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Side Effects
Side Effects (2013)
3 years ago via Rotten Tomatoes

Side Effects is a film you can't really describe without giving anything away. Avoid the trailers if possible and make it through the slow build up and you will get quite a few surprises in the second half. Easily one of the best thrillers I have seen in a long time. Jude Law in his best performance in years as a psychiatrist and Rooney Mara, fresh off of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, knocks it out of the park again as his depressed patient. She has become one of my favorite actresses. Catherine Zeta-Jones is effective and Channing Tatum has little to do, but is adequate enough. Never boring and often surprising, if this is Steven Soderbergh's last movie, he went out at the top of his game.

The Dark Knight Rises
4 years ago via Rotten Tomatoes

What can I say other than The Dark Knight Rises lived up to my expectations and then some. The Christopher Nolan Dark Knight trilogy comes full circle by the end of it and it easily holds up with The Dark Knight, Batman Begins and is more epic in scope than both.

This is Christian Bales best outing as Bruce Wayne/Batman. He just feels more central to the story and he gets to show more of his acting chops here. Anne Hathaway turned in a performance I didn't know she had in her as Catwoman and Tom Hardy was as physically scary as any villain in the series. While Heath's Joker will always be the best in terms of performance, you fear for Batman's life when Bane is around. For the record I understood about 85% of what Bane said, so the rest will have to wait for Blu-ray subtitles. Gary Oldman, Morgan Freeman, Michael Caine (given the hardest job with some heavy emotional scenes) and a great new addition in Joseph Gordon-Levitt round out another stellar cast.

The fight and action scenes are grounded in reality for the most part and very little CGI is used, which is always a plus.

Hans Zimmer nails another loud and powerful music score.

I saw this in IMAX and it was well worth it. About 40% or so was shot with those really expensive cameras and those scenes are pure eye candy.

More than half of my sold out theater clapped at the end. The Avengers got maybe a dozen or so. I loved both films, but I think only one will last the test of time. I'm sure I'll be seeing TDKR at least one or two more times before it leaves theaters. Thanks Nolan for not letting us down.

The Amazing Spider-Man
4 years ago via Rotten Tomatoes
½

The Amazing Spider-Man is less cheese and more gritty than Sam Raimi's trilogy. Kind of like Nolan's Batman films compared to the two non Tim Burton ones that came before them. I like Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone better than Tobey and Kirsten and I felt this movie really showcased Spider-Man's acrobatic fighting style. The fight scene with The Lizard villain in the school was just as good as any action scene in The Avengers. The CGI looked great in IMAX 3-D.

Now I do agree that this is more of a remake than a reboot, but there are enough differences to at least make you feel like you are watching a new take on a familiar story.

I was very close to giving this 5 stars, but I think that will have to wait until that bat rises on July 20th.