Trades

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Rating Title/Year Author
A+ Pacific Rim (2013) Raul Burriel ...a jaw-dropping epic of monstrous proportions. EDIT
Posted Jul 12, 2013
F The Lone Ranger (2003) Raul Burriel It tries to mix poignancy with it's humor, offering up a couple of scenes that give off an extreme commentary of the genocide of the Indians during the old west, but just as quickly as these intense scenes end, they get punctuated with a joke... EDIT
Posted Jul 9, 2013
- Man of Steel (2013) Darren Goodhart Zack Snyder was certainly the right man for the job in bringing to life a new Superman for a new generation and I can only hope that Warners is wise enough to put him in charge for any further sequels as well. EDIT
Posted Jun 18, 2013
B+ Man of Steel (2013) Raul Burriel ...there is no rust on this Man of Steel! EDIT
Posted Jun 11, 2013
A Star Trek Into Darkness (2013) Darren Goodhart The film absolutely looks fantastic from all facets; production design, cinematography, and the look of the cast. EDIT
Posted May 21, 2013
A Hating Breitbart (2012) R.J. Carter It was the novelist Gustave Flaubert who said, "You can calculate the worth of a man by the number of his enemies, and the importance of a work of art by the harm that is spoken of it." EDIT
Posted May 21, 2013
The Adjustment Bureau (2011) Darren Goodhart Needs adjustments in plot and pacing EDIT
Posted Mar 8, 2011
A+ Toy Story 3 (2010) Darren Goodhart Pixar Knocks Another One Out of the Park with Toy Story 3 EDIT
Posted Jun 20, 2010
B+ Iron Man 2 (2010) Raul Burriel Is it better than the original? Probably not, but it acknowledges the source material and is a lot of fun -- what more could you ask for from a superhero flick? EDIT
Posted May 14, 2010
F Robin Hood (2010) Raul Burriel The star power of Russell Crowe and Cate Blanchett is not enough to save what is easily Ridley Scott's worst film. EDIT
Posted May 14, 2010
A- The Dark Knight (2008) R.J. Carter Nolan delivers a complex and intricate storyline... Ledger's Joker... is already stirring up Academy Award nomination rumors -- and deservedly so. EDIT
Posted Jul 15, 2008
A Kung Fu Panda (2008) Jim Pappas Kung Fu Panda is a genuine treat for young and old alike. Perfectly cast and perfectly executed, this film will find you smiling and dreaming of what might be as you leave the theater. EDIT
Posted Jun 1, 2008
B Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (2008) Jim Pappas "Indiana Jones and the Kingdom Of The Crystal Skull" represents a return to those elements that made "Raiders of The Lost Ark" such a success. EDIT
Posted May 20, 2008
B+ The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian (2008) Doug DeBolt Prince Caspian shows that with age come responsibilities, as well as distasteful things like evil and wars. But it also shows that, in spite of such things, there is hope for peace in the midst of confusion. And that's a welcome message in any world. EDIT
Posted May 19, 2008
B Priceless (2006) Jonathan Baylis the film can't match Breakfast at Tiffany's desperation for true love once it's actually found and can't match the stakes that make that classic's conclusion one of the great romantic endings in film history. EDIT
Posted Mar 30, 2008
B Cloverfield (2008) Jonathan Baylis the choice you guys made to basically mimic, shot-for-shot, footage from 9-11 of a falling building with the following cloud of smoke and dust and shots of people fleeing for their lives, is utterly insensitive and incredibly offensive to this born and br EDIT
Posted Mar 19, 2008
Ratatouille (2007) Paul Schultz The attention to detail is extraordinary, from scratches visible on the well-used copper cooking pots, to the faint detection of a racing heartbeat causing Remy's chest to move in and out. EDIT
Posted Jul 14, 2007
A Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End (2007) R.J. Carter ...packed with some hilarious humor, heroism, cowardice, love, and sacrifice, all of which leads up to an ending that's satisfying and simultaneously a tragedy of epic proportions. EDIT
Posted May 24, 2007
A- Shrek the Third (2007) Jim Pappas Arguably the best of the now 3 Shrek films, Shrek the Third is charming, funny, and intelligent. EDIT
Posted May 17, 2007
A+ Provoked (2007) R.J. Carter ...a deeply touching film, perfectly paced with believable performances from all involved. EDIT
Posted May 11, 2007
D+ The Ex (1996) Max Braden ...mostly clunky and feels like an empty, overlong television dramedy. EDIT
Posted May 11, 2007
A Paris, je t'aime (2006) Jim Pappas Love, does indeed, conquer all. So, even if you're the vanquished in the struggle, you win. EDIT
Posted May 4, 2007
A- Brooklyn Rules (2007) R.J. Carter ...a great, memorable story, full of climactic moments that serve to define the relationships between the three principals. EDIT
Posted May 3, 2007
B- Civic Duty (2006) R.J. Carter The story definitely went in surprising directions, and there's just enough left unexplained to leave the audience wondering after the credits have rolled -- was there truly something for Terry to have worried about? EDIT
Posted May 3, 2007
B+ Spider-Man 3 (2007) Jim Pappas All hail Spider-Man, and the franchise lives on . . . EDIT
Posted Apr 30, 2007
B+ Vacancy (2007) Scott Juba Chances are that almost everyone has at least one horror story of a lousy motel visit. After watching Vacancy, you likely won't complain about yours any more. EDIT
Posted Apr 28, 2007
B Disturbia (2007) Ted Porter A kind of "Rear Window" for the teen set, the new thriller "Disturbia" transports the themes and plot points of Hitchcock's masterpiece into the digital age. As might be expected, it falls far short of matching its predecessor.. EDIT
Posted Apr 21, 2007
C Perfect Stranger (2007) Ted Porter Far-fetched situations abound, and much of the dialogue is obvious or over the top in its effort to be by turns intense, shocking, risqué, or clever, with the result that it's rarely any of those things. EDIT
Posted Apr 19, 2007
B- Premonition (2007) Paul Schultz wants to be a whacked-out time-travel thriller, yet it's really an exploration of the breakdown of a marriage. EDIT
Posted Mar 31, 2007
A- After the Wedding (2006) Jim Pappas An honest a film as you'll ever see, there is much one can learn from it. EDIT
Posted Mar 29, 2007
C+ Shooter (2007) Jim Pappas Mark Wahlberg stars as a man whose sense of honor and duty is put to the ultimate test. EDIT
Posted Mar 23, 2007
b- 300 (2006) Jonathan Baylis "300" is a visual masterpiece. Style as far as the widescreen canvas could reach. So much style that it drowns the heart of the story no matter how loud Leonidas (Gerard Butler) screams passionately EDIT
Posted Mar 7, 2007
B+ Tortilla Heaven (2007) R.J. Carter Sandoval delivers a show-stealing performance... You'll want to see it again with new eyes to catch exactly who the sinners and who the saints are. EDIT
Posted Mar 3, 2007
C+ The Number 23 (2007) Scott Juba Adds up to little more than a mediocre moviegoing experience. EDIT
Posted Feb 25, 2007
A- Paprika (2006) Jonathan Baylis a smart, tense, thrill-ride of a movie. This dream noir was fascinating! EDIT
Posted Feb 24, 2007
B- The Astronaut Farmer (2007) Jim Pappas One man, one dream, one spaceship . . . and one family. EDIT
Posted Feb 23, 2007
A- Rocky Balboa (2006) Jonathan Baylis This is a good, solid, moral film. Stallone may not be the greatest writer in the world, but this screenplay is sincere in a way the previous four sequels have missed. It's interesting that this film doesn't have a number attached to it, because it might EDIT
Posted Dec 30, 2006
B () R.J. Carter All in all, "Deck the Halls" is a fun, quirky movie that's capably produced but nonetheless predictable, with very few surprises. EDIT
Posted Dec 10, 2006
C+ The Da Vinci Code (2006) Jonathan Baylis For years I've been saying that Ron Howard is a good director and not a great one. He's not equal to those that some might consider his peers. EDIT
Posted Dec 10, 2006
C+ The Da Vinci Code (2006) Ted Porter In their desire to get things just right, Ron Howard and company have managed to create a safe, respectable movie drained of any real inspiration or hint of provocation. EDIT
Posted Dec 10, 2006
A- Casino Royale (2006) Scott Juba Daniel Craig breathes new life into the stale series and ensures that Bond will continue to be a hero of the silver screen well into this new century. EDIT
Posted Nov 23, 2006
C- Flags of Our Fathers (2006) Jonathan Baylis It tries to paint the moment as more human than heroic. And I get this. But the fact remains, that even though that particular second moment wasn't necessarily heroic, everything that led up to it was. Clint, these guys ARE heroes. They bled for this coun EDIT
Posted Oct 28, 2006
B+ Marie Antoinette (2006) Jonathan Baylis As to the naysayers? Let them eat popcorn. EDIT
Posted Oct 28, 2006
B The Protector (2005) Max Braden Jaa's nimble moves in this sequence are reminiscent of Jackie Chan's familiar acrobatics. EDIT
Posted Sep 23, 2006
A- The Descent (2005) Ted Porter One of the better horror films to come along in the last few years, this UK production with an all-female cast packs in enough claustrophobic thrills and genuine scares to make you afraid of the dark again. EDIT
Posted Aug 10, 2006
C Little Miss Sunshine (2006) Jonathan Baylis Don't believe the hype, folks. "Little Miss Sunshine" is a farcical update of "National Lampoon's Vacation" and not much more. EDIT
Posted Jul 27, 2006
A Lady in the Water (2006) Scott Juba There is no doubt that it takes a leap of faith to appreciate this movie, but it's a leap worth taking. EDIT
Posted Jul 19, 2006
A+ Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest (2006) R.J. Carter Gore Verbinski delivers all fifteen men and the bottle of rum! EDIT
Posted Jul 5, 2006
A- Superman Returns (2006) Jonathan Baylis "Superman Returns" might have just outdone the original. EDIT
Posted Jun 26, 2006
B+ The Lake House (2006) Scott Juba A perfect summer date movie. EDIT
Posted Jun 24, 2006