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Movie Ratings and Reviews

Braveheart
Braveheart(1995)

A Mel Gibson classic, enough said. This film has a great story and event better acting as Mel Gibson directs and acts in possibly his greatest film to date. If you have not seen Braveheart, then you have not seen what true cinema magic is like.

The Expendables

What more can a man ask for when it comes to an action movie. The star studded cast, the huge explosions and funny one liners make The Expendables a classic low reviewed but highly enjoyable movie going experience. And I mean come on, when Bruce, Sly and Arnold are in the church, how can any man resist the explosion of manliness and pure epic nature of their encounter.

Exorcist II: The Heretic

Possibly the worst sequel of a horror movie ever made in cinema history. Who ever gave the go ahead for this should have his name banished from all record books ever.

Drive
Drive(2011)

Went into the theater undecided, but came out incredibly impressed. The film takes the premise of car movies and flips it on its head, making for incredibly vibrant movie going experience. The constant surprises keep the audience and edge and Ryan Gosling as the Kid is superb.

Haywire
Haywire(2012)
½

The 2012 year starts out with a bang as "Haywire" delivers every bit of entertainment possible. The star studded cast and amazing fight choreography makes this Bourne essentially with a female lead, and who is complaining about this.

Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

While Gary Oldman delivers one of his most memorable performances, I personally could not shake the feeling this is just an upgrade from another espionage movie "The Good Shepherd". With that said, the directing, acting and writing make this movie worthy of award recognition even while it may not win many fans within a normal movie audience

Don't Be Afraid Of The Dark

While the story line was ridiculous and the acting was sometimes unbearable, "Don't Be Afraid Of The Dark" it has one positive aspect. The fact that the director was courageous enough to make this movie with such a bold direction allows for some leeway. Overall it was a low quality horror flick which allowed for only sparse scares.

Mission: Impossible Ghost Protocol

While it was entertaining, it has been a tad over blown in my mind. The action and stunts were great, but it seemed the movie revolved around just that...not the story. It's an above average flick, but nothing mote than a popcorn movie.

Hanna
Hanna(2011)

Hanna is a movie undefined by a genre. It's original nature and compelling story create a fasts paced surprisingly violent and innovative tone. The settings where Hanna takes place only increases an already better than anticipated cinematic event.

Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows

While Robert Downey Jr. has made Sherlock Holmes his own character (much like Johnny Depp with Captain Jack Sparrow), the overall movie going experience ins less than the original. The movie provides the same traits hitch which made the first great, but this movie became so obsessed with these components that the flow and overall movie suffered. Sherlock Holmes: A Game Of Shadows provides many good moments, but in the end it is only a slightly above average popcorn flick.

Hotel Rwanda
Hotel Rwanda(2004)
½

Don Cheadle delivers a performance which is unmatched within this movie context. The story is moving, the characters real and the sorrow true. To not be moved and touched by this story is the equivalent to not having a soul.

Tommy Boy
Tommy Boy(1995)
½

chris farley is the man

Office Space
Office Space(1999)
½

"I belive u have my stapeler

Napoleon Dynamite

Sooooo bad!! I found nothing that funny at all, and John Heder just plays a stupid and unintelligent pieces of garbage. I found this movie to be filled with nothing but snores.

The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad!

When it comes to spoofs, Leslie Nielsen is a legend. Taking on all the cop cliches and transforming them into an iconic slap stick comedy makes The Naked Gun a fun film to watch.

My Name Is Bruce

If you love Bruce Campbell, then this movie is a perfect fit; but unfortunately I am not. I think that the Evil Dead is his only memorable piece of work, and My Name Is Bruce doesn't capture the magic it needs.

Thirteen Ghosts (13 Ghosts)

If people like pointless blood and gore, then this is the movie for you. The remake does an incredible disservice to the original, and in hindsight this is a movie not worthy of any viewing.

12 Angry Men (Twelve Angry Men)

One of the greatest movies in the history of cinema. The incredible script and acting together combine to create an amazing and unforgettable experience. Henry Fonda gives one of, if not his best performance ever, making 12 Angry Men a must see.

10 Things I Hate About You
½

While the cliches exist in a non stop passion, the young faces of Julia Stiles and Heath Ledger And Joseph Gordon Lovett do provide a spark. The innocence and pure high school comedy composed in this movie allows for some good moments.

3:10 to Yuma
3:10 to Yuma(2007)

One of the best remakes I have ever seen regarding a western. Bale and Crowe both deliverer great performances, and the impeccable scenery only adds to a great modern version of an old time western.

Kill Bill: Volume 1

Uma Thurman gives a powerful performance of vengeance, and with great direction, Kill Bill delivers quite a punch of violence and gore.

2 Fast 2 Furious
½

While the first of the franchise is somewhat of a guilty pleasure, 2 Fast 2 Furious ruins what ever joys the first brought. This movie is filled with ridiculous dialogue and even more ridiculous stunts, and in the end, this could could not be over fast enough.

King Kong
King Kong(2005)
½

Went into this movie with immense expectations, but came out tired and sad. The three hours seemed to drag by the end, and while some parts were engaging, the amount of dull moments allowed for enough of a let down.

The Day After Tomorrow

While the special effects may seem grand and impressive, it does not make up for the sub par acting and script. Dennis Qaid tries to carry the movie, but even after the happy ending the story still lacks.

Ocean's Eleven

With a cast filled with well known names as this, the audience can't help being drawn into the movie. The storyline is well crafted and the humor created amongst the characters makes Oceans 11 a great robbery tale.

Mr. & Mrs. Smith

Brad and Angelina team up two create this action experience, but the action in not what makes this movie most memorable. Rather, It is the chemistry the two actors share, and the witty humor of Vince keeps the audience pretty well engaged.

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

To all those who think that Harry Potter is the best fantasy movie, please take notice. This final piece of the epic trilogy encapsulates what great fantasy should be, and with awe inspiring special effects and beautiful directing, this movie is king of modern day fantasy storytelling.

The Matrix
The Matrix(1999)
½

If you want your mind to be blown, then watch this movie! The Matrix twists the minds in ways unimaginable, and as a result, makes you wonder about things ones unimportant. With great psychology and great action, The Matrix is a must see.

Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl

Johnny Depp gives a very imaginative and comical role as Captain Jack Sparrow, and his character is one of many to be remembered from this movie. The adventure and comedy captured makes this a great family adventure.

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

I do not know how this abomination is viewed as one of the best in the Harry Potter franchise. It leaves the book in the dust with its adaption, and the hair of Ron is enough of a reason to give this incredibly overrated picture a failing grade.

Rocky
Rocky(1976)

Is there a better sports movie out there? Rocky captures what it means to have a feel good story, and it's non traditional ending makes this film one of the best sports pictures ever created.

Spider-Man
Spider-Man(2002)

While the first is the bet in the trilogy, I could never buy into the fact that Tobey is the true Spiderman. The movie brings good action and decent acting, but to say that this comic book adaption is one of the best would be a pretty heavy overstatement.

Green Lantern

With all the publicity and marketing done to promote The Green Lantern, one would think that it'd be Oscar worthy. But in possibly the biggest disaster of the 2011 summer season, this action movie took the talent of Ryan Reynolds and dedicated it to cheap cliches and awful storyline.

Man on Fire
Man on Fire(2004)
½

One of the most under appreciated movies within Denzel's resume. With the classic line "I wish you had more time," I think that Man On Fire is an explosive experience worthy of any action fan.

Avatar
Avatar(2009)
½

While special effects usually don't make a movie great, this is an exception. James Cameron's billion dollar success changed the film industry forever with its still never matched 3D quality and incredible special effects. Avatar is not only an entertaining movie, but it also is a cinematic landmark, changing film forever.

Alien
Alien(1979)
½

Well, with the most badass women in film (Ripley), this movie is the definition of science fiction horror. In space no one can hear you scream, but in your living room, Alien will make sure your terror is heard.

Gladiator
Gladiator(2000)

One of my personal favorites and with good reason. Incredible acting by Russell Crowe and the storyline left one drooling at the well constructed scripts final result. A truly great movie.

Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull
½

Why God, Why??? This latest installment to the Indy franchise is a disgrace to the original trilogy, and the only thing saving this movie from utter failure is the fact that Indy survived a atomic explosion in a fridge.

Apocalypse Now
½

A masterpiece of cinematography and movie making. The emotion and passion captured makes the viewer feel for every character, making this film the best adaptation of the Vietnam War out there.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2

While the ending was action packed and far mo entertaining than most of the Harry Potter films, I walked out of the theater asking myself, "why the rush?". The movie wa the shortest of the 8 part series, but even in the shortened time frame, The Deathly Hallows Part II is possibly the best in the series.

Conan the Barbarian
½

While I did not expect it to make up to the original Conan with Arnold, I was still disappointed. The whole film seemed directed toward the 3d technology and as is the usual, the special effects took importance over both the script and the acting.

Cowboys & Aliens
½

Was incredibly disappointed with the movie as a hole. With Ford and Craig together I thought that the chemistry would be incredible but unfortunately it never materialized.

The Hangover Part II

Does not match up to the prestige and iconic nature of the first, but nonetheless laughs are still provided. The Hangover II isn't as legendary but it is still funnier than most.

Unstoppable
Unstoppable(2010)
½

While the story was good, I still feel that this movie could have been more. I felt it rushed at sometimes and dragged at others, and while Scott continues to make successful films, I feel this one lacks the intrigue of his previous works.

Dylan Dog: Dead of Night

Unless your stranded on an island alone with nothing else to do, avoid this movie at all cost. While the attempt at comedy and horror is a good concept, only boredom arises from this movie.

The Machinist

The Machinist would be nothing without the magnificent performance of Christian Bale. His dedication to the craft proves evident throughout the film, making this one of Bale's best acting performances to date.

50/50
50/50(2011)
½

The perfect blend of comedy and seriousness. This movie desires more publicity than it's given because frankly it is one of the best of 2011.