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Jack the Giant Slayer

A good but not great fantasy romance film. The 3D dazzles but the plot is a little pedestrian. Ewan McGregor's hair is stupendous.

Wreck-it Ralph

A very well made flick that spoke to me on multiple levels and is a lot of fun. Definitely one for my generation. It's a shame that it got snubbed by the Academy because it's far superior to Pixar's Brave.

Warm Bodies
Warm Bodies(2013)
½

For a February release, when most studios push out their weakest films, Warm Bodies is surprisingly good. It's a weird premise but one that works and adds a few nuances to the very played out zombie genre.

Zero Dark Thirty

I'm glad this film exists but I wouldn't say it's as extraordinary as some have made it out to be. Jessica Chastain's performance is definitely Oscar worthy and carries the film.

Silver Linings Playbook
½

Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence are two of my favorite actors and they come together perfectly in Silver Linings Playbook. A rare romance that is completely fulfilling and pushes the genre to a new height.

Life of Pi
Life of Pi(2012)
½

If any one doubts that 3D technology should exist in today's films, I encourage them to see Life of Pi in 3D. A visually arresting experience that weaves a powerful tale and is captivating throughout.

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

As a huge fan of The Hobbit book, the fact that this movie exists at all almost seems to good to be true. It's a real treat to see Tolkien's world brought to life again. The first film I've seen twice in theaters since Lord of the Rings.

Skyfall
Skyfall(2012)
½

The best Bond film in a very long time.

The Details
The Details(2012)
½

A flawed film, but one with a powerful message that is worth experiencing at least once.

Cloud Atlas
Cloud Atlas(2012)

Although a bit all over the place, Cloud Atlas is a film with absolutely gorgeous set pieces and a powerful story that explores the depths of humanity and where we might be headed. Quite powerful.

Looper
Looper(2012)

My favorite film of 2012. The best time travel movie I've ever seen, with masterful performances, a riveting plot, and a fantastic score. Amazing, in every sense of the word.

The Master
The Master(2012)
½

A film with a weak and confusing plot but Oscar worthy performances.

Finding Nemo
Finding Nemo(2003)

Almost a decade old now and still one of Pixar's greatest. The added 3D in the re-release is stunning and rivals some of the best I've seen, which is especially amazing considering that Finding Nemo was created well before 3D was a consideration for filmmakers. Glad to have you back, Nemo!

Samsara
Samsara(2012)

The first time I've seen anything in the 4K resolution and I must say, this film has made me a believer. Although Samsara doesn't contain a single line of dialogue it's more profound than 90% of the films I've seen in my lifetime.

Celeste and Jesse Forever

Skips all the mushy, falling in love stuff and jumps right to the making the relationship work (or not) part. While funny at times, Celeste and Jesse is a mostly somber affair that may just teach you something about your own relationships.

Ruby Sparks
Ruby Sparks(2012)
½

The rare romantic comedy that has something serious to say, Ruby Sparks executes perfectly on its intriguing premise and doesn't pull any punches as it descends into darkness. A definite contender for my favorite film of the year.

Brave
Brave(2012)

While it definitely has it's fair share of "Pixar-moments", it never comes together as a cohesive story.

Moonrise Kingdom
½

Holy cow. I can't recommend this film enough. It's Wes Anderson's best film to date and it's not like The Royal Tenenbaums was a slouch. There are plenty of films that deal with the subject of a child's innocence and love but I've never seen one as effective as this.

Men in Black III
½

With a really cool sci-fi hook and tons of the zany humor the series is known for, it'a a significant improvement over the second film and a testament on how to successfully revive a dormant series. It also fits the 3D format especially well.

The Adventures of Tintin

Highly recommended for anyone that loves a good Indiana Jones style adventure. The Adventures of Tintin is simple, unadulterated fun.

The Muppets
The Muppets(2011)

Now this is how you bring back a franchise. My face hurt from smiling so much.

Captain America: The First Avenger
½

I loved the setting, the romance was touching, and Chris Evans plays the underdog role quite well.

Rise of the Planet of the Apes

The rare summer popcorn flick that far exceeds its billing and treads into territory that is profound, beautiful, and heartfelt. Andy Serkis is especially tremendous, and gives the leading CG ape, Ceaser, more life and humanity than many human performers.

Crazy, Stupid, Love.

Surprisingly original and subversive, this is the sort of romantic comedy that excels on nearly every level.

Cowboys & Aliens
½

Don't go in expecting anything more than a dumb action film full of what the title promises and you'll be pleased.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2
½

A momentous film that doesn't just tie the series up really well - it's arguably the best in the entire run.

Friends With Benefits
½

From the director of Easy A, Friends With Benefits doesn't sizzle on the same level but it knows what it is and it heads there confidently.

X-Men: First Class

Not just exceptional on its own, X-Men: First Class is the rare prequel that makes the already existing original films even better.

Kung Fu Panda 2

Excellent 3D and a fun continuation of the first film.

Super 8
Super 8(2011)

J.J. Abrams is channeling Spielberg it seems; not just in tribute but quality as well. Super 8 is a gorgeous, heartfelt, and engaging monster film.

The Other Woman

While it's essentially a soap opera, it's also surprisingly insightful and Natalie Portman is sublime.

Bridesmaids
Bridesmaids(2011)
½

Uneven in tone at times but one of the funniest films I've ever seen.

Source Code
Source Code(2011)

The rare kind of action thriller that completely delivers on an interesting premise and keeps you on the edge of your seat from start to finish.

Sucker Punch
Sucker Punch(2011)
½

Quite possibly the most visually striking film I've ever seen but it mostly feels like a waste because everything else is so superficial.

Paul
Paul(2011)
½

Paul definitely knows how to have a good time.

The Adjustment Bureau
½

Guess I shouldn't be surprised that a film about deus ex machina ends up being contrived and mostly pointless.

The Fighter
The Fighter(2010)

A fun, inspirational boxing film... Bale's goofy performance is a delight.

True Grit
True Grit(2010)

A contrived ending but otherwise an outstanding western.

The Kids Are All Right

A low-key, honest film that gets better and better as it unfolds.

Winter's Bone

A bleak, fascinating look at the despairs of poverty. Jennifer Lawrence is outstanding.

127 Hours
127 Hours(2010)
½

Gut-wrenchingly immersive

The Green Hornet

Formulaic, semi-enjoyable popcorn fare

Laws of Attraction

It's unfortunate that the proceedings are so contrived and unbelievable... Brosnan and Moore are fun to watch in the rare moments when the film gets out of their way.

No Strings Attached
½

A surprisingly tender romance that is thankfully low on tasteless humor - Portman and Kutcher are a much more natural fit than one might expect.

Predators
Predators(2010)

Some brilliant action sequences and surprisingly decent acting make for an enjoyable film despite some sloppy pacing and a illogical ending.

Black Swan
Black Swan(2010)
½

Descent into a brilliant, unsettling, awful madness.

When in Rome
When in Rome(2010)

Good chemistry between the leads is squandered by a semi-interesting premise that doesn't have the legs to support a full length movie.

The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader
½

It's nice to be back in Narnia but this film is pretty dull until the closing minutes.

Tangled
Tangled(2010)
½

Disney's 50th feature film holds to the magical Disney formula and is a pure delight.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 1

A beautiful, tender, and wholly engaging start to the end of the Harry Potter film saga. Can't wait for July 2011!

Juno
Juno(2007)
½

Absolutely hilarious!

War (Rogue Assassin)
½

This was a decent action flick. There were some great action sequences, although I felt that a few were edited too quickly to the point that you couldn't tell what was going on. There was also one fairly large plot point that I just couldn't accept. War lacked a sense of direction... on one hand it was trying to be a mind-less summer action flick. On the other hand the plot had too many twists and was too convoluted to really just sit back and veg out to. Jason Statham was great and really has the tough-guy macho-isms down. With no hesitation, I would call him the Bruce Willis of this generation. Overall, it was a fun experience, although I would recommend waiting to rent it when it comes out on DVD.

Shrek the Third
½

I was pleasantly surprised. While this third outing isn't even close to the quality of the first, I thought it was almost as good as the second. The story was a little bit more juvenile than the ones told in previous installments and the "theme of the movie" was a bit forced. Still, it was quite funny and the characters are as enduring as ever.

Pirates of the Caribbean: At Worlds End

While I was slightly disappointed by the second Pirates flick, I enjoyed this one nearly as much as the first. Even though the running time is almost 3 hours long I hardly noticed. I'm really glad Geoffrey Rush's Captain Barbossa was really back this time around because he was hilarious and really added a lot to every scene he was in. Of course, Johnny Depp was as wonderful as ever. I especially loved how the Will and Elizabeth matrimony was handled (come on, you all saw it coming!). It could have been very mushy and clichéd but instead was done in a way that perfectly captured the essence of Pirates. Good ol' swashbuckling fun.

Ratatouille
Ratatouille(2007)
½

I've always wondered when Pixar would take on a film with fairly realistic humans and the results are just as magical as any of their films about toys or monsters. In fact, I would say this is their most heartfelt film since Finding Nemo. Not surprisingly, Pixar once again raises the bar on animation. I have never seen CG hair this realistic. That's really beside the point though - this is an extremely moving tale that deals with themes that are much deeper than the fluffy stuff you find in most kids film. I must also give props to Michael Giacchino, whose soundtrack is superb and perfectly compliments the French atmosphere. Ratatouile is a masterful film that once again shows that the Pixar studio, animation or otherwise, is one of the best in the industry.

Garden State
Garden State(2004)
½

All those years on the set of Scrubs must have paid off for Zach Braff because Garden State is one heck of a directorial debut. Of course banking a beauty like Natalie Portman helps. Her talents have been painfully hidden away by George Lucas' ineptitude for so many years now and its wonderful to see her spread her wings again. Ian Holm also gives a beautifully understated performance as the father. Braff is a little weak as the lead and I do wish that he had perhaps stuck to just writing and directing. Still, the budding romance between Portman and Braff's characters is very well developed and quite effective. Garden State is a beautiful and poignant film that should not be missed.

Legally Blonde 2 - Red, White & Blonde

I liked the first Legally Blonde, but this piece of garbage is the only film I have ever felt like walking out of. I literally chuckled only once the entire movie. No matter how much you liked the first movie, avoid this one at all costs. It is the worst movie I have ever seen.

Pan's Labyrinth

Going into this film, I didn't really know what to expect. I had heard that it was good, but not what it was really about. I thought it was a children's fantasy flick, not really realizing it was rated R. I was way off. This very adult-themed film is one of the most moving films I saw last year and stuck with me for days after I saw it. The art direction and soundtrack are nearly unmatched. I haven't connected with characters (including the villian) in a film this much in a long time. Pan's Labyrinth is one of the finest fantasy flicks I have ever seen.

28 Weeks Later...

I loved it. Yes, some of the plot was predictable and a lot of the action sequences were too crazily shot and edited to follow. In my opinion though, good characterization is the most important aspect to these kinds of films, and 28 Weeks Later has this in spades. It wasn't just some random person getting turned into a zombie but a character I had started to care about. Every frame ebbed with uneasiness because I never knew when a character I was really starting to connect with was about to get attacked, become a zombie themselves, and in turn attack another character I was just starting to like. Intense!

Lost In Translation

I don't think I have the words to do this film justice, but here it goes. When I went to see this film in theaters the only thing I really knew about it was that Bill Murray was in it. I had no idea I was about to see one of the most amazing movies I had ever seen. Bill Murray and Scarlett Johansson both give the performances of their careers. Their characters, Bob and Charlotte, are two normal people trapped in a completely foreign physical and psychological world. Through their loneliness, they find each other. Their desire for each other's companionship is completely circumstantial and yet that's part of what makes it so beautiful. Had they met at any other place in the world or at any other time in their lives, they likely would have only shared a fleeting glance. Instead they find the connection they so desperately need and develop one of the most beautiful, real, and poignant friendships I have ever seen depicted on screen.