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The Game
The Game(1997)

A stylish thriller that delivers David Fincher's signature style and maintains a well-earned grim tone throughout...until the final few minutes. The ending of The Game only serves as an inheritance of plot holes and a load of head-scratching logic. Michael Douglas's performance as Nicholas Van Orton is the saving grace --a realistic embodiment of a misanthropic corporate high-roller.

The Wolf of Wall Street

Taking this re-telling of the tale of Jordan Belfort at face value falsely dubs it an over-glorification of abhorrent undertakings. The Wolf of Wall Street -- an addictive and boisterous black comedy -- is three hours of unrestrained Scorsese goodness. Its narrative, sharing much in common with Goodfellas, does however gloss over key aspects of the true story, instead magnifying humorous anecdotes that seem otherwise pointless. These moments are not wasted, though; the high-voltage cast and a (literally) balls-out rapport between its leads assure that there's never a dull second within the picture.

The Wolverine

Surprisingly fresh with its Japanese motif and samurai-flick characterizations, The Wolverine stays faithful to the source miniseries and features the best action of any X-Men film, but isn't immune to cringe-worthy scripting gaffes and suffers from a trite climax.

Only God Forgives

Refn and Gosling's second collaboration exhibits poignant art-house sensibilities, but is more pretentiously defiant than successfully abstract. Still, it's an affecting tale with well-timed shock and tense moments of gory revenge. The brilliant, bursting photography of Only God Forgives also makes it an easy candidate for the best looking film of the year.

Man of Steel
Man of Steel(2013)

Man of Steel is an ambitious revision of the Superman mythos, but as per usual for money-shot junkie Zack Snyder, style overwhelms substance in this bombastic, uneven genre piece that promises more than it delivers. It's a story of two halves; that all important second act is missing -- it crawls and then runs, and the sporadic dips into greatness in the first hour are undone by David Goyer's dense script.

The film's visual effects are, on the other hand, original and inspired, leaving just enough to the imagination unlike the typical mind-numbing standards -- again a testament to Snyder's body of work. Equally impressive is the action, which makes for, undoubtedly, the most entertaining Superman flick to date. At face value, this is a successful entry to the DC film catalog, but those looking for something beyond conventional excessiveness is in blockbuster filmmaking, a standard often met by producer Christopher Nolan, it falls quite short.

The Machinist

Slow burning, mysterious, and anchored by a brilliantly devoted performance by Christian Bale, The Machinist is a dark, foreboding picture with a satisfying payoff.


While a fine showcasing of Seth MacFarlane's widely consumed absurdity and pop-culture pot-shots, Ted's latter half reeks of conventionality. That said, Seth's first live action directorial outing has just enough bizarre cynicism and star power to keep it from ever being a boring affair.

The Last Stand

It's no surprise that this substandard action flick, which relies too heavily on the novelty of Schwarzenegger's return, is mostly devoid of logic, but it leaves one wondering whether or not the cheekiness is intentional. Either way, the villains are lame and the acting is more annoying than humorously bad, though Forest Whitaker's amusingly over-the-top performance is one of the lone bright spots.

Star Trek Into Darkness

Abrams' follow-up to his hit 2009 re-imagining is no letdown. Star Trek Into Darkness is near the top of the venerable Star Trek movie franchise and panders to no particular crowd, as Trekkies and newcomers alike will be left in awe of this striking sci-fi blockbuster and its charismatic leads, fresh ideas and clever throwbacks to previous incarnations of the Star Trek universe. Also to its credit is one of the year's best performances: an eerie, eccentric villain played by Benedict Cumberbatch. Despite a rushed conclusion and the occasional plot-contrivance, this pulpy sequel is up to par with the '09 entry and is one of this summer's best offerings.

The Hangover Part III

The attempt to serve the 'Wolfpack' a fresh journey fails; the premise is boring and the script is pathetically uninspired. The easily humored will even be disappointed in the Hangover Part III because the laughs are few and far in between (maybe most prevalent in an end-credits interlude) and many scenes feel tedious, making for an awkward experience at the movies. It's a genre-bending, stumbling attempt that misuses talented heads and beats its own tired concept into the bowels of black comedy.

The Dark Knight Rises

The Dark Knight Rises is a gripping and cognitively arresting epic that lives up to its universally praised predecessor with unremitting shock, gloom, and fan-pleasing pulp. Tom Hardy's surprisingly flamboyant Bane might not have the masses in the same collective "awe" as Heath Ledger's Joker, but the actor still owns the screen and the character poses a threat to the protagonist not surpassed by any other adapted screen foe. Chris Nolan's highly ambitious take on the Dark Knight mythos has concluded in an epic, resonating fashion that leaves a high standard for future genre flicks that wish to pull rank with the best superhero films.

Iron Man 3
Iron Man 3(2013)

The change in director is prominently beneficial, as Shane Black rights the ship and deviates Iron Man 3's story from the Avengers arc and the lackluster Iron Man 2 without having to scrap either one unfaithfully. Though a few subplots are lazily resolved or forgotten about completely, the plot stays afloat with bold liberties and self-awareness as action set pieces impress and lead cast members humor the audience, despite a dwindling script. This is the best flick in the trilogy, and though its makers probably don't intend for it to be the final entry, it surely wraps up the Iron Man saga appropriately an emotional journey for Tony Stark.

Iron Man 2
Iron Man 2(2010)

Iron Man 2 doesn't strive to do much as a sequel beyond providing temporary thrills and serving as a pre-cursor to a larger future project. Rushed line delivery and underused talent aid the dissolved status of the film as Tony Stark embarks on a rather vanilla quest of easily glossed-over inner conflicts and pseudo battles with an under-developed villain. If the first Iron man flick is the groundwork for a great comic book movie franchise, its sequel is a disappointingly short-changed experience.

Good Will Hunting

A stellar emotional triumph that is affectionate with gut-wrenching revelations and heart-warming intentions. Crafty visual compositions and moving performances enrich a script that probably wouldn't have garnered Good Will Hunting's universal praise on its own.

Taken 2
Taken 2(2012)

Taken 2 completely discards characterization, fails to improve on the plotting issues of its predecessor and provides more eye-rollers than thrills. While "Taken" serves as marginally decent action fodder, this rushed sequel is nothing more than a parasite of its acclaim that not even Liam Neeson can save.


Watchmen is a film trapped within the confines of the pages of its acclaimed source novel; its grandiose scale, rich visuals and colorful characters are disserviced by a relentlessly melodramatic tone and ragged narrative. The writing team might've been able to iron out these drawbacks by taking a few more liberties in the adaptation process, but perhaps this unique tale only succeeds on one medium.

Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon

Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon perfects an emotional journey with gorgeous cinematography and flawless stage combat. Ang Lee's worldwide smash hit not only exercised technical and episodic mastery, but also established a precedent for action/adventure films of the mid-to-late 2000's.


Van Sant's extensive use of the long take effectively coincides with his non-linear narrative. This abstract style fosters authenticity and brings improvisation to the forefront- a daring move with a cast of virtual no-names. What "Elephant" lacks in allowance is made up for with artistic mastery and a grim telling of the mystifying teenage condition.


The premise of this film doesn't beg to be qualified- it doesn't have to, which is refreshing in a genre where borrowed ideas and boring exposition are exceedingly prevalent. Instead of a disconnected, messy time-traveling mishap, Looper is a viscerally engaging experience occupied by an outstanding cast and exceptional stylistic bite.


Bronson isn't an easy watch, like most of Refn's works. But through dark, disturbing cinematography the viewer gets a great representation of what it's like to be in the head of Charlie Bronson. Hardy's devoted performance is a testament to his acting abilities- this is without any doubt his best performance as a mainstream actor. The plot structure is shotty, and some key details are breezed over, but it does just enough to stick in the viewers head as an unforgettable experience.


Bond 23 is a monumental bounce-back, a highly intelligible and poetic cliffhanger, a cinematic tour de force, and the quintessential 007 experience. Mendes's refreshingly custom (albeit dark) thriller also includes an unforgettable antagonist, played by Javier Bardem- who delivers with a startlingly flamboyant performance.


As terrifying as it is authentic, Argo is a captivating piece anchored by outstanding casting and validated by Affleck's cream-of-the-crop directorial vision and Terrio's often humorous script.


Ominous but honest, Flight finds some less-than-conventional ways to keep viewers glued to the screen. Denzel Washington delivers with one of his best performances ever in this bleak tale of a pitiful hero.

Blue Streak
Blue Streak(1999)

Can a crook go straight without really trying? Maybe; by the logic of Blue Streak- it's an absolute yes. But the bigger question at hand: can a movie be good without really trying? No, it can't.

S.W.A.T.: Firefight

Hardcore action junkie? An hour and a half to kill? Fan of the mediocre first film? Then this should be right up your alley.

The Dark Knight

This is one Hollywood blockbuster that actually lives up to its massively ridiculous hype, maybe even exceeding it. Nolan nails the Batman universe in this surprisingly complex and dark game-changing masterpiece, providing the mythology with a deep subject matter not matched by any other comic book film. Heath Ledger's Joker is the stand-out here, stealing the show and never giving it back. This is a film that resonates with viewers in an epic, engrossing manner, leaving them begging for more. The Dark Knight supersedes its predecessor in almost every way and will not be forgotten anytime soon.

The Grey
The Grey(2012)

When watching The Grey, the viewer does fall prey to a rather predictable one-by-one character hit-list, but that hardly stands in the way of an otherwise chilling, suspenseful, and grim experience anchored by an emotionally gripping screenplay.

Return to Oz
Return to Oz(1985)

The stunningly grim tone of this film has earned it a "cult" status years later- however, it deserved more respect during its original run. Though this tale doesn't meet the standard of the original story, it's still engaging and thoughtful, returning us to familiar elements while exhibiting a bolder, more mature "style". The practical effects, character and set designs are as creative as they are dazzling- definitely doing the original film justice. It may not target the same type of viewer, but Return to Oz works as a direct sequel to one of the greatest films ever made.

Dog Day Afternoon

A fantastic piece of work through and through. The drama is riveting, the suspense escalates right until the last shot, and the viewers mind is taken to places far beyond the mere handful of sets with spectacular acting(Pacino, one of the best at his best) and sharp camera work.


Some people think this movie is not "deep" enough. These people are wrong. Even though Prometheus is loaded with mythic subtext, its medium is a lackluster script, conveyed with uninspired performances. These problems, along with messy pacing, taint an otherwise impressive spectacle.

Marvel's The Avengers

Brass but grounded, hilarious, and most importantly, COHERENT. Joss Whedon and his crew knocked this one out of the park- way out of the park- so far out of the park, that any miss of a Marvel product in the future is nearly inexcusable. It perfects its own game, setting new standards along the way.

The Amazing Spider-Man

Effectively stimulating but inanely scripted. The Amazing Spider-Man glosses over many familiar plot points in grubby fashion, extracting any potential warmth of the original story. Casual movie goers will be happy given the heavy use of special effects and thrilling action sequences, but even they will be wondering why the writers decided to re-hash the origin in the first place. Can we please go into a superhero saga cold for once?

Total Recall
Total Recall(2012)

Even though it doesn't boast a shred of originality, a single worthy performance, or a thought-provoking script, Total Recall does tinker on being tongue-in-cheek, a quality of the original film, and has some neat set designs.

Super Mario Bros.

Okay, so it's bad, not criminally bad, but certainly bad. But why wasn't it good enough proof to show to Hollywood that video game adaptations just aren't meant to be?

Jennifer's Body

For everything it was "hyped" up to be, Jennifer's Body is certianly a let-down. Though some may find it to be harmless and somewhat enjoyable...the humor is no better than mild quirkiness, and the scares are missing for the most part. Megan Fox is definitley sexy...but her acting skills are still nowhere to be found- as she is out-performed by co-star Amanda Seyfried, who boasts the only worthy performace.

127 Hours
127 Hours(2010)

Brutally captivating and flawlessly executed; Franco's performance is dead-on. Boyle's direction covers a variety of'll have you laughing, crying, cheering, cringing. This film is justice to a spectacular story about an icon of the human potential.

Saw 3D
Saw 3D(2010)

The fact that it tries to be even somewhat serious is insulting to the intelligence of the general public. The final "Saw" is undoubtedly the worst. The series was dead many films ago, and now it's just finding reasons (with the use of nonsensical plot twists) to entertain people with inventive ways to die horribly, and even those have gotten old.

21 Jump Street

Stunningly crude and funny, 21 Jump Street successfully pleases modern tastes in comedy and nostalgia. That being said, the predictable nature of the punchlines borders on redundant in the third act and none of the characters are particularly likable.

One Hour Photo

It doesn't provide as much depth as it thinks it does, but One Hour Photo is effectively creepy and provides moderate thrills. Appropriately, it's also shot incredibly well- adding to the "psychology of a photographer" theme. Robin Williams proves his versatility as an actor, as his performance is so good that it disposes of the lackluster performances around him and results in moderate sympathy from open-minded viewers.

X-Men Origins - Wolverine

Oh, it's far from X-Men and X2. While the action dazzles, and Hugh Jackman, Danny Hutson, and Liev Schreiber provide some quality's not only cliched and at points brainless, but it relies way too much on special effects, and it's poorly, poorly edited. While we can't do much complaining about the inaccurate portrayal of the comics, it does manage to be unfaithful to even the X-Men trilogy at some points.


Well, it's no straight-to-DVD masterpiece. Stock family members meet stock criminals in a dull, cheap, low-budget setting, there's a bag of money involved, and Mom ends up using an AK 47. A forgettable ride at best.

Valhalla Rising

Refn's ambition is well noted, and that may come at the expense of the viewer's awareness. If you're patient, like One-Eye himself, you'll be haunted by strikingly violent imagery and the brutal reality of the price of religious pursuits. If you're looking for a plot guided journey void of portent and symbolism...look away.

The Artist
The Artist(2011)

Though it's literally and quite figuratively "black and white", "The Artist" is an exceptional statement in nostalgia and the impact of one's own pride. Sure, it might be what one would call "Oscar bait", but, I don't blame the Academy for biting. Outstanding cinematography, solid performances and a brilliant score that narrates the entire film makes it worthy of it's praise, and stand out as an achievement in film making.

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

As bleak as they come. Though the it suffers from pacing issues that taint an otherwise great atmospheric experience- an engaging plot, gripping score and devoted performances make The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo another worthy addition to Fincher's unique filmography.


Some may be drawn away from it due to it's dreary tone and somewhat pretentious nature, but Gattaca manages to stand on it's own with powerful style, compelling drama, and a powerful message. What else can you ask for from a sci-fi? It's movies like these that define the genre.

Midnight in Paris

Midnight in Paris takes a rather risky plot and executes with exceptional finesse, cutting down on bitter moments and dramatized conflict. A truly engaging, occasionally hilarious and highly cultural ride that can be enjoyed by anyone looking to stimulate the mind.

The Muppets
The Muppets(2011)

One of the most thoroughly enjoyable films of the year, "The Muppets" is not only persuasively hilarious and heart-warming, but perhaps the single best post-Henson "Muppets" creation yet.

Cowboys & Aliens

Modern-day Western stereotyping meets modern-day science fiction stereotyping. Oh, joy. "Cowboys & Aliens" aims to please the eyes and the simple minds, and it can't even do that. A hollow mess that takes it's tongue-in-cheek premise way too seriously.


It's tough to ignore the glaring cliches, occasionally laughable dialogue and sub-par minor characters, but in the end, the brutally captivating premise the film is built on makes "Warrior" a memorable watch.


An emotional powerhouse, a bittersweet symphony, 50/50 is packed with plenty of comedic gold, but touches the human heart above all else. Joseph Gordon-Levitt steals the show, with a performance that couldn't emulate the alienating effects of having cancer any better. A touchy premise done without too much finesse or dare. Don't pass this one up.

Attack the Block

An overachieving sci-fi thrill ride that defies the need for multi-million dollar special effects budgets. With good acting, some strong (though occasionally hit-or-miss) moments of suspense, and plenty of laughs along the way, "Attack The Block" is one of 2011's finest hidden gems.


A rare combination of style and substance, "Zombieland" is an ambitious product that pleases many different tastes.


Beane's conflict with his past isn't fully fledged out in the adapted screenplay, but otherwise "Moneyball" is a highly engrossing, beautifully shot and immaculately paced adaptation that defines the modern age in sports.

The Tree of Life

Such a broad and well-thought out ideal could've used a better narrative, as the unfamiliarity of the story structure may baffle some viewers looking for something a bit more engrossing. That being said, "The Tree of Life" is undeniably successful at conveying its premise by way of image rather than literal explanations, which we've all become quite accustomed to.


It fails to produce any fully fledged ideas or characters, so what we have is a product carried by popcorn-action gimmicks, which would've been okay, if the gimmicks didn't consist of incoherent action sequences and every thriller cliche in the book. A messy misfire that's hard to recommend to anyone looking for anything more than Zoe Saldana's tight figure.

Mr. Popper's Penguins

Painfully cliche and abundant in shallow characters and stale humor, "Mr. Popper's Penguins" is terrible even given the circumstance of being a family-centered, clean comedy. The film begs the audience to tolerate a dull and formulaic story with stock characters and stale humor so that Carey and the penguins carry the product in contrast. Unfortunately, these "selling" points of the film actually worsen the experience.

True Grit
True Grit(2010)

Another perfectly executed Coen bros. piece of work- as it boasts an outstanding cast and is faithful to its source material. A rare hit in the dying brand of western films.

Planet of the Apes

The true potential of science fiction is highlighted in the classic, "Planet Of The Apes", as we get a scarily thought-provoking and smart fantasy that speaks volumes about what mankind is all about from a broader view.


So much was put into Heat, and so much came out. Mann utilizes each and every character perfectly without creating a tangled mess. Some parts could have been better, and some of the performances were weak, but again there's so much going on and so many people to follow that the good outshines the bad everytime. Good script, brilliant plot, great action, powerful premise, legendary film.


A brilliant 180-degree twist on the typical action movie formula moviegoers are being fed to on an exponentially growing level. It manages to push forth a rather typical conflict and a main character we know nothing about without being heartless and empty, in fact, this film is dripping with emotion- offsetting the goofy action cliches. Passionate, visually spectacular and abstract, Drive is a must see for anyone with a pulse in the art of film. A real cinematic treat.

Rise of the Planet of the Apes

The fact that it pays some homages to the original classic isn't enough to cover it's familiar disaster-movie structure, but it does provide some out-of-the-ordinary moments, making it at least somewhat memorable. Serkis gets major props for the non-speaking role, too.

Batman Returns

Wacky, ambitious and dark, "Returns" might alienate main-streamer viewers, but true Batman fans will have nothing but respect for Burton's unique entry to the saga. It's a shame it had to end here for him, as Keaton's Batman and the stylish setting would be missed for years.


It keeps you watching, but ultimately, "Blitz" isn't something we haven't seen a million times. Though it prides itself on being a fast-paced action thriller, it strangely felt much longer than its 90 minute run-time. If you're a fan of Jason Statham looking cool as all the other characters on screen just play along with his cockiness, then it might be for you, but true action fans might find it to be a tad of a bore.

The Guard
The Guard(2011)

Brilliantly written and genuinely funny, "The Guard" hits every note it attempts to strike. Gleeson puts on a life-like and raunchy performance as Sgt. Jerry Boyle, one of the most entertaining protagonists you'll ever have the pleasure of watching.

Griff the Invisible

The narrative in this film isn't terribly original, but it pushes the moral forward effectively. That being said, Griff The Invisible is too uneven with its tone to stick out as the ambitious satire it COULD'VE been.

Hobo With a Shotgun

An effectively disturbing grindhouse satire that captures a certain element of film we rarely get to see anymore without being able to care less about the story elements. Definitely nothing special nor suitable for all audiences, but effective in it's premise nonetheless.

Friends With Benefits

JT puts in a respectable performance, as does Richard Jenkins, but in the end, "Friends With Benefits" takes a somewhat interesting premise and turns it into a predictable rom-com audiences are so accustomed to seeing.

The Beaver
The Beaver(2011)

The final act is a tad "Hollywood", if you will, but even so...The Beaver is an outstanding tale about a condition only those suffering can fully understand. Jodie Foster gets major props for chiming in with a respectable performance and directing a film that will be underappreciated come Award season. An emotionally gripping drama with deep screenwriting and highly engaging characters, this movie is the best I've seen in 2011.

Bad Teacher
Bad Teacher(2011)

Diaz's respectable performance doesn't boost the movie enough for it to be considered anything better than an absolute basic modern-day comedy built on a familiar premise.

Trailer Park Boys: The Movie

Despite the obvious potential and occasional laughs, "The Big Dirty" only further alienates the fans of the obscure TV series by treating its signature humor as more of a novelty than anything else. As a big fan of the series, I was thoroughly let down by this shotty representation of a much better deserving television series.

A Beautiful Mind

Being undoubtedly abbreviated doesn't help its cause, but A Beautiful Mind is executed perfectly as a story about a man with genius ambition at the expense of his mental illness. The acting, style and screenplay compliment each other brilliantly to make an unforgettable product.

Passion Play
Passion Play(2011)

Horribly pretentious and seemingly unfinished, Passion Play is perfect for those "$0.99 and under" bargain bins you see at grocery stores.


An unfortunate misfire that certainly isn't terrible, but is rather so much of a downgrade from the two classic films it follows that it's very hard to respect as a stand-alone product. Little in the way of thrills, scares or truly engaging characters, Alien 3 was ultimately the beginning of the end for the "Alien" saga.


Brilliance can be expressed through film no matter the budget. Pi is indeed brilliant and highly entertaining, making the viewer forget what the film lacks in financial accolades.

Requiem for a Dream

Though sometimes harsh and a tad too bold, Requiem For A Dream manages to boast a bleak premise with emotionally deep and engaging characters.

Captain America: The First Avenger

It's difficult not to take the whole thing with a grain of salt, because the film is so goofy, it's essentially a saturday morning "Marvel" cartoon. As you would expect, the shallow characters and beaten-to-death cliches hardly affect the tounge-in-cheek attitude this movie packs with no shame at all.

THX 1138
THX 1138(1971)

What it may lack in true thrills and screenwriting is made up for with respectable ideals and outstanding technological strives. The sets and visuals may have dropped jaws 40 years ago, but today they still manage to withstand the test of time. A solid addition to an early generation of sci-fi classics.

Horrible Bosses

Persuasively hilarious and raunchy, Horrible bosses is not only the best comedy thus far in leaves it's predecessors "The Hangover Part II" and "Bridesmaids" lagging far behind. The cast it outstanding, most of the jokes are fresh regardless of their dirty nature, and the plot meshes together just fine to make a highly enjoyable albeit predictable and far from original summer comedy flick.

Just Go with It

Just Go With It is yet another instantly disposable romantic comedy churned out by the lazy "Happy Madison" production company. Though Sandler and Aniston manage to boast solid chemistry, Brooklyn Decker is absolutely atrocious in her first role as a character that's as enforced and poorly written as the screenplay of this film. You may chuckle here or there, but it lacks any truly memorable moments of comedy.


Bridesmaids isn't the worst piece of storytelling to come around this year, but overall I found myself bored and unsatisfied like a rocky marriage on its hind legs. The over-the-top gags may appeal to some, but they tend to compete with the overall dreary tone of the first half of the film, giving us an uneasy rom-com that can't decide whether or not it wants an emotional engagement from the audience. Other than Wiig's uniquely strange and somewhat depressing performance as the lead character, the rest of the cast chime in with stock characters that seem to be recycled from other mediocre romantic comedies.

Jackass 3.5
Jackass 3.5(2011)

Though some of the stunts are still as entertaining as they've always been, Jackass 3 is undoubtedly the weakest entry in the Jackass trilogy. Essentially, as each film has increased in budget, the quality has decreased. Everyone in the crew is crazy as usual, but becoming rich has definitely made them very distant from the devoted fans of their insane endeavors.

Fast Five
Fast Five(2011)

Fast Five makes up for a painfully cliche script and shallow characters with a stunningly coherent plot and action thrills galore. Somehow, the series saved its best for last.

Batman Forever

A major downgrade to the series, and clearly dumbed down for kids, Batman Forever at least possesses the entertaining Jim Carrey and some decent (though out of place and not faithful to Batman) eye-candy.

Tron Legacy
Tron Legacy(2010)

This time around, Tron can't be considered worthwhile simply because of its visuals. In 1982, they were groundbreaking. Today, though, films with dazzling effects are a dime a dozen. It's still creative as hell, and the grid has definitley been properly updated, but the ride this time around is less fun and more "in your face", resulting in a much less memorable product than the first. The lackluskter acting and predictable storyline don't help, either.

Grandma's Boy

A lovable affair for the stoner demographic.


Holes is a faithful adaptation to the book...with nothing more, or nothing less. While it remains family friendly, it certainly doesn't lose the intelligence of the book, and it's something anyone of any age could enjoy.

Batman Begins

When Batman Begins was released, it was the Batman movie we were all waiting for. Dark, complex, and powerfully acted- Batman Begins tells the origins of The Dark Knight the way it should be told.

Miami Vice
Miami Vice(2006)

Mann's adaptation of the original TV series may not be faithful enough for some, as the lead characters are a bit shallow and underdeveloped, and perhaps fans were looking for a more upbeat, action-based style of film. Looking at it as a stand-alone crime drama, however, Miami Vice is another very solid outing from Micheal Mann with a deep, intelligent storyline done with outstanding style.

Super 8
Super 8(2011)

Director J. J. Abrams delivers again, this time with a throwback summer blockbuster monster flick that boasts a familiar tone with its fast pacing and special effects, but doesn't lack in engaging characters and genuine emotion. It's a step short of a truly memorable experience because it may be all a little too familiar for some, but ultimately it's still thoroughly enjoyable and well executed.

District 9
District 9(2009)

District 9 is not only the best film thusfar in 2009, but it's a true work of art- A sci-fi masterpiece that is a scary look into a very realistic representation of the future, providing intense thrills and horrors. This is a film that surely won't be forgotten- we'll be talking about it and remembering it's characters and amazing direction for a long time.


One of the most thrilling, mysterious and creative films of all time. Nolan's ability to portray drama and mystery is perhaps best seen in Memento, which is just one in a line of many brilliant films by the legendary director. The condition the film revolves around is portayed perfectly with it's cinematography, almost as if the audiance suffers the the same disease as Pearce's character. Perhaps some will be confused or unsatisfied with the ending, but it's all up to ones interpretation- which is exactly what Nolan aimed to do, making Memento a perfect product.

The A-Team
The A-Team(2010)

As overblown and noisy as they come, which is the ultimate goal given the source material, but noone ever said there needed to be a modern day adaptation of The A-Team. In the modern day, it just doesn't work out to be anything better than your typical summer blockbuster with nothing to offer but great special effects and action. The talented cast is almost abused by the terrible writing, and the storyline is cliched and predictable. Definitley worth a watch for the hard-core action junkies, but for the rest of us it just becomes exhausting.

Never Let Me Go

It doesn't quite hit as hard as it should, but Never Let Me Go is a powerfully emotional film that touches on the human condition with just a subtle stroke of science-fiction. It's near genius, but perhaps it's subtleness is what holds it from reaching that point.

The Green Hornet

Follows a basic superhero format with a plot you'll be able to predict within the first ten minutes- literally. Character development is tossed out of the way, and what we get is a simple minded action flick with only some mild quirks to set itself apart from the pack. Seth Rogen plays as Seth Rogen, like he always does, so fans of his work should enjoy it. Imagine a cross between Pineapple Express and Kick-Ass, and this is what you get. It's worth checking out, just don't go in expecting anything new.


Limitless had a lot going for it, but we only get sporadic tastes of it's potential. Cooper and Deniro shine on screen, but the rest of the cast under performs and they come off as stock characters. If Niel Burger took some more risks, this could have been something special, but ironically it's too limited. Big time disappointment.

Freddy Got Fingered

Disgusting, horrible, tasteless, and brutally immature. A gross-out film that probably set the standard for mid-movie walkouts, Freddy Got Fingered is a strangely hilarious slap in the face to the general public and overall well being of civilization.

American Beauty

American Beauty is by all means an artistic achievement that's rarely emulated through the means of film. It's spiritually uplifting yet brutally honest, conveying the randomness, beauty, and horror that is human life. Each character is engaging, love or hate them, making this one of the most entertaining and gripping films of all time.

Total Recall
Total Recall(1990)

Though it's certainly brass, over the top and unnecessarily confusing at times, "Total Recall" is the epitome of a crowd-pleasing and thought provoking science-fiction film.

X-Men: First Class

X-Men: First Class doesn't quite boast the originality and emotional draw the first two X-Men movies gave us, but it serves well as a faithful prequel with plenty of engaging characters and entertaining action sequences. Though some of the dialouge is cheesy and painfully cliche, the strong storyline saves the film from being the typical money-grabbing summer popcorn flick.

X2: X-Men United

This is one of the best comic films ever made. Builds on what the first achieved, and gives the fans more and more and more. More action, more mutants, more complex story telling and moving messages towards segregation.

The Hangover Part II

The Hangover Part II's intent is harmless. The purpose is to build on the success of the first film by not touching many of the elements of the storyline, but by giving us fresher and more over-the-top gags. Unfortunately, while it's still the same fun ride, much of the humor in this installment is hit-or-miss, and not nearly as memorable as the humor of the first. The upgrade in raunchiness doesn't help, it's more disturbing than funny.

Die-hards of the first will probably love it again, but more people will still be talking about "The Hangover" years down the line rather than it's shady sequel.

Hall Pass
Hall Pass(2011)

It's total hit or miss, and when it hits, it shines, but the lacluster and predictable plot pull the whole premise down, with enforced values and a cliched moral. Besides, none of these actors can be taken seriously.


Okay, Speed epitomizes the blockbuster action flick that isn't short of the thrills and explosions, but come on- this movie is ridiculous. Some of the performances are GOD awful. The person who wrote the script might as well be the person who coordinated the stunts. It's heartless.


Though Thor manages to be a barely passable entry to the Marvel saga with it's impressive action sequences, special effects and heroic tone, it fails to reach notable levels. When the movie attempts to portray believable emotion, it falls flat on it face. A thorough disappointment that's subjected to a cliched plot and underwhelming performances.

The Girlfriend Experience

The Girlfriend Experience boasts great performances and crafty cinematography, but the lack of emotional draw keeps it from being notably good.


It's not quite as good as Borat, and it does tend to get overly disturbing and crude at some spots, however, Bruno is persuasively hilarious and entertaining.

The Terminator

Terrific performances, terrific action, compelling drama.....The Terminator has everything a sci-fi action flick needs and more.

X-Men: The Last Stand

Yeah, it's the worst of the trilogy. Yeah, it's disappointing. Yeah, Brett Ratner messed it up and traded in Singer's character development, attention to detail and heart for some more explosions. But powerful acting and a story line that you can't help but to be latched to along with a strong ending and more mutants to add to the pot, The Last Stand still keeps X-Men near the top in terms of comic book adaptions.

Seven Pounds
Seven Pounds(2008)

The complex story-line of "Seven Pounds" does nothing to set itself apart from the pack, and instead of being memorable and moving, it comes off as confusing and pretentious.

Independence Day

The plot is ridiculous, the acting is sub-standard, and the special effects are way, way too over-the-top to be considered "impressive". Despite this, "Independence Day" is undeniably irresistible, and like the real American holiday it's named after, it holds a spot in our nations history as memorable event. Like a backdoor fetish, this movie is a guilty pleasure that most of us probably share.


Spider-Man is not only a memorable movie-going experience, but it's everything a comic book film should be. With a great cast, spectacular action, and powerful plot, Spider-Man was the perfect bang to start a powerful series of films.

Iron Man
Iron Man(2008)

Iron Man is a very powerful beginning to what will be a very powerful series of films. Another healthy addition to the comic-book genre, Robert Downey plays a symbolic Tony Stark in a role that seems perfect for him. The action scenes are dazzling, and the storyline pieces together a powerful film that makes a statement.

Flight of the Phoenix

It's not exactly the most intelligent ride, but Flight of the Phoenix boasts solid performances no matter how believable the characters could or couldn't be.

Saw IV
Saw IV(2007)

It's just depressing that people in this country are still paying to watch these movies. Jigsaw's motives and the whole storyline with people who apparently deserve to be tortured to death are pretty much ditched at this point and take the ultimate back seat to the traps....which are starting to get pretty tiring, too.

Saw II
Saw II(2005)

The traps are well thought out and nifty, but the storyline and characters are the real pain in this one.

No Country for Old Men

It's the best film of 2007 with it's incredible performances, exhilarating and chilling action and scares, as well as relative humor in spots and gripping story line.

Forrest Gump
Forrest Gump(1994)

Simply unforgettable, and has a lasting impact on any viewer. Few films ever have or will match the way this movie progresses through a timeline.


What it holds in the visual department is completely outdone by it's horrendous performances and completely senseless plot.

Mr. & Mrs. Smith

Despite the talent- the acting is somewhat dry and bland. Plenty of fun action, entertains just fine, but the added on romance feels pretentious at times.

G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra

Though faithful to it's source, and it will certainly entertain those action junkies and tech geeks, as well as the fans of GI Joe, "The Rise of Cobra" is your typical brainless, poorly written, over-the-top summer action flick. But, at least it doesn't try to be anything but that, and those going in without expecting an ounce of intelligence should come out somewhat satisfied.


No, it's overly-gratuitous violence, language and suggestive themes don't make it edgy. If anything, they make it a little too disturbing to watch and cause inconsistencies in the plot. However, "Kick-Ass" boasts enough humor and thrills, along with a respectable storyline to be considered the "ZombieLand" of comic book films.

Source Code
Source Code(2011)

Its somewhat flawed and lightly explained sci-fi concept is made up by the believable and emotionally engaging characters. Source Code might not stick out in a crowded genre, but it's efforts in writing, performances, and special effects pay off and make it a worthwhile addition.

The Adjustment Bureau

It's definitley not the most balanced movie you'll ever see... as sometimes it'll have you questioning whether or not the whole thing is run on plot gimmicks or cliches, and other times it'll have you thinking "instant classic". However, with solid performances all around and a premise that definitley works, The Adjustment Bureau is undoubtedly the first notable hit of 2011 and a very healthy addition to the sci-fi genre.


Well short of perfect, brass and immature. That being said, Paul is still a ton of fun that provides plenty of laugh-out-loud moments. In the end, the laughs and occasional clever gags manage to outweigh the flaws.

A Clockwork Orange

It's premise seems to drag and the plot gets thinner post-climax, but A Clockwork Orange still boasts some outstanding performances and unique art direction to be considered an all-around success.

The Company Men

The potential isn't squandered, but it certainly doesn't get the most out of its star power. The Company Men is hard to recommend to anyone not directly affected by the recession, and perhaps a more broad, simpled look at it would've made this a memorable film.

The Mechanic
The Mechanic(2011)

Serviceable in that it does exactly what it intends to do...but that's also what holds it back from being anything more than a basic action flick. The plot gives Statham a reason to chip in an inhuman, get-it-done clean and quick type of performance, which is again nothing new.

The Kids Are All Right

Not funny enough to be a comedy, nor serious enough to be a drama. This gives us a very smooth, even story with a solid moral without being to goofy or gloomy. The acting is perfect, nearly every role is played to perfection, giving the audience a true "feel" to every scene whether it be a funny, awkward, or tense moment. It's not immune to the occasional cliche, but The Kids Are All Right succeeds on all levels.


Though it's not his own material this time story-wise, Christopher Nolan still creates a riveting product with the right amount of twists and psychologically based cinematography, similar to Memento, only this time one man steals the show. Pacino's outstanding performance is what makes Insomnia the great movie it is, and without him, it isn't quite as spectacular even with a solid supporting cast.

Shutter Island

The overall atmosphere is...okay. It's certainly creepy at points, but you can't help but to feel like some of it's a bit cliche. This can be over looked, however, as Shutter Island is as gripping and twisted as they come, and DiCaprio's performance anchors a strong story that makes it hard to look away for even a second.


The high-powered cast is well-utilized, and though the dialouge is a bit too "nutty" at some points, Red is a solid effort all around with fantastic action sequences, some humor, and a plot that will keep you guessing.

Rocky Balboa
Rocky Balboa(2006)

Stallone deserves a lot of credit, don't get me wrong, but he needs to accept the fact that Rocky V happened. Other than that, "Rocky Balboa" is an epic return for the boxing and film legend, and it features the best fighting sequence in the series.


No, it's not much smarter than the other works of Micheal Bay, but the stunning visuals and exhilarating action scenes overcome what it lacks in the plot and dialogue. That's not to say it doesn't eventually get tiring, however.


Calling it a fundamentally flawless film is definitely pushing it, as some of the dialogue is rather bloated during the human side of the story, and the climax makes the film stray away from poetry and heads more towards product...but "Avatar" is such an amazing and memorable adventure, that these flaws can be forgiven. While the CGI, special effects, and action in the film dazzle like never before, James Cameron somehow manages to still provide important characters to care about, and a strongly entertaining storyline with an important moral. It's not just "the" movie of 2009, it's the defying flick that ties up a decade of revolution in film-making, and sets the standard for the future of cinema.

Lost In Translation

So is there a "point" to Lost in Translation? Sure there is. It sends a message in a subtle, yet moving way. This is a movie that truly tests the viewer in a way. How much do you care about movies? Do you go just because everyone else is going, just to be entertained, just to see things you don't see every day? Well, if that's the case, this is not a movie for you, because you will not "get it". But if you appreciate film for more than just flash, and movies actually mean something to will "get it", and you'll not only see the brilliance in the whole thing, but you'll be spiritually lifted.

Spider-Man 3
Spider-Man 3(2007)

Jumbled with too many villains and storylines, but Spider-Man 3 is a very entertaining third entry, and it certainly sets itself apart from the first two, and still provides great action and entertaining characters.

The Town
The Town(2010)

Every role is executed with near perfection, the story is not only thrilling but compelling and suspenseful, and the overall style is perfect for the films Boston demeanor. Ben Affleck now not only further proves his niche in writing and directing, but he makes a strong statement about his acting talents in this role. Never has a film made it's audience feel so much remorse for the bad guys. When clean cops become the real villains of a film, you know it's a testament to a spectacular storyline. Give Affleck the award for best Director of 2010, and hand Renner an Oscar in the meantime for his brilliant supporting role.

Gone Baby Gone

Gets a tad messy in the fallout, but all the nitpicking can be thrown aside in this brutally honest, morally captivating film that backs the Affleck brothers with considerable legitimacy. Fantastic performances, realistic dialogue, beatifully shot. A near-flawless crime drama that hits hard in the end.

The Men Who Stare at Goats

Brilliantly satirical without ever getting offensive. There's nothing too specatacular about the whole thing, not even the acting despite the very talented cast- but in the end it leaves you extremley satisfied if you take it all in with a grain of salt.

Black Swan
Black Swan(2010)

Overpoweringly bold with it's cinematography, and that's a good thing until it becomes cliched and over-the-top. At least it's well casted and performed, with characters that contrast each other in ways that successfully push the message forward. It's a worth checking out if you can get past the strange and sometimes ridiculous nature of the film, but it's certianly not for everyone.

The Social Network

One of the most gripping films in the last few years. The Social Network features an almost perfect script with performances all around that emulate believable figures. No matter the accuracy of the story- this is one representation that will stick out in history. Eisenberg doesn't steal the show per say, but that's just a testament to the balanced cast and engaging characters. Probably the favorite for 2010's best film, and it's well deserving.

The Prestige
The Prestige(2006)

The Prestige is as engaging as they come, and though it's plot isn't devoid of the occasional hole, the twists and surprises that come with it make for an extremely satisfying product. With a cast that lives up to it's big names and another unique story that works, Christopher Nolan continues to give us hope that Hollywood isn't running out of ideas...


Yeah, it's dated, and yeah- anyone who's stuck on the modern day expectation of visual effects will fail to be impressed by it. But "Tron" wasn't made in the modern day, and for it's time, it was not only an impressive feat with it's effects, it was also one helluva fun ride.

Enter the Void (Soudain le vide)

Undoubtedly breaks new ground and provides a concept that will blow your mind away, love it or hate it. Personally, I felt that it was a little enforced and perhaps annoying with its artistic style, and it was more the storyline and characters that made it feel worthwhile.


Takes itself too seriously to be considered a "B-movie", so it doesn't deserve to be dubbed as "so bad it's good". It also offers nothing to anyone outside of the special effects junkies and those who enjoy the low-budget films seen on the Sci-Fi network. With a little bit of effort towards it's script, "Skyline" could've passed as a forgettable cross between a ripoff of "Independence Day" and "District 9", but it actually manages to be worse than that.


Every summer, we expect at least one blockbuster to succeed in ways that go beyond visuals and star power with intellectuals. Inception is just that, and it likely wont be topped by any other movie this year. Christopher Nolan continues to thrive as the best director in Hollywood, as he's once again able to engage the viewer in a deep, intelligent and thrilling ride that is worth seeing twice. And though it does take a lot of brain power to absorb and can get pretty confusing at times, it's got something for just about every type of movie-goer.

The Fighter
The Fighter(2010)

It's nothing we haven't seen before in terms of it's story, but the extraordinary performances and motivating premise and moral make it a worthwhile candidate for the best film of 2010. Bale's performance is also easily the best of any supporting role we've seen all year.


A revolution in Science Fiction. 30 years later, "Alien" still holds up, and could easily go head-to-head with more modern sci-fi horror flicks. It's slow-moving pace and realistic characters add to the masterful atmosphere; one that is still amongst the best we'll ever see in film. Sigourney Weaver's performance as "Ripley" told movie-goers at the time that chicks can kick ass too, and that undoubtedly impacted future heroines in film (Sarah Connor, anyone?). Really, in all aspects, this is one of the most important films of all time.

Jonah Hex
Jonah Hex(2010)

Clearly, something went wrong from the start in the production of this "film". To think that people actually:

1.Want to pay to see a 70 minute film
2.Would prefer this over Toy Story 3
3.Care about let alone KNOW what Jonah Hex is
4.Believe that Josh Brolin and Megan Fox (two actors on COMPLETELY different levels) are a good combination

is totally absurd. Everything about this movie feels unfinished and enforced, making the experience of watching this film laughable.....and not in a good way.


Toy Story 3
Toy Story 3(2010)

Toy Story 3 delivers on all fronts. It's incredibly fun, funny, charming, and heart warming, making it a perfect summer movie for absolutely anyone and worth the ten-year wait. In a time where almost every sequel is made with the sole intent of turning a profit, it's great to have a production company like Pixar, who can take basic things like toys and turn them into characters the viewer can become emotionally attached to.

Seven (Se7en)

Seven is a near-perfect mystery/thriller, boasting outstanding performances from it's lead stars and a plot that keeps the viewer pasted to the film until it's all said and done. And when it does reach it's finale, anyone who becomes attached to the storyline will be emotionally stunned, the way one should feel when watching a film in this genre.

The Hurt Locker

Intense, emotional, thrilling....The Hurt Locker overcomes it's financial shortcomings with flawless direction and high quality performances. The combination of Bigelow's direction and the under-rated Jeremey Renner's performance puts the audiance in a dead accurate representation of the ongoing war in Iraq.

Law Abiding Citizen

Though the plot and situations presented seem to grow more and more absurd as the film goes on, and the script is so poorly written to the point that the talented cast becomes disposable, it's hard not to be entertained when watching Law Abiding Citizen because of it's creativeness and somewhat engaging premise. It's probably the guiltiest pleasure of 2009.


CGI and mind-numbing special effects are overused in cinema so much today, that films can no longer be impressive when they are carried by them. A film possessing them can still certainly be good, but in order to do so- they would have to have above-average script writing, characters, acting and appropriate dialogue. Instead of these things, 2012 has every disaster movie cliche possible, absolutely treacherous and laughably bad interaction between its characters, and a plot that's too lazy and pretentious to make this a memorable film in what is now an overpopulated genre. The easily impressed should be pleased, and some may find it to be so bad it's good, but in the end 2012 is probably Roland Emmerich's worst outing since Godzilla.

Observe and Report

It attempts to be funny in it's own dumb kind of way- and it will certainly grab some laughs from those with similar comedic standards- but Observe and Report never truly reaches it's full potential. Rogen's performance is total hit-or-miss, and in the end it's more laughable than memorable.

The Shining
The Shining(1980)

"The Shining" is as important to the horror genre as "Blade Runner" is to the Sci-Fi genre. An absolute masterpiece filled with unforgettable scares, images, performances, and perhaps the most creepy yet powerful theatrical score in the history of film. It's pretty hilarious, too.

Saw VI
Saw VI(2009)

While the target crowd of young, gore-porn hungry folks will find nothing new with it, (which is okay, with their normally low standards) smarter movie goers and critics will find that this one had a little more going for it, but that it ultimately fails due to its normal shortcomings, with countless plot-holes, horrible acting, and serious lack in scares and suspense. Sure, Saw VI may have more logic than most of the previous installments, but it still fails to stand out in a very bland series of films. Maybe they'll get it right in one of the next 12 installments...see ya next year, Jigsaw.


What James Cameron managed to do with "Aliens" is nothing less than a cinematic miracle. How one could make a sequel that manages to top the original masterpiece "Alien", with a director change no less, still baffles us all to this date. And the change in scenery is certainly there. While "Alien" was a film that was slow-moving and purely atmospheric, "Aliens" takes a different approach with fast-paced action and(at the time) revolutionary special effects. But that wouldn't take away from the characters and plot- which still manage to be the vocal points of the film despite everything else that is going on. As if she wasn't good enough in the first, Sigourney Weaver posts another powerhouse performance that sets the standard for modern-day female heroes.

Beavis and Butt-head Do America

A golden piece of the late 90's, Beavis and Butt-Head Do America is a wild animated ride that is a definitive cap to a memorable series. It's got non-stop outrageous humor, but the smart mind of director Mike Judge prevents it from ever getting too stupid, and the storyline stays engaging throughout.


Surrogates has an interesting idea going for it, but it's held hostage to a plot that seems to get worse as the film progresses, some questionably dumb dialogue, and enforced action sequences.

Double Jeopardy

Double Jeopardy is a mostly implausible and seriously lacking drama that doesn't boast any good performances or decent script writing.


There certainly isn't a lot going on here, but in the end Extract is an original, well-acted, and thoroughly enjoyable comedy that features an outstanding cast and those witty, outrageous and hilarious moments you'd expect to see in a Mike Judge comedy. This pleasant late-summer surprise is just behind the Hangover for funniest film of the year.

Resident Evil

The atmosphere is there.....the action and zombies too.....but too much cheesy dialogue and an underachieving plot causes Resident Evil to just miss the mark.


Not only is Rollerball the worst remake of all time.....but it's by far the worst sports movie of all time.

Wild Hogs
Wild Hogs(2007)

Standard plot, together with unoriginal and stupid humor, useless performances and nothing to set itself apart from other substandard comedies makes Wild Hogs an insult to anyone who had expectations for this blunder from the mis-leading trailer.

World's Greatest Dad

The emotions portrayed in World's Greatest Dad swing second it'll have you crying and the next you are laughing. It's outstandingly dark comedy that will have you in several moments of disbelief and total shock.....and for some, it could certainly be a little much, but in the end, Robin Williams is better than ever, and World's Greatest Dad is the biggest surprise of the summer.

The Wrestler
The Wrestler(2008)

While the storyline is nothing special and nothing we haven't seen before......the performances in The Wrestler are so spectacular that you can't help but to be moved by everything this film stands for.

Today You Die

Steven Seagal...someone help this man......his performance in the awful direct-to-video "Today You Die" is one of worst put on film.

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

It's one that I would definitely call overrated, as the story line does eventually start to drag, and the performances are nothing to write home about, but the one place this film does deserve every bit of credit in is it's outstanding visuals, cinematography, and theatrical score.

Office Space
Office Space(1999)

This is another brilliant Mike Judge work of art. Hilarious, well-acted, together with a strong plot and endlessly quotable dialogue, Office Space is just a lot of fun.

The Simpsons Movie

The Simpsons Movie features traditional animation- which is not only a breath of fresh air in a time where CGI's also hilarious, and extremely satisfying, even with it's short run-time. The series may be on the back 9.....but this long anticipated film is justice to it's legacy on animation.

The Core
The Core(2003)

The Core- while cursed with a plot that really puts itself at border-line completely surreal and almost foolish, is still a compelling adventure to the center of the Earth that features good acting, great effects, and a lot of cool moments that are sure to entertain.

Snakes on a Plane

It's brainless, over-the-top and ridiculous. But that's what makes it so good- because when watching it, you know that it isn't meant to be taken seriously in any sense. Entertaining action, humor, and plenty of cool effects make Snakes on a Plane a worthy movie-watching experience, even with what it lacks in the intelligence department.

My Cousin Vinny

A hilarious, well thought out and interesting classic propelled by the spectacular performances from Pesci and Tomei.


Starts out good, dies out in the middle, and turns into a mess at the end. Pretentious and jumbled, "Hook" is a missed opportunity.


The whole time I found myself waiting for something more spectacular to happen. In the end, Ang Lee's "Hulk" is 30% smash, 20% intelligent, and 50% bore.

The Lion King

An unforgettable Disney masterpiece in the eyes of children and adults alike.

Good Burger
Good Burger(1997)

We all certainly miss the old days of Nickelodeon, but this is the one piece of the golden ages we should all choose to forget- because it never should have happened.

Bedtime Stories

May get a chuckle, but this completely surreal Adam Sandler bore may not even appeal to the young demographic it's aimed at.

The Haunting in Connecticut

I won't say it doesn't provide some scares, but everything else about this film is laughably bad. It just can;t be taken seriously. Terrible acting, script, the works, and it all overshadows the scary moments the film provides.

Joe Dirt
Joe Dirt(2001)

I admit to being reeled into the ridiculous humor and stupid moments. Joe Dirt is definitely brainless, tasteless and done with little effort towards the jokes, but thats what makes it so funny, and that's the point of comedy- being funny.

Fast & Furious

I was looking forward to seeing the original cast return from the semi-good first film; however what I got was a film that's worse than the ordinary second and just slightly above the horrible Tokyo Drift.

Saw V
Saw V(2008)

These films should just be direct-to-dvd at this point. How much more can they possibly milk from this storyline? Nothing new here, people....move along now.


Well thought out story, and the ideas are there, and the performances work, however, at times it does feel a little enforced and surreal.

The Godfather

The Godfather's title simply states it's status over the cinematic universe. It's the Godfather of film, and it has been for nearly 40 years.


Some of the best action that you'll see in any film, and it's certainly worth the watch for those looking for a quick fix on entertainment, but the plot is thrown to the side and is remains in a stranglehold from the action for the duration of the film.

Plan 9 from Outer Space

A hilariously bad historic film. How can you not be entertained watching this? The performance by Tor Johnson is something to take note of- such a bad actor- its drop-dead hilarious.


Historically accurate and is respectful towards that time period. Cruise delivers an above-par performance, but it's also filled with several other engaging characters.

The Rundown
The Rundown(2003)

It's an entertaining ride that's full of action, but isn't held hostage to it. A decent plot, decent humor, and good acting carry instead carry this film.

Clerks II
Clerks II(2006)

Another true addition to the Kevin Smith film series. At times the humor is a little over-the-top, but nonetheless it doesn't lose much of the charm of the original.


At times it's hilarious, and brilliant. Not a movie with a lot happening on the screen, but it's hilarious and brilliant characters and dialogue expels any criticism towards it's low-budget liabilities.

The Passion of the Christ

The Passion's message is understood, and we see a very graphic look into crusification of Christ.....but who wanted to see that in the first place?


Signs proves to us that not all end-of-the-world films should be built on special effects and visuals. Mel Gibson is brilliant in this memorable sci-fi horror flick.

Mortal Kombat: Annihilation

Okay, I gave a pass on the first, which in reality was borderline ridiculous, but Annihilation doesn't get that pass, because,'s ridiculous.

Mortal Kombat

Okay, it's a guilty pleasure. Not smart, or complex in anyway......but damn- it's Mortal Kombat.

Angels & Demons

An improvement over the treacherous Da Vinci Code, but that's not saying much. Dull, muttled and at times a complete least it has the decent performance of Hanks to make it worth perhaps a rental.


Okay, so the characters, dialogue, and story line are pretentious and jumbled, but it does have some decent visuals to somewhat add to a short list of positives.


Despite a very unfavorable and lazy ending, it's pretty engaging and will keep you interested in the semi-decent plot. Let's call it a "semi-good" version of "The Number 23".


Over the top, overacted, and at times really "in-your-face." However, these are the things that have helped Scarface withstand the test of time along with it's brutal violence and language. And yet, brilliantly, it depicts an important time in American history they way it really was. Brian Depalma, Oliver Stone, Al Pacino, Michelle Phieffer....and so many more make this film truly one of the greatest and most memorable ever made.

The Departed
The Departed(2006)

A power-house cast and it's powerhouse director come together to make an instant gangster-movie classic that deserves to be said in a list of others such as The Godfather, Goodfellas, or Scarface. Spot on acting, a compelling and constantly exciting plot, and it's gritty perfect-for-Boston style make this film a true masterpiece.

Ghostbusters 2

Far inferior to the first, however, Ghostbusters 2 is still somewhat satisfying, especially the for the die-hard fans of the first.

Any Given Sunday

While it does take itself quite to seriously, and it has several moments that are inaccurate to pro football, I couldn't help but to be moved by Any Given Sunday's powerful performances and strong plot.

Terminator 3 - Rise of the Machines

Terminator 3, facing a director change, and over a decade of absence, needed a welly thought out, strong and over-achieving story. Did it get that? No. Does it need that? Not exactly- considering it still feels like a Terminator film with the solid performance of Arnold and dazzling action sequences.


Daredevil in an underrated entertaining comic book film that's not only faithful to it's source but stylish and well-written enough to overcome it's flaws.

Walking Tall
Walking Tall(2004)

It's nice to see the Rock in the kick-ass action sequences that are sure to dazzle, but the story line and plot make this remake as dumb as the two-by-four he's holding.

Disaster Movie

Friedberg and Seltzer have officially committed a crime to cinema......again.

How to Lose Friends & Alienate People

Despite the talent presented, the whole thing is never really funny and is dreadfully boring at points. It keeps trying to be funny, but fails more often than not.

D2: The Mighty Ducks

Wait......a second?? Who asked for a second? They really thought we wanted more of this?

The Mighty Ducks

A god-awful bore that is neither funny nor entertaining. Sure, kids should like it, but for anyone above, say, 7 or 8 years old it is just barely watchable.

Space Jam
Space Jam(1996)

A horrid crime to basketball, the Looney Tunes, and cinema all at once.

Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back

A hilarious adventure that's got a cult status; though overly persuasive and in-your-face, the humor simply outshines any issue it may have with it's clever dialogue and characters.

Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope

Star Wars needs no introduction, it's just simply what we've been calling it for the past 30 years.....a sci-fi epic with a cult following that can't be touched. Modern movie goers tend to nit pick the death out of todays films.....but when watching Star Wars, you just have to embrace everything it represents and everything it means to cinema.

Blade Runner
Blade Runner(1982)

It's a safe bet to call Blade Runner one of the greatest and most influential Science Fiction films of all time. It boasts absolutely incredible visuals and fantastic performances, but more importantly conveys a message about life that is unparalleled by any other movie that lives in a fantasy world similar to the one conveyed in this film. In almost every way, this movie is flawless. Brilliant direction, brilliant style, legendary morals. I'll go as far to say that everyone should see this film before they die. It's that amazing.

The Incredible Hulk

While certainly cliched and pretentious at times within it's dialogue and storyline, The Incredible Hulk is a strongly-acted, thrilling reboot that does the comic book justice after the disappointing Ang Lee entry.

Rocky V
Rocky V(1990)

Brought Rocky full circle, returning him to his humble roots. Is it the worst? Yes. Does that mean its awful? No. Rocky V still provides ample Rocky entertainment, even if it's morally incorrect.

Rocky IV
Rocky IV(1985)

The best of Rocky after the first. It's over the top- it's mostly montage, and it couldn't be more in-your-face about it. A spectacular soundtrack, and hardcore in style with it's awesome action sequences and characters.

Rocky III
Rocky III(1982)

Features a great villian, and of course good ol' Rocky, but the rest isn't much.

Rocky II
Rocky II(1979)

It definitely is the most humorous of the series- but it certainly is a downgrade from the first.


The ultimate film about the underdog- a moving drama that set the table for unforgettable characters and storytelling. But none of the others in the series can touch where it all started.

American Gangster

Though a tad drawn out and pretentious at points, American Gangster is quite complex and thoroughly entertaining, and it certainly establishes itself as a memorable gangster flick.

Vantage Point

It's certainly engaging within it's action sequences.....but Vantage Point owns the ultimately monotonous storyline that keeps it from being anything worth mentioning.

Aqua Teen Hunger Force Colon Movie Film for Theaters

Tells the epic tale of the Aqua Teen origins. Now, is this important to many people? No. But for the fans- it's our little 10 minute-an-episode show on the big screen depicting our favorite characters. Sometimes epic, a lot of times hilarious, occasionally moving, and perhaps a bit overshot at some points. Point is, fans will love it, and the normal people who have their standards of expectations after reading the ridiculous title will respect it's randomness and just go along with it.


This is truly amongst the top in Pixar films. Pixar has been on an unbelievable roll, and this masterpiece is another to add to the list. This movie is G Rated and mostly happy- and it's about humans destroying Earth and leaving it covered in trash. And the best part of the film was the first hour- which featured no literal dialogue. How does Pixar do it??

Gran Torino
Gran Torino(2009)

If this is the way Clint Eastwood is to go out, then so be it. Gran Torino may lack truly compelling drama, but it has good enough performances to boast itself to a memorable film.

Spider-Man 2
Spider-Man 2(2004)

Spider-Man 2 is the perfect sequel to it's predecessor, as it gives the fans more of what they want, continuing the very compelling story of Peter Parker and dealing with being a super-hero. It's near flaw-less, with more dazzling action scenes, a well thought out plot and dialogue, as well as performances that carry the film to greatness.

Slumdog Millionaire

Despite a completely unnecessary musical number during the end credits- Slumdog is not only engaging and entertaining, but it has some powerful acting by virtually unknown performers.

Batman & Robin

It all just falls completely apart, and it's like Batman comes to a cold, hard ending, like landing on concrete from 50 stories above.....the series dropped like a rock when Joel Schumaker took over and Warner Bros. sold out to the kids.


Tim Burton's dark style of direction was exactly what Batman was due for when this film was released in '89. Gritty, dark, and stylistic towards the Dark Knight. The performances couldn't be any better, as Micheal Keaton's humble Bruce Wayne portrays emotions perfect for the character......and Jack's Joker went untouched for 20 years. It may seem outdated to some, but this is still today one of the best comic book depictions we've ever seen in cinema.


X-Men provides a lot more in a comic book film than you'd think. Despite the obvious surrealism, it's tone and message make it feel very real, and make it very compelling. Yes, the action is certainly there, but it manages to be complex enough so that it's not carried by the action. Props go to Bryan Singer for his close attention to detail, and his ability to include so many characters without it all getting too busy.

Terminator Salvation

Inferior to the trilogy(FAR inferior to T1 and T2), but, as its own's a pretty decent war movie. Some of the dialogue and parts of the plot are ridiculous, but overall, it's worth a watch.

Star Trek
Star Trek(2009)

Star Trek isn't just a's an event. From beginning to end, we get powerful storytelling, an outstanding cast for some very deep and iconic characters, an stunning visuals. It's got everything you'd ask for today in a sci-fi film.....and yet it stays faithful to a timeless cult classic.

Public Enemies

Definitely should have been better, but it's a bright spot in a pretty disappointing summer of movies. Depp was pretty decent as Dillinger, but at times his performance seemed pretty uninspired.

Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen

Visually stunning and exciting, however we have a complete lack of any type of a decent plot , humor that isn't funny, and countless unnecessarily stupid scenes and images. One of the worst and obnoxious films of the decade, all thanks to Micheal Bay, who continues to prove that he cannot direct for his life. I actually felt bad for the young talents Shia LeBouef and Megan Fox, who were part of this mind-numbing, and stupefying eye candy circus. I'm not asking for Schindler's List, but just a half way decent story line would have made this weak, weak excuse for a summer blockbuster at least a half way decent summer action flick. Instead- the story progressively makes less sense, and the whole package just goes way, way, way too far to try to impress the watcher. Absolute trash, and unfortunately our country showed its true colors by making this film one of the highest grossing to date. Well, the fanboys and the easily-impressed teenagers who enjoyed this awful film and give it credit for anything but being visually impressive are no better then suckers for a cinematic crime. More than meets the eye? Try: More than the eye can possibly meet.

The Hangover
The Hangover(2009)

Finally, a comedy that's funny.