filmmakers were striving for. EDIT
Posted Apr 8, 2019
B+ Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home (1986) Zaki Hasan The marching orders here were for a romp, and a romp they produced. EDIT
Posted Apr 8, 2019
B Star Trek III: The Search for Spock (1984) Zaki Hasan Star Trek III does what it needs to do by restoring part of the original status quo and setting up a new one to be resolved at a later date. EDIT
Posted Apr 8, 2019
A+ Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (1982) Zaki Hasan Signaled the transformation of Star Trek from 'cult' into 'franchise,' providing a creative lease on life that would power the movie series for the next twenty years. EDIT
Posted Apr 8, 2019
C+ Star Trek: The Motion Picture (1979) Zaki Hasan The first earnest attempt to foster large scale public interest in a moribund property that had survived up to that point solely on the enthusiasm of its small, devoted following. EDIT
Posted Apr 8, 2019
A+ Spotlight (2015) Zaki Hasan Riveting and ceaselessly compelling, while also illustrating the inherent nobility of reporters hitting the streets and chasing down leads and finding sources. EDIT
Posted Apr 8, 2019
C Dumbo (2019) Zaki Hasan While Burton puts all of his considerable expertise to work in Dumbo to make us believe an elephant can fly, it'd take even more than he can muster to make us believe that it needs to. EDIT
Posted Apr 2, 2019
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