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Movie Ratings and Reviews

Twister
Twister(1996)

Whoa dude! What an AMAZING movie. Really creepy, but really amazing. The chases are heart-pounding, the dialogue and pop culture references in said dialogue witty. AMAZING. Of course, when it's a movie written by Michael Crichton, what else can you expect?

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest
½

Not a bad movie...I favor the first and third one over this one, of course. I dont' know what it is about this movie. I just happened to like the other ones better. It's still pretty good...a little bit long, though.

Spider-Man
Spider-Man(2002)

This movie will always have a special place in my heart, despite its cheesy fight scenes and dialogue...what can I say? It's Spidey.

Bridge to Terabithia

Wow. I didn't want to see this, but decided to give it a shot. It had me in tears by the end; it did the book great justice, and while the special effects were obviously fake...I doubt if they could've been made to look more real. Wow. What a great movie!

War of the Worlds
½

I haven't seen the original movie, but intend to having seen this one. Amazing and even scary at times...and who knew that Tom Cruise could sing? Not I! Great movie.

E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial

So adorable! The only bad part? The version I saw was the edited version where government agents' handguns are replaced with walkie talkies. What?

Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street
½

It was okay, but not spectacular. The sound system in the theater at which I saw it was so loud that it sort of shook the floor, so that made the music seem even better. The vocal talent was severely lacking and disappointing; perhaps the only real thrill of this was Johnny Depp's good performance as the insane Todd, but even his vocal talents were lacking.

I would've liked to see someone older and better than Helena Bonham Carter as Mrs. Lovett. Carter was simply too young and acted very much as if she had little to no acting skill while she sang. She's a spectacular actor all the other times I've seen her, but not really so here. Patti LuPone is probably still the best Mrs. Lovett I've ever seen.

Sweeney Todd in Concert
½

Very good. In its Shakespearean lack of props, this Sweeney Todd production still manages to make one laugh and gasp in all the right places...unlike the 2007 Burton version.

Across the Universe
½

It was worth the wait. While there is a slight lack of clear plot, the music is AMAZING and the effects vivid and entertaining.

Iron Man
Iron Man(2008)

By far one of the best superhero movies I've ever seen. Heck, it's one of the best movies I've ever seen!

Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull
½

All the alien stuff just didn't feel like an Indiana Jones movie...but the action did. Hm.

Rear Window
Rear Window(1954)
½

To be set within that one setting...Rear Window is a remarkable movie. I can't really say much, because I have no idea what to say of it. Rear Window was great, if your attention span can be held by an older-style movie. Wonderful.

Spider-Man 3
Spider-Man 3(2007)

It moved faster than the other Spidey movies, and I liked it a lot more. It's full of laughs, and maybe even tears in the end. Great movie. I'd give it 10 out of 5 stars, if I could.

Elektra
Elektra(2005)

I really enjoyed this, even though I'm not usually one to watch martial arts-centered movies. There ought to be more female hero movies out there, and perhaps it'd help if they were even better than this movie. Jennifer Garner was pretty cool as the dark, mysterious Elektra. The movie showed more about Elektra's past--a plus. The special effects are really decent. Elektra as a movie...could've been better, but the result of it was, dare I say, slightly electrifying.

Daredevil
Daredevil(2003)

I would've given it a higher rating, if not for the old get revenge for parent's death plotline. It gets old, but Daredevil redeemed himself by having a disability rather than gaining superpowers. A mix of Spider-Man and Batman, I started watching this without high expectations and was pleasantly surprised. It's probably one of the least corny Marvel superhero movies that I've ever seen, and that's saying something. Not bad.

Poseidon
Poseidon(2006)

This is possibly the scariest movie I've ever seen in my entire life. While the script was lacking and a portion of the dialogue did NOT fit, I found myself holding my breath during the numerous suspense-filled, near-death and/or death scenes. The effects and thrills are enough to bump this movie from a 3-star to a 4-star for me. I suppose I still need to see the original, but I'm not quite sure if this one can be beat.

Live Free or Die Hard
½

I am new to the Die Hard series and haven't seen any of the other movies, but I definitely think I will make the effort to do just that now! This movie is great for fans of Mission: Impossible and all sorts of terrorist plot-based movies. It also gave me a little to think about, which came as a surprise--everyday, people take things like traffic lights and basic utilities for granted. What if suddenly terrorists shut it all down? The government could learn a thing or two from this movie. But anyway, I really enjoyed Live Free or Die Hard. Bruce Willis, as always, did a great job. Justin Long and Mary Elizabeth Winstead also stand out in their roles as a computer hacker and John McClane's daughter, respectively. Great movie!

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

Wow! Order of the Phoenix is, by far, the best Harry Potter movie to come out. It was true to the book, and yet it went in its own interesting direction! This movie was awesome. The acting, the directing...everything has improved about Harry Potter here. It even gave the book on which it is based (Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix) a run for its money, in my opinion! I've seen it two times in the past two days! Wonderful, simply brilliant. I recommend it to any Harry Potter fan.

X-Men: The Last Stand
½

Pretty cool movie. Better really than the other two. I loved it.

Transformers
Transformers(2007)
½

Whoa! Cool movie. I mean, yeah, it was a smash-fest, but it was a GOOD smash-fest. I've never seen the cartoons or anything, but I really liked this.

Jurassic Park III
½

Wow! Short, sweet, and really to the point, although made especially weird by the hybrid dinosaurs. I was glad to see Sam Neill back in this. It turned out to be a great, if a little suspenseful, movie!

The Lost World - Jurassic Park
½

Even better, and dare I say it, scarier than the first. The only thing missing from this movie is Sam Neill.

Flyboys
Flyboys(2006)
½

I've wanted to see this movie for a long time. I loved James Franco in the Spider-Man movies and was very happy with the job he did in this movie! It was almost a tearjerker, and is probably one of the better movies I've seen set during a war. I would definitely recommend it.

Ghost Rider
Ghost Rider(2007)
½

Thankfully, this movie did not fail to disappoint me. I was expecting an extremely weird film and, well, wasn't disappointed in that respect either. Ghost Rider isn't the typical Marvel superhero movie, but it ends up being good. Nicolas Cage seems to be an asset in whatever movie he's in; this one is no exception.

Ladder 49
Ladder 49(2004)
½

I have a thing for movies that show someone struggling with something, or beating the odds. Ladder 49 was a movie all about a life of a firefighter, told in his flashbacks as he's trapped in a burning building. The end result left me crying! Joaquin Phoenix was amazing as the lead.

The Brothers Grimm
½

I had no idea what to expect from the Brothers Grimm. After all, what CAN you expect with a former Monty Python player as a director and Matt Damon and Heath Ledger in the leading, title roles? I ended up pleasantly surprised by what a great blend of fairytales this movie had, the acting, the actors in it, and the movie as a whole: it was all GREAT!

Casper
Casper(1995)
½

Cute movie--classic show of the fight between good and evil.

Take the Lead
½

I had to see Take the Lead because for some reason, I have this part of me that likes people working against the odds. Not only was that sappy little part of me pleased; I also left with the urge to take classes in Latin dances! This movie was a good one.

Jurassic Park

Jurassic Park is not a bad movie at all! Sam Neill and Jeff Goldblum really stand out in this movie. It's an incredible premise, and of course Michael Crichton is the one to thank for it.

The Scorpion King

The first thought I had when the credits started rolling was that this was such a short movie to have had so much of a story. That said, The Scorpion King shouldn't fail to please fans of The Mummy looking for a little fix inbetween The Mummy Returns and the release of the third movie in The Mummy series. Admittedly The Scorpion King is your typical wrestler-turned-actor movie, but it's done in a way that people who leave their brain behind when they begin the movie should be satisfied in the end. I thought it was a good movie--better than what I was expecting, anyway.

Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer
½

WHAT an improvement on the bumblingness of the first movie!!! Rise of the Silver Surfer was so seamless as compared to its predecessor, and not too shabby, at that. It was breathtaking, fun, awe-inspiring...everything the first Fantastic Four should have been but wasn't. If you haven't seen either Fantastic Four movie, watch the first one only so you can be extremely pleased with how much better the second one is.

Fantastic Four
½

This movie was such a disappointment that it wasn't even funny. It was like Spider-Man, multiplied times four and with different powers.

Finding Nemo
Finding Nemo(2003)
½

A very cute cartoon! So funny. I had to go see it in theaters and am glad I did. People MY age quote it-a sure sign that it's a good movie.

The Island
The Island(2005)
½

The Island presents an element I bet we'll be seeing sometime in the future--biogenetically engineered people made for the sole purpose of having organs to give in the event a real human being needs them. Good movie; it showed that Scarlett Johansson is a great actress.

Hidalgo
Hidalgo(2004)

Hidalgo was such a good film. I don't usually go for animal movies, but Viggo Mortensen being the lead convinced me to give Hidalgo a chance.

Moulin Rouge!
½

Moulin Rouge! is a little long...but this really doesn't matter. At first I was wondering what I was watching, but my doubts were quickly thrown aside. Ewan McGregor drew me in with the knowledge that he could sing, but I soon became entranced with the whole movie. What a great musical! Weird, yes, and at times a little frightening in that same weird way...but great.

The Da Vinci Code
½

The Da Vinci Code is, as a movie, probably one of the best adaptations from a book. It can definitely get no better. At first I was kind of iffy about Tom Hanks as Robert Langdon, but now I'm certain no one else could play the role. I look forward to seeing him return in Angels & Demons.

Lara Croft - Tomb Raider
½

Tomb Raider was something I rented because it sounded good--am I ever pleased that I did! Tomb Raider is yet another seriously underrated Angelina Jolie movie...I love it.

Mission: Impossible III
½

After the disappointment that was Mission: Impossible II, M:I:III was a pleasant surprise with how good it actually was! I hold to the opinion that II can be skipped, but this one cannot be missed!

Interview with the Vampire
½

Wow...this is one of the best book-to-movie adaptations I've ever seen. Brad Pitt is a surprise as Louis; I didn't expect much, and ended up thinking that there's no other actor that could do the role justice. Tom Cruise is simply loveable as Lestat! With his performance, you both love him and hate him all at once...and love the whole experience. Interview with the Vampire is seriously underrated, both as a book and a movie.

Mr. & Mrs. Smith
½

I don't like Brad Pitt, but still enjoyed this movie. It's hard not to! The screenwriters had an easy job of drawing people in with the idea: two assassins married to each other who get their next assignments: take out the other spouse. Brilliant.

Annie
Annie(1982)

It's alright. JUST alright. The songs get on your nerves before you know it.

Finding Neverland
½

A little long, but this is a beautiful movie! Johnny Depp was actually very serious in it, and a writer. It seems that author roles fit him pretty well.

Mission: Impossible
½

What can I say...I never knew Tom Cruise could actually be a good actor! When I bought this and watched it, I had no idea what I was about to watch. All I knew was that my dad had raved about how good it was...and I'm glad I watched it. It's classic! Probably the only things that can beat it are possibly the third one but definitely the old TV series, season one.

Agent Cody Banks

I think I expected way too much from this movie...it was okay.

Spy Kids
Spy Kids(2001)

I loved this movie! My dad and I went to see it...it introduced me to how great an actor Antonio Banderas can be and intiated me into a long admiration of espionage. Sure, it's kiddish in the way of espionage, but still such a good movie. The sequels declined in greatness, but they are still pretty good.

The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe

I give this movie one half a star for this reason-Disney totally screwed this book/story over. I couldn't believe what I was watching the whole time...they made it so awful! I refuse to see any further Narnia films unless they are:
A) Not produced by Disney
or
B) Turned into a Jerry Bruckheimer production, in which case the films would end up GREAT.

Napoleon Dynamite

In no way can I understand how people find this so hilarious. I didn't even finish watching it...I was bored the whole time. I guess I just started watching it with high expectations and ended up being highly disappointed.

National Treasure
½

National Treasure was a great movie, and its greatness can be explained in three words: Jerry Bruckheimer production. Coming off the success of the first Pirates movie, National Treasure did not fail to disappoint. It was reminiscent of Tomb Raider, yet funnier than said Angelina Jolie film. National Treasure just happened to introduce me to Nicholas Cage, and boy am I glad it did.

Titanic
Titanic(1997)

Blegh. That's all I can say: blegh. Waaaaay too romantic for my taste. I give it two stars because it was about one of my favorite disasters in history.

X2: X-Men United

I really liked this movie. X2 is one of the few even numbered sequels that I can honestly say I enjoyed a great deal. I don't know what it really was about it, but I liked and still like X2.

Shrek
Shrek(2001)

NOTHING, I repeat, NOTHING can compare to the different hilarity of the first Shrek movie. It was something that hadn't really been done before, and it was good.

Cinderella
Cinderella(1950)

It's okay if you're five years old and wish you were secretly a princess. Really. But once you get older, Cinderella just sort of loses its magic...

Rush Hour
Rush Hour(1998)
½

So funny! I don't usually go for this stuff, but I'm glad I ended up watching Rush Hour.

The Princess Diaries

As a fan of the books, I can honestly say I liked this movie. I'm not sure if I want to see the second one because I love the books so much, but this one is good.

The Lion King II: Simba's Pride

It didn't have the magic of the first Lion King, but still was alright.

Chicken Run
Chicken Run(2000)
½

So funny! Chicken Run shows how when a lot of effort is put into something, it can turn out pretty good. It had a good story to it, too and still doesn't fail to crack me up.

Alice in Wonderland
½

Alice in Wonderland is probably one of my least favorite Disney movies. It just felt like a mix of the other classic Disney films...

The Road to El Dorado

Pretty good...not the best, but good. Once again, another slightly historical movie that doesn't especially fail to disappoint.

Atlantis - The Lost Empire

Atlantis is a pretty good animated movie that pulled Disney up for a while...it's a good movie for those who enjoy films with a touch of history added into the storyline.

Independence Day
½

With Independence Day, I found out how cool Will Smith really is. Wow. Roland Emmerich is great with disaster movies.

The Pink Panther
½

The Pink Panther was all right, but bothered me because of all the adult humor weaved into a "kid movie." I'm really still not sure whether I liked it or not; when the lights came back up in the theater, I was exchanging confused glances with my pals in the theater. I'm not very sure about this movie...it's okay if you like low brow comedy.

X-Men
X-Men(2000)

I had no idea what I was seeing when I decided to buy it--all I knew was that Hugh Jackman played a mutant. As anyone can imagine, I was pleasantly surprised by how awesome a superhero movie this was! Forget Fantastic Four; this is a multi-hero movie done right.

A Bug's Life
A Bug's Life(1998)
½

A Bug's Life was more fascinating back in 1998 because the animation was relatively new. It's still a good story, and younger kids should learn something from it, but I prefer other Pixar movies rather than this.

Van Helsing
Van Helsing(2004)

It drags a little, but Van Helsing is a movie that will make some people check into vampires. I know I did after seeing it. It's not for those who get grossed out very easily, but Van Helsing is a very good spin on the many tales of Dracula.

Signs
Signs(2002)

Signs is a movie that I was just weirded out by the first time I watched it, and the second time I made up my mind that it wasn't great. It took a couple more times of watching it for me to decide that it was a pretty good movie. Odd, but good.

Beauty and the Beast

It's alright...but for a more mature update of it, see any version of The Phantom of the Opera based on Gaston Leroux's novel.

Space Jam
Space Jam(1996)

It was funny when I was a kid...now it's just an okay movie.

Stuart Little

Awww, great movie! Hugh Laurie is priceless...I've watched this movie so many times that the video tape is worn out.

The Lion King

I don't know how to describe what makes this movie good. As a kid, it was the wonder of it all...now that I'm older it has to be the music and the humor.

Aladdin
Aladdin(1992)

Aladdin is another one of my favorite Disney movies. Genie is priceless.

Pocahontas
Pocahontas(1995)
½

I fell completely in love with this movie--it was pretty good. It can even teach you a thing or two about history.

The Santa Clause

I've watched this movie so many times-what a great movie! Tim Allen movies are almost always good for a few laughs when you're feeling down, and this one is no different.

Toy Story
Toy Story(1995)
½

I saw this when I was younger and loved it. I'd still probably watch it and laugh at all the same stuff. Even adults should see this movie.

Toy Story 2
Toy Story 2(1999)

This is probably even better than the first, or at least on the same plane. The song where the cowgirl remembers the little girl that used to own her will bring tears to some of the least emotional people's eyes...

Hercules
Hercules(1997)

One of my favorite Disney movies!! Sadly, however, it's one of the few that I don't have. Absence, I guess, makes the heart grow fonder...

Remember the Titans

This is one of the few sports movies I like. I, like everyone else I know, can probably recite most of the more memorable lines right along with this movie. What can I say? I like Denzel Washington in it.

Tarzan
Tarzan(1999)
½

So sweet for a Disney movie...it sort of reminded me of George of the Jungle.

Mulan
Mulan(1998)
½

This was a great movie, one that taught me to be true to who I am and never change myself because others think I should. I still like it.

The Little Mermaid
½

This movie is okay for a Disney movie, with your typical singing and fantastical storyline. I loved it when I was a kid...now I'd watch it in extreme boredom only.

To Kill A Mockingbird

So many characters were taken out of the movie and scenes were switched around that I was left a little confused before it was over with and felt like I needed to read the book again. Forgetting the book, however, this is a beautiful movie. It reminded me that the most important things I have can be taken away in a second, whether it be my decision or the decision of another person entirely. I cried in the end when Scout realized who it was that had saved her and her brother's lives. Not a bad book-to-movie adaptation.

Monty Python and the Holy Grail
½

This is probably the funniest movie I've ever seen in my entire life, and I have only one thing I can really say on the subject: there are two kinds of people in this world. They are the people who understand Monty Python, and the people who don't understand Monty Python. You definitely have to understand Monty Python to like this movie.

Men in Black
Men in Black(1997)
½

I love these movies. It's a what-if that turns out great. And fun, too...

I, Robot
I, Robot(2004)

What a great movie! It updates Sir Asimov's futuristic novel for the twenty-first century into a great film.

The Incredibles
½

Maybe I was just expecting more with this being a Pixar movie, but I was thoroughly unimpressed. It's been DONE in a thousand different ways already...and this time it wasn't done very well.

Monsters, Inc.

So funny! I love this movie. Boo is the cutest little kid I've ever seen in a cartoon.

Cars
Cars(2006)

Pretty good movie! I'm a racing fan, so I got most of the jokes...I'd see it again.

The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
½

I don't really enjoy this one as much as the other two. It's really just a semi-interesting bridge between Fellowship of the Rings and Return of the King with some funny dialogue...the extended version is better.

Cellular
Cellular(2004)

I missed the beginning when I started watching it, but got the gist. Thankfully it was the showing of it before the encore presentation and I got to finish it...sort of.

Anyway, surprisingly this is a pretty good movie. I'd watch it again, for sure. For some reason this sort of reminded me of Mission: Impossible, both the old TV show and the Tom Cruise movies. William H. Macy is a standout here, but don't overlook Chris Evans in the sort of main guy role...I recommend it!

Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom

Odd...that's really all I have to say. It's a little bit dark, especially in one scene where Indy is forced to drink blood (of course, I know it's not actually real, but still haunting). I love the beginning...Shortround is so hilarious...and after that it's...okay. I'd take Last Crusade and Lost Ark over watching this when bored, however.

Raiders of the Lost Ark
½

This movie is a great thing for those who are getting interested in Harrison Ford once more.

Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope
½

I fell in love with this inbetween II and III. Amazing! The snappy dialogue/banter and characters, stories, plots...it's great. It also sets up beautifully for its sorta surprise sequel, Episode V.

Glory
Glory(1989)
½

Beautiful, if long...best watched after a long period where you haven't watched it.

Spider-Man 2
Spider-Man 2(2004)

...I don't know what it was. There's something about me and even-numbered sequels that just made me iffy about this Spidey movie. It was good, don't get me wrong...but I'd watch the other two any day over this.

Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi

One word-Ewoks. Besides that, this movie just...I don't know. I simply don't enjoy even-numbered sequels. I have no idea why.

Rent
Rent(2005)

Wow! Not what I was expecting at all. The experience of seeing it was made bad by a couple of Rentheads who decided to sing every word of the songs behind me, but it was a good movie regardless. It's another one of those musicals that is probably better when seen onstage.

Chicago
Chicago(2002)
½

It took a little bit too long to resolve, but it was a good movie with some of the catchiest songs I've ever heard in my life. It'd probably be better on stage, though.

Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith

Good movie! It redeemed its recent predecessors by tying every loose end up so well. In fact, it nearly made me cry. A very good ending to the series.

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
½

Too weird for me...I know, Johnny Depp does everything weird, but this was just too weird. I don't think Roald Dahl intended Willy Wonka to be a schizophrenic with family issues. I mean, really...

Night at the Museum
½

I was expecting pure stupidity and ended up finding a movie with a fun premise and interesting plot. This movie is hilarious; I recommend it to anyone who doesn't mind leaving their brain behind while watching a movie.

Bruce Almighty
½

Bruce Almighty is a classic scenario--guy complains about how God handles things, God lets him take over. While I don't usually like Jim Carrey, I really can't see anyone else in this role.

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
½

This could've been a great movie if it hadn't been messed up so thoroughly. So many things were missing and it just didn't feel quite like a Harry Potter movie.

The Day After Tomorrow

Wow! It's mind-blowing to think what might happen if we let global warming get out of hand...sure, it's unlikely, but still interesting to imagine.

Shrek 2
Shrek 2(2004)

Great movie. Nothing can compare to the original, but still a great movie.

Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace

I cannot help but love this movie. I was one of the kids who was introduced to Star Wars with it. Sure, Jar-Jar Binks nearly ruined it all, but I loved Qui-Gon and Obi-Wan and all the rest...

The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
½

I had no idea what my dad was making me watch when I saw this...we even stopped halfway and didn't get to continue until a month later, but after that we were official Ringnuts. I'll have to say that I love the movies as opposed to the books because I just don't have the time to sit down and read them all. Great movie! It introduced me to Viggo Mortensen and his admirable acting talents.

The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen
½

I had no idea what this movie was; I just decided to get it one day because it was on sale. I sure am happy that I did, because it turned out to be a breathtaking adventure movie. Now, I absoultely love everything to do with the LXG. I own both volumes of the comic book series.

Happy Feet
Happy Feet(2006)
½

Awww, so cute! I didn't know what to think at first, but I'm glad I watched the whole movie. It had a great message, too, that more kids movies should have these days.

Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade

I was way into archaeology when I first saw this movie. It's probably my favorite out of the trilogy. Sean Connery and Harrison Ford, together in one movie? Pure genius in itself.

The Phantom of the Opera

Words cannot describe how much I love this movie. At first, I was going to see it because of the actor in the title role, Gerard Butler. When I found out that he could sing, I was even more impressed. But when I actually saw it, I was definitely in love with the story. Advertisements for the Broadway show "The Phantom of the Opera" say "Remember your first time..." I'll DEFINITELY remember mine.

Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back

Empire Strikes Back is definitely my favorite Star Wars movie, followed closely by Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope. The battles, the lines, the characters...it's all great!

The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
½

Good movie; had a lot of endings, but still good. It's probably the best out of the whole trilogy, and the extended edition is even better.

Stranger Than Fiction

Who knew Will Ferrell could actuallly be serious? Not me. Once again, another movie that I loved because of all the writing-related humor. It was fantastic, and not without its funny parts.

The Pursuit of Happyness

The Pursuit of Happyness was such a cute movie! Long at some parts, but still cute. It just goes to show how versatile Will Smith really is. Plus, it looks like his son is going to follow in his dad's footsteps...

12 Angry Men (Twelve Angry Men)

This is a great adaptation of the play, which is now one of my all-time favorite plays.

Lara Croft Tomb Raider - The Cradle of Life
½

Two of my favorite actors: Gerard Butler and Angelina Jolie, are part of the great cast of this movie. Sure, some of it is bad acting, but I love the story. It's enchanting and almost makes me want to go out with a little archaeology set and do some digging of my own.

Casino Royale

It's now one of my favorite movies; Bond done right once more! Some people didn't like it because he "wasn't supposed to fall in love"; in case they never realized it, Bond is starting over from the top. This is a great book-to-movie film. For some reason Eva Green didn't seem the best choice for Vesper, but maybe it was just me. I didn't like her very much...

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
½

This movie was simply magical when I saw it. I was a fan from the get-go with the books, and out of all the movies so far this one has followed the books most loyally. Everything was perfectly done and cast. Some of the more recent movies have lost that. Every Harry Potter book fan owes it to him or herself to at least see this movie. They shouldn't be disappointed.

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
½

This is my favorite so far, even though I'm sure Order of the Phoenix will top it. The dialogue is great; sure it strays from the book a little bit, but the directing and script make it hard not to like this movie. It was perfectly cast, in my opinion, and a great retelling of Harry's third year at Hogwarts.

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

There's something about this movie and the book both; I just don't like the storyline. It's really weird and hard for me to either watch or read.

Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl

I, for one, love a series that I jump in on at the very start, when everyone else is wondering what exactly it is. This movie series was one of those series. I walked in not knowing what to expect, and came out amazed. This was the way Disney movies had left me as a kid. It was nice to be left feeling that way all over again. Johnny Depp and Keira Knightley are great, and one couldn't ask for a character to enjoy hating more than Geoffrey Rush as Captain Barbossa. I'd recommend this movie to anyone who wants to have a good time watching a modern movie.

Secret Window

I LOVED this movie. It's now on my list of my (now) four all-time favorite movies. Being a writer, I loved the bits of author-related humor in this movie and enjoyed it as a whole. It probably could've been near as good without Johnny Depp in it, but Depp made this movie even better by merely being in it.

The only thing that I didn't like about it was the fact that the farmer from Mississippi was SO stereotypical of Mississippians. Being from Mississippi, I can honestly say that I've never met any people even near this country hick of a character. If there are any, I've failed to find them.

The Mummy
The Mummy(1932)

An interesting premise with eloquent dialogue, The Mummy doesn't fail to disappoint those who like older movies. It is easy to see where the inspiration for the 1999 movie with Brendan Fraser and Rachel Weisz came from. What it lacks in breathtaking action, The Mummy makes up for with its storyline.

The Mummy Returns
½

I don't care what the critics say, this is a sequel done right. All the snappy/funny dialogue, explosions, and beautiful stories multiplied turn out one exciting sequel! I loved that the O'Connells' kid was in this one. He was cute and funny.

The Mummy
The Mummy(1999)
½

Now having seen the original Universal Studios movie from 1932, I must say this is a remarkable reimagining of its predecessor. Perhaps it was made to redeem the special effects of the older version, but this storyline is just as intriguing as the previous one with a bit more action--better for my personal taste. I love explosions and action, so that's why I give this half a star more than the original movie. The dialogue here is more snappy and comedic at most points, and the story doesn't fail to disappoint.

The Black Swan

This was a lovely swashbuckling adventure. Perfect, if you don't mind watching an old movie and are suffering from Pirate withdrawals with the last tale of Captain Jack and his friends having been released. The dialogue and romance both are snappy but intriguing. Slow at parts, but it's a good story nonetheless that will probably leave you with a smile on your face.

Clue
Clue(1985)
½

What a surprise! Clue was great for a movie that was based on a board game. The only real problem I have was that the characters weren't dressed in their respective colors. Other than that, I loved this movie and its three endings! Wonderful.

Cheaper by the Dozen

A great way to tell the story of the book; the movie with Steve Martin disgraces the story badly.

The Illusionist
½

**SPOILER ALERT**
The mystery in this movie was so obvious; in fact, too obvious. Perhaps that was what the director meant, but when I found that I was right in my suspicions as to how Eisenheim and his love ended up together at the end of the movie.

Goldfinger
Goldfinger(1964)

There were some pointless parts that could have been edited out of the movie. Some corny, as usual, dialogue...but it's James Bond and didn't fail to please despite the corny dialogue. A good plot--not my favorite, but good.

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
½

A great take on the books; hilarious! All the characters are cast perfectly...and the president of the galaxy is almost a movie parody on our current president, George W. Bush.

Mission to Mars
½

The ending is what simply ruined the whole movie for me--I didn't really like it to begin with.

Tristan & Isolde
½

Slow at parts, but makes for a great love story. Very tragic; reminiscent of Shakespeare's "Romeo and Juliet" in the way that Tristan and Isolde's families would never allow them to be together. All in all, good movie.

The Fountain
The Fountain(2006)

What a sad movie! That, however, does not mean it's not good. This was a beautiful movie that requires a lot of thinking...it seems a lot of Hugh Jackman's movies these days require a good deal of thinking (i.e. The Prestige). It was sad how his wife's demise drove him to insanity, but all in all it made for a good movie. The special effects and Isabella's (Rachel Weisz) story made for a breathtaking plot. I'd recommend it to anyone who doesn't like leaving behind their brain at the door of the movie theater.

Serenity
Serenity(2005)

On a scale only to be compared with Star Wars, this movie is worth watching a great number of times. At some points, Star Wars even fails to match it. The laughs are great, but there's a serious point embedded in all the action. I only wish it had done better than it did at the box office, because that would mean an equally awesome or even better sequel on the way...

Timeline
Timeline(2003)

Other than Paul Walker, who needs some acting lessons, this movie is amazing. The best performances are given by Gerard Butler, as Andre Marek, and Anna Friel as Lady Claire. A great movie about time travel!

Alex Rider: Operation Stormbreaker

A great movie about a teenage spy--not your average such movie! As a fan of the books, I can honestly say it's a good book to movie adaptation.

Dreamgirls
Dreamgirls(2006)
½

The songs are catchy and the movie is shockingly good. It's a bit slow at parts, but it deserves to be watched.

Pirates of the Caribbean: At Worlds End

This movie made up for the ending of the second one; it was so mind-blowing!!! Don't forget to stay after the credits or you'll miss an important part!!!

Merlin
Merlin(1998)
½

I watched this in my English class; LOVED IT!

The Prestige
The Prestige(2006)

This is WAY better than The Illusionist could've ever hoped to have been. A breathtaking film about two magicians who became friends, turned against each other, and ended up in the ultimate and quite literally deadly rivalry. It is on my list of my four favorite movies of all time.

The Lake House

Next to Phantom of the Opera, this has become my favorite love story. A Walk in the Clouds, another Keanu Reeves movie, is not far behind.

A Walk in the Clouds
½

Thought it would stink; it was great! Not your typical chick flick.